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The Cat Who Saw Stars (Cat Who... #21)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  4,128 Ratings  ·  154 Reviews
The 21st addition to the marvelous bestselling Cat Who series finds Quill and his fabulous felines on the trail of some very unusual "visitors". Abridged.P.
Audio CD, Abridged
Published January 11th 1999 by Putnam Adult (first published February 1st 1998)
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Feb 04, 2015 Laurie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Many years ago, when I was a teen and dinosaurs roamed the earth, I read the very first “Cat Who” book: “The Cat Who Could Read Backwards” and enjoyed it. Decades later, I discovered that Braun had written a whole series of ‘Cat Who’ mysteries. So I picked this book up when I saw it.

The protagonist, a news reporter named Qwilleran, is still the same. He’s a recovered alcoholic with literate tastes and a sixth sense for news. The cat, Koko, (the one who could read backwards) is still with him (K
Qwill takes the cats to Mooseville for a month's vacation at his cottage, since Polly is visiting her sister in Canada. The recent news in Mooseville is the disappearance of a back-packer who's body is found on Qwill's beach buried in a sand dune (due to Koko's digging). Qwill does the announcing for the annual dog cart race, goes out with Bushy on his new boat, and eats at the new restaurant run by a couple from Florida. When the husband dies while out on the lake, Qwill wonders if something fu ...more
BOTTOM LINE: This 21st Qwilleran story is a sweet and quirky cosy that's rather disconnected in spots and feels as though the book has been "pasted together". Not bad and still rather entertaining for long-time fans like myself, but if you're not already a die-hard fan you're not likely to enjoy this much.

Odd things always seem to happen to Qwill whenever he tries to vacation at the lake cabin, and this time is no exception. “Visitors”. Aliens. Trespassers. Murderers. And a loony Fourth of July
Jan 17, 2012 Kirsti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat lovers, Mystery lovers, Animal detective fans
Qwill decides to head to his rarely used Summer cabin for a change of scenery and also because the main woman in his life, Polly, has gone on holidays herself with her sister. While there, Koko starts acting strangely, and the new chef's husband is killed while they are out in their boat. SOmething is fishy with the Ogilvie daughter, and Qwill has to use all his interviewing techniques to find out the truth and work out what is really happening. This one has the crow lady (I say this because I c ...more
Aug 04, 2010 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 31, 2014 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, usa
Qwill and the cats are at the cabin in Mooseville for what is to be a month vacation that lasts a couple of weeks. Shortly after they arrive, a backpacker is found dead on the beach, buried under a mound of sand. Later, the proprietor of a restaurant goes missing. Qwill thinks there is more going on than is reported. Can he and Koko get to the truth?
Didn't enjoy this as much as most of the series. I know they are light, but this one, very much so. Also, there seem to be so many different story
Ann Aldrich
Aug 29, 2014 Ann Aldrich rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I picked this book, I did not realize it was one of the later Cat books. typical of other "late" books, in 287 pages of this one, there are about ten sentences that relate to the so-called "mystery." Some of the meager mystery elements are not even tied in by the end. The rest is just local color, and not nearly as witty or charming as the earlier books. What a disappointment-- and a waste of my time.
Phyllis Murrell
Oct 14, 2012 Phyllis Murrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm enjoying The Cat Who series immensely. They are a nice combination of small town happenings, antics of the delightful Siamese cats, and some mystery/murders to solve. I've been trying to read them more or less in chronological order which gives a nice picture of the changes in Pickax and in the development of the town characters.
Mar 30, 2010 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these books. Qwilleran, KoKo and Yum Yum are at it again in Mooseville. This time it is murder and UFO's. They are such a fun trio to read about. I want a cottage in Mooseville with two siamese cats! Lilian describes the beach, water, town and people so well, I feel as though I know them. I can picture it all and it is beautiful. Another great "cat who" book.
Sep 06, 2010 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, and I would read it again. The main character, James Mackintosh Qwilleran, is one of my favorite characters, I like him very much. I enjoy his relationship with his cats, and the adventures they find themselves in.
Nayla Caruso
Feb 12, 2014 Nayla Caruso rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Was anything solved in this? There were more loose ends than in the infamous 'Big Sleep' when Chandler just forgot about a stiff he left in a car. Random unidentified potential suspects, numerous deus ex machine... Not pleased.
Jun 21, 2016 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always an easy read. I enjoy the relationship between Qwill and his two cats. Together they always solve a mystery, yet seek no publicity. I can read these books in a day.
Mar 12, 2017 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Qwill runs into dead bodies as much as Jessica Fletcher! Who knew there could be so many deaths in small towns? Koko the intuitive Siamese for one. Charming mystery.
Benjamin Thomas
The Cat Who Saw Stars, by Lilian Jackson Braun is the 18th of the series I have read to date. It's numbered 21 in the series but, generally, this isn't the sort of series where you have to read them in order and I'm not letting the fact that I'm missing a few titles keep me from getting on with it. The first few, yes, where the general timeline of what is going on is important to understand but by this point they are pretty much stand-alone stories with just a few references to what might have h ...more
Jan 21, 2017 Gloria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone over 18; detective; mystery stories; who done it?; cats
While Polly is visiting Canada, Qwilleran takes this opportunity to stay up at the cabin near Mooseville.

