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The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers (The Cat Who... Series #29)

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by Lilian Jackson Braun
     
 

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After dropping a bombshell that was a bestseller, Lilian Jackson Braun brings back James Qwilleran and his famous felines, Koko and Yum Yum, for the twenty-ninth installment of the beloved, bestselling Cat Who . . . series.

Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere, is in an uproar (good and bad) following vast inheritances from wealthy old families. Only

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After dropping a bombshell that was a bestseller, Lilian Jackson Braun brings back James Qwilleran and his famous felines, Koko and Yum Yum, for the twenty-ninth installment of the beloved, bestselling Cat Who . . . series.

Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere, is in an uproar (good and bad) following vast inheritances from wealthy old families. Only "Cool Koko" knows what's happening . . . and he's not telling. Jim Qwilleran thinks it's because he has more whiskers than ordinary cats, but who's counting?

Meanwhile . . .
Koko meets a piano tuner.
Polly goes to Paris.
Qwill writes a play (an absurdist play titled The Cat Who Got Elected Dog Catcher).
And there's a mysterious death from a bee sting . . .

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The Barnes & Noble Review
In this installment of Lilian Jackson Braun's Cat Who... saga (The Cat Who Read Backwards, The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern, et al.), series protagonist Jim "Qwill" Qwilleran -- renowned philanthropist and columnist for The Moose County Something -- finds himself at an improbable existential crossroads. With girlfriend Polly Duncan away on an extended trip to Paris, and more and more visitors to Pickax City pestering him for tours of his renowned home (an apple barn that was renovated by a pioneering architect), change is in the wind for Qwill and his two Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum -- whether they're ready for it or not.

As The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers (the 29th novel in the saga) begins, Qwill has his hands full with numerous community-oriented activities: A new senior center is being planned in an abandoned feed and seed warehouse; a historic, two-county art hat exhibition is being put together; and, in what spare time he has, Qwill is trying to write an absurdist play. But with Polly on the other side of the world, life in Pickax City is decidedly less idyllic -- especially when someone burns down the old warehouse and a museum worker mysteriously dies from a bee sting. But, as usual, cool Koko somehow senses when evil is afoot and does his best to let Qwill know about it…

Longtime fans of LJB will devour her newest cozy like cats rolling in fresh catnip, even with numerous integral plot threads underexplored or left completely unresolved. But with so much pivotal transition going on, devotees of this series will likely look past the lack of a satisfying conclusion and begin impatiently awaiting the 30th book in the saga for resolution… Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594132421
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
12/18/2007
Series:
Cat Who... Series, #29
Edition description:
Large Print Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.41(d)

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"The ideal bedtime tales for grown-ups." —Los Angeles Times "Most detectives do their legwork on two legs. A few, however, do it on four..." -ASSOCIATED PRESS "A master of mystery." -PEOPLE "Like dropping in on old and very dear friends." -TAMPA TRIBUNE-TIMES

Meet the Author

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

Brief Biography

Hometown:
North Carolina
Date of Birth:
1916
Date of Death:
June 4, 2011
Place of Birth:
Massachusetts
Place of Death:
South Carolina
Education:
Graduated from high school at age 16

