The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (The Cat Who... Series #28)

The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (The Cat Who... Series #28)

by Lilian Jackson Braun
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The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (The Cat Who... Series #28) by Lilian Jackson Braun

The residents of Pickax are about to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding. But in the midst of all the preparations, Qwill has to take time out to deal with Koko's strange new habit of dropping from balconies and landing in the oddest of places-and a couple that has mysteriously gone missing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515142419
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/26/2006
Series: Cat Who... Series , #28
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 155,961
Product dimensions: 4.40(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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 Berkley Publishing Group reintroduced Braun to the public with the publication of an original paperback, The Cat Who Saw Red. Within two years, Berkley released four new novels in paperback and reprinted the three mysteries from the sixties. Since then, G.P. Putnam’s Sons has published seventeen additional novels in the Cat Who series. Braun passed away in 2011.


North Carolina

Date of Birth:


Date of Death:

June 4, 2011

Place of Birth:


Place of Death:

South Carolina


Graduated from high school at age 16

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A master of mystery. (People)

Read these books if you want to forget your troubles. (Ft. Myers Beach Bulletin)

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The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (The Cat Who... Series #28) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My sister and I have been reading and re-reading Ms. Braun's wonderful mysteries for years, and find the series so enjoyable and satisfying, that a Cat Who... book is being read by one or both of us every week of the year. Ms. Braun has helped us through some rough patches with her believable and lovable characters - we know some of these people! We both immediately questioned the source of The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell, and have difficulty recognizing Ms. Braun as the author. Though it is certainly far better than I would be able to pen, it is not true to Braun's style. I understand that more beloved characters are dismissed from the series in The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers. Unless we are informed to the contrary, we are not reading that one. Rather, we will continue to re-read the series from the first book, The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, through The Cat Who Went Bananas. The couple of dozen-plus books with which Braun has blessed us will still be entertaining us many years from now. We thank her sincerely for sharing her talent, her intelligence and knowledge, and her keen observance of human and animal nature with her fellow lovers of mystery and felines. She has maintained a high standard of decency in a medium in which many compromise their craft, and she has our respect as well as our affection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sorry, Ms Braun, but this TCW was not up to your usual standard. I have read most of the earlier books and was very disappointed in this one. It was bitsy, bits of this and bits of thread to it, no consistant theme. Readers were left dangling about one suspected murder--the cousins who went shootong rabbits--and the other 2 murders didn't seem to have much point. Some say the books are being written by a committee. This one certainly reads like that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this book. Most of the plot lines didn't go anywhere. Did she really write this? It didn't seem to fit her formula. If she isn't having fun with it any more, it is time to stop. I have read every one of the books she has written. I hope The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers will be better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the "Cat Who..." books and was dissapointed with this. The plot was similar but things dropped and not explained. Too many details not followed through. Not up to the usual standards.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with all the prior review about this not be Ms. Braun's best work. I was left with an extremely let-down feeling when I finished it. Jim Q. definitely does not have the same personality as in previous books and has become quite a boring person and not very interested in anything beyond his little part of the world. These books have been going downhill since The Cat Who Brought the House Down. I started reading them because they were engaging and had definite likeable and non-likeable characters. I will have to seriously consider whether I buy any future books unless they go back to the previous style. Even then, so many characters have been killed off for no reason, it may be hard to get back into it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You don't have to include a murder, I just love being with Quill and the cats, but please if you're going to copy LJB or continue her series, please at least study her style!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is part of the 'series' now apparently written by a team of writers who have not even had the courtesy of reading Ms. Braun's much earlier works for reference---the lack of consistency and poor attention to detail insult her and her many fans. The publisher may simply want to keep the franchise around--legions of readers devoted to Koko and YumYum buy many books!--but clearly, it is time for Ms.Braun's name to be retired. Someone said she had given an interview to the Detroit paper last year. Actually it was in 1989. This book and at least four others before it offer no fresh plots, instead putting hurried and bizarre scenarios together into chapters that stumble over one another.Newcomers to the series should read her earliest titles in the series to experience the joys of a fun-filled read. Devoted readers should stop buying the new titles. I know, some reviewers insist Ms. Braun is still writing every word, and if she is, that's proof that she has lost interest in her characters and their adventures. 