A backpacker has gone missing and authorities are trying to find him. Koko leads Qwill to the backpacker's body, buried in a sand dune.

A local restaurant is open with a married couple: host and chef, from Down Below. Owen and Evangeline hire Derek, Elizabeth's boyfriend as lunch host so Owen can go fishing. Derek is also the lead in a play about UFO's.

After Koko finds the body, Andrew Brod
Shira Glassman
I really love this series (it has so many things I like -- an older dude with facial hair, cats, lavish descriptions of food, and mysteries!) BUT: this book, as happens with some of the books in a huge series, fell completely flat and seemed badly constructed to me. First of all, Qwill didn't actually solve the mystery. It all happens around him and then someone tells him what really happened after the fact. Second of all, the first suspicious death in the book, plus the mystery woman who shows ...more
Apr 06, 2014 Tinika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy, 2014
The Cat Who Saw Stars is very light reading. Once started, I realized I had read an earlier book in this series many years ago. I recognized the cats, Koko and Yum Yum, but do not remember anything else about that book, including the title. I suspect the same fate will befall this book so, before that happens, some of the things that disappointed me were: the story took way too long to get to the point; the point was never clear; loads of minor characters who, all being uniformly nice, were pret ...more
Aug 15, 2010 Gemma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, mystery
All I can say is, charming!
Jim Qwilleran, the billionaire journalist for the Moose County Something, is looking forward to a vacation at his cabin in Mooseville with his Siamese, Koko and Yum Yum. But when a backpacker goes missing, is it aliens (as the locals believe), or is it murder? And what's going on with Owen Bowen, the owner of Mooseville's new restaurant?
Qwill and Koko are up with Holmes and Watson as one of the most entertaining duos in detective fiction. As this is Braun's twenty-fir
Dharia Scarab

