The Cat Who Went into the Closet (The Cat Who... Series #15)

The Cat Who Went into the Closet (The Cat Who... Series #15)

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by Lilian Jackson Braun, Greene
     
 

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Qwill's moved into the old Gage mansion—and the cats are on a treasure hunt! The house's fifty closets are crammed with several generations of junk, and while Qwill investigates two recent deaths—those of the mansion's former occupant and a local potato farmer—Koko investigates the contents of the closets. Qwill and the cats are unearthing some

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Qwill's moved into the old Gage mansion—and the cats are on a treasure hunt! The house's fifty closets are crammed with several generations of junk, and while Qwill investigates two recent deaths—those of the mansion's former occupant and a local potato farmer—Koko investigates the contents of the closets. Qwill and the cats are unearthing some suprising skeletons—and bringing long-buried secrets to light...

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Newspaperman, philanthropist and sleuth Jim Qwilleran leads a busy life in tiny Pickax City (pop. 3,000), but it is his prescient cats who beguile the reader in this lively mystery, the 16th in the Cat Who. . . series. Qwilleran is renting a huge but empty mansion from Junior Goodwinter, his managing editor, who inherited the white elephant from his feisty 88-year-old grandmother Euphonia Gage when she went to live in a Florida retirement community. When Euphonia is found dead, apparently a suicide, Junior is perplexed. He is still more confounded when her new will suggests that Grandma has gambled away her millions at the racetrack. The death of a local man whose wife was Euphonia's housekeeper raises the suspicions of the already skeptical Qwilleran. He sets up a sting operation with a lively Florida retiree, but his two best operatives are his Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum. Qwilleran, who can be gloomy, peevish, vain and demanding, is never dull. Other industrious inhabitants of Pickax City (an editor, a waitress, a dog trainer) are comparably unique and have enough sharp edges to avoid being cute. Of course, the cats get all the best lines. Mystery Guild selection. (Apr.)
Library Journal
After reporter Jim Qwilleran rents a Florida mansion, Siamese cat Koko drags items from several closets that provide clues to the suspicious death of the mansion's elderly and eccentric owner. Meanwhile, a local missing potato farmer with remote ties to the old woman turns up dead. Moose County's quaint characters and events provide yet again delightful diversion for Qwilleran and reader alike.
Barbara Dure
In Braun's latest cat mystery (the fifteenth of the series), Jill Qwilleran, the wealthy, middle-aged journalist with two pampered cats who has become Pickax City's most prominent citizen, rents the Gage mansion on Goodwinter Boulevard for the winter. When its owner, eccentric 88-year-old Euphonia Gage, now living in a Florida retirement village called the Park of Pink Sunsets, reportedly commits suicide, and Gil Inchpot, a potato farmer in nearby Brrr County, is found murdered, Koko and Yum Yum invade the mansion's 50 closets, unearthing clues that not only solve the two mysteries but also reveal a long-buried link between them. The plot this time seems less contrived and the humor more natural. Faithful readers will find Qwilleran's Pickax friends all present and accounted for and the behavior of his Siamese companions as engagingly feline as ever.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515113327
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1994
Series:
Cat Who... Series, #15
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
174,753
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.84(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile:
860L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

"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.

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 Went into the Closet (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Cat Who Went Into The Closet is a dual mystery by Lilian Jackson Braun. Qwill has moved from his comfortable and cozy barn, to the old Gage mansion, complete with 50 closets crammed with generations of junk for Koko to scavange through! Almost immediately, Koko starts rummaging in the closets, appearing with items related to the mansion's prior occupant, 88-year old Euphonia Gage who has moved to Florida. Some of the litter Koko fishes out include canceled checks, an old bankbook, nail clippers, foot powder, a man's sock, purple ribbons, and a ring. What do these mean? What is Koko on to now? This is what Qwill is determined to find out. It isn't long after Koko's puzzling actions, when news arrives that Mrs. Gage has committed suicide. Qwill simply can't reason to why she would do such a thing, when her life seemed so care-free. Qwill gets suspicious and begins his own little investigation of the retirement community where Euphonia lived. He starts by calling Mrs. Gage's Florida next door neighbor, and soon enough, she is working hand in hand with him a secret agent. As Qwill ponders suspects connected with the retirement community, another mystery arises when a local potato farmer has disappeared right before harvesting time. Qwill's suspicion heats up to it's peak when he finds out some interesting relations between the two mysteries, and hunts for an answer and... I won't give away the ending, but I certainly do recomend this book to anyone who enjoys curling up by the fireplace with a good mystery that will still let you sleep peacefully. I did this book for a report in school and was glad I picked this one. The Cat Who... series is one of my favorites and I just can't favor one book over another! But I truely would give this book all the stars in the sky if I could. Read it...you won't be disappointed. :-) -Michelle
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting mystery with super-sleuth, Koko.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of Lilian Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who..." books are great light summer reading. I have enjoyed them as I am reading them in the order they were written - 20 years ago.
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DSaff More than 1 year ago
Can a cat sense danger and help solve crimes? "The Cat Who Went Into the Closet" will make you a believer. Jim Qwilleran (Qwill) is renting the Gage mansion in Pickax and has brought his two Siamese cats (Koko and YumYum) with him. While both cats have attitudes, Koko seems to have an affinity for "finding" things and exploring. While trying to figure out what Koko is doing, Qwill hears that the former owner of the mansion has committed suicide in Florida. Qwill begins an investigation into her death and makes many discoveries. Did Euphonia Gage really kill herself? Where will the objects Koko finds lead Qwill? This fun romp of a mystery kept me captivated as I wondered what Koko would do next. The murder mystery is also interesting, but a bit predictable. If you enjoy fun, relaxing, enjoyable reading, this is a book for you. It is perfect for a day at the beach, when you are homebound in the snow, or just relaxing in the backyard. Lilian Jackson Braun certainly makes the cats come to life!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
When I went into a small book store in tryon NC looking for some good books to read to help the last 2 weeks of summer vacation enjoyable, I couldn't find anything intill the bookkeeper sugested the Cat Who books. THE CAT WHO WENT INTO THE CLOSET SAT IN MY CLOSET sat in my closet for a week then I began reading it. It's not a really intense mystery but it's interesting. It's not my fav of all of the seris but... it was still really good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was a very good book, i luv'd the ending, but it didn't have ne suspense! that's what mystery's are supposed to be about! suspense! but i didn't see what happened at the end coming!.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have read all of Braun's books. And enjoy every minute of them. No real "mystery" but they are light reading and the comic antics of the cats are a real joy, especially if you belong to a cat of two, or three.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like mysteries that still let you sleep at night, any book in this series is perfect for you! As ususual, LJB does a superb job of piecing together the clues so that they don't make sense till you know "whudonit'! This is among my favorites of the series, as you are introduced yet again to some endearing (and enduring) characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty good, but it doesn't really have an ending or much suspense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you happen to own a cat or two and like to read mysteries you will love this book and any in the series. It has a little bit of comedy, suspense, and history that makes it appealing.Once I started reading, it was difficult to put the book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book over all was good but the author has turned Mr. Q into a nasty old person who hates kids, other peoples cats. And for someone who is supposed to be carefull with money he seems to go out of his way to engage a laywer just because the neighbor's cat marked his door.