The merry atmosphere, however, is dampened by the suspicious death of an out-of-town actor and the mysterious theft of a rare book. Qwill's research into the Hibbard House provides unexpected insight into these strange proceedings. Qwill must also rely on his perceptive Siamese Koko, who has been acting particularly odd in regard to the newest resident of the Hibbard House. Has Koko gone bananas, or will his unusual behavior help Qwill unravel this mystery?
With her 27th Cat Who book, Lilian Jackson Braun proves yet again that Qwill, Yum Yum, and Koko are the purrfect team to solve any mystery.
©2004 Lilian Jackson Braun; (P)2004 Penguin Audio and Recorded Books, LLC
"A master of mystery who knows exactly when to let the cat out of the bag." (People)
Don't even bother. If you, like myself, have been a fan of Coco and Yum-Yum for many years, you'll find yourself wondering if she switched editors -- or if this book was even edited at all.
She crams in every character who has ever made an appearance in one of her books, with a very weak plot that really only shows up in the last 1/3 of the book, and is never resolved. Please, Ms. Braun, go back to your tried and true formula. Your loyal readers do not expect iinvolved character development. We just want the fluffy, yet delightful formula you've always delivered before.
Contrary to assumption, this book is not a murder mystery but actually just a story about a town that happens to have a murder happen during the story. There is no resolution nor is there any plot. This book wanders aimlessly and simply ends. The characters in the book are incredibly shallow and flat. They give no sense of reality. You don't feel like you are reading about real people at all. The "suspension of disbelief" that should occur in a good novel is not obtained and you feel like you are reading disjointed sentences mentioning characters.
Hopefully this book is a result of "The Author Who Went Bananas" and is not a glimpse into the decline of the series yet to come.
I just adore the "cat who series" ! Lillian was a fantastic writer! They have carried me through some hard times in my life with laughter and intrigue. Now when I re-read them it is like visiting a old familiar place. George's voices are spot on and smooth to listen to. Enjoy these stories over and over again!!
Abrupt ending. Too many loose ends. Did the author just get lazy and quit? Performer was terrific.
Mom, and caregiver. Variety in my music and book libraries. I love a good romance or mystery. In order to be worth my time and money
I love George Guidall as a reader. I love this series but him as Mr Q really brings the stories to life.
I could listen to George Guidall read a textbook and I love this series so any chance for him as Mr Q is a positive in my book.
At this point in the series the plots are beginning to take on a triteness of quality as if the author was having trouble reaching for new material. Choosing to use the deterioration of Qwill's and Polly's relationship was a disappointing and ill-founded way to do that.
This was one of the less suspenseful books in this series. It was not,however, any less entertaining!
I found this one a very easy listen and loved the very different ending.
Different reactions among listeners to the recent entries in this long running series are understandable. For the listener who has visited with George Guidall over the years, no single book stands alone on its merits; on the other hand,first time readers or those who are able to encapulate each experience from the others, are likely to respond differently.
Speaking as a long time listener (I do not believe I ever read one), who believe the reader is the perfect embodiment of the lead character, this was quite enjoyable despite the authors minimalist approach to "the mystery". True mystery fans, to whom the character and situations are secondary, will have reason for complaint.
I have loved all the "Cat WHO" books. They are light, and easy to read. Fun & keep you guessing. Good reading for those who don't like to be bogged down in 1000 page wordy novels. Never stagnet.
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