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Jason Caldwell
I like the semi-predictable nature of these stories. The author followed the same pattern that most of the other stories in this series do. Someone dies. Mr. Q becomes suspicious. The rest of the story he goes about his business while his cats do crazy things and he tries to piece together clues. In the end it is revealed that the cats were sending clues all along and the mystery is solved. I struggled this time to follow the author’s logic in how some of the clues related to the case. However i ...more
Mar 29, 2015 Leew49 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
The Cat Who books are always fun and diverting, a nice escape from the sometimes serious matters of everyday life. In this one Qwilleran is faced with what appears to be one of a series of accidents on and near the water. As is traditional in the Jackson Braun series, his Siamese cat KoKo either intentionally or by coincidence presents him with the clues needed to solve the crime. This novel also includes the unusual use of a sinkhole as what appears to be an act of divine justice. The Cat Who S ...more
Betty Silvia
Nov 20, 2016 Betty Silvia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book had the simplistic story style that I like for bedtime reading, however it did not hold my attention. The main character, Quilleran, a writer with the local newspaper, told the tale of visiting his summer cabin in a community full of quirky characters with which he must endure. I was happy for the small references to knitting, but I felt like it was also party of the "quirky" community. The UFO thread was amusing, but again - the author told of it all with an air of superiority. The la ...more
The Hobbit
Journalist Jim Qwillerin is amazed at the number of well-educated citizens in Mooseville who believe in UFO's and ET's. A hiker's disappearance is believed to be a UFO abduction until feline Koko uncovers the truth. The disappearance of a restaurant owner while on his boat - drunk and fell overboard or another abduction? Again Qwillerin learns the truth. The legend of the Sand Giant, a legendary creature who makes rumbling noises in the Great Dune - what happens when the town claims the giant ha ...more
Lynne Tull
Oct 03, 2010 Lynne Tull rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Well, at least a sympathetic character wasn't killed off. There was a murder mystery and a solution. A statement by Qwill on page 167-68 when talking to Tess about her 'crow' story, reveals to me how she views killing of a sympathetic character. "The scarecrow's job....His collaboration is discovered and he's condemned to death. If he's made a sympathetic character, this could be a highly emotional situation." I respect her thought, but I don't get emotional. I get angry at her. She could have c ...more
Martha Groeber
Sep 30, 2014 Martha Groeber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Qwilleran and his crime-solving cats Koko and Yum Yum return for another adventure. Qwilleran has gone to his cabin in Mooseville for a few weeks. Mysterious events start occuring - a missing backpacker (whose body Koko finds buried in a sand dune), the disappearance of a restaurant owner, and a huge storm that opens up a sinkhole downtown. Plus all the townspeople attribute these events to UFO's - or the Sand Giant. Koko begins leaving clues for Qwilleran to find until he finally pieces everyth ...more
Isaiah Vianese
This is golden "cozy era" Lilian Jackson Braun. If you are into mysteries that are heavy on setting and light on the mystery, this is a good pick for you. The Cat Who Saw Stars indulges in some of Braun's more interesting tangents: aliens and knitting. The only thing I found a bit frustrating about the novel is that one of the deaths goes unsolved, but mostly it was a delight to revisit this book.
Lisa Kucharski
Enjoyable to read but not much mystery going on... the real mystery was why the one backpacker died and it was pretty much ignored after the police buried the death and merely "accidental." The rest of the story it was more meeting people of the town and listening to their stories. While fun for someone who is familiar with the series, it would probably be disappointing for those hoping for a fully developed mystery. Verdict- best for readers of series.
Sherry (sethurner)
"World-shaking news was seldom broadcast by WPKX, the radio station serving Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere. Local baseball scores, another car accident, a fire in a chicken coop, and death notices were the usual fare. "
The bad news here is a body found on the lakeshire, and of course Qwill and super cat Koko eventually solve the mystery. It takes quite a while to get to that point, however. This is Braun's usual "cozy" mystery fare, the 21st in the franchise.
J. Ewbank
Braun keeps you coming back to her stories because of the main characters and the cats. They are constant and you want to know what is happening to them. They are warm mystery and sometimes murder mystery books. Ufo's are blamed for the disappearance of a hicker whose body is later found. Other themes are the knitting craze etc. This county has more trouble than most.

A good read.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
Emily Fauble
I don't usually review these books as they are mostly just an easy entertaining audiobook to listen to while I work on other things, but I thought I should mention that this one was a bit more mysterious than some of the others and I don't know that it necessarily resolved everything satisfactory for the logical side of my brain. I enjoy reading this series for the characters as much as anything else so I'm not overly disappointed, just a bit perplexed.
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