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Publisher's Summary

When an affluent railcar owner disappears with millions of dollars belonging to Moose County investors, the international police launch an intense investigation to find the fugitive. But journalist detective Jim Qwilleran and his feline crime-busters find a mystery to unravel that is closer to home. Who blew the whistle on the embezzler? And, why did they do it?

Qwill goes full steam ahead to solve the puzzle before tragedy occurs, but the case is complicated by a train wreck on the main line and a murder in a railroad tavern. Only Qwill and the cats can find the answer to the questions "who" and "why".

©1994 Lilian Jackson Braun (P)2006 Phoenix Audio

Critic Reviews

"Best of series, this 17th The Cat Who caper slyly creeps up on the reader." (Publishers Weekly)

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RELAXING FUN

From time to time I enjoy taking a literary trip to the world of Jim Quilleran. That world is an unlikely place. It's a small town, several hundred miles from the nearest urban center. The crime rate is low, traffic gridlock doesn't exist, there are good restaurants, an active community theater, a resident millionaire who prefers to share his fortune with the community and two ageless Siamese cats, one of whom may have psychic powers.

Narrator George Guidall does a superb job. I love the tone of his voice, his diction is excellent, and he seems to hit just the right note with character voices.

I listen to these books when I want to relax. I often select them when I want to listen to a book while falling asleep. When I was a child (many years ago), I loved being "read to sleep" and had favorite stories for that purpose. The "Cat Who" books are my adult version of those favorites.

For me this is one of the better books in the series. There are several good mysteries going on, and the introduction of a likeable new character who appears in later books.

The cats play a significant role in the story. If you dislike cats, you may find "Koko" and "Yum Yum" irritating. If you prefer very "realistic" stories, you may find the entire book annoying.

However, if you want to relaxing listen that takes place in an idealistic rural setting, this book is a good choice.

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  • Wendy
  • vista, CA, USA
  • 03-29-09

yet again

this is just another great Cat Who book that keeps you guessing through the entire story.

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Another charming visit to Moose County

What did you love best about The Cat Who Blew the Whistle?

This installment involves murder and a steam locomotive. Braun seemed to research something new for each book and enjoyed sharing with readers what she learned. Here, she tells you about steam trains, steam train hobbyists, and train engineers. The murder mystery is good enough and the cat sleuth is as silly as ever, but that’s behind the point. The point is charm, and “The Cat Who Blew the Whistle” delivers.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Qwill, always.

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

Qwill, but Guidall is excellent, especially with female characters, and is brilliant at making each an individual person with their own personality traits. Additionally, his avuncular style is perfect for the series.

Any additional comments?

I discovered “The Cat Who…” books when I was forced to live in a hotel for three months due to an asbestos problem in my home. Their idealized vision of small town life, with shopping on Main Street, friends on every street corner, people dropping by to have a drink and talk, and no one watching television was exactly what I needed to take my mind away from being trapped in a hotel, and I devoured the books. I’m now “re-reading” the audiobook versions and thoroughly enjoying them. I’m usually reading and listening to half a dozen or more books at a time, and “The Cat Who…” books are often the ones I choose for drifting off to sleep.

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Narration

There was a problem with the narration at one point. It plays a part that isn't supposed to come until later. It doesn't give anything away but it's kind of annoying.

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Braun's stories are always cute.

A nice listen for airplanes, trips, and the like. Nicely narrated and in the same clever manner as are her other stories.

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Excellent Read

I never tire reading this author. The narrator is amazing and the total enjoyment is unparalled. Thank you for another wonderful book to be read and reread for many years.

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Catastic

The storyline was very informative and and the characters were fleshed out well. I like that some of the bad guys get punished and some don't. I love the narrator. The characters come alive when he speaks their parts.

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Didn't disappoint

I was looking for a mystery novel that wouldn't be too heavy and would be clean - this fit the bill! A little slow getting started, but then very engaging the rest of the book. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.

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I Love The Whole "Cat Who" Series

Would you listen to The Cat Who Blew the Whistle again? Why?

I have listened to all "The Cat Who" books at least once and some of them twice. I do have favorites to be sure, but whether one starts with Book 1, "The Cat Who Could Read Backwards", or Book 29, "The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers", the books are a delight from beginning to end.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cat Who Blew the Whistle ?

As usual, Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese cat sleuths, Koko and Yum Yum, investigate various and sundry mysteries. This mystery involves the disappearance of Pickax's wealthy railroad buff--and alleged multimillion-dollar embezzler, along with his secretary. The cats weren't as involved in solving this mystery as they are Lilian Jackson Braun's other books, but I always love their crime-solving contributions and Qwilleran's realization of those contributions. Plus this one has an interesting twist at the end...

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I LOVE George Guidall's narrations. He is my favorite American male narrator. It was The Cat Who series that introduced me to George Guidall and he never disappoints. In fact, I have listened to books I wouldn't have picked up ordinarily simply because he is the narrator.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A purrr-fectly executed million dollar heist, a disappearance, a train wreck and a murder... all confounded by "The Cat Who Blew the Whistle".

Any additional comments?

I have read reviews where The Cat Who mystery series is described as "cozy". I agree with that wholeheartedly. Lilian Jackson Braun started this series in 1966 and it ended in 2007, though she was working on the 30th book a few years before she passed away in 2011. Because of this timeline, her books are not filled with crude language or crude anything! In the days and years since 9/11 and the divisiveness of society these days, I have found great comfort in the gentleness and simplicity of The Cat Who series. They are, for me, quite literally a much-needed vacation from all of turbulence, complexity, and hatefulness of society today.

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Light-hearted and wickedly funny!

Absolutely Love agent 0013 1/2, Mr. Q at HQ. The author has an wonderful use of vocabulary, Mr. Q's dry whit is absolutely charming. Worth listening to over and over.

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  • Ms C Higman
  • 09-04-17

Nice reading, shame about the production glitch

Story far-fetched but fun. Well read, great characterisation. Poor production: big sections transposed. Nevertheless, enjoyable.

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  • Teresa Cooper
  • 04-30-15

Koko does it again!

As a fan of L.J.B. and the gang I enjoy every moment. Koko with help from Qwill solve yet another crime riddled tail, this one concerning the family whose ancestors owned Qwill's apple barn home.