The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (The Cat Who... Series #28)

The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (The Cat Who... Series #28)

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by Lilian Jackson Braun

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The residents of Pickax are about to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding. But in the midst of all the preparations, Qwill has to take time out to deal with Koko's strange new habit of dropping from balconies and landing in the oddest of places-and a couple that has mysteriously gone missing.


The residents of Pickax are about to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding. But in the midst of all the preparations, Qwill has to take time out to deal with Koko's strange new habit of dropping from balconies and landing in the oddest of places-and a couple that has mysteriously gone missing.

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A master of mystery. (People)

Read these books if you want to forget your troubles. (Ft. Myers Beach Bulletin)

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In the 28th (yes, 28th!) installment of Lilian Jackson Braun's Cat Who... saga (The Cat Who Read Backwards, The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern, et al.), the residents of Pickax City in Moose County -- "400 miles north of everywhere" -- are busy preparing the town for its big sesquicentennial bash. But amid the numerous parades, performances, and kitty auctions, tragedy strikes when an affluent elderly couple suddenly dies from mysterious causes…

The magnificently mustached local columnist Jim Qwilleran (along with his two Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum) has his hands full with numerous projects associated with the town's 150th birthday. But when an aspiring young architect visiting from California -- the nephew (and only heir) of the deceased socialites Nathan and Doris Ledfield -- asks to sketch his renowned home (a renovated apple barn), Qwill happily obliges. When the young man stops by, however, Koko inexplicably assaults the visitor by dropping onto him from an upper balcony. Quill realizes that his extraordinarily perceptive Siamese knows that something unseemly involving the architect is in the works -- but what?

Readers who enjoy "cozy" mysteries -- decidedly understated novels by authors like Dorothy L. Sayers, Nancy Atherton, Susan Witting Albert, M. C. Beaton, et al. -- will find comfort in Braun's nine-lived saga (begun in 1966!), which features friendly characters, pleasant plotlines, and always a purr-fectly happy ending. The literary equivalent of a sipping a glass of warm milk with nutmeg and getting your tummy rubbed… Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Braun's disappointing 28th Cat Who... novel (after 2004's The Cat Who Went Bananas) mostly follows journalist Jim "Call Me Qwill" Qwilleran as he runs around Pickax City, Mich., getting things ready for the town's blow-out celebration of its sesquicentenary. Many books ago, Qwill inherited tons of money and set up a foundation to benefit Pickax. Now that story line has become a caricature, with Qwill's fund popping up and financing yet another venture virtually every chapter. The "mystery" concerns Nathan and Doris Ledfield, a wealthy couple whose only heir is an obnoxious, greedy nephew. When late in the tale the Ledfields die... well, let's just say that no one will be surprised to learn who was behind their deaths, or what his motive was. Lame plotting isn't the only problem. The characterization is not just thin, it's anorexic. Perhaps it's time to put this series, which once defined feline fiction, to sleep. Mystery Guild main selection. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Sesquicentennial fever sweeps Pickax City. As head of the K Foundation, fabulously wealthy Jim "Qwill" Qwilleran is often involved in Moose County activities. He's just made the move from his in-town condo to the architecturally renowned apple barn that's his summer home. Qwill is happy to let the orphaned nephew of the wealthy Ledfield family make sketches of his apple barn for a college entrance portfolio. Harvey Ledfield soon arrives in a limousine with his fiancee, cat-loving journalism student Clarissa Moore, who is a hit with Qwill. But Qwill becomes suspicious of Harvey when Qwill's Siamese Koko drops from a balcony and knocks Harvey off his sketching stool. Like Yum Yum, Qwill's other cat, Koko is never wrong about people and obviously has it in for Harvey. In due course, Clarissa confesses that she's not engaged but just helping Harvey work a scam to inherit the Ledfield wealth. Undaunted, Qwill gets her a job at the local paper as he and his circle of friends gear up to make the sesquicentennial celebration one for the history books. Things go well enough until both Ledfield elders die mysteriously. For better or worse, parades and other events leave Qwill little time for sleuthing. No mystery to speak of, but cat-loving fans of Braun's Moose County saga (The Cat Who Went Bananas, 2005, etc.) will no doubt enjoy the latest from Pickax.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Cat Who... Series , #28
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4.19(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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A master of mystery. (People)

Read these books if you want to forget your troubles. (Ft. Myers Beach Bulletin)

Meet the Author

Lilian Jackson Braun is the author of twenty-eight bestselling Cat Who . . . novels and three short-story collections.

