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The cat who sang for the birds
Braun, Lilian Jackson.
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Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
6 audio discs (7 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
"When the newly opened art center is broken into, and an elderly woman dies in a suspicious fire, the town of Pickax is suddenly anything but peaceful... Once again it's up to Moose County's philanthropic master sleuth and his clue-finding Siamese cats to unravel the mysteries..."--Back of container.
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With tracks every 3 minutes for easy book marking.

Compact disc.
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Audiobook on CD


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The Cat Who Sang for the Birds

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

Welcome back to Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere, home of journalist/philanthropist James Mackintosh Qwilleran and his two pampered, precocious Siamese sleuths Koko and Yum Yum. In this nineteenth installment of The Cat Who . . . mystery series (which follows The Cat Who Tailed a Thief), the crime--involving fraud, bribery, and arson--centers on the murders of a 93-year-old woman and a young butterfly painter. Equally important to the story and to reader enjoyment are an adult spelling bee (developed and promoted as a baseball game complete with competing teams and pinch spellers), the painting of librarian Polly Duncan's portrait, and Qwill's brief experience with lepidopterology. Most of the author's earlier characters are present; new ones include a foulmouthed parrot named Jasper and two stray cats that help ease the trauma of automation in the library. Fun for Braun fans and other literate ailurophiles. --Barbara Duree

Publisher's Weekly Review

Koko is once again cat of the hour in this barely puzzling 20th entry in the series featuring former newsman Jim Qwilleran and his sleuthing Siamese cat companions (The Cat Who Tailed a Thief, 1997, was the 19th). Although most residents of Pickax City are enthralled by its new art museum, some movers and shakers are less than happy with the unsightly homestead across the road from it. Qwill interviews the garrulous woman who lives there and is enchanted with her plainspoken manner. But very soon she dies in a fire that destroys her home; at just about the same time, someone breaks into the museum and steals some paintings. Qwill quietly orchestrates a large funeral for the woman. Community happenings and his personal life occupy much of Qwill's time as he coordinates the town spelling bee, which is being promoted as an athletic event, observes the strange behavior of a young woman who paints pictures of butterflies and battles bouts of jealousy as his lady love, librarian Polly, gets her portrait painted by an affable artist. It's up to the prescient Koko and his confrere Yum Yum to nudge Qwill into uncovering the town's more mysterious goings-on. Cat and Qwilleran fans will welcome this benign series addition, which chronicles the ongoing relationships of the series characters with only a whisker's twitch of crime solving. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

YA-Braun continues the adventures of the odd, but successful, sleuthing team of Jim Quilleran and his cats. When Koko begins knocking books off the library shelf, Jim knows that his feline is once again using his unusual talents to prophesy future events of the murderous kind. Taking hints from the cat, and clues from the murder of his elderly neighbor and the disappearance of a young artist, the man sorts out the motive for and perpetrator behind the mayhem. By providing background on the various characters and their relationships and mentioning previous events, the author makes sure that even first timers to the series can enjoy this title. The strongly defined personalities of the main characters lend interest and the plot has realistic complexities that assure a steady turning of pages. Braun's use of details and discussions about everyday events enhances the feeling of community interconnections and concerns. Koko's quirky predictions and other cat-ly antics add spice to an already enticing mystery. A light, entertaining whodunit that offers the added appeal of cats and their often mysterious ways.-Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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