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Review: The Cat Who Saw Red

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The Cat Who Saw RedMy rating: 3 of 5 stars

Review
Qwill, KoKo and YumYum are at it again in The Cat Who Saw Red, the 4th book in Lilian Jackson Braun‘s “Cat Who” cozy mystery series. The interesting thing about this novel, besides my 3 star review (ha!), is that this is the first novel she published after taking a 20+ year hiatus from the series. The last ones were written in the 1960s and this was published in 1986. While she was busy writing it, I believe I was watching the NY Mets with the season championship. But I digress…

For a cozy, this one’s a little stronger than usual. A few dead bodies. Interesting ways to dispose of them. Qwill’s on a diet, but he is staying at MausHaus where his meals are included and cooked by a famous chef. The cats are becoming explorers. And Qwill’s hearing odd noises, or is it his lack of food intake? A fun edition in the story… nothing too different from the others, but it’s got the usual charm. The mystery is a little stronger than usual, which helps. Plus I like seeing Qwill try out different places to live. The cats seem to enjoy it, and after all, isn’t that what this one is all about?

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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Review: The Cat Who Turned On and Off

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The Cat Who Turned On and OffReview
3+ of 5 stars to Lilian Jackson Braun‘s The Cat Who Turned On and Off, the third book in her “Cat Who” cozy mystery series. In this adventure, Qwill and the cats take on the investigation of Junktown, an antiquing area of his hometown city. And as you’d expect, someone meets their maker. Qwill begins to come out of his shell in this book, making new friends and introducing us to some who will eventually follow him to Moose Country. Iris Cobb is one of my favorite characters and she’s in a lot of the early books.

I read this one when I was in a bit of my own antiquing phase, shortly after I bought a house and needed to fill it with a bunch of knick-knacks. Although the book delves into the whole business of antiques, you can bet it’s more about the murder in this one. And can you guess what it is the cats are turning on and off about? Only way to find out is to read it.

What’s good about this book is the relationships that Qwill develops with people around him, beginning to show us what his friendship with Arch Riker has been like in the past. Also, this was the last book in the series to be published in the 1960s… the author took a ~20 year absence and then wrote another 25 starting in the 1980s.

I always wondered what was it about this book that made her stop… poor sales? wrong time period? All in all, it’s a good book, and it actually sets the stage for some future connections to re-appear in his life.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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Review: Short & Tall Tales: Moose County Legends Collected By James Mackintosh Qwilleran

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Short & Tall Tales: Moose County Legends Collected By James Mackintosh Qwilleran
Short & Tall Tales: Moose County Legends Collected By James Mackintosh Qwilleran by Lilian Jackson Braun

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When the “Cat Who” Series by Lilian Jackson Braun was at its height, the author was in her 70s, trying to write as many books as she could. In between them, she’d publish a few short stories to keep her fans engaged. One of those collections was “Short & Tall Tales: Moose County Legends Collected By James Mackintosh Qwilleran published in 2002. This book follows the lives of Qwill, KoKo and YumYum while they are living in Moose Country, 400 miles north of everywhere.

In the approximately ten short tales, you will find fun and cute stories about various inhabitants of the town, or stories conveyed by a few folks passing thru. Most are under 15 pages and a quick way to get to know the author’s style, the characters and the antics of the two cats.

A few are just silly. Some are good ways to pass the time. Overall, it was helpful if you didn’t like waiting a year for a book, but I’d rather have a stronger story than a collection of little ones in between. If you want to read the whole series, but not sure if you need to check this one out, don’t worry… you can skip it. It’s not part of the overall plot line from beginning to end.

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. <i>Note</i>: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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Review: The Cat Who Smelled a Rat

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The Cat Who Smelled a RatMy rating: 3 of 5 stars to Lilian Jackson Braun‘s novel, The Cat Who Smelled a Rat, the 23rd entry in the “Cat Who” mystery series. Koko and Yum Yum are at it again in this cute cozy about arson, explosions and murder.

