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The cat who knew a cardinal
Braun, Lilian Jackson.
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Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, [2002]

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6 audio discs (6.75 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Audiobook on CD


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XX(1191994.22) Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks

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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

Marking an even dozen in The Cat Who . . . series, this episode finds semiretired newspaperman Jim ("Qwill") Qwilleran safely back in Pickax after a brief but hazardous excursion covered in The Cat Who Lived High [BKL Ag 90] and engaged in the final stages of remodeling an old apple barn on the Klingenschoen estate to serve as living quarters for himself and his two Siamese companions, Koko and Yum Yum. The murder of much disliked high school principal/amateur theatrical director Hilary VanBrook in the orchard after a cast party triggers Koko's telepathic sleuthing instincts, exhibited here via Qwilleran's collection of antique typeblocks. A slight and somewhat contrived plot will not deter the many admirers of Koko and Yum Yum, surely the most pampered felines in crime fiction, who dine on lobster tail and watch videos on bird life for relaxation. ~--Barbara Duree

Publisher's Weekly Review

Like news from Lake Wobegon, Braun's Cat Who . . . series featuring retired journalist and heir Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum has charmed readers, and this 12th installment about events in mythical Pickax City is no exception. Qwill and cats move into an antique apple barn renovated by building contractor (and amateur actor) Dennis Hough. Concurrently the Pickax Theatre Club stages Henry VIII , with Hilary VanBrook, the unlikable but talented new high school principal, directing and playing the plum role of Cardinal Wolsey and a woman from neighboring Lockmaster (instead of a Pickaxian) controversially cast as Queen Katharine. When VanBrook is murdered in his car after a closing night party at Qwill's new home, Qwill looks into VanBrook's past while the police investigate his death. Local suspicion falls on Hough, the newest member of the community, but he is found hanged in the apple barn, and Qwill doubts that it's suicide. Koko and Yum Yum once again help Qwill identify the culprit via whisker twitches and tail wags. Series fans and newcomers alike will purr with delight. Mystery Guild main selection; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

YA-- Koko and Yum Yum cavort again, this time to help Qwill solve the puzzling, untimely deaths at their new home, a cavernous barn complete with picture windows from which the two cats watch the neighborhood birds. This highly entertaining novel is sure to please all who want a light mystery. Cat lovers particularly will enjoy the antics of the feline heroes, while others will appreciate the creative solution that grows out of seemingly unrelated clues. Qwill, a semi-retired newspaper writer, is owned by the cats and provides needed assistance as a sleuth. Relaxed, rural America is well drawn (except for the number of murders it has had since the series moved to this locale) and provides a delightful setting in this amusing romp that's perhaps Braun's best. --Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.