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Times are changing in Pickax, and it all makes for some newsworthy notes for the "Qwill Pen". A new senior center is in the works, and a frisky production of Cats is set to delight Moose County residents, human and feline alike. Polly Duncan is off to Paris, momentarily leaving Qwill without a companion for his apple-barn concerts, and The Librarians Who Lunch are getting read to put on a show of their spectacular Art Hats to help unite Pickax with its Lockmaster County neighbors. Not to mention the conversation of the late Nathan Ledfield's mansion into a charitable museum! Mr. Ledfield's treasures are being sold off to benefit needy children, and the town is abuzz with excitement - that is, until a mysterious death from a bee sting leaves everyone but Cool Koko in a state of confusion.
Is it because he has 60 whiskers as Qwill suspects, or because Koko knows that the mysterious death was no accident?
©2007 Lilian Jackson Braun (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Recorded Books, LLC. All rights reserved.
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"With its familiar characters, cozy plots, and happy endings, this series remains as comforting as a warm cat in your lap on a rainy day." (Booklist)
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By Robin on 06-05-07

Phoning it in

The early "Cat Who..." books are among my favorite mysteries - well plotted and well written, with absolutely charming characters. However, I have been very disappointed with the most recent 2 or 3 books in this series. Ms. Braun seems to have lost all interest in providing readers with a good story, and has reduced herself to providing mere character sketches. There are huge holes in the plot, things are only resolved peripharally at best, and even some of the characters are acting in unaccountable ways.

The only reason I am giving this recording 2 stars is George Guidell's excellent reading of this sub-par material. But then, I'd probably give the phone book 2 stars if he were reading it.

If you are interested in these books, do yourself a favor and get some of her earlier works, which are and will remain a complete delight.

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By Sharon on 02-24-07


If LJB indeed is writing these books now, she's lost touch with her original portrayal of characters. No way would Polly Duncan be willing to "find new homes" for her 2 cats. No explanation of the "stranger" in Paris. She gives her apartment and job up with no more than a "I want to do something different in Paris." She gave no notice, flipped off Qwil as though their relationship meant nothing to her. Then there's the barn fire. I assume the winter quarters were furnished. Yet Qwil gives hardly any real emotion or thought to all that was lost in the fire. He may be stoic but he is HUMAN! Then there's the woman running off with the museum treasures. Ho hum, she's gone? They aren't even going after her? Then that inanity at the end,He doesn't think Koko wants his whiskers counted...okay, we won't count them.
Ms. Braun should have retired these characters three books ago and gone on to other things.

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