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The Cat Who Smelled a Rat (2001)

av Lilian Jackson Braun

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Fiction. Mystery. HTML:Jim Qwilleran and his extraordinary Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum have more than one fire to put out when a deadly arsonist sets Moose County ablaze in this mystery in the New York Times bestselling Cat Who series.
The way Jim Qwilleran sees it, there??s nothing worse than being left high and dry. But that??s exactly where he??s been ever since a record-breaking drought hit Moose County. He??s bedraggled. Beleaguered. And, following a rash of fires at local historic mine sites, deeply bewildered. Some blame the blazes on bad weather conditions, but Qwill??s thinking arson. And when a mysterious explosion is followed by a blood-chilling murder, he starts seriously praying for snow??and answers. Good thing Koko can smell trou… (mer)
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After the last couple of books seeming to have less and less of Qwilleran doing any real investigating, he shows us here what he's capable of, digging into matters, asking questions, and getting to the truth of the various calamities. Though this book brings yet another weather extremity, it doesn't affect the residents of Moose County as much as some of the previous ones did and adds suspense to the story in a way I enjoyed. And it's always more interesting when one of the locals is heavily involved in the mystery, especially as the culprit! I felt like this one was a long time coming, though I won't say any more to avoid spoilers.

What baffles me, though, is that there is a series of haikus included in the book, and not only do none of them follow the 5 syllables-7 syllables-5 syllables pattern, they don't even have 17 syllables in any format! I guess Braun is better at prose than she is at poetry, though it's certainly majorly out of character for Qwilleran to not make note of this or for Polly and the other judges to choose winners that aren't correct at all. Still, that's a minor quibble in the grand scheme of things. I can't believe I'm down to 6 books left in the series! I hope to find some more gems in those final books! ( )
  Kristi_D | Sep 22, 2023 |
Light little mystery. ( )
  talon2claw | Dec 31, 2022 |
A rash of fires could be from the hot and dry weather, but Jim Qwilleran thinks it might be arson. Then there's an explosion and a murder.
  BLTSbraille | Sep 7, 2021 |
I love this series!

I can hardly believe I've finished the 23rd novel in this series. Some might say that reporters have a nose to sniff out a story but James (friends call him Qwill) Qwilleran has twitches of his salt-and-pepper mustache with help from KoKo's (short for Kao K'o Kung and one of his 2 Siamese cats) exceptional intuition. It's the time of year prior to the "Big One" otherwise known as the first huge snowstorm of the season in Pickax in Moose County and this year everyone is anxious for the storm to commence to end a serious drought that is plaguing the area with the severe dryness causing fires. As the story proceeds I was reminded of three (3) pleasures of why I am so entertained by each book.

• Qwill is planning a book to be entitled, "Short and Tall Tales" with each tale having a legendary quality and a Moose County connection. As the stories are obtained the tales are shared over the course of several novels and each one is an amusing treasure.
• Qwill often visits different citizens of Pickax as part of his preparations in learning about new things that become interesting topics of "Qwill’s Pen." The twice- weekly column in the local newspaper, "Moose County Something" never fails to fascinate readers sometimes even engaging them in a contest. One of his visits to an artist in this book informed of the process of batik artistry. As Qwill learns about the topic I always learn something new even if I have some familiarity with the subject.
• As Qwill is out-and-about in the neighborhood running errands, frequenting local establishments for lunch, an afternoon treat, or dinner either alone or dining with friends, he will learn of someone that needs help with their business. Often he makes quiet recommendations for the next hire which the reader realizes picks up a thread from a previous novel in the series.

As always, I look forward to reading the next adventures of Qwill, KoKo, and Yum-Yum. ( )
  FerneMysteryReader | Dec 4, 2020 |
It was a interesting book. Unlike the last three books I had read in the series I really had no guess on who killed those three men and was setting all those brush fires. So I shall give the author props on keeping the reader guessing until the very end. She wraps everything that has happened in the book all together in the very last chapter, if you ask me in most books like that would seem like it was too quick and easy making it feel rushed to be done with and making the reader wish it was stretched out just a little bit more to make the ending better but Braun does a very nice job at making quickly ending the book in this fashion and make it seem not so bad. It ends clean and easy like all books should do. ( )
  Sam-Teegarden | Jun 2, 2018 |
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Fiction. Mystery. HTML:Jim Qwilleran and his extraordinary Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum have more than one fire to put out when a deadly arsonist sets Moose County ablaze in this mystery in the New York Times bestselling Cat Who series.
The way Jim Qwilleran sees it, there??s nothing worse than being left high and dry. But that??s exactly where he??s been ever since a record-breaking drought hit Moose County. He??s bedraggled. Beleaguered. And, following a rash of fires at local historic mine sites, deeply bewildered. Some blame the blazes on bad weather conditions, but Qwill??s thinking arson. And when a mysterious explosion is followed by a blood-chilling murder, he starts seriously praying for snow??and answers. Good thing Koko can smell trou

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