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The Cat Who Tailed a Thief (The Cat Who... #19)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  4,204 Ratings  ·  145 Reviews
When small items disappear throughout the town, the residents are up in arms! Pickax has seldom fallen victim to "big city" crimes, particularly during the holiday season. But after the bridge club's money is stolen, the townspeople decide that there is more to this mystery. The rash of petty thievery started when banker Willard Carmichael and his much younger (and flashie ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 28th 1998 by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated (first published January 1st 1997)
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Benjamin Thomas
This morning I finished up Lilian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who Tailed a Thief. This is the 19th book in the series, originally published in 1997; I’ve been working my way through them at the rate of about two to three a year. I was a bit surprised when I looked up this series to find out that this is the 19th book I’ve read so far…tells me my many years of reading are really starting to pile up :)

I’ve really endeavored to understand why I like reading these novels so much. They are mystery novels
I won't rate this series since I don't listen to it for the characters, plot, or story; I listen to this series when I have trouble sleeping or I'm anxious. Thanks to a wonderful narrator, unarresting storylines, uncomplicated mysteries, and soporific dialogue, I've fallen asleep to these books many a night.

I'm perhaps not the target demographic for these books, but I enjoy the audio version very much since its more engaging than white noise, but not so much as to keep me awake. Light and a lit
Book #52 read in 2010

This book had a slow and rambling start. It picked up about three-fourths of the way through the book to a satisfying end.
Jun 24, 2015 Rage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find this series so charming. There are so many returning characters (everyone's a bit eccentric) and things happen to them as the series progresses. I haven't read any "cat who..." books in several years, but it felt like going back to a restaurant or bar and seeing all the same old regulars. Some people might not appreciate that, if they're looking for more suspense, but I enjoy the writing and the cozy atmosphere. These are kind of like comfort food books for me? At the same time, in this p ...more
SIGH. It wasn't a terrible listen, but the story is so overwhelmed by the obnoxious Qwill that it's hard to enjoy it as the simple cozy mystery it is.

Also, bone to pick with the misogynist Qwill, who is older than Lynette in the book (who had recently turned 40), yet keeps describing her like a senior citizen!! While he considers himself in his prime!


(Might be overly sensitive to this as my 40th birthday is rapidly approaching, but since I'm not particularly hung up on ages,
Sep 07, 2015 Kirsti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat lovers, Mystery lovers, Animal detective fans
Another of my favorites in the series, because it introduces another of my favorite characters, the weatherman, Wetherby Goode. As always, Qwill has moved residence, and is staying in indian village. It means he has convenient access to Polly. I liked the collecting of the Short and Tall tales, and I liked the mystery of Danielle and her 'cousin' Carter Lee James. Mosca is a funny inclusion as well. I love the lighthearted approach to mystery here, and the personal interest Qwill had in the case ...more
Well! I haven't read one of these books in a very long time, and it was really nice to go back to Pick Ax and visit. I love all these characters especially the cats, the cute little mystery he can't quite figure out, but that darn cat gets it! Hopefully there won't be so much time in between my rating of this book and the next book.
Amy "the book-bat"
Qwill and the cats work to solve some thefts and a murder.
I remember reading one of these "cat who" books a long time ago. But in my memory, the book included at least some amount of story that was actually told from the cat's perspective. And it was set in a big city (Chicago?). So maybe it wasn't even one of these books but some other cat-mystery-solving book. Maybe it was even a parody of these books. In any event, I was expecting something totally different from this book. This book is mostly a small town story - gossip about the local folks as the ...more
#19 in The Cat Who ... series.

The Cat Who ... Series - As Moose County, "400 miles north of everywhere," locals face a green Christmas, someone has taken to stealing small articles of apparently little value - gloves, sunglasses, a bag of old clothes, an antique doll. But these seem minor distractions from larger matters, like the new banker, Willard Carmichael, and his wife, Danielle, a flashy young woman with big hair who teeters on spiked heels as she flirts with newspaper columnist, Qwillera
Feb 04, 2015 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These cat books are mysteries, wrapped up in a "cozy" format. Really, each book is the continuing story of the many characters of Pickaxe and area...and Qwill, Koko, and Yum Yum are there to lead the way. It's always nice to just sink into these easy-to-read books, a quick escape. And of course always another glimpse into the lives of the cats.
The Hobbit
19th book in series. Carter Lee Jones is the cousin of the new banker's wife. He also is a restoration architect who proposes restoring a block of Pickax's Victorian mansions and establishing a historical district that will attract tourists. The banker, Willard Carmichael, assures residents the loans to pay for the restorations. All of PIckax is charmed by the architect. However, feline Koko's actions toward the man raise Jim Qwilleran's suspicions. At the same time, a thief is at work in the pe ...more
Chris Eirschele
Nov 04, 2015 Chris Eirschele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new discovery for me, Lilian Jackson Braun's cozy mystery Cat Who series was decades in the making. If you like the genre, especially with cats, you will enjoy this read. I found the book fun to read.