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North Carolina
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Date of Death:
June 4, 2011
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Place of Death:
South Carolina
Graduated from high school at age 16

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The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (The Cat Who... Series #28) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My sister and I have been reading and re-reading Ms. Braun's wonderful mysteries for years, and find the series so enjoyable and satisfying, that a Cat Who... book is being read by one or both of us every week of the year. Ms. Braun has helped us through some rough patches with her believable and lovable characters - we know some of these people! We both immediately questioned the source of The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell, and have difficulty recognizing Ms. Braun as the author. Though it is certainly far better than I would be able to pen, it is not true to Braun's style. I understand that more beloved characters are dismissed from the series in The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers. Unless we are informed to the contrary, we are not reading that one. Rather, we will continue to re-read the series from the first book, The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, through The Cat Who Went Bananas. The couple of dozen-plus books with which Braun has blessed us will still be entertaining us many years from now. We thank her sincerely for sharing her talent, her intelligence and knowledge, and her keen observance of human and animal nature with her fellow lovers of mystery and felines. She has maintained a high standard of decency in a medium in which many compromise their craft, and she has our respect as well as our affection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sorry, Ms Braun, but this TCW was not up to your usual standard. I have read most of the earlier books and was very disappointed in this one. It was bitsy, bits of this and bits of thread to it, no consistant theme. Readers were left dangling about one suspected murder--the cousins who went shootong rabbits--and the other 2 murders didn't seem to have much point. Some say the books are being written by a committee. This one certainly reads like that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this book. Most of the plot lines didn't go anywhere. Did she really write this? It didn't seem to fit her formula. If she isn't having fun with it any more, it is time to stop. I have read every one of the books she has written. I hope The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers will be better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the "Cat Who..." books and was dissapointed with this. The plot was similar but things dropped and not explained. Too many details not followed through. Not up to the usual standards.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with all the prior review about this not be Ms. Braun's best work. I was left with an extremely let-down feeling when I finished it. Jim Q. definitely does not have the same personality as in previous books and has become quite a boring person and not very interested in anything beyond his little part of the world. These books have been going downhill since The Cat Who Brought the House Down. I started reading them because they were engaging and had definite likeable and non-likeable characters. I will have to seriously consider whether I buy any future books unless they go back to the previous style. Even then, so many characters have been killed off for no reason, it may be hard to get back into it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You don't have to include a murder, I just love being with Quill and the cats, but please if you're going to copy LJB or continue her series, please at least study her style!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is part of the 'series' now apparently written by a team of writers who have not even had the courtesy of reading Ms. Braun's much earlier works for reference---the lack of consistency and poor attention to detail insult her and her many fans. The publisher may simply want to keep the franchise around--legions of readers devoted to Koko and YumYum buy many books!--but clearly, it is time for Ms.Braun's name to be retired. Someone said she had given an interview to the Detroit paper last year. Actually it was in 1989. This book and at least four others before it offer no fresh plots, instead putting hurried and bizarre scenarios together into chapters that stumble over one another.Newcomers to the series should read her earliest titles in the series to experience the joys of a fun-filled read. Devoted readers should stop buying the new titles. I know, some reviewers insist Ms. Braun is still writing every word, and if she is, that's proof that she has lost interest in her characters and their adventures. 'The Cat Who Took Retirement' should be the next, and final, installment in what once was pleasurable reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Normally, I don't agree with the literary critics but this time I do. The Publisher's Weekly review described precisely what I felt after finishing the book. I've read all the 'Cat Who..' books and this one, I'm very sorry to say, is just not up to the author's previous great work. I was very disappointed. It's a fast review of the characters' backgrounds for the first time 'Cat Who..' reader but lacks the energy and creativity of her earlier works. It read like someone trying to meet a deadline and was terribly repetitive throughout as though trying to just fill in space. The thin plotline felt secondary to describing the human & animal players. I fear it wouldn't entice me to read the earlier works if I were new to the series. I'm not sure I look forward to her future 'Cat Who...' books and can only hope this was a fluke and that Ms. Braun's future stories about Qwilleran and the cats will flow once again with the creative pizzaz for which she is known and loved.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Cat Who Dropped A Bombshell' is Braun's biggest disappointment and weakest effort: weak plot, weak characters, and Koko's famous mystery-solving skills are almost nonexistent because there is an almost nonexistent mystery! In fact, the mystery is completely overshadowed by Jim Qwilleran's fitful attempts to find something to write about in his 'Qwill Pen' column. It seemed as though Ms. Braun was attempting to include every character she has ever written about in the past few books, perhaps trying to tie up loose ends, and giving each one only the briefest mention. In past books, Ms. Braun has displayed a wealth of knowledge of gourmet food, literature, architecture, trains, antiques and even goats, but in this book she merely writes about...well...nothing. I felt the writing was unworthy of Ms. Braun's previous efforts, seemingly written for a group of 6 or 7 year olds, not adults who have loved and collected her books for years. The very, very simple writing style (short, declarative sentences and choppy paragraphs) was an insult to her intelligent readers, who are legion. The lack of descriptive detail, which is so relished by her readers, is only slightly relieved in the last chapter, giving the impression that Ms. Braun was rushing to get the book written. I wonder if Ms. Braun should drop a bombshell of her own and put the series to rest?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up because I have enjoyed the other "cat who" books for easy reading. I found that this book did not come up to the usual standards. It couldn't have been too awful, because I finished the book; but I didn't find it nearly as well plotted or as interesting as the others in the series. A disappointment, to say the least.
FrancesEvlin More than 1 year ago
I love Braun's characters. Her books are delightful, easy reading. But this one is not as satisfying as her previous books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Lilian Jackson Braun's 'Cat Who' series for a long time, and have read all of the earlier books. 'Bombshell' is a disappointment. It's not up to the high standards Ms. Braun set for herself in most of the previous titles. Qwill and supercat Koko have little involvement in crime solving in this one, and two recurring characters are killed off to no real purpose in advancing the plot. Those deaths are mentioned only in passing, and Qwill seems strangely unmoved by them-- nor are there any traditionally grand Moose County funerals for either character. One of the murder plots in this book is so patently obvious that even the less astute Yum Yum could have solved it singlehandedly, and that's hardly what we've come to expect from L.J.B. There are rumors that, because of Ms. Braun's advanced age, she is no longer writing the 'Cat Who' stories, but they are being ghostwritten. With 'Bombshell,' that seems possible. It is almost as if someone took Ms. Braun's outlines for three of four future stories and strung them together, without fully fleshing out the plot (or subplots). It's always fun to visit with the denizens of Moose County, but I'd rather spend time with them in their earlier appearances in print.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this edition of a long line of excellent story lines lacking creativity. The usual inclusion of funeral details were missing. Qwil has turned into an instant money bag that solves every problem with the K Fund. Mrs Jackson has in the past killed charming characters, but the deaths outside the main plot meant nothing. I'm disappointed in what has been a most enjoyable series of stories.
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She smiled and settled down into the soft moss, wincing as a pain jabbed her side, but like every other time, she thought nothing of it and pushed it to the back of her mind. She rested her head onto her matted side and fell into a dreamless sleep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting, but not as good as the previous books in the series.
terpOK More than 1 year ago
Who wrote this? This is not only not up to the standard of the rest of the books so far, it's like someone else tried to write it. Qwill just isn't much of a character in here. The cats, Koko especially, is not really involved. I have read the following book and believe something happened that we don't know about. Be prepared for #27, #28 and #29 to disappoint.
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Mystery?? As I read, I began to wonder how this book got published. (It isn't easy to get published these days.) Nothing happens.  The book has no substance, no plotline, no purpose.  The leading character is likable enough, the town discribed somewhat, but the other characters are not interesting or even filled out much.  The mystery for me seemed to be: will I be able to stay awake and finish this bomb in time for bookclub?  And why was this listed under mysteries?  There were two murders mentioned of people we didn't know, but no investigation, no conclusion.  Guess someone was arrested but nobody seemed to care.  And this author has written 28 books??!!         
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