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The Cat Who Blew the Whistle (The Cat Who... Series #17)

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Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese sleuths, Koko and Yum Yum, investigate the disappearance of a wealthy railroad buff—and alleged multimillion-dollar embezzler—a case that becomes complicated by red herrings, a tragic train wreck, and murder at a railroad tavern.

Floyd Trevelyan's historic steam locomotive, newly restored, is the newest attraction in Moose County. But the excitement is eclipsed by shock when Trevelyan disappears--along with millions of investors' ...

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Overview

Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese sleuths, Koko and Yum Yum, investigate the disappearance of a wealthy railroad buff—and alleged multimillion-dollar embezzler—a case that becomes complicated by red herrings, a tragic train wreck, and murder at a railroad tavern.

Floyd Trevelyan's historic steam locomotive, newly restored, is the newest attraction in Moose County. But the excitement is eclipsed by shock when Trevelyan disappears--along with millions of investors' dollars. Now, Qwill--with the help of his cats, Koko and Yum Yum--is trying to make a connection between the missing man and a recent murder at the railroad tavern.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Best of series, this 17th The Cat Who caper slyly creeps up on the reader. The newest delight in Moose County, ``400 miles north of everywhere,'' is a railroad buff's refurbished locomotive, which is making its debut run. Floyd Trevelyan, the train owner, disappears just as the state closes down the credit union associated with his business. While others believe the man has decamped with investors' money, newspaper columnist Jim Qwilleran doesn't believe Trevelyan would abandon his railroad project. He persuades his friend and sleuthing cohort Celia, recently moved to Pickax City from Chicago, to go undercover to find the missing businessman. Meanwhile, librarian Polly Duncan, with whom Qwill has had a long-standing relationship, is becoming distraught about the house she is building nearby. After a carpenter on the project is stabbed in a barroom brawl and the contractor, Trevelyan's son, is seriously injured on the job, Qwill begins to fear for Polly's health. Qwill's Siamese cat, Koko, plays a central role in solving these puzzles as Qwill struggles equally to interpret the cat's hints and cope with those problems complicating his personal life. Literary Guild, Mystery Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Cat mystery lovers beware! Pickax's Qwilleran and Koko have returned for a go at catching a train fancier who has embezzled millions from Moose County investors. Another best seller from the prolific Braun.
Barbara Duree
In the seventeenth book of her cat mystery series, which began with "The Cat Who Could Read Backwards" (1966), Braun extends her North Country locale from Pickax to the whole of Moose County. When the discovery of embezzlement at the Lumbertown Credit Union in Sawdust City (aka Mudville, population 5,000) coincides with the disappearance of its wealthy president, who is also a model railroad buff and owner of a salvaged and restored steam locomotive, Moose County's best-known philanthropist, columnist, and amateur detective, Jim Qwilleran, decides to investigate the mystery--with the help of his two Siamese sleuths, Koko and Yum Yum. Financial fraud and, later, murder seem almost secondary, however, to the activities and attachments of familiar characters, for example, a local theater production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Qwill's genteel affair with head librarian Polly Duncan. The author provides enough background information to make new readers feel at home, and devotees of the series will applaud the added interest of railroading language and lore. As the communicative and prescient Koko would say, "Yow!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515118247
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Series: Cat Who... Series , #17
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 218,283
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Lilian Jackson Braun

"The New York Times"-bestselling author Lilian Jackson Braun lives in North Carolina with her two Siamese cats.

George Guidall has recorded over 800 unabridged novels and is the recipient of two Audie Awards for excellence in audiobook narration. His 40 year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie award for best performance Off-Broadway, and frequent television appearances.

Biography

The history of Lilian Jackson Braun is perhaps as exciting and mysterious as her novels. Between 1966 and 1968, she published three novels to critical acclaim: The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern and The Cat Who Turned On and Off. In 1966, The New York Times labeled Braun, "the new detective of the year." Then, for reasons unknown, the rising mystery author disappeared from the publishing scene.

It wasn't until 1986 that the Berkley Publishing Group reintroduced Braun to the public with the publication of an original paperback, The Cat Who Saw Red. Within two years, Berkeley released four new novels in paperback and reprinted the three mysteries from the sixties. G.P. Putnam's Sons has since published seventeen Cat Who... novels, among them The Cat Who Went Up The Creek, The Cat Who Smelled a Rat, The Cat Who Robbed The Bank, The Cat Who Saw Stars, The Cat Who Tailed a Thief, The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, The Cat Who Said Cheese, The Cat Who Came to Breakfast, The Cat Who Went Into The Closet, The Cat Who Wasn't There, The Cat Who Moved The Mountain, The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal, The Cat Who Lived High, The Cat who Talked to Ghosts, The Cat Who Went Underground, The Cat Who Sniffed Glue, The Cat Who Saw Stars, and The Cat Who Sang For the Birds.

Even though Braun claims that her cats have never done anything extraordinary, her fictional cats, Koko and Yum Yum, solve crimes and delight fans in book after book. Braun says the reason for her success is that "people are simply tired of all the blood. I write what is called the classic mystery." She says that while "not all mystery fans like cats, all cat-fanciers seem to like mysteries. That makes for a large audience, since 26% of all American households own 53.9 million cats between them."

Braun was the "Good Living" editor of The Detroit Free Press for 29 years.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Hometown:
      North Carolina
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 30, 1915
    2. Place of Birth:
      Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      June 4, 2011
    2. Place of Death:
      South Carolina

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2009

    The cat who playaway tapes

    So easy to listen to and do enjoy the playaway tapes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2014

    Great read!!!

    Another great mystery with our favorite sleuth cat, Koko.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Another great Koko escapade.

    Koko is right on target again. And Qwilleran is right behind. Still keeps you guessing till the end. Love these books!

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    A Little Too Weird for My Taste

    I read this book last summer because I found it in my basement. At first I thought it was really strange but kept reading anyway. It only got stranger. I think there was supposed to be something about a murder, but all I understood was the train part. Then there was a weird thing with a cat and a pyramid and all the lights went out - but that wasn't mentioned or explained in the rest of the book. Not to mention this book takes place in the middle of nowhere. I wouldn't recommend this book to much anyone, but if your up for some strange/dull/confusing story then go ahead!

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