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The Cat Who Smelled a Rat (2001)

af Lilian Jackson Braun

Serier: The Cat Who... (23)

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After a long drought, the citizans of Pickax are worried about wildfires. Their fears are soon realized. With a case of arson, the shooting of a volunteer fire-watcher and the murder of the president of the curling club, James Qwilleran and Co. are called in to sniff out the rat responsible.

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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 |
Another quick, fun quirky tale. ( )
  nx74defiant | Jan 21, 2018 |
I thought this one had more plot than the previous cat who book. I like the series and they are a light, easy read though the author sometimes seems to be stuck in a rut with Qwill's stories. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
BOTTOM LINE: an OK entry in this long series, filled with lots of folksy bits and a tiny glimmer of a sharp plot lurking in the background. Unfortunately, there's too much "folksy" and 'way too lilttle plot for my taste.

Wildfire season, arson settings, land speculation, undercover investigations, new inhabitants, and the death of an old friend, makes Qwilleran long for “The Big One” (the first snowstorm of the season) as it would mean a week of peace and quiet. And Polly’s jealousy of every woman in sight wears on Qwill’s (and our) nerves too.

Has “the usual” compliment of too many folk tales told to Qwill by old folks, lots of cute “doings” by the townsfolk, and seems to slip further and further into fluff. Yet there are glimmers of a really fine plot in this very slim book, especially concerning the demise of a close friend of Qwill; unfortunately this part of the story goes nowhere, with a frothy windup that ignores a good deal of the buildup, and goes for the “feel good” ending.

I’m getting tired of Qwill using his money to “make things nice” for all the good folks in Pickaxe, time after time after time. The format of these stories hasn’t changed in ten years, with the different bits seeming just plugged in, a very “templated” sort of novel. Too bad, Braun wrote three wonderful books in the 1960s and several very good ones in the early 80s, but the series has degenerated into a “nice visit with the home folks” thang only. I like keeping up with Qwill and the folks, but...

have reread this series a couple of times, this time in audio; George Guidall has narrated every book in this series, and does an excellent job with all of them, even the less entertainingly plotted ones, including this.
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  Abbess | Dec 11, 2012 |
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After a long drought, the citizans of Pickax are worried about wildfires. Their fears are soon realized. With a case of arson, the shooting of a volunteer fire-watcher and the murder of the president of the curling club, James Qwilleran and Co. are called in to sniff out the rat responsible.

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