The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal (The Cat Who... Series #12)

The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal (The Cat Who... Series #12)

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by Lilian Jackson Braun, Nye
     
 

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All the world's a stage—and now Jim Qwilleran's apple orchard hsa become the stage—for a real-life murder scene. The much-disliked director of the Pickax Theatre Club's Shakespeare production, Hilary van Brook, is found dead after the closing-night cast party...and with the help of his super-smart siamese, Qwill must cast a suspicious eye on all the

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All the world's a stage—and now Jim Qwilleran's apple orchard hsa become the stage—for a real-life murder scene. The much-disliked director of the Pickax Theatre Club's Shakespeare production, Hilary van Brook, is found dead after the closing-night cast party...and with the help of his super-smart siamese, Qwill must cast a suspicious eye on all the players—especially the ones pussyfooting around behind the scenes...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Retired journalist Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese cats solve a high school principal's murder. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515107869
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1992
Series:
Cat Who... Series, #12
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
188,678
Product dimensions:
6.72(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.76(d)
Lexile:
880L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

"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.

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 Knew a Cardinal (The Cat Who... Series #12) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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Wonderful ending
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Interesting mystery with a twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of Lilian Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who..." books are great light summer reading. I have enjoyed them as I am reading them in the order they were written - 20 years ago.
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carlosmock More than 1 year ago
The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal by Lillian Jackson Braun The 12th book of this series starts with Qwilleran settled into his new home in the town of Pickax City, in an old apple barn that has been restored and turned into living quarters. Jim Qwileran has inherited a fortune but must live in Moose county for several years before he can collect it. He writes a column for the local Paper: "The Qwill Pen." With the money from his inheritance, Qwilleran has formed a foundation and sponsors several projects. One of those projects is building a community theater, which has completed and a successful run of "Henry VIII." When the director, school principal Hilary VanBrook, had proposed this play nobody thought it would fly, but the unpopular director had pulled it off in high fashion. Following the final performance the cast and crew descended on Qwilleran's barn for the cast party. As was normal, the much-maligned VanBrook kept pretty much to himself but for some reason Koko found him very interesting. Once the party guests had all departed, Koko called Qwilleran's attention to a single car that was still outside. Going out to investigate, Qwilleran found a body with a very fresh gunshot wound inside the abandoned car. Determined to mind his own business this time the former reporter called the police and tried to stay out of the investigation. Koko however would have none of that and started leaving clues. Despite Koko's clues however, Qwilleran continued his hands off approach except for sniffing around the victim's house looking for an old book. Finally though, Qwilleran gave in and started to sniff around because Dennis Hough (pronounced Huff), his friend and builder of the barn, commits suicide in Qwilleran's barn and everyone is falsely accusing Mr. Hough of killing Mr. VanBrook. Along the road to solving this murder Qwilleran runs into several sub-plots that add a great deal to the story: a cat beauty pageant that turns into a riot and a horse race down in Lockmaster. On top of everything else, Qwilleran and Polly seem to be on the outs and Qwilleran is sure that the librarian has a new love interest. Like the previous books in this series, this book is filled with quirky and fun characters and features the wonderful backdrop of Moose County. The interaction between the characters is cleaver and imaginative and the cats are superbly portrayed. The mystery, while not always the center of the plot, is interesting and it is solvable. The clues are all there and if the reader pays close attention he/she can solve the mystery before Qwilleran.
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Daisycat More than 1 year ago
Koko continues to remind us all "What fool these mortals be". Despite his uncanny perception, he is indeed a sensitive cat. Do no tell him I said that.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
loved the book but how could qwilleran be so mean, saying all those lovey dovey things to polly and act like he was going to pop the question and then ask about her and steve why would he do that to her he doesnt seem like the kind ofguy to be so inconsiderate they are obviously perfect for each other. oh, and if this ever becomes a movie Dick Van Dike should play Qwilleran
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal was the third Cat Who... book i have read and found it to be the one i disliked the most. the story drifted from the murder and kept going to deadends. Polly and Mr. Qwilleran's relationship was a good point of the book, but that story also strayed. When Qwilleran kept coming back to the type blocks i found it irelevant, other than the cat grabing the ones with the animals. i thought some of the people introduced in the story just dissapeared as the story went on. i would say not to read this book if it your first Cat Who... book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the 1st 'Cat Who' book I have ever read. It was great! I'm not much of a reader,but this book was great! It was so cool! If you like murder mysteries (and even if you don't) this book is a must!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first LJB book I had read so when I first started reading I was Very confused but as I got the hang of it this book was great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the first 'Cat Who...' I read. The wittiness in the plot totally drew me into the story. I couldn't put the book down once Hilary VanBrook was murdered. Thanks to this story, I have now read 19 of the books in the series. Thank you, Ms. Braun!