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Review: The Cat Who Brought Down the House

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The Cat Who Brought Down the HouseBook Review
3 out of 5 stars to The Cat Who Brought Down the House, the 25th book in the “Cat Who” cozy mystery series written in 2003 by Lilian Jackson Braun. What do you do when a crazy actress-type stars a theatre troupe in your hometown and wants your cat to be the main star. Run for the hills, Qwill. She’s got cuckoo written all about her and you’ve had your fair share of those in the past. But you won’t listen to me, you never do. Maybe I should jump into the book by channeling my inner Thursday Next, so I can protect you. A cute cozy mystery involving twin siblings (1 male, 1 female)… I think…. and something is amiss when one twin dies. But it’ll take a near murder of his own for Qwill to figure it out. It was near the end of the series and very easy to get thru. A little light with the plot, but it had some room for more. Still love the series… and sad when I said goodbye after 30 books.



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Review: The Cat Who Wasn’t There

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The Cat Who Wasn't There Book Review
4 of 5 stars to The Cat Who Wasn’t There, the 14th book in the “Cat Who” cozy mystery series, written in 1992 by Lilian Jackson Braun. This might be one of my favorite books in this series, as it takes the story on a new adventure. Qwill is on a trip to Scotland and the cats are left behind in Pickax. How will the solve the crime this time? Well… they do… thru odd behaviors with the cat sitter. More Polly in this one! And a change of scenery, with a good mystery, help make this a fun read. Plus, I love Scotland, so I will always read stories about it. Maybe I’ll get there one day, too. As for this one, lots of history, interesting characters, especially when one disappears off the bus tour. Kicks off a great mystery and a lot of questions to try to figure out what’s behind the entire thing — as well as why and how does Qwill get himself involved in these things. If you want to sample the book series, this is good, but it won’t give you the flavor of Pickax. So maybe read this one as your third or fourth, if you don’t plan to read the whole series in order.

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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 Knew a Cardinal

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The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal Book Review
4 of 5 stars to The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal, the 12th book in a 29-book series, written in 1991 by Lilian Jackson Braun. In this cozy little mystery, Qwill must solve a murder that’s happened on his own property. This is the one that explores the greatness of the converted barn he lives in on the apple orchard. Koko goes a little cuckoo over the cardinal that seems to be harassing him from the trees. And the theatre crowd comes over to visit Qwill every night after the show… not for nothing, but this guy’s got a more active life than me. They probably don’t finish the show until after 10. If guests showed up every night at my place after 10, I’d not be a happy camper. But it makes for a cool mystery when the one everyone hates is found dead in the garden. Maybe Qwill couldn’t take it anymore and pushed himself over the line this time… or perhaps the killer realizes Qwill is on to him or her… great scene in the converted barn — it’s 3 stories high and has a few episodes of danger. Someone could fall easily… and of course, someone eventually does.

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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 Said Cheese

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The Cat Who Said Cheese Book Review
4 of 5 stars to The Cat Who Said Cheese, the 18th book in the “Cat Who” cozy mystery series, published in 1995 and written by Lilian Jackson Braun. Braun had a solid edition with this one, full of great characters, small town charm and a tasty murder or two. The cat are at it again with a flair for different cheeses… and after all, when the cat’s away, the mice will play. I enjoyed this book, and it’s one of the better ones in the series. The Great Food Expo hits Pickax, and we know this town loves food. When a murder happens, everyone’s surprised… even tho it’s at least the 18th time in 5 years. People just die in this town, quite frequently; however, that’s what makes it so fun. In this one, all the townspeople try to help Qwill figure out who did the deed… and they expect him to solve it. His mustache is twitching and that usually means he’s on to something. When you live in a small town, people will talk. When out-of-towners from outside the county venture in, people will talk. But in the end, it’s all those helpful clues which make the puzzle that much more easy to solve. These are fun books to devour in a single sitting for a few hours… makes for a doozy of an afternoon when you need some light reading.

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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 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.

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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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