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For an Author who is Generally Delightful - A Cat Who Went Underground not among the Best of Breed

  • Jul 7, 2010

 Lillian Jackson Braun, a wonderful and entertaining author of "The Cat Who........" series of books and has delighted cat fancier with her apt descriptions of feline behavior, unfortunately, in The Cat Who Went Underground  has left in the opinion of this reviewer, some of the spark out of the plot in this novel.

For those familiar with Ms. Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who..." series all of the main characters are present either by being physically on the scene or in the case of Polly Duncan, through postcards while on her vacation.

For those not familiar with the series, this novel explores the exploits of James Quilleran, a journalist for a metropolitan area who had the good fortune to inherit the largest fortune in the "north central United States' and his two Siamese cats, Koko,a male, and Yum Yum, a dainty female. Quilleran is active in the newspaper publishing business, in furnish a commentary or opinion article, "The Quill Pen",  to the local paper, He is a "hands off" beneficiary of the legacy left him except to propose to the Foundation advisors a worthy grantee who would benefit from the Foundation's assistance. When not writing, he becomes involved in one of any of number of projects, in this case a renovation of his summer cabin. As in the other novels in the series he becomes involved in a local mystery which results in murder.  Koko, his perceptive "detective"  cat who provides clues which Quilleran cannot fully understand, as usual, come to light when  the mystery is solved.

Without giving away the plot, the conclusion of this story is not as satisfying as that found in other of the novels in the series. Yet for fans of Quilleran and the kitties, this is not one they will pass up.  

For an Author who is Generally Delightful - A Cat Who Went Underground not among the Best of Breed

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While the 10th entry in the "Cat Who" series is enjoyable and has its charms, it is less a mystery than a recital of how veteran reporter and millionaire Jim Qwilleran and his feline companions, Koko and Yum Yum, spent their vacation, and an account of the people they encountered. Moreover, most of the plot development occurs near the end, so the denouement appears contrived. Fiftyish bachelor "Qwill" decides to spend the summer at a lakefront cottage near the resort town of Mooseville. His vision of an idyllic respite is shattered from the moment he arrives. Almost everything in the house needs repair and Qwill could use more space; adding a wing is the logical solution, but he learns that most such jobs are done by itinerant builders. Fortunately, Clem Cottle, a local handyman, accepts the project, but he soon disappears, the third carpenter in recent months to vanish; two others met with fatal freak accidents. When Clem's replacement, Iggy Small, misses work, and his corpse is found in Qwill's basement, our vacationing hero suspects a serial killer and begins to investigate. Of course, the intelligent Koko helps solve the crime. For inveterate Braun ( The Cat Who Sniffed Glue ) fans only. Mystery Guild main selection, Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate selections.
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