The Cat Who Said Cheese (The Cat Who... Series #18)

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Everything smells in Pickax when a killer invades the Great Food Expo. Luckily, Qwill is on the scene, his mustache twitching with suspicions. In her 18th Cat Who... mystery, best selling author Lilian Jackson Braun sends Qwill and the cats on a trail that will demand all their feline intuition and mustachioed insight.

A brand-new "Cat Who . . ." mystery by the author of The Cat Who Blew the Whistle and The Cat Who Came to Breakfast. Something smells in Pickax! As ...

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Overview

Everything smells in Pickax when a killer invades the Great Food Expo. Luckily, Qwill is on the scene, his mustache twitching with suspicions. In her 18th Cat Who... mystery, best selling author Lilian Jackson Braun sends Qwill and the cats on a trail that will demand all their feline intuition and mustachioed insight.

A brand-new "Cat Who . . ." mystery by the author of The Cat Who Blew the Whistle and The Cat Who Came to Breakfast. Something smells in Pickax! As the Great Food Explo is set to begin, there is a killer determined to make it an event Pickax City will never forget. Enter Qwill, Koko, and Yum Yum, with suspicions that a bomb meant to explode at the opening ceremonies is meant as something stronger than a warning.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One of the best in the 19-title Cat Who . . . series (one of which is a short-story collection), this latest adventure finds newspaper columnist Jim Qwilleran more likable and his feline sleuthing partners, Siamese Yum Yum and Koko, more intuitive than ever. The small town of Pickax City is about to celebrate the Great Food Expo when a stranger moves into the community's dismal, but only, hotel. Both events engage even the reticent Qwill, as townsfolk get ready for restaurant openings and a pastry bake-off while trying to find out more about the mysterious woman. Qwill gets the jump on everyone when he runs into the woman at his summer cabin, but before he can learn much about her, a bomb explodes in her hotel room while she is out and kills one of the staff. When the woman then vanishes, Qwill suspects she is a fugitive fearing for her life. While the police investigate, attention is redirected toward the Food Expo, in which Qwill participates as both food judge and bachelor auction prize. But the hotel bombing and the mysterious woman are never far from his thoughts, nor from the inspired cogitations of Koko, who neatly untangles a web of eccentric characters and mistaken identities. Mystery Guild and Readers Digest Condensed Book selection; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Cat lovers purr at the mention of Braun's best-selling series (e.g., The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, Putnam, 1995), which features a pair of feline detectives. Here, the cats match whiskers with a murderer during a food festival.
Barbara Duree
The year-round residents of Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere, are enlivening the postsummer doldrums with plans for a fall Great Food Explo--and with gossip about a mystery woman registered at the Pickax City Hotel. Philanthropist/journalist/amateur detective Jim "Quill" Qwilleran, with his two Siamese gourmand/sleuth cats Koko and Yum Yum, becomes involved not only in the cheese-tasting part (20 different varieties) but also in solving a bombing at the hotel and subsequent murder of one of the witnesses. While the author retains familiar human characters and introduces a few new ones, Quill's famous felines continue to hold center stage. An ingenious plot, colorful characters, and delightful humor ("There are disadvantaged cats out there who don't know where their next mouse is coming from!" ) commend this eighteenth (and hopefully still counting) book in Braun's popular series of cat mysteries to literate ailurophiles, both old and new.
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A bomb rocks a hotel, killing a housekeeper. Qwill, Koko, and Yum Yum suspect that the blast was more than a warning. But what? And why? Finding out is the fun part because you'll encounter some of the most witty and original fare in the genre.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515120271
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Series: Cat Who... Series , #18
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 160,151
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 0.77 (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 June 14, 2014

    Icefire

    Icefire curled up. She cried softly. Tears running down her muzzle. She hoped that she could just be alone. (Okay, something is wrong with Icefire. Also, I was at a friends house with another friend and all hier brothers. My brother was not there. Then the young ones left and we play soccer, nerf, made videos for what seemed like forever. We had to do the same one over and over to get the punch right. I am so glad I was filming it. No rugburns for me! Heehee. But I did rip the skin off my ear.)~Icefire
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2014

    Great read!!!

    Another great mystery.

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    The cat who does it all

    Have enjoyed these books by Lillian Jackson Braun for a few years now. Am very happy that I came upon them in B&n book store. Recently have passed some of them on to my 12 year old granddaughter. She has had a love of books from an early age and is enjoying them as well.

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    Posted December 27, 2011

    Great book

    I love these books

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

    cheese it

    one her better stories, although predictable, it was entertaining.

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