Pickax

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 Robbed a Bank

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The Cat Who Robbed a BankBook Review
3 out of 5 stars to The Cat Who Robbed a Bank, the 22nd book in the “Cat Who” cozy mystery series, written in 1999 by Lilian Jackson Braun. In this catscapade (I think I am coining a new word here… probably not), a smooth ladies man or sorts descends on Pickax, taking ladies to tea. It’s not as fun as it sounds… he’s murdered. And his assistant looks guilty. But was it really her? Qwill gets to wear a disguise. The Scottish roots and heritage are in full play, which I love. And the characters all come out for this one. Overall, it wasn’t a favorite in the series. It had a few open plot points and too many disconnects, but it was also strong with the humor, characters and connection. So it evened out. The series was just about starting to wind down around here. I envisioned a true bank robbery, but as always, there is a play on words!



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Review: The Cat Who Went Up the Creek

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The Cat Who Went Up the CreekBook Review


3 out of 5 stars for The Cat Who Went Up the Creek, the 24th book in the “Cat Who” cozy mystery series, written in 2002 by Lilian Jackson Braun. It seems every mystery series always needs to have that book where there is a treasure hunt, and they often involve searching for gold. And when you’re in the mountains of Michigan, in a cozy little town, there’s bound to be some old tale about where it’s hidden. And that’s exactly what Qwill gets himself into this time around. Unfortunately, it’s while he’s supposed to be on vacation. But his time off has always been about solving murders, so when a dead body shows up, as one expects it to in a situation like this, he must investigate. Cute story. Fun antics with the cats. Interesting new people as he’s in a town a few doors down from Pickax. Connections to people he knows. It’s a decent cozy, nothing stand-out, nothing awful. I like the series so it appeals to me. Sometimes simple and fun is good, as in this case.



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Review: The Cat Who Sang for the Birds

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The Cat Who Sang for the Birds Book Review
3.5 out of 5 stars for The Cat Who Sang for the Birds, the 20th book in the “Cat Who” cozy mystery series by Lilian Jackson Braun. Well kiddoes… only 3 books in this 30+ series for me to complete a book review on… I can’t believe it’s coming to an end. This was a really traditional cozy… reminds you of apple pie and a lovely spring day where everything’s just shiny and pretty and calm. But those darn birds won’t stop tweeting. Though I read this 10 years before I had my dog Ryder, I can imagine him trying to catch the birds and kill them — just as Koko felt in this book. The town’s all abuzz over some strange happenings, including weird and early weather. The mystery is light. The characters are fun. It’s a good book in this series, but I understand there are a lot to keep up with. The murders make sense, that is, the reason for them and the root killer. But in the end, why would anyone ever stay in this town? Seriously, Qwill… you’re a good guy and all, and I’ll probably turn into you in about 30 years, but I don’t want to die. Move. Now.

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Review: The Cat Who Talked Turkey

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The Cat Who Talked TurkeyBook Review
3- out of 5 stars for The Cat Who Talked Turkey, the 26th book in the “Cat Who” cozy mystery series, written in 2004 by Lilian Jackson Braun. It sounded like a great book. Brrr is celebrating a huge milestone in its history, and I love that little town almost as much as Pickax. Pickax is getting a new bookstore — how fun! Combines books inside of books, that’s just a perfect read. And a dead body outside Qwill’s converted barn. It’s gotta be a great story. Oh…. it had potential, but given the series was just about coming to a conclusion, it wasn’t. Sad. I hate when things go downhill and not for a good reason. Too many different stories going on… felt more like a diary entry. It’s not horrible or I would have given it a 2, but it’s not too far off. You gotta read it when you’re this far into a series, right?

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Review: The Cat Who Tailed a Thief

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The Cat Who Tailed a ThiefBook Review
4 out of 5 stars to The Cat Who Tailed a Thief, the 19th book in the “Cat Who” cozy mystery series, written in 1997 by Lilian Jackson Braun. In this gem, the author takes on the classic mystery tale of a wealthy man who dies under murky circumstances, leaving behind a larger inheritance and a very young wife. Was it a burglary gone wrong, or did someone think they were getting that money? Could it be the wife? Children? Other family or a ruthless foundation? Qwill knows something is wrong, and that cat won’t stop acting strange. Another good story in this series. I enjoyed the ending in this one and was happy with the mystery as a whole. We’re getting towards the end of this series… only a few more reviews to write up this week. For fans of the series, you’ll like this book.

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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.

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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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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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