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The Cat Who Said Cheese (Cat Who... #18)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  3,899 ratings  ·  124 reviews
As a food exposition is about to open in Pickax City, a bomb shatters the town's hotel, killing a woman. Newspaper columnist Jim Qwilleran and his sleuthing Siamese cats, Yum Yum and Koko, take time off from tasting cheese to investigate. By the author of The Cat Who Blew the Whistle.
Hardcover, 245 pages
Published 1996 by G.P. Putnam
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Alison Lurie writes that some artists have the ability to create "what J. R. R. Tolkien called a 'secondary world'--a fully imagined universe, as consistent as our own or possibly more so." This gift is not always given to those of the first rank, and as she points out, "can even coexist with a level of skill that would keep its possessor out of most galleries today."

Braun has a chair near the head of the high table on the mediocre-author dais where they create those secondary worlds. What's wr
Sandra Knapp
This is one of a few of these books that I've read, and I have found all of them, so far, to be easy and light reading, but thoroughly enjoyable. When I'm ready to "come down" a bit after reading a few heavy, gritty novels, it's nice to find something delightful and fun to read, and that is exactly how I describe Lillian Jackson Braun's Cat mysteries. Always lots of twists and turns, and I am never convinced that either of the cats have helped in the least, but it's always fun trying to catch th ...more
Cindy Barnett
Novelty read, interesting enough so I'd read author again. Non-offensive. Narrated well by George Gwydell.
Dec 06, 2014 Sue rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery, usa
The town of Pickax is preparing for the Great Food Explo with a large number of food events and new stores highlighted. The kick-off is marred, however, by an explosion at the hotel destroying several rooms and resulting in one death and some injuries. A few days later there is a robbery and murder at the florist shop. Qwill and the cats investigate.
It has been quite awhile since I've read one of this series; perhaps that contributed to my enjoyment of this one, knowing the series to be light
Lisa Kucharski
The mystery of who sent a bomb to a "mysterious" woman visiting Pickaxe- resulting in blowing up a hotel sets the town on edge. This mystery is slowly uncovered by Qwilleran in both his inquiries and fortuitous interviews that he makes with the local people.

In this story we also find out where Iris Cobb's cookbook is! The one that Qwill was supposed to inherit, and he hoped to feature as an homage to Iris. I'm glad that that actually got solved. The people in this story start to widen the gamut
Feb 15, 2010 Henrietta marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I just LOVE Lillian's books! I am a bit of an addict!
Lillian Baun does it again. Or maybe I should say Qwill solves another murder mystery in Moose County. No. The real detective is KOKO!

Cats are so mysterious and two cats are fun and mysterious. But Qwills' cats are especially fun as they try throughout the story to provide Qwill with the clues necessary to solve the multiple murders in this episode of Moose County events. Fortunately for Qwill, Sheriff Brodie and the residents of Moose County all the pieces eventually fall into place and all wi
One of better entries in light fluffy "Cat Who" series...

We've read three or four of Lilian Braun's ever so popular series about the fictional small town of Pickax, located 400 miles north of everywhere in Moose County. There, writer Jim Qwilleran is a featured columnist twice a week in the local rag. "Qwill" is a wealthy man about town who is a good hearted friend to most everyone, including his two Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum, who are supporting characters in all these stories. Usually ther
Reviewing an earlier volume from the same series, I commented that this series unlike most others can be read in almost any order, because the plot is in the novel rather than the series — and I guess that is true, because that other book was the first of the series and this one (#18) may very well be the last (although I had read one or two of the others earlier). Interestingly enough, Qwilleran gets a clue in this novel as to why Koko is so much more intelligent than other cats. The clue is th ...more
The Cat who said cheese! Why is Koko reacting to the names of different cheeses? Because they all sound like the names of whomever it was behind the boming of the hotel! It's the food explo week, and foodies like Qwill are out in force to sample some of the new delicacies being offered at new stores funded/backed by the K fund. Among them is Sip and Nibble, a store specializing in cheeses and other small snacks. Qwill meets a woman by the name of Onnosh at his summer cabin, and slowing the reaso ...more
I love cats. Maybe it is because the initials of my maiden name equaled CAT or maybe because I was not really allowed to have a cat as a child. Whatever the case, I love cats.

Several years ago when a friend pointed me toward Lillian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who series, I had to read them. Somehow, I missed The Cat Who Said Cheese, and when I realized I had not read it, I had to.

In this mystery, Braun tossed in a few red herrings, described a big hefty guy as a gentle puss ‘n’ boots, included a bo
Pickax is holding a Food Exposition, and cheese is one of the items Qwill is learning about. The cats are loving it too. A mysterious woman moves to town, and Qwill is surprised to meet her at his cottage in Mooseville. Shortly afterward, there is an explosion at the New Pickax Hotel where the mystery woman was staying and her room is destroyed, but she manages to escape to the airport. Meantime, lots of food activities are taking place and Qwill meets his biggest fan, a woman who works at the p ...more
Amy T-D
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BOTTOM LINE: Convoluted but well-woven tale of small-town life from the viewpoint of a nice guy who loves the people and place, and does his best to keep things together so that no-one gets hurt. He almost succeeds.

