The Cat Who Tailed a Thief (The Cat Who... Series #19)

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The delightful New York Times bestselling mystery series continues with "another winner!" (Austin American-Statesman)

In this latest installment, prizewinning reporter Jim Qwilleran—along with his lovable Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum—solve a mystery that arises when a local banker dies under suspicious circumstances, leaving behind a flashy young widow, an unfinished house-restoration project, and a trail of clues as elusive as a cat burglar ...

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Overview

The delightful New York Times bestselling mystery series continues with "another winner!" (Austin American-Statesman)

In this latest installment, prizewinning reporter Jim Qwilleran—along with his lovable Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum—solve a mystery that arises when a local banker dies under suspicious circumstances, leaving behind a flashy young widow, an unfinished house-restoration project, and a trail of clues as elusive as a cat burglar in the night . . .

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Nothing is sacred in this latest installment of the trials and tribulations of life in Moose County, "400 miles north of everywhere," as locals face a green Christmas, an outbreak of petty larceny and a tacky new resident. As the holidays approach, someone has taken to stealing small articles of apparently little value-gloves, sunglasses, a bag of old clothes, an antique doll. But these seem minor distractions from larger matters, like the new banker, Willard Carmichael, and his wife, Danielle, a flashy young woman with big hair who teeters on spiked heels as she flirts with an uncooperative newspaper columnist, Qwilleran, seen last in The Cat Who Said Cheese (1996). Willard fits right in, devoting himself to restoring Pleasant Street's Victorian homes with the help of Danielle's cousin, Carter Lee James, a preservation consultant. Just after Christmas, Willard is killed in a mugging in Detroit; then a local boy is arrested for the petty thefts and an old friend becomes engaged to James, all events that raise Qwill's suspicions and inspire strange behavior in his sleuthing cats, Koko and Yum Yum. Cranky and sometimes acerbic, Qwill fights off the sentimentality of the season while investigating the world of historically correct renovations. By springtime, with the help of Koko in particular, he brings a murderer and thief to justice in an accomplished mystery that is as smooth as the season's first snowfall.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Nothing is sacred in this latest installment of the trials and tribulations of life in Moose County, "400 miles north of everywhere," as locals face a green Christmas, an outbreak of petty larceny and a tacky new resident. As the holidays approach, someone has taken to stealing small articles of apparently little value-gloves, sunglasses, a bag of old clothes, an antique doll. But these seem minor distractions from larger matters, like the new banker, Willard Carmichael, and his wife, Danielle, a flashy young woman with big hair who teeters on spiked heels as she flirts with an uncooperative newspaper columnist, Qwilleran, seen last in The Cat Who Said Cheese (1996). Willard fits right in, devoting himself to restoring Pleasant Street's Victorian homes with the help of Danielle's cousin, Carter Lee James, a preservation consultant. Just after Christmas, Willard is killed in a mugging in Detroit; then a local boy is arrested for the petty thefts and an old friend becomes engaged to James, all events that raise Qwill's suspicions and inspire strange behavior in his sleuthing cats, Koko and Yum Yum. Cranky and sometimes acerbic, Qwill fights off the sentimentality of the season while investigating the world of historically correct renovations. By springtime, with the help of Koko in particular, he brings a murderer and thief to justice in an accomplished mystery that is as smooth as the season's first snowfall. Mystery Guild and Readers Digest Condensed Book selection; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
Yet another chapter in the saccharine saga of Pickax, a far northern town where bad things keep happening to good people (The Cat Who Said Cheese, 1996, etc.). The town's moving spirit is zillionaire Jim Qwilleran, who, accompanied by prescient cats Koko and Yum-Yum, has just moved for the winter months into a condo in Indian Village. Jim's column in the Moose County Something puts him in the center of Pickax's social scene, currently abuzz over Danielle, bride of new banker Willard Carmichael. Danielle's shrill persona and vulgar style mark her as a town misfit. That doesn't apply to her visiting cousin Carter Lee, a low-key, personable architect much interested in Pleasant Street's row of old mansions, which he wants to restore and have placed in the Historic Register. There's also gossip about a recent series of large thefts. All this gives way to shock when banker Carmichael, on a business trip to Detroit, is mugged and fatally shot. Danielle is soon back in circulation and Carter Lee continues to press his preservation scheme, at the same time courting Lynette, the 40ish, never married sister-in-law of Jim Qwilleran's best friend, Polly Duncan. Jim, in full Scots dress, is best man at the wedding. News from New Orleans of Lynette's death (of gastrointestinal complications) starts signals flying from Koko and Yum-Yum, prompting Jim to get to the bottom of it all.

Dolls, dirks, dowsers, and kilts, along with folklore and cat lore—all clutter the story, and the murder puzzle, minus suspense or surprise, barely emerges from the flow. Die-hard cat and cozy fans may cheer. For others, a benign waste of time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515122404
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Series: Cat Who... Series , #19
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 252,867
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 0.74 (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 5, 2014

    Great read!!!

    Another great mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Bellespot

    As she pads to res 6 Jaggedkit and Blackkit jump on her back.

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    Posted August 15, 2013

    Owlkit

    A small kit stumbles in. May i join? She askes

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    Posted August 23, 2013

    Fadedusk

    Do any kits need a mentor?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Stonepaw bio

    Is a light gray tom with dark gray stripes. Has forest green eyes and used to be in sunclan. Is 9 moons old.

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    Posted August 20, 2013

    Bravepaw

    He yawned, helping in hiding herbs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Dawnspot

    Sorted herbs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Twigpelt

    Twigpelt got catnaped by a twoleg. The twoleg looked familiar. It was a xatnaper who put him behind bars. Stupid catnaper thought that i wouldent escape. But i did. I squeezed through the bars and ran off. And ca.e to the old. Old camp. Went to dary. Then here. He saw his son and daughter. Then smiled. Bulletshot sat next to bouldersmoke. The slightly smiled at his friend fawn. Then looked down. " sorry that i was gone a while. I got catnaped too but from a different twoleg. Ha he fed me to death. Ao i escaped. I may smell like a kittypet for a while." He looked at his declawed claws. Onely one was sharp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Python

    Look at all the easy targets!!!

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    Posted June 14, 2013

    Blackcloud

    What it was like...To be alive... *starts to cry*

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    Heatherpaw

    What

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Maplejay

    "I'll guard the entrance unless anyone here needs help." She said.

    •Maplejay•••

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Briarkit

    ((Okay. D you like my cat's description?))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Fox

    Left in her last post. And if u want cobwebs there in itty bitty shreds over there. Along with all the other shreded herbs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Softstar

    "Yeah. Had connection probs."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    The Leader's Den

    On one side of the Emberstone is a large crack, which is just large enough for a cat to squeeze through. Inside is a slightly long tunnel, leading to what might have been an old rabbit burrow once. However, countless exits and enterances have made this tunnel wider, and the den at the end comfortable for several cats to sleep, or talk. Markings and pictures have been etched on the walls of this den, and a pile of dusty bedding lies in one corner. This is the leader's den, where they can converse with their Clanmates and sleep after a long and tiring day.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Highly recommend!

    The best in the series yet! I can't wait for the next onel

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

    I thoroughly enjoy tis series. Well written, full of amazing detail and interesting facts. Love the town of m"Pickax" feel like i personally know the folks there.

    Very enjoyable book. Read the whole series.I give this 4 stars. Any of these books in the series guarantee a few hours of quiet, pleasant time spnt in a lovely little town with great characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2006

    purrfect

    A nether wonderful book by Ms. Braun I have read almost all of the Cat Who books.

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