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The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers (The Cat Who... Series #29) 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 173 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed. There was no real character development, nothing about the different restaurants Qwill likes to haunt, nothing about him snooping into the mystery of the girl's death and to have Polly quit her job and move away without her cats? Who are you kidding? The voice of this book is not Ms. Braun. None of the charm of Moose County was present and there was no real character interaction. I don't know who wrote it, but it was not Ms. Braun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Back when the "Cat Who" books first began, there were actual suspenseful mysteries to be solved. Well, the last few books have really done a turn around. All of a sudden the books leave questions unanswered and most of the story is repeating itself from previous books into oblivion. I truly miss Ms. Braun's old style writing. For as long as Polly and Qwill have been together, well, you just don't phone someone from Paris and break off your relationship. Then the barn burning and Qwill acting like it was no big deal. The "mystery" was barely worth mentioning. Nobody said if they burned the barn or someone else did the deed. Qwill is already set up with a new girlfriend, a head librarian. I have a feeling this is the next to the last book but I'd prefer it to be the last if this is as good as Ms. Braun can write anymore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book never reveals who done it, or why. And I'm sorry, but it's a bit far fetched that Polly would leave - not only Qwill, but her beloved cats too?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been reading 'The Cat Who...' books since the beginning, and I have never been so disappointed. There are many 'could be interesting' storylines going on, but none are written about in depth. It leaves you wondering just what is going on. The two major events in the book are just lightly touched upon, leaving you to look back and see if you missed some pages. No one that has read this entire series can be expected to believe the nonchalant manner in which Qwill reacted to these events. I agree with other reviewers that perhaps Ms. Braun is no longer totally writing these works. I think she has input, referring to what could be interesting story lines, but then leaves the actual writing of these ideas to others that don't seem to have a clue as to what the series is all about. Hopefully, Ms. Braun can rekindle the spark of 'The Cat Who... ' series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so disappointed as were others. I felt that Ms. Braun couldn't sustain a topic for more than a chapter. I am so sorry that this is such a bomb.
Mr_Pomfritt More than 1 year ago
This installment in the series is even worse than its predecessors. Whatever happened to plotting? Whatever happened to mystery? Yes, the "Cat Who..." are quintessential "Cozies" but, good grief, even Cozies have a bit of suspense. mystery, danger.

Once upon a time, there were many interesting characters and plots. Remember the old one with the antique dealers? The Potters? The Art Snob?

Now what do we get? Padding to fill the spaces between padding, and then some padding.

Next in this series should be "The Author Who Quit Trying".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who wrote this book???? It wasn't Lilian Jackson Braun unless the poor lady had lapsed into senility. Perhaps a grandchild of the same name is trying the enter the world of writing. My advice---get more practice. This book was utterly appalling. The vocabulary was simplistic, the sentence structure basic, the plot---was there one??? If there was, it was farcical. There were no details. And Polly so coldly abandoning her cats???? No way. All good things must come to an end, as it appears the quality of this series has. It's too bad Ms. Braun didn't quit on a high note, leaving her readers missing her but not dissing her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After I finished reading this book, I was so dissappointed. I have read all the other Cat Who... books and was a great fan of them. However, this book did not seem at all like it had been written by LJB. I agree with other reviewers that Quill would not have been so unmoved by Polly's moving to Paris. Is LJB unable to write? I will miss Koko,Yum Yum and Quill.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awfu;! No mystery; nothing to solve. Lillian wasted my time in the hope that some kind of mystery would evolve around Koko's "death cry" without ever developing it. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY PURCHASING THIS BOOK!!!
Babette-dYveine More than 1 year ago
You call this a mystery? Where is the suspense? In fact, where is the mystery? I've read all the Cat Who... books, and this was such a complete disappointment! All it consisted of was Qwill going about town and chatting with his fellow townspeople.

