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

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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 ...

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Overview

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515099546
  • Publisher: Jove
  • Publication date: 3/28/1989
  • Series: Cat Who... Series , #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 175,144
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Lilian Jackson Braun
Lilian Jackson Braun
For nearly four decades, cat lover Lilian Jackson Braun has been turning out mysteries in her The Cat Who...series, starring multifaceted sleuth Jim Qwilleran and his two helpful cats, Koko and Yum Yum. Wryly but tamely written, Braun's books prove that quaintness and crime need not be mutually exclusive.

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 January 6, 2011

    highly recommended

    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 :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2004

    Great Series

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    More of one of my favorite light reading series - always fun to re-read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2001

    WOW IT IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!

    THIS IS THE BEST MYSTERY BOOKTHAT I HAVE READ IN A LONG TIME SHE IS THE BEST AUTHOR

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Velvetstar to Horseclan

    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-

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  • Posted June 21, 2013

    Excellent series

    Perfect easy reading for summer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Good, quick mystery -- short, sweet & entertaining!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Patrick sniffed glue

    Once upon a time there was a cat namd patrick. He loved to sniff cyanide. One day while he was playing on the farm he ran into a cat that liked to sniff glue. His name was detective mittens he had bottle of glue in hand he was walking along with his girlfriend ms. Bossiey mctuna pants. She happend to have a bottle of cloriform in her trusty detective bag. Soon they came upon a dead wolly mammoth. At tjis point in time patrick the cat was creeping closer to them wanting ms bossiey mctuna pants cloriform. Patrick loved chloriform it was by far his first choice for professional human kidnapping. Then all of a sudden ms bossiey mctuna pants turn around and shoved patrick into the decaying wolly mamoth and he went sqwish through the body. He hissed and leaped up covered in wolly mammoth intestinals but tripped over the giant trachea. But little did he know the detective mitten had planed to hunt down all wolly mammoths and take the tracheas to a bbq that was planed to hapen nexted week. He was the master chef winner of the body part cooking season and he knew the perfect way to season mammoth tracheas and fry them to perfection. Soon when ever patrick the cat had relized what he had done he ran to his huge tree hut and sniffed some glue and cloriform to help him sleep. This was a beautiful and touching story about a cat with a drug addiction. It truly makes you realize how many cats in the world there are thar need help to overcone their addictions. When he finidhed sniffing glue, he fried up some tnkies and calked up his ghetto mama in th ho0d* he doob found out that his friend mr gingertail tunabreath was eating green rapes. The cat who dniffed glue then realised he slso liked green rapes so he asked for some green rapes too.i reccomnd this book for ages three to six.

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    Posted November 22, 2012

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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.

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    Twoleg Woman

    Closes and locks doors and windows. Sets up beds and food and water bowls for lilykit, seedkit, and blossomkit.

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