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

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,552 Ratings  ·  251 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
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Katie
Aug 02, 2007 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bria
Aug 04, 2012 Bria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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
Rebekah
Jan 04, 2010 Rebekah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kate
Jul 21, 2010 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Barbara
May 11, 2016 Barbara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-challenge
When "The Cat Who" series began Jim Qwilleran was a Chicago crime reporter who owned two Siamese cats, Koko and YumYum, and solved mysteries. In time Qwill inherited billions, moved '400 miles north of everywhere' to Pickax, became a newspaper columnist, met a lot of interesting locals, and continued to solve crimes. I've enjoyed many books in this quirky series, where Koko uses his 'kitty intuition' to help Qwill investigate. Eventually, though, the series ran out of steam and this book is a di ...more
Amber
Jan 14, 2014 Amber rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
M
May 05, 2013 M rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kirsti
Sep 07, 2015 Kirsti rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
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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
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Janet
May 09, 2009 Janet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 27, 2014 Una Tiers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read, not too much of a plot, still nice to see the regulars.
Carol
Apr 09, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it
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
Dec 24, 2012 Nikki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Aug 10, 2010 Pam Spangler rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nancy
Jun 15, 2011 Nancy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jenn
Aug 06, 2015 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read-it
A quick, fun read. I've read many of these books in the series and have developed a fondness for the characters and the quaint, little town. However, there was no real mystery here.
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
Mainon
Aug 02, 2015 Mainon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Benjamin Thomas
It’s hard to believe I’ve read 28 of these “Cat Who…” books now. My mother started me reading these years ago and, truthfully, I really enjoyed these mysteries in the early part of the series, even though cozy mysteries aren’t really my thing. They were pretty good. And then when they evolved into more and more about small town life in the upper Midwest, and less and less about any actual mystery plot, I was happy to still read them occasionally because they were a nice break from the more serio ...more
Gretchen
Aug 25, 2014 Gretchen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Beverly
Jan 31, 2016 Beverly rated it liked it
I read this for my Mystery Book Club discussion and I was skeptical--a cat that helps solve crimes--I'm having trouble buying into this idea. And I have to say that I my skepticism was entirely borne out. In fact....mystery?????? The only mystery I found with this story was that someone would fly across the country to bid $1,000 on a kitten to help out the local animal shelter in Pickax City--"400 miles north of everywhere". Now I thought I could love a kitten as much as anyone but after reading ...more
Bonnie
Jan 26, 2010 Bonnie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
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
Aug 09, 2013 Courtney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, animals, reviewed
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
Nov 18, 2009 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
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!
Steve Chaput
Feb 19, 2015 Steve Chaput rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Koko drops from the rafters onto the head of a visitor, Kwill has an idea that something may be afoot. The citizens Pickaxe (400 miles north of everything) are excited by their up-coming celebration of the town's founding, but things seldom go as everyone hopes in Braun's wonderful novels. You can bet that there will be at least one body turning up and that Kwillian's feline companions will have it all figured out before he does.

It's great to catch up each book with Kwill, Koko and YumYum,
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Darlene
Apr 01, 2014 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
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
Ed
#28 in the Cat Who ... series. Even sentiment can't drag the rating of this literary train wreck any higher.

The Cat Who ... series Qwilleran gets involved with Pickax's sesquicentennial celebration and Harvey, the nephew of the old money Ledfields wants to sketch Qwill's barn as part of a portfolio for Architectural College. Harvey splits with his girlfriend, she gets a job with the local paper, the Ledfields die, Harvey is accused. Plot holes and loose ends abound - feels like finale of series.
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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
May 07, 2009 Teri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sammy
Jun 12, 2007 Sammy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c-the-okay
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
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