The Cat Who Sniffed Glue (The Cat Who... Series #8)

The Cat Who Sniffed Glue (The Cat Who... Series #8)

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by Lilian Jackson Braun
     
 

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Living in the peaceful city of Pickax may be restful, but it certainly isn't dull. At least not for one of the most eligible bachelors in town, veteran newspaperman Jim Qwilleran.

Having inherited millions, Qwilleran and his two feline companions, Koko and Yum Yum, are preparing to settle down into a life of purrfect luxury. That is, until the son of a

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Living in the peaceful city of Pickax may be restful, but it certainly isn't dull. At least not for one of the most eligible bachelors in town, veteran newspaperman Jim Qwilleran.

Having inherited millions, Qwilleran and his two feline companions, Koko and Yum Yum, are preparing to settle down into a life of purrfect luxury. That is, until the son of a rich banker and his wife are found murdered.

To the police, it looks like a robbery gone awry. But then Koko develops an odd appetite for glue. Qwilleran doesn't spot the clue until his beloved Siamese's taste for paste tangles them in a web of love, danger, and their stickiest case yet!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this tame, nonmysterious mystery, bucolic Pickax City, in Moose County (``400 miles north of everywhere'') is first disrupted by vandalism, then by murder. When Harley Fitch, vice-president of the Pickax Bank, and his wife, Belle, are found shot to death, police chief Brodie, a bagpipe-playing Scotsman, thinks that vandals, from neighboring, low-class Chipmonk are responsible. After three of the suspects die in a car accident, the case is effectively closed. But Jim Qwilleran (``former journalist, now heir to the Klingenschoen fortunea big man about 50, with graying hair, bushy moustache and doleful expression'') doesn't agree. Involved though he is in starting up a newspaper, juggling several platonic romances, redecorating his house and spoiling his Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum, he finds time to snoop around. He doesn't discover anything, except for the spotted pasts of the deceased. Eventually, the killer attacks Qwilleran and his identity is made known; there are no clues, no logical way for the reader to figure out whodunit. The author's device of introducing every scene with stage directions, and her reliance on stereotypical characters, may bore even the readers who find Koko and Yum Yum as irresistible as Braun ( The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare , The Cat Who Played Post Office ) does. Mystery Guild featured alternate. (September)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515099546
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1989
Series:
Cat Who... Series, #8
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
144,928
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

