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The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare (The Cat Who... Series #7)

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There's something rotten in the small town of Pickax?at least to the sensitive noses of newspaperman Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum. An accident has claimed the life of the local paper's eccentric publisher, but to Qwilleran and his feline friends it smells like murder. They soon sniff out a shocking secret, but Koko's snooping into an unusual edition of Shakespeare may prove CATastrophic...because somewhere in Pickax a lady loves not wisely but too well, a widow is scandalously merry, and a ...

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Overview

There's something rotten in the small town of Pickax—at least to the sensitive noses of newspaperman Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum. An accident has claimed the life of the local paper's eccentric publisher, but to Qwilleran and his feline friends it smells like murder. They soon sniff out a shocking secret, but Koko's snooping into an unusual edition of Shakespeare may prove CATastrophic...because somewhere in Pickax a lady loves not wisely but too well, a widow is scandalously merry, and a stranger has a lean and hungry look. The stage is set for Qwilleran, Koko, Yum Yum, and the second act of murder most meow...

An accident has claimed the life of the local paper's eccentric publisher, but to Qwilleran and his feline friends it smells like murder. They soon sniff out a shocking secret, but Koko's snooping may prove CATastrophic. The newest addition to the spectacular "Cat" mysteries series. Original.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Vastly wealthy due to his inheritance of the Klingenschoen estate in Pickax City way up North, Jim Qwilleran now enjoys the eccentricities of life in Moose County. Series fans will know about his pampered pair of Siamese cats; Koko, the male, pushes various Shakespeare plays off the shelf in Qwilleran's library, presumably commenting on events that excite and scandalize the town: the ``accidental'' death of the newspaper publisher, the disastrous fire that destroys the office, etc. A comfortable, quaint diversion, with interesting character names, wry remarks about feline behavior, and a deus ex machina protagonist. REK
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515095821
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1988
  • Series: Cat Who... Series , #7
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 193,365
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted March 3, 2013

    Braun at her best! Don't miss this one

    Lilian Jackson Braun outdid herself in this fanciful book. As always Qwil is there but better than ever is Koko's curiosity and clever direction to solving the mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2002

    Another Winner

    Why four you ask? First of all the book was really good and I thought if it was an assignment for a class, it would be in the A or B range. One problem that I had, was in a few spots it got a little too dry for me. There just wasn't enough content to keep my interest. Another reason that it wasn't a perfect score was the fact that some of the characters' emotions don't seem to fit the situation. There was a point that really sticks out to me as being just weird. A character looses something important and just lets it roll of his/her back like it was no big deal. The thing at really pulled me into this book though was the fact that it was a mystery. I was kept guessing the whole time and there were no gross descriptions in it that could turn my stomach. It was a good old-fashioned mystery with a little twist like the other, 'The Cat Who¿' books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2002

    murder mystery

    Senior goodwinter has had a car accident off of an old plank bridge, but is it suicide or murder? Qwill's cat Koko has a strange taste for the book by Shakespeare, the 'Hamlet'. Could it be Polly who loves Shakespeare who caused the accident....You will never guess who until one sentence near the end. READ THIS BOOK!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2000

    Very Good!!!!!

    Before I write anything about the book, I want to say something. It is a great book!!!!! hahahah anyway please don't say anything bad about it!!

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