The Cat Who Lived High by Lilian Jackson Braun

Lilian Jackson Braun's Cat Who... series has sparked a whole new subgenre for those who like a little feline intervention in their mysteries.

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The Cat Who Lived High by Lilian Jackson Braun


Features

  • Mass Market Paperback: ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.88 x 6.79 x 4.19
  • Publisher: Jove Pubns; Reissue edition (May 1991)
  • ISBN: 051510566X


    From Publishers Weekly
    With this 11th entry, the popular Cat Who series ( The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts ) begins to flag, its charms growing tatty and listless for even the most steadfast cat-and-mystery lovers. Ex-newspaperman James "Qwill" Qwilleran and his Siamese Koko and Yum Yum leave Moose County for the big city Down Below to help old friends save the Casablanca, an aging and elegant apartment building threatened with demolition to make way for profitable development. Qwill decides to spend the winter in the Casablanca to determine if it might make a project for the philanthropic Klingenschoen Fund, which he controls. Ensconced in a 14th-floor penthouse, he discovers that its previous tenant, Dianne Bessinger, head of the group trying to save the building, was an art dealer ostensibly murdered by a jealous protegeok . Qwill also plays Scrabble with the building's owner, the eccentric and reclusive Countess; he teaches the game to Koko, who thereby provides him with clues in his investigation of the murder, which he suspects is tied to attempts against the Casablanca. Braun's latest pleases with its descriptions of gentrification and development, but the book ends abruptly, leaving too many loose ends, and central characters Koko and Yum Yum develop no further at all.
    Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
    --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.




    Reader Reviews
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful: Fabulous writing with some frustrating loose ends, September 20, 2002 Reviewer: mum2sparky from Camden County, NJ USA I love this entire series and am in the process of rereading it. Most fans of the series would probably agree that one of LJB's biggest strengths is her ability to create and "flesh out" a variety of interesting characters and that ability takes center stage in this book like none other in the series, in my opinion. For that reason alone, it is a good read, and I like the continuity of returning to the setting of a previous book in the series - I think that's handled very well. The only reason I rate this book as 4 instead of 5 stars has to do with what I find to be a rather sloppy ending. I don't expect a happy ending - that is, the Casablanca didn't HAVE to be saved in order for this to be a good book - but there was just something about Qwill fleeing the scene under the circumstances he did with so much left unclear that was very dissatisfying to me.

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