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The Cat Who Sniffed Glue (The Cat Who... Series #8) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a Cat owner Myself I just love these books the cat's are just adorable I highly recommend these books for anyone who Love's Cat's Like I do I will Definitely Be adding these books to my Library.... thumbs way up :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read most of Lilian Jackson Braun's books, and they are all wonderful. They are great mysteries, without any of the blood and gore of the adult books. I would definately reccommend this book to anybody who enjoys animals and mysteries.
dollvr713 More than 1 year ago
I have read every book in the series at least three times. I had all of the books in hard cover and paper back, but I relocated into smaller quarters and gave most of my books away, the library and a charity. So, I am replacing my favorites on my NOOK Tablet so that I can re-read them at my leisure. I love this series. I love cats, I happen to be a Tonkineese lover, but they are so like the old fashioned Siamese. This is a series that makes you feel like part of the family. I was so sorry when the series ended with the author's death. I had been reading the books since she published the third book in the early 1980's. I recommend the series to anyone who loves cats and a playful mystery. They make a wonderful read on quiet summer day. Of course, I read them all year round, but I admit that I most enjoyed them lounging under a tree in the back yard on a beautiful summer day. Try reading the series in order, it makes the experience more fun. You will fall in love with Jim and his two furry side-kicks as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS THE BEST MYSTERY BOOKTHAT I HAVE READ IN A LONG TIME SHE IS THE BEST AUTHOR
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it! An the curse? Hmm... i do not know. If i think of one i will post it. I hope you continue!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Owlpaw gasped in shock. *I have your soul? What does that mean?* She leaned foward. She slipped and fell. "Owlpaw?" Shadowpaw had spotted her! She quickly ran, as fast as sh could go. "Owlpaw! Owlpaw! What are you doing here?" He ran after her. Owlpaw ran and ran but the forest had no end. She slipped and woke up. <p> "Hey Miraclekit! What are you doing sleeping like that?!" Owlpaws eyes shot open. She scrambled to her feet. "S-sorry." Midnight cracked one eye open and gave a sound. Shadowpaw purred to Midnight. "Time to get up." He mewed. Then his gaze met Owlpaw's eyes. Owlpaw gasped. Instead of a sparkling arrogant blue, he had peircing green eyes. <p> Rainstar lept on High Rock and yowled, "Cats of Lightningclan! All old enough to catch their own prey gather at High Rock!" Owlpaw with Midnight, slowly sat down to listen. Rainstar began, "As you may already know, Dawnfeather has hurt herself and cannot continue training." Shocked gasps rippled through the crowd. "I will appiont Shadowpaw a new mentor. Yellowfox will be his mentor." Yellowfox purred and stepped foward to touch noses with him. "We also have rouge joining this clan. Midnight, step foward. You will now be Nightpaw. Your mentor will be me." Nightpaw purred and smiled at Owlpaw. Owlpaw purred back. <p> "Owlpaw." Mewed a voice. Owlpaw turned around. "Icecloud!" Icecloud purred. "Ready to hunt?" Owlpaw nodded. They both padded out. When they got there, Icecloud demonstrated the hunting crouch. "Copy it." She mewed. Owlpaw immediently dropped into a perfect crouch. Icecloud looked suprised. "Ok, I think I scent a mous over there. Catch it." Owlpaw silently slunk through the forest, her eyes on the mouse. She lept and felt her teeth sink into a warm furry body. She padded back to her mentor, te mouse dead in her mouth. Icecloud purred. "Very good! Let's head back to camp. You can give it to Falconswoop." Owlpa nodded and carried her kill back to camp. <p> When they got there, Nightpaw was chatting excitedlxuy to her friend about her first day out. Owlpaw nodded and smied, carrying her kill to the Elder's Den. Falconswoop was pleased. "Your first kill!" He purred happily. Owlpaw smiled an padded out with Nightpaw. But what she saw made her stop dead in her tracks. Shadowpaw trooped in, head bowed. He was carrying a bleeding Yellowfox. "Yellowfox is-is dead!" He yowled, creating a hush over camp. <p> (Cliffhanger! I want people to vote: What should Owlpaw's Curse be? I've pretty much got it planned but I need more ideas! Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed!) ~ TMS
alinefromabook More than 1 year ago
Jim Qwilleran and his cats Koko and Yum Yum are three of my all time favorite book characters. This book is the 8th in &quot;The Cat Who&quot; series. First some background: Jim Qwilleran is a newspaper reporter with a hobby of unraveling mysteries. Koko and Yum Yum are his two Siamese cats, both of whom came to him during the course of solving a mystery. The cats have a tendency to uncover clues. Qwilleran in a previous book inherited a fortune on the condition that he live in the town of Pickax, an upper Midwest mining town, for five years. In this book Qwilleran has joined the local community theatre group which is preparing a production to be performed in the new theatre space at the Klingenschoen mansion. Koko meanwhile has developed an interest in glue, specifically licking the glue off of envelopes and stamps. He has also developed a bad habit of tilting a painting of a ship which hangs over the sofa. One night a couple of the actors fail to show up for rehearsal and then the community finds out that Harley Fitch and his wife were shot in their home. The Fitch family has deep roots in Pickax and the father runs the local bank. Harley and his twin brother David are being groomed to take over when their dad retires. The police suspect a group of teenagers from nearby Chipmunk. Harley and David's mother is so upset she has a stroke and dies in the hospital. Their father then goes out and commits suicide rather than live without his wife. Finally, the group of teenagers from Chipmunk are killed in a car-train accident. The community assumes this is the end of the story but Qwilleran thinks there is more to it and Koko is still tilting that painting. And so, the snooping begins! If you are looking for an action-packed thriller than this is not the book for you. But if you like a mystery with well developed characters and a little quirkiness, and especially if you like cats than I think you will really enjoy this book and the others in this series. Happy reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One opening in the briar barrier led to a small and cozy den. Sunlight filtered in along with fresh air amd dappled the nests that lined the ground. Here tired apprentices could rest after a long day of training. -Apprentices Den-
michellena More than 1 year ago
Perfect easy reading for summer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is light and easy-to-read, but has a good dose of big city truisms & small town humor, colorful characters, and clever storylines.
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"For the love of Starclan, Spike, can't you keep your legs tucked under your body for one minute?" Mousetalon and Spike had outrun their pursuer and were resting. "Sorry, but they're always sprawled out like that." Spike chirped, and flicked his lizard tail.