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Publisher's Summary

Autumn has arrived, and the citizens of Pickax find themselves amid a clamor of activity. In addition to the opening of its latest theatrical production, the town is celebrating the dedication of a new bookstore and park built in memory of Pickax's beloved bookshop owner Edd Smith. Columnist Jim Qwilleran, participating in the festivities, is also busy with his latest book project: an account of a uniquely historic guest residence, the Hibbard House. The merry atmosphere, however, is dampened by the suspicious death of an out-of-town actor and the mysterious theft of a rare book. Qwill's research into the Hibbard House provides unexpected insight into these strange proceedings. Qwill must also rely on his perceptive Siamese Koko, who has been acting particularly odd in regard to the newest resident of the Hibbard House. Has Koko gone bananas, or will his unusual behavior help Qwill unravel this mystery?
With her 27th Cat Who book, Lilian Jackson Braun proves yet again that Qwill, Yum Yum, and Koko are the purrfect team to solve any mystery.
©2004 Lilian Jackson Braun (P)2004 Penguin Audio and Recorded Books, LLC
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"A master of mystery who knows exactly when to let the cat out of the bag." (People)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Nina on 02-14-05

VERY disappointing

Don't even bother. If you, like myself, have been a fan of Coco and Yum-Yum for many years, you'll find yourself wondering if she switched editors -- or if this book was even edited at all.

She crams in every character who has ever made an appearance in one of her books, with a very weak plot that really only shows up in the last 1/3 of the book, and is never resolved. Please, Ms. Braun, go back to your tried and true formula. Your loyal readers do not expect iinvolved character development. We just want the fluffy, yet delightful formula you've always delivered before.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Scott on 06-22-05

The books a mystery, the story is not.

Contrary to assumption, this book is not a murder mystery but actually just a story about a town that happens to have a murder happen during the story. There is no resolution nor is there any plot. This book wanders aimlessly and simply ends. The characters in the book are incredibly shallow and flat. They give no sense of reality. You don't feel like you are reading about real people at all. The "suspension of disbelief" that should occur in a good novel is not obtained and you feel like you are reading disjointed sentences mentioning characters.

Hopefully this book is a result of "The Author Who Went Bananas" and is not a glimpse into the decline of the series yet to come.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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