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

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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...

Jim Qwilleran packs up the cats and moves into a mansion ...

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Overview

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...

Jim Qwilleran packs up the cats and moves into a mansion in town for the winter. While Koko and Yum Yum play, Qwill turns his attention to two suspicious deaths: the mansion's former owner and a local farmer. The case is going nowhere until Koko unearths surprising evidence that someone is willing to kill to supress.

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Editorial Reviews

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: Jove
  • Publication date: 3/28/1994
  • Series: Cat Who... Series , #15
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 274,766
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.84 (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 January 30, 2006

    The Cat Who Went Into The Closet

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Great read!!!

    An interesting mystery with super-sleuth, Koko.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    Qwill is great!

    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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  • Posted December 8, 2010

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    Cat helps solve murder

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2006

    Author showing age.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2005

    Pretty Good

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2003

    Can't Believe It

    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!.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2003

    Great Read

    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.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2002

    If you like siamese cats...

    This book is pretty good, but it doesn't really have an ending or much suspense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2003

    Great for anyone looking for a little light reading...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2000

    The Cat Who Went Into the Closet

    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.

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