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The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (Cat Who... #28)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  2,984 ratings  ·  213 reviews
Koko's strange new hobby of dropping himself from balconies has landed him in the oddest of places--a young visitor's head whose wealthy relatives soon fall deathly ill, making Qwill have his work cut out for him.
Hardcover, First edition, 191 pages
Published 2006 by G.P. Putnam (first published December 29th 2005)
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Katie
Come on people! It's a light mystery novel based on a cat with ESP. You're expecting too much! I love this series. It's even better with a bag of chocolate covered raisins and a hammock.
Rebekah
Having just read Lilian Jackson Braun's latest Cat Who novel Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell, I can agree bomb was a good word to use in the title. It was just not up to her former standard. Perhaps this is partly due to the fact that she has written 28 of these stories. And that means up wards of 28 deaths, (probably closer to 60, but I digress). Koko is still smart as a whip, but he is more used to spout aphorisms than catching killers. She seems to fill the books with back story that is unnecessa...more
Bria
I am truly disappointed in this book. The Cat Who... series has been a go to series for me for about 12 years now. Whenever I need an easy, yet entertaining read, I turn to Braun's cat tales. But this one fell sorely short of the rest of series, I felt. First of all, nothing really happened. Some random character the reader has no emotional connection to dies fairly early on. Then there is no true investigation into the murder, like other titles in the series. Then a tragic accident kills anothe...more
M
Hoo boy. I found this and two other books, "talked turkey" and "went bananas" in a thrift store and was excited. I used to read the older books from this series, and while not necessarily the most groundbreaking things, they were always pretty interesting and enjoyable. Now I know why these were tossed away.

most readers going into these books know that they have an extremely antiquated, sort of squeaky-clean charming setting and cast that you can't take too seriously. I think it's supposed to b...more
Kate
Just finished this book and it left me very annoyed. First of all, there was absolutely no mystery to be solved at all. The author kept promising that something big or exciting was about to happen, and it never did. This is really just a book about a man who lives in a small town that is hosting an anniversary celebration. That's it. At the very end there is a bit of drama, but it is all wrapped up within 5 pages and not because of anything the main character does. Other little things that happe...more
Maggie Bishop
Amateur feline sleuths KoKo and YumYum again help reporter Qwilleran solve the mystery. This time, the Town of Pickax is on the verge of its 150th anniversary. Polly, Qwill’s amore, has moved from Head Librarian to Manager of The Pirates’ Chest, a bookstore financed largely through the K-Fund which came from Qwill’s unexpected inheritance.

A large part of Braun’s success is a reader’s enchantment with Qwill, his two cats and his community. After an architect student sketches the interior of Qwill...more
Janet
I've become convinced that the last few novels of Braun's have been getting steadily worse. This new entry proves my theory. What a waste of time! There was no dénouement, no sense of suspense, no last-minute confession, and we only hear about the “murder” third-hand. The entire description took up one paragraph! What happened to the suspects? They’re vaguely removed for "questioning" and never heard from again. The ending was so abrupt; I turned the next page and was truly angry with Braun for...more
Una Tiers
Quick read, not too much of a plot, still nice to see the regulars.
Amber
Wow! I only finished this book for book club. I was so surprised to find that this book had 3.5 stars. Reading the comments, however, it seems that most people liked past books in the series, but that Braun's later work (including this one) was sadly lacking. I will never know, since I won't be trying any others. I found the story line to be incredibly dull and boring. Every conversation I read I kept wondering "why!?!" And the entire story is meaningless conversation. That seems to be the whole...more
Mainon
Were these the original cozy mysteries? Maybe. They certainly are cozy! A wealthy bachelor with a luxuriant mustache and his two Siamese cats (one eerily prescient) solve a diabolical double murder in the quaint town of Pickax.

