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Review: The Cat Who Went Bananas

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The Cat Who Went Bananas Book Review
2+ of 5 stars to The Cat Who Went Bananas, the 27th installment in the “Cat Who” cozy mystery series, written in 2004 by Lilian Jackson Braun. This was my least favorite of all the books in this series. It had the potential to be so much stronger, given it was about a rare book. But I think the publisher got caught up in the money, people loving the series and a rush to push it out the door. The ending was vague, the story was disconnected and the voice of several characters seemed to shift a little. That said, Qwill and the cats are always fun. It’s a nice and relaxing adventure when you jump into the town of Pickax and feel the cozy charm all around you… I’d love to visit the town, have coffee with a few characters. I think I might turn into Qwill in about 30 years… minus the cats. Love cats, but have dogs these days.

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Review: The Cat Who Went into the Closet

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The Cat Who Went into the Closet Book Review
4 of 5 stars to the 15th book in the “Cat Who” cozy mystery series, The Cat Who Went into the Closet, written in 1993 by Lilian Jackson Braun. I found this to be one of the stronger books in this series, combining genealogy and great family dynamics within Pickax. When Qwill and the cats take a mini-trip to the Goodwinter and Gage mansion, they find themselves stirring up a little trouble in the Pickax. Uncovering information about the great fire from nearly 150 year before, the town has some secrets people wanted to keep hidden. It also shows the good and the bad about the two leading families who built Pickax over the years. If Qwill isn’t careful, he’ll find himself burning to the ground in another fire. What I love about this book is the true strength of the mystery the author built into the cozy story. There is a lot going on and it involves many great town members and historical settings. If you’ve never read the series, and only want 1 or 2, give this one a chance. If you enjoy the series but stopped because there were too many (~30), give this one a try — it’s a good mystery this time.

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Review: The Cat Who Moved A Mountain

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The Cat Who Moved  A MountainBook Review
3.5 of 5 stars (rounded up) to The Cat Who Moved a Mountain, the 13th book in the “Cat Who” cozy mystery series, written in 1992 by Lilian Jackson Braun. Just when you thought things couldn’t get any kookier with this series, Qwill up and moves to the Potato Mountains. He needs some time away from everyone and everything in Pickax, to that he can decide his future. The 5 years he was required to live in Pickax in order to keep the K-Fund inheritance are up, and he’s to leave… but does he want to? That is the question… at least until he meets the Big Potato people and the Little Potato people, in reference to which side of the mountain the inhabitants live on. But when someone is murdered, it’s those bad lil taters that caused… but Qwill doesn’t think so, and he’s soon swept up in trying to solve the crime, forgetting about his own decision. What’s fun about this book is it sets the stage for Qwill’s decision to remain in Moose County, even after the inheritance is officially his to keep. But seriously… potato people? I had to look it up. No such thing in Michigan… but there is a Potato Mountain in California. Coincidence?

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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 Lived High

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The Cat Who Lived High Book Review
4 of 5 stars to The Cat Who Lived High, the 11th book in the “Cat Who” cozy mystery series written by Lilian Jackson Braun in 1990. For fans of the series, this one’s a real treat. Qwill heads back “Down Below” to investigate something back in Junktown, where he formerly resided (sort of) prior to the Pickax Klingenschoen inheritance. It’s a good cross between the two places… but Braun takes it a step further, tricking fans into believing she’s killed off Qwill in this book. It’s a bit of a nightmare for us fans, but in the end, the spoiler is, he’s alive… which is not a spoiler at this point because you know the series goes on for at least another 15 books. But the fun and humor associated with the whole situation is quite amusing. It’s a fun change of pace that should delight readers with a little sarcasm to pickup the pace in the books.

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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 Had 60 Whiskers

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The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers Book Review
3 of 5 stars to The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers, the 29th book in the cozy mystery series, published in 2007, and written by Lilian Jackson Braun. Or was it? It’s fairly common knowledge among those who follow Ms. Braun’s books that towards the end of her career, which was in her 90s… she had a ghost writer to keep the series going. Whether it’s true or not, the fact that she wrote over 20 books in her 70s, 80s and 90s is amazing, even if some of them, like this one, weren’t as good as we’d have liked. The unfortunate thing about this book, besides it having a weak plot and too many scattered things going on, was it being the last one in the series… Braun had started the 30th, but either due to her health or failing interest in the series, it was never completed nor published. The series is so fun, but the last few were a little batty!

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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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