Business is picking up in Pickaxe, especially the food business, as The Great Food Explo comes to town, a food fair and several new businesses opening downtown. But somebody doesn’t want downtown developed, and uses a bomb to let folks know so. Another nice visit with Qwill, the cats
Not much of a mystery from not much of a writer. Even the cats couldn't save this book from being anything more than a stifled yawn.
Aug 09, 2011 AmniconStudio rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: audio-book
I absolutely love the earlier works of Lilian Jackson Braun.

I have read most of these books more than once. I consider these books to be my comfort series when real life gets to be a bit hectic.

I love the little community that has been created in this book.

In this particular book the town of Pickaxe is getting ready for a food explo when a bomb goes off in the town hotel. Qwill realizes that the bomb going off was something more than meets the eye thanks to the tremor in his mustache and clues
Flora Bateman
This was a light easy read that I really enjoyed. Its not anything of great depth but sometimes that just what you need. This is a mystery surrounding a death caused by an explosion, along with a mystery woman who leaves town quickly and a man killed by bees. Qwill is the local reporter that is overly fond of his cats and in his search for cullinary info he, with help from Koko, helps solve these mysteries. This is a fun read that I would recommend to anyone that loves cats, and just looking for ...more
Un ironico mistero scritto dalla"signora dei gatti"...!
Per chi ama i nostri amici felini alla follia...(come me).
The Cat Who Said Cheese 12122011
Nice read.
Pretty good.
Hotel blows up, man stung by bees.
Sara ♥
2.5 stars. I'm glad I read this book, because I've always been curious about the series. Now I feel like my quota is filled and I'll never have to wonder again.

Overall, the book was ALL RIGHT. Nothing to write home about or anything. The cats were cute, although I don't really go for Siamese, but whatever. But mostly, the story was just... not terribly intriguing to me... and the characters were just okay... *shrugs* It was a bit like Murder She Wrote... or Nancy Drew for adults. A bit overly-si
I had the audiobook of this and this was my first The Cat Who... I really liked the style of reading and the storyline was interesting but mostly I really enjoyed the 'world' of the book. The author paints a very vivid picture of life in Moose County. I do agree with most comments online that Polly sounds like a terribly prim and boring person and talks with an affected manner. There are other annoying(somewhat sexist - why are all the males the ones with special powers?) in the series but the w ...more
These are simply fun reads
Kirsty (alkalinekiwi)
I've read about 5 or so of the 'Cat Who' books and enjoy them as light reading - some more than others.

I think this was one of the better books in the series that I have read - while I've always liked Qwill's character he was even more likeable in this book, I liked all the mentions of food: being savoured, being shared and conversed over and I loved how he reads to the cats.
I have a few more of these books floating around the apartment that I look forward to reading next time I want something
Lynne Tull
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Jeanne Jenkins
This was an Audible book. I loved the cat who seemed to be the smartest one of the bunch. I was expecting the cats to be more a part of the story, but they were just kind of on the edge. It was however a fun read.
I enjoy all of the Cat Who books. This was a re-read for a travel book. Jim Qwilleran's town has been inundated with mysteries. There is a mysterious woman in black visiting, the hotel gets blown up and a housemaid is killed, his friend Iris Cobb has died and her cookbook has been stolen. This sounds like a lot but Qwill and his cats are on the case and get everything straightened out. This wasn't my favorite Cat Who book but it is still a good one. The series is one of my favorites.
Aug 11, 2007 George rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Readers
Another in the James Qwilleran and his Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum, mysteries set in Pickax County. It follows the pattern of the the novels in this series with Qwill becoming involved in a series of incidents which, along with the efforts of Koko, he helps resolve.

This time the mystery revolves around a food expo, a mysterous woman, a hotel bombing which kills a maid and then a florist is killed. Included in the story is a lot of information regarding cheeses.
Virginia Kahn
This was the first book I read of Lilian's I have a signed hard back copy- I happened to be in the bookstore the day she was getting ready to speak- so i hung around I was delighted that I had I had a Siamese Cat so to find an author that wrote with that as part of the subject was a joy- This would be a great series to get for 5th graders - If I had been able to find this when I was just beginning my reading I would have been very happy -
I realize that these books are not great literature, but I love them! Of course it probably helps that we have a wonderful cat of our own, and that I have almost always had a cat around. It turned out that this was one book in the series which I HADN'T read, so that was a bonus right there. It is a shame that there wo't be any more Lillian Jackson Braun cat books. The characters are ones that a lot of us have come to love.
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