I read a bunch of these books in my teenage years, so catching up with the characters in this particular small town was a little like a literary homecoming, nostalgic and oddly comforting. I could probably listen to most of the series and be perfectly contented with my co...more
Kirsti
Jan 11, 2012 Kirsti rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat lovers, Mystery lovers, Animal detective fans
Koko is up to his usual tricks, dropping on the heads of bewildered guests and chewing up photos to show Qwill that the new people in town are not all they seem. He knows something sinister is happening in order for someone to inherit, but Qwill can't grasp the meaning until the very end. Hixie Rice is up to her usual failures, but some good comes from them anyway.

Another enjoyable look at Pickaxe and it's inhabitants, and Moose County as a whole. There is a nice fixation on cats and limericks....more
Carol
Amateur feline sleuths KoKo and YumYum again help reporter Qwilleran solve the mystery. This time, the Town of Pickax is on the verge of its 150th anniversary. Polly, Qwill’s love/like interest, has moved from Head Librarian to Manager of The Pirates’ Chest, a bookstore financed largely through the K-Fund which came from Qwill’s unexpected inheritance.

A large part of Braun’s success is a reader’s enchantment with Qwill, his two cats and his community. After an architect student sketches the int...more
Nikki
These books have sadly and seemingly permanently gone downhill. I read every book in this series twice when I was in high school, and I loved the first 25. The last several installments, however, have been nearly unrecognizable. Either the publisher has contracted a truly awful ghostwriter, or something bad has happened to Ms. Braun. The reading isstill enjoyable, as the place and characters were so fully and wonderfully developed over the years that even a butcher cannot destroy them completely...more
Pam Spangler
This is my first foray into Lillian Jackson Braun, and I don't believe I will read her books again. A cozy mystery, I can see that readers who have read the other 27 books will enjoy the little reminders of past events sprinkled in the story, but I did not find that I needed to read any other Cat book before reading this one.
I did not finish this book
The town of Pickax is having it' 150 anniversary, and they decide to have three festivals: Pickax Then, Pickax Now, and Pickax Future. The cats are...more
Nancy
I used to love this series. If Lillian Jackson Braun is using a ghostwriter, fire them immediately. If not...then I don't really know what to say. Pickax just isn't fun anymore, the writing has gotten insufferable, and there's hardly a mystery in this book. It's not really considered a mystery novel if you learn of the actual mystery and it's solved at the same time...on page 170 of 187!

I'm just incredibly disappointed, I guess things just get stale after a while. It is after all the 28th book a...more
Gretchen
This one is quite possibly the worst-- Braun (or her personal assistant) just phoned this one in. The murder was only a minor element of the plot and occurred almost at the end of the book. The solution was handed to Quill, with him hardly giving any thought to the fact that there might or might not have been a murder. The whole story was formulaic to the extreme (yes, I know this series defines "formula", but this book was over the top)-- you know who the killer is before he even makes an appea...more
Bonnie
It's hard to keep a series going for 20+ books, and this is proof. The "Cat Who..." series is a fun read, and George Guidall is the quintessential voice of Qwilleran, but the last few of the series just don't stack up to the previous episodes. This one is a bit too ho-hum, too full of explaining past events/characters, and is too "gushy" about cats without moving the plot. It's time to put the series to rest.
Courtney
I don't know what has happened to Lillian Jackson Braun, but this book was crap.

The plot was pitifully thin. The characters didn't seem like the same characters I've enjoyed in the past. The development of both plot and characters was almost nonexistant.

Don't waste your time or money. Read Braun's older work instead.
Emily
I read this because I bought it for my grandma and she wanted me to read it when she finished. There was a mystery here? It bored me to death (took me 2 months to finally finish). If I want to read about some rich guy who everybody loves, I'll read J.D. Robb thank you very much. At least there's some action there!
Lisa Kucharski
This is the second to last book in the series and while not much mystery here, the book continues right where the previous one left off in the daily events of Pickaxe and surround towns. In this story several characters die that will be a surprise to the series. I'm not sure why Braun decided to kill of certain people or where that particular line would go but they seemed a bit out of place. While I enjoy the characters, I do find some of the "killing" off of people a bit old hat. I also find Qw...more
Darlene
In this latest "Cat Who..." Koko is in his prime, dropping in on guests from his balcony perch, thus the title. Qwilleran is still involved with local life, taking notes on historical families and writing his newspaper column. Each of these cozy mysteries involve an " off-screen" death, no gore, but lots of lively, humorous drama what with the antics of the lovely Yum Yum and the ever elegant Koko, Quills' Siamese cats. I look forward to any of the series. I've missed a few, lamentedly and must...more
Shannon McGrew
It's been a while since I've read a "Cat who..." book. and though I can't remember which ones exactly I've already read, This seems to repeat the style that I remember. The mystery doesn't take the whole of the book, and from what I've read in the past, that's not unusual. I don't mind it. To me it's the feel of a smallish town untouched by the hands of time that reels me in. The randomness of small town gossip and sudden and unjustified deaths is what makes this series more realistic than other...more
Teri
The Cat Who Dropped A Bombshell #28 by Lilian Jackson Braun

This latest offering of Qwill, Koko and Yum Yum and all their friends of Pickax are back in another charming tale. The residents are eagerly awaiting Pickax Now, a festival with parades and exhibits celebrating 150 years. Qwill brings archtect Harvey Ledfield into his home to sketch his huge apple barn and when strange things start happening with Harvey around, especially when Koko lands on top of Harvey's head, which Koko had never done...more
Sammy
My mom got me this book for Easter, she's a cat lover (specifically Siamese) who has read several of these books, and thought that she should introduce the books to her cat lover daughter. She describes the books as potato chip books. A light snack for the brain. A quick, easy read that doesn't require a lot of thought. She was right.

The first problem I had with the book was that, while not part of a linear series, it is part of a series and this one was just the latest in it. That made it sligh...more
Rebecca
Out of the three I have read/listed to so far this is my least favourite. I would say that if you are not a cat fan it would be a 2 star. The series are great if you want a quick read or listen (this one was only 4 CDs and took less than 4 hours) without getting a too indepth story line.

Mr Q and his cats KoKo and YumYum are up to it again, with the introduction of new characters and their cats. One of my favorite sections would be the description of Maggie, an older resident of Moose County, sit...more
Nathalie S
It was pretty good but not quite up to the original stories. There is a fictional interview of the author by Qwill in which we learn that Lilian used to have a Siamese named Koko who was murdered by a cat hater--he fell from the 10th floor of their apartment building. The only way Lilian could cope with his death was to write short stories about Koko ultimately leading to the Cat Who series.
Lisa
As always, Qwilleran is an odd but fun character to read, as are his two cats, Koko and Yum Yum. The cats don't feature too much in this book, but perhaps I'm remembering their prominence wrong, as I haven't read one of these The Cat Who... in a while. I think the "mystery" here was perhaps not a mystery at all, but the book was still a good read, what with the quirkiness of Qwilleran, the fascinating Pickax Now, and the general oddities that abound in Pickax on a "normal" day.
Mayda
It is time for celebration in Pickax as people prepare a variety of activities for the sesquicentennial. But Koko, cat extraordinaire, is acting strange. He pilfers photos and messages and surprises certain visitors by jumping on their heads. He even renders his death howl when Qwill gets a phone call about an accidental shooting. Or was it murder? Qwilleran does his best to interpret Koko’s antics, but only Koko seems to know what is in store for certain people in Pickax. Is it ESP? Can Koko co...more
Chelsea
Aug 02, 2011 Chelsea rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ages 12 and up
This book is a cozy mystery that is very simple to read and understand. The author uses fun names for places and people and some of the names describe that particular person's job or status in the community. For example, the weatherman's name is Junior Goodwinter. The main character's cats definitely have an important and interesting way of being a main part of the story too. Both cats have distinct names and personalities which I like since I am a cat owner and my cats definitely have very dist...more
Kristina Marie
While The Cat series is classified as mysteries, I found this audio book to be mostly about the town of Pick Axe, and the quirky, cat loving people who inhabit it. It was not until the last disc that any sort of real mystery-action took place. The main characters are the wealthy and beloved Qwilleran and his two cool, crime solving cats, Koko and Yum Yum. In this adventure, the trio help solve murders which occur during town celebrations. The also delve into the aftermath of the bombshells that...more
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