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The Cat Who Saw Stars (The Cat Who... Series #21)
     

The Cat Who Saw Stars (The Cat Who... Series #21)

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by Lilian Jackson Braun
 

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UFOs in Mooseville? Rumors abound that a backpacker's been abducted, and Jim Qwilleran's sedate summer may be interrupted by an investigation—with the help of his own little aliens, Koko and Yum Yum...

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UFOs in Mooseville? Rumors abound that a backpacker's been abducted, and Jim Qwilleran's sedate summer may be interrupted by an investigation—with the help of his own little aliens, Koko and Yum Yum...

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Lilian Jackson Braun's new book is her 21st foray into the lives of Jim Qwilleran and the Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum, and it's a refreshingly written story that is, as usual with Braun, more than a mystery. It's called The Cat Who Saw Stars, and it takes Qwilleran and his feline colleagues up to Moose Lake for a little R & R, which quickly finds the trio looking into the disappearance of a backpacker. The population of Moose Lake and Pickax City will never be the same!

Sure, you remember Pickax City, with its population of 3,000, which might as well be the entire universe to most of its residents. The local paper is called the Something,and the most popular column in the Something is "Straight from the Qwill Pen," Qwilleran's own words of local wisdom, which purportedly draw more readers than the horoscope.

And you remember Yum Yum and Koko, the two cats whose instincts and actions sometimes outwit their owner himself. And who owns whom, anyway?

Right now, those of you who have not yet picked up a Lilian Jackson Braun novel are probably thinking that her books are only for cat lovers and cozy fans, but in fact, The Cat Who Saw Stars stands out as a simply told but major story about a quirky town and its fascinating denizens.

You'll be laughing from the first page, and the mystery, as it becomes darker, is anything but cozy. This is a first-rate story of eccentric characters and an eccentric world — and you will sink into it and fall in love with it from the opening pages.

Qwilleran takes his life in stride. He's inherited a ton of money but managestospread the wealth out to Pickax City. As a result, his every move is noticed by the locals.

Wherever he went in the county, he drew attention, being a good-looking fifty-plus and a well-built six-feet-two with a moustache of outstanding proportions. It had a droop that accentuated his melancholy demeanor, and his eyes had a brooding intensity. Yet friends knew him to be amiable, witty, willing to do favors, and fond of taking them to dinner.

What's not to like? But Qwill decides it's time for a break, so he heads up to his somewhat inhospitable cabin on Moose Lake with the bewhiskered pals, and even there, he can't escape his attraction to a mystery.

Don't miss The Cat Who Saw Stars. Whether you've read the other books in the series or not, you'll find this one an amazing read. Braun mixes the humor of a Will Rogers with the characterizations of a Mark Twain, and it's all wrapped up in her own wonderful sense of mystery.

You'll be bowled over by this one, and you might just need to go catch up on the other 20 adventures of Qwilleran and the cats.

Douglas Clegg is the author of numerous novels, including The Halloween Man and Bad Karma, written under his pseudonym, Andrew Harper. His recent Bram Stoker-nominated short story, "I Am Infinite, I Contain Multitudes," can be found in the anthology The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Volume 11.

—Barnesandnoble.com

Tampa Tribune-Times
The Cat Who Saw Starsis Braun's 21st Cat Who Mystery novel and she hasn't lost her touch. Her Human characters are funny and familiar, while the two Siamese, Koko and Yum Yum, still sparkle. Reading this book is like dropping in on old and very dear friends.
People Magazine
A new caper from "a master of mystery who knows exactly when to let the cat out of the bag."
Library Journal
In Braun's 25th "Cat" mystery, Quill is fighting rumors that aliens are visiting Moose County while feisty feline Koko keeps gazing at the stars. Very mysterious.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515127393
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/03/2000
Series:
Cat Who... Series , #21
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
192,123
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.66(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Lilian Jackson Braun (1913-2011) was the author of the "Cat Who¿" books, a series beloved by cozy mystery readers and cat fans alike. Braun’s novels starred former newspaper reporter James Qwilleran and his two Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum, who help him solve crimes.

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 Saw Stars (The Cat Who... Series #21) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting mystery with a surprise ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Of course MS. Braun always hits it out of the park!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Lillian Jackson Braun wrote these books so that they are always a relaxing, easy read. Great stores and lovable characters.
PaigeAM More than 1 year ago
Lilian J. Braun keeps pumping them out! I love "The Cat Who" series! They are great little cozy mysteries to read when you want a break from the serial killers and page turners of today's Best Sellers. I have enjoyed her books featuring the "downunder" town with it's main character "Mr. Q and his famous Simese Cats that solve the mysteries. The stories are a series, but not to worry if you don't read them in order, you will soon get to know the characters and love them. In this book "The Cat Who Saw Stars" Mr Q has moved to his "Vacation Home" and supposed to be taking a vacation only to find that things are not so relaxing at the beach! Read it! You will be surprised at the ending.
HnB More than 1 year ago
Another great book from Braun! Every time I read one of her stories I feel like I take a vacation with Quill and the cats. Her writing style always draws me into the plot and I am never disappointed with the mystery. She knows cat lovers and senses the deep connection you can have with your four legged friends. Koko is always wise beyond his pretty kitty exterior, and Yum yum is the sweet sidekick! If you have never read her books do it! If you are a fan, then welcome home for another mystery awaits you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing! I fell in love with Koko and Yum Yum and can't wait for more! Lillian Jackson Braun has won me over.
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Blackfurs drowned body
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Vomits. Bluck. I wish life wasnt so hard keeping secerts. She shakes her head. She heaves up. Walks out of the camp
kimfd More than 1 year ago
If you love The Cat Who series, you will love this!
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Her best and I've read all of them. It leaves you wanting more, and wondering.
Guest More than 1 year ago
mrs braun's books are wonderfully written-light and fun- but yet exciting. real page turners. you love the human characters as well as the animal ones. and they say it can't be done today without sex and violence. Her readers would say,'poppycock' to that statement because she does it marvelously.