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Lilian Jackson Braun
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The Cat Who Tailed a Thief (Cat Who... #19)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  3,404 ratings  ·  103 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 27th 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...more
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.
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
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
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...more
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...more
Dec 20, 2011 Kirsti rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.

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
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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
Jennifer A.M.
Aug 19, 2008 Jennifer A.M. rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
I enjoy the Cat Who books. They are relaxing. I enjoy the reoccurring characters, and the nature of the community. I also enjoy the cats, and how Koko helps to solve murders, with the help of Mr. Q and his mustache.
I like cats, so I thought i'd give this book a try. I think you need to be a cat lover or have a great appreciation of cats to enjoy this series.
Lynne Tull
You know there is not much more to be said about this series. Ms. Braun keeps on and on probably at the direction of her publishers. My thought is that she is ready to quit, but can't say no. This story is interrupted by several "tall and short tales" from Pickax old timers. I think these served as filler and added to the number of words required to get it published. Again, another character, although not particularly sympathis, was killed off. Qwill and Koko come through again and solve the cas...more
Leslie Stebbins
Good mystery. I really enjoy