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Title:
The cat who robbed a bank
Author:
Braun, Lilian Jackson.
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Publication Information:
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1999.
Physical Description:
242 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.8 9.0 46125.
ISBN:
9780399145704
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The residents of Pickax are delighted that the old bombed-out Pickax Hotel is reopening with a whole new look. With new furnishings, a new chef, and even a new name, what could be more thrilling? Everyone is thrown into a topspin when one of the hotel's first guests, a jeweler who has come to town to buy heirloom jewelry from some of Pickax's oldest families, winds up a victim of murder. Who could have committed such a horrible crime? Could it be the hotel clerk, a recent winner of a gold medal for the caber toss at the Highland Games?Qwilleran and his snooping Siamese are willing to go to any lengths to find the killer and set the town at ease. But first they'll have to contend with a hijacked bookmobile, an attemped bank robbery . . . and a few of the cats' preoccupations. Koko has a newfound fondness for pennies, and Koko and Yum Yum both are obsessed with chewing on gum wrappers--but for entirely different reasons, of course.Sit back, relax, and unwind with another fabulous feline mystery by Lilian Jackson Braun!


Author Notes

Lilian Jackson Braun was born on June 20, 1913. After starting out as a copywriter for Detroit department stores, she worked for The Detroit Free Press for nearly 30 years. In the 1960s, her cat died in a fall from a 10th-floor window in Detroit. Neighbors later told her that someone pushed the cat. To work through her feelings, she wrote a short story based on the incident. The result was her first three novels, The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern, and The Cat Who Turned On and Off. After an 18-year break, she published The Cat Who Saw Red. During her lifetime, she wrote 29 titles in The Cat Who... series. She died on June 4, 2011 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the age of 97.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

While mystery purists pretend to look down their noses at Braun's Cat Who series, don't be surprised to find many of them standing in line right with the rest of us to get their hands on this latest delightful tale. To what do these "cat mysteries" owe their enduring popularity? For one thing, Braun knows how to make readers feel good, preferring to shun blood and gore in favor of describing a delicious meal. And while her plots may not be complex, Braun is hardly a lightweight writer. Her descriptive powers are excellent, and she is one of the very few mystery writers to master the art of characterizing cats without relying solely on corny, cutesy feline antics. Likewise, her human protagonist, the gentlemanly Jim Qwilleran, is so well drawn and utterly endearing that women from 25 to 105 are in love with the stubborn Scot. In this outing, Qwill's infamous moustache is tingling when a flamboyant jeweler is murdered, and he and Koko are soon on the tail--make that trail. A thoroughly enjoyable trip back to Moose County, which is 400 miles north of everywhere--and near and dear to the hearts of Braun fans. --Jenny McLarin


Publisher's Weekly Review

After 22 Cat Who mysteries (The Cat Who Saw Stars, etc.), Braun's legions of fans know precisely what to expect from this mistress of feline detective stories--a bloodless crime, much bantering between Jim Qwilleran and his friends, and mysterious crime-solving hints from his beloved Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum. Braun's 23rd novel fulfills these expectations. Journalist Qwilleran has evolved into an independently wealthy columnist and generous benefactor for almost every worthy cause in Pickax, Mich. As a leading citizen, he participates in everything from the refurbishing of the Pickax Hotel (renamed the Mackintosh Inn) to the tricounty Scottish Gathering and Highland Games. One of the renovated hotel's first guests is a jewelry buyer and seller from Chicago. Mr. Delacamp appears once every five years or so to offer exquisitely expensive jewelry (cash only, please) and to buy heirlooms (cash, again) from Pickax's wealthy ladies. This trip proves to be his last, and his murder provides the grist for Koko's deductive prowess. This Sherlock of the cat kingdom does his best, from his reading choices to his seemingly inexplicable actions with paper towels, gum wrappers and nuts, to educate the mere human he lives with. Yet again, Braun's upbeat prose and amiable characters make her novel the cat's meow of cozies. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

The murder victim in this 22nd installment of Braun's "Cat Who" series is a jewelry trader from "Down Below," who is done in while sleeping at Pickax's newly renovated Macintosh Inn. But does anyone really care? Probably not. He isn't a particularly sympathetic character, and the murders aren't the best reason for reading these delightful books anyway. What makes the books so appealing is Braun's deft portrayal of her central character, Jim Qwilleran, and his two Siamese cats. The real mystery that is solved here is the identity of Qwilleran's father, and that alone should satisfy readers. George Guidall's wonderful reading again begs the question of why anyone would choose to listen to a three-hour abridgment, when he also reads an unabridged narration (Recorded Bks.). Overall, however, this isn't bad.√ĄKent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.