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

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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...

Trouble literally lands in Jim Qwilleran's own ...

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Overview

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...

Trouble literally lands in Jim Qwilleran's own backyard when the local theatre's universally disliked director is found dead in Qwilleran's apple orchard. Qwilleran and his two feline detectives search for an actor who is playing the part of a killer. "Some of the most witty original fare in the genre."--New York Daily News.

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

  • ISBN-13: 9780515107869
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1992
  • Series: Cat Who... Series , #12
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 198,054
  • Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.72 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.76 (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 May 24, 2014

    Adorable

    Wonderful ending

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Great read!!!

    Interesting mystery with a twist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    love the barn

    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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  • Posted July 11, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    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 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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  • Posted February 7, 2010

    Koko's cardinal flies high!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2006

    what

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2006

    eh... it was decent

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2002

    Awesome!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2000

    Great!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2000

    The Cat Who Captivated Me

    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!

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