'The Cat Who Took Retirement' should be the next, and final, installment in what once was pleasurable reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Normally, I don't agree with the literary critics but this time I do. The Publisher's Weekly review described precisely what I felt after finishing the book. I've read all the 'Cat Who..' books and this one, I'm very sorry to say, is just not up to the author's previous great work. I was very disappointed. It's a fast review of the characters' backgrounds for the first time 'Cat Who..' reader but lacks the energy and creativity of her earlier works. It read like someone trying to meet a deadline and was terribly repetitive throughout as though trying to just fill in space. The thin plotline felt secondary to describing the human & animal players. I fear it wouldn't entice me to read the earlier works if I were new to the series. I'm not sure I look forward to her future 'Cat Who...' books and can only hope this was a fluke and that Ms. Braun's future stories about Qwilleran and the cats will flow once again with the creative pizzaz for which she is known and loved.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Cat Who Dropped A Bombshell' is Braun's biggest disappointment and weakest effort: weak plot, weak characters, and Koko's famous mystery-solving skills are almost nonexistent because there is an almost nonexistent mystery! In fact, the mystery is completely overshadowed by Jim Qwilleran's fitful attempts to find something to write about in his 'Qwill Pen' column. It seemed as though Ms. Braun was attempting to include every character she has ever written about in the past few books, perhaps trying to tie up loose ends, and giving each one only the briefest mention. In past books, Ms. Braun has displayed a wealth of knowledge of gourmet food, literature, architecture, trains, antiques and even goats, but in this book she merely writes about...well...nothing. I felt the writing was unworthy of Ms. Braun's previous efforts, seemingly written for a group of 6 or 7 year olds, not adults who have loved and collected her books for years. The very, very simple writing style (short, declarative sentences and choppy paragraphs) was an insult to her intelligent readers, who are legion. The lack of descriptive detail, which is so relished by her readers, is only slightly relieved in the last chapter, giving the impression that Ms. Braun was rushing to get the book written. I wonder if Ms. Braun should drop a bombshell of her own and put the series to rest?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up because I have enjoyed the other "cat who" books for easy reading. I found that this book did not come up to the usual standards. It couldn't have been too awful, because I finished the book; but I didn't find it nearly as well plotted or as interesting as the others in the series. A disappointment, to say the least.
FrancesEvlin More than 1 year ago
I love Braun's characters. Her books are delightful, easy reading. But this one is not as satisfying as her previous books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Lilian Jackson Braun's 'Cat Who' series for a long time, and have read all of the earlier books. 'Bombshell' is a disappointment. It's not up to the high standards Ms. Braun set for herself in most of the previous titles. Qwill and supercat Koko have little involvement in crime solving in this one, and two recurring characters are killed off to no real purpose in advancing the plot. Those deaths are mentioned only in passing, and Qwill seems strangely unmoved by them-- nor are there any traditionally grand Moose County funerals for either character. One of the murder plots in this book is so patently obvious that even the less astute Yum Yum could have solved it singlehandedly, and that's hardly what we've come to expect from L.J.B. There are rumors that, because of Ms. Braun's advanced age, she is no longer writing the 'Cat Who' stories, but they are being ghostwritten. With 'Bombshell,' that seems possible. It is almost as if someone took Ms. Braun's outlines for three of four future stories and strung them together, without fully fleshing out the plot (or subplots). It's always fun to visit with the denizens of Moose County, but I'd rather spend time with them in their earlier appearances in print.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this edition of a long line of excellent story lines lacking creativity. The usual inclusion of funeral details were missing. Qwil has turned into an instant money bag that solves every problem with the K Fund. Mrs Jackson has in the past killed charming characters, but the deaths outside the main plot meant nothing. I'm disappointed in what has been a most enjoyable series of stories.
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She smiled and settled down into the soft moss, wincing as a pain jabbed her side, but like every other time, she thought nothing of it and pushed it to the back of her mind. She rested her head onto her matted side and fell into a dreamless sleep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting, but not as good as the previous books in the series.
terpOK More than 1 year ago
Who wrote this? This is not only not up to the standard of the rest of the books so far, it's like someone else tried to write it. Qwill just isn't much of a character in here. The cats, Koko especially, is not really involved. I have read the following book and believe something happened that we don't know about. Be prepared for #27, #28 and #29 to disappoint.
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Mystery?? As I read, I began to wonder how this book got published. (It isn't easy to get published these days.) Nothing happens.  The book has no substance, no plotline, no purpose.  The leading character is likable enough, the town discribed somewhat, but the other characters are not interesting or even filled out much.  The mystery for me seemed to be: will I be able to stay awake and finish this bomb in time for bookclub?  And why was this listed under mysteries?  There were two murders mentioned of people we didn't know, but no investigation, no conclusion.  Guess someone was arrested but nobody seemed to care.  And this author has written 28 books??!!         
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