The only part of the book I liked was the departure of the insipid Polly and her replacement with what I think will be a much more interesting lady friend for Qwill.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We've read all of these cat books and have enjoyed them until we came to this title. It made no sense at all. The characters all seemed to be written differently compared to the past novels. There was no intriguing plot to keep your interest. It was a struggle to finish this book and even after that point I do not remember if anything was solved. We did get the sense that perhaps something happened to the author part way through the writing of this book and someone else stepped in to finish it. I'll wait to hear reviews of the next volume before purchasing it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only mystery here is who wrote this book.! I have read them all and look forward to each. This was more than disappointing it was horrid. If there are more to the series I will certainly check it out at the library and save my money. If Ms. Braun has passed on, it is a great disservice to her name and legend to carry on any longer. Polly, as flat a personage as she was, was not uncaring as she was made to seem in this book - as much as she fretted about her cats, to just give them away to 'whomever' was so unlike her as to be the only shock in the book. Unless, of course, you consider that Qwill's home burned to the ground and all he did was yawn and immediately seek the companionship of a new woman. A tremendous disappointment!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have also read every book and each time one comes out I run to the store to purchase. I was looking forward to this one as well but after reading it I was greatly confused and disappointed. The beginnings of the last few books where LJB usually gives a short version of what happened in the last book to bring the reader up to date has been disjointed and well... some stuff has been left out each time. In addition, this particular story has no plot, Mr. Q loses Polly to Paris and never 'misses' her. He immediately moves on to the next female without a thought it seems. He and Polly have been together for years, he fretted over her heart scare, and then she up and goes to Paris, decides to stay (what?), and he moves to the next woman. Very very disappointed and I am beginning to also believe that LJB is not actually writing the books any longer. This would be the only reason for the material.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't even believe Lillian wrote this book. This is the worst book I have read. I loved all of the others, but this book was sooooo bizare. The death was never solved, neither were the fires. Polly going to Paris...why can't Quill visit her? The play was totally absurd, and it ended with no 'ending'. Don't waste your time or money...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your money. I've always enjoyed this series, but the last several ones haven't been as good as the earlier ones. And this latest one is especially disappointing. No plot at all. If she writes anymore, don't think I will bother with them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read every Cat book and was really looking forward to curling up and enjoying this one. It didn't happen. It was horrible. It really is not worth your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to double check to make sure I had actually finished the book! I thought I had missed half of it but I had not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a great disappointment and the writing style to be inferior to LB previous Cat Who books. To have Polly just up and leave her job, friends, home, and cats on a whim seems very out of character. Then there is Qwill's lack of reaction to both that and the loss of his home to fire. The only way this could possibly be redeemed would be if Polly were actually kidnapped or murdered, and the information Qwill had recieved from her was misdirection on the part of whomever wished to harm her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read or listened to every piece that LJB has written but this one was horrible. I felt like I lost a friend when I finished it. Who wrote this book? Did something happen to LJB? PLEASE make this just a bad dream that Jim Qwileran had.
nookerod More than 1 year ago
So where is the rest of the story! The fact that the book is not finished should be included in the description. This is a waste of money and time. I expect more from Barnes and Nobles!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am going to reread this book. The reviews are so critical and speak again and again of the disorganization of the story. Some have suggested that the book may have been ghost written or attribute it to the author's age--which has to be at least somewhat advanced becasuse of her long writing history. The fact that there doesn't seem to be a 30th in the series concerns me. I didn't notice any particular problem with the story line but I did recall being surprised at an action that Polly took--which I believe was to notify everyone that she wouldn't be returning. I have been reading these books for so many years that I just accept them as they are written. Now I'm mostly concerned about the author.
CozyMysteryLover More than 1 year ago
I've liked this series over the years, but have noticed it going downhill. This was the worst book ever. There was no mystery really. The character who was murdered was never even introduced. The circumstances surrounding the murder were summed up in one sentence. There was only one suspect, who was barely introduced. But no one hunted her down or even seemed to care. I feel badly giving away the ending to a mystery, but with only one suspect I don't think any reader will be scratching their head. There was an early chapter about a senior center burning down that never went anywhere. Just nameless thugs from another town, unrelated to the murder. I don't want to give away the ending, but I'll just say the end of this book was unsatisfying. Qwill experienced some major changes in his life and didn't even seem to care. The entire book seemed to be obsessed with the number of whiskers on KoKo. I get it - a lot! Can I read a good mystery now?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't even give it a one star but guess you have to rate it. I was determined to finish this book thinking it would get better..Believe me, it didn't! No reaction to Polly leaving and and your home burning down.. Come on!! Whoever wrote this book must have been drinking too much of something!
penniesue More than 1 year ago
Waste of time !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fairly lame through most of it. There was nothing happening. Then at the end the barn burns down but that was not entirely clear because there was no drama or response to the barn burning down. Maybe the author is tired of this character and should go on to another one. The only reason I read the entire book is that it had already been entered on my book list of Books Read 2010.