The Cat Who Tailed a Thief is a crime of robbery, which leads readers down a long winding path of who-done-it. But, it is the descriptions of Pickax and Down Under, and the characters, like the main man, Qwilleran, which I found interesting. Qwilleran is a journalist that seemingly has endless amo
Mar 13, 2014 Marti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
As for pure entertainment and relaxation value, I would rate this book a full five stars. The three-star rating is simply because these are short, entertaining novels, not literature. In this episode, Koko and Qwilleran once again team up to solve a mystery, this one involving a thief. Reading is many things to me. During this last and definitely most stressful year of my teaching career, these books have quite literally assisted me in keeping some sense of sanity and good humor. Thanks once aga ...more
Dec 06, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, usa
Qwill and the cats have moved into a condo in Indian Village for the winter, to save on heating costs in the barn. About the time they move, there are a rash of petty thefts with all sorts of warnings to lock up. The new banker Willard Carmichael and his wife Danielle invite Danielle’s cousin to town to help with a restoration project – promising big things with places on the historical preservation list. Then Willard dies on a business trip and soon after Danielle’s cousin’s new wife dies. Qwi ...more
This is the first book in this series that I have actually READ. I used to listen to one every now and then while driving when I was still working in L.A. They were upbeat, witty, quirky, and fun. The setting : Pickax,on the Ittibittiwassee River in Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere, so it could be Michigan! Or Wisconsin, Minnesota, North get to choose. The paper Quilleran works for is called the Moose County Something. The books are full of Scottish trivia, cat trivia, an ...more
Christine Keleny
Aug 01, 2011 Christine Keleny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with most Lilian Jackson Braun's cat-who books, this book doesn't disappoint. It is funny, however, how much skullduggery goes on in such a small town in the upper midwest "forty miles for nowhere." There are two murders in this story and lots of fun cat names courtesy of a contest that the main character Qwilleran puts in the local paper he writes for. Qwilleran is the local handsome bachelor millionaire, who's cats - Koko and Yum Yum (Siamese) - help him with his amateur sleuthing.

The cats
BOTTOM LINE: Con artists and gentlemen, promoters and hucksters, seem to be in abundance in Pickaxe City these days, and when a bank president dies mysteriously all sorts of secrets start leaking out. Sweet cosy that was entertaining but I wouldn’t recommend this as your first CAT WHO - the earlier books are far better IMO.

Several well-drawn new characters, including one con artist you’ll love to hate (and one you’ll just hate), and the death of a familiar character, set in a nicely turned myst
Lisa Kucharski
Not one of my faves in the series, started off a bit slow, and even Qwill was off to a very slow and dulled start. The crime and criminals stood out a mile away and yet Qwill and the townsfolk come off as small town rubes... While I liked meeting a few new characters I found this story a bit on the simplistic side and would have preferred to have one of the victims actually live - cause it would cause more action and interest.

Knit Spirit
Jun 05, 2015 Knit Spirit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dans ce nouvel opus des aventures de Qwill, Koko et Yom Yom, nous retrouvons notre journaliste aux prises avec une femme un peu trop aguicheuse venue du pays d'en-bas dont le cousin ne semble pas très clair...
Encore une fois, c'est avec joie que j'ai retrouvé tous les personnages. Cette histoire est rondement menée et le suspens m'a tenue en haleine de bout en bout (même si je me doutais bien du résultat). Le livre est un peu court mais vraiment très bien.
En bref : à lire !!
Sherry Vaughan
Aug 20, 2015 Sherry Vaughan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Koko and Jim are at it again. This time things are a little more serious. There are a series of random thefts that have no rhyme or reason. But there are also two unexpected deaths of two of the leading citizens in Pickaxe. These deaths occurred shortly after a marriage. As always, Koko has his own ideas about the deaths and, after much prompting, Jim understand his hints. The book contains more glimpses into small town lives and politics. A really fun read.
Jun 29, 2010 ayanami rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I was a huge fan of mystery novels back in middle school, and devoured many of The Cat Who... series, probably because I was initially attracted to their brightly coloured covers (I remember some of these looking practically neon). Reading one of these books years later, I can understand why I was so into them. They're quite easy to read, for one thing, and the cats are somewhat cute, even if I'm not an animal person at all. The plot of this one was fairly basic. In fact, there almost seemed to ...more
Jan 15, 2014 chrisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cat-mysteries
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Edgar Perez
Jul 14, 2015 Edgar Perez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still impressed how death becomes part of the daily life.
"She was so young, se was only forty" seems so truthful now

I loved how the daily cat activities are included in the series. The adopted house fly (named "mosca"), and the theories from the woners about their cat.
And I loved all the theory about naming a cat, and renaming them.

I know: Federica became Frush and lots of other names :D

And I still managed to keep hooked to
The new banker in town is murdered in Chicago and his young wife and her cousin are trying to develop a street of classic houses and charging the residents big bucks. Qwill has bought a condo at Indian Village to live in for the winter, as the barn is too big to heat effectively. His next door neighbour is Weatherby Goode, the local radio station's weather man. Qwill is very suspicious about Danielle, the young widow. When her cousin suddenly marries Polly's sister-in-law, the whole town wonders ...more
In book 18 of The Cat Who series, the town of Pickax finds itself dealing with bigger city problems. Never a problem before, small items are now disappearing. This calls for some investigation and who steps up but the faithful Jim Qwillerin and his Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum.
Roxana Griffith
Oct 14, 2015 Roxana Griffith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Cat Who.... series by Lillian Jackson Braun are fantastic. Lillian will be missed by me. I have loved each and every one of her books. She took me to a nice place and kept my attention on the story. I was always able to come back to my book. Even if I didn't want to leave.
Jennifer A.M.
Aug 19, 2008 Jennifer A.M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat people, murder mystery readers who don't like violence
I am listening to this on audio book. It's on tape which is a little less clear to listen to. I don't have a CD player in my car. So far I am enjoying it - I am about 1 and a half tapes in. Koko and YumYum are entertaining - for cats....
I finished this book on my way home from work last night. It really is the perfect type of book to listen to in the car. The cast of characters is well written and interesting and the plot is just suspenseful enough to make you want to keep listening, but
Janice Dick
I think this is my third time through these books. This was the first volume of the Cat Who books that I ever read. I discovered it in a Reader's Digest condensed book, and have now collected the entire series. Such easy, entertaining reads.
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