The Cat Who Wasn't There (The Cat Who... Series #14)

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Qwill's on his way to Scotland—and on his way to solving another purr-plexing mystery. But this time Koko's nowhere the scene of the crime. He and Yum Yum are back in Pickax being coddled by a catsitter...but Koko won't sit still once Qwill's traveling party returns—minus one member. He's behaving oddly, and Qwill knows what that means: Koko may have been miles away from the murder scene, but he's just a whisker away from cracking the case!

Qwill agrees to join his ...

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Overview

Qwill's on his way to Scotland—and on his way to solving another purr-plexing mystery. But this time Koko's nowhere the scene of the crime. He and Yum Yum are back in Pickax being coddled by a catsitter...but Koko won't sit still once Qwill's traveling party returns—minus one member. He's behaving oddly, and Qwill knows what that means: Koko may have been miles away from the murder scene, but he's just a whisker away from cracking the case!

Qwill agrees to join his beloved Polly on a group tour of Scotland to keep her safe from the Pickax Prowler. On their sixth day in Scotland, however, the tour organizer--Polly's best friend Irma--dies of an apparent heart attack, and Qwill suspects foul play. Koko and Yum Yum may have been miles away from the scene of the crime, but they're just a whisker away from cracking the case. LG Alternate.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Pickax City columnist and wealthy bachelor Jim Qwilleran travels to Scotland, leaving his Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum at home, in one of the most lively recent entries in Braun's popular ``The Cat Who . . . '' series. Also on the Bonnie Scots Tour are Qwill's current woman friend, Polly Duncan, the Moose County librarian; and his recently returned former girlfriend, Dr. Melinda Goodwinter, who proposes marriage. Tour leader Irma Hasselrich (a friend of Polly's and a patient of Melinda's) dies of apparently natural causes; then a jewel case and the tour-bus driver disappear. Qwill, Polly and Melinda decamp the tour early; back in Pickax City, listening to tape recordings he made along the way--and to Koko's intuitive yowls--Qwill begins to suspect that Irma was murdered. Convincing others, however, takes time and an investigation. Although the cats play a smaller role in this installment than in previous ones, Braun's descriptions of Scottish lore and the complications of Qwill's love life will enchant fans. Mystery Guild selection; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates; audio rights to Dove. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515111279
  • Publisher: Jove
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Series: Cat Who... Series , #14
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 258,613
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 6.92 (h) x 0.81 (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 April 22, 2014

    Great read!!!

    Great mystery - a real "nail-bitter", but KoKo never fails to come to the rescue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2005

    i love this collection

    these books rule. they are so intesting. i enjoy these books a hole lot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2003

    Awesome Book

    I loved this novel! It has a lot of suspense, and its one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2001

    Great series for cat lovers and mystery readers!!

    When the Cat Who... books first caught my eye, I wasn't sure if they would be worth reading or not. But I wanted to try them so I bought The Cat Who Wasn't There and loved it. The Siamese cats, KoKo and YumYum, are fun detectives with a character all of their own. After reading this book, I started reading the other titles in the series and thoroughly enjoyed them all. I would recommend these delightful books to anyone who has pets and likes a light read.

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