When this was published in 2001, the writer was almost 90 years old. She’d written a marvelous set of books all about a cozy little town up in the mountains of Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere… basically on the Canadian border near the Great Likes, but on the US side. And she continued to write another 7 books in the last decade of her life before she passed away just before her 97th birthday. She was a bit of a recluse in the last 15 years, probably a bit sick from time to time. Many suspect a team of writers finished the books for her in the later years, but that’s only what I’ve read on the interwebs. I get all my news from there.

This book is your normal cozy… some good parts, some bad parts… the charm is in the characters and the town, less about the mystery with her books. You really get to know everyone, the history and all the core families, so it’s more like reading about a good friend. You can forgive a less than stellar story when you’re happy to be around people you like.

That said, the mystery has some fun with the “rats” and the “cats” this time. Always good antics…. but the best is the main character, Qwill. I wish I could meet him in real life. But if you must know, it really is the cats that solve the crime. Every time.

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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Review: The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern

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The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern
The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern by Lilian Jackson Braun

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Background

The summer after I graduated from college, I started missing regular reading… during school, I had less personal choice and recreational reads, as all the college textbooks and novels were the priority. I was an English major and rarely had time for adding in my own particular interests. The last course I had taken was an independent study that one of my professors and I had built the curriculum on together: Murder Mysteries. I learned all about the genres and sub-genres, authors and styles. One in particular I grew fond of was the cozy mystery. I also had a thing about wanting a Siamese cat. And so… my love affair with Lilian Jackson Braun began. Finding myself without required reading, I selected a few books, including this cozy mystery series, and I read through a huge amount in the first few years.

Review
People either love or dislike the cozy mystery book. Sometimes it’s too simple. I get that. But sometimes, it’s exactly what you want to read before bed, when you need to relax, or because it’s just fun and charming humor and easy story.

Braun started writing in 1960s and published a few of these books, then stopped writing for 25 years before re-igniting the series in the 1980s… producing another 25+ in the collection. This is book number two, and it is where Qwill, the main character, adopts his second Siamese cat when its owner… for reasons I cannot disclose… can no longer care for YumYum. And thus begins the life of these 3 primary characters in the entire series.

Qwill is a really likable character. He’s about 60, a bit ornery, highly intelligent, very set in his ways, and the object of every woman over 60 in town. There are less male protagonists in cozy novels than female leads, which make this a bit of a unique series. It was one of the very first series that put the cozy sub-genre on the market. And the world that Braun creates in Moose County is just amazing.

In this book, Qwill hasn’t yet moved to Moose County, so you’re still learning background about him and his prior life before becoming sober and everything changing post divorce. And he’s asked to write a story and column about home design, something he has very little knowledge of.

It’s a very cute story with a cast of strong characters, a few of which move with him to Moose County along the path. This book establishes his relationship with the two cats, including their extra-strong senses when it comes to helping him solve crimes.

Yes, the cats come up a lot. Always funny. But the mystery is the focus, I promise. It’s worth a shot to see if you’re hooked on the series, but if you do… you have to read the first 3 or 4, so you can see his initial move to Moose Country where 90% of the books take place.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.


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Review: The Cat Who Could Read Backwards

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The Cat Who Could Read Backwards
The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars to Lilian Jackson Braun‘s The Cat Who Could Read Backwards. The cozy mystery is a major fan favorite, but who would think it could rate a full 5 stars! To me, I only compare books for ratings in their own genre, so among cozies, I think this is a top notch read.

I am very intrigued with this series. I loved the introduction of the cat. And the city backdrop was very fun. I was surprised to see the author had a 20 year span between the first few books and the remainder of the series, but I ultimately liked the jump to Moose County in the future. I almost adopted a siamese cat due to these books!

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Review: The Cat Who… Cookbook: Delicious Meals and Menus Inspired By Lilian Jackson Braun

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The Cat Who... Cookbook: Delicious Meals and Menus Inspired By Lilian Jackson Braun
The Cat Who… Cookbook: Delicious Meals and Menus Inspired By Lilian Jackson Braun by Julie Murphy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What’s not to love about recipes from the author or character you love. And to top it off, it’s from a cozy serial mystery. Cute idea. Must buy/read for a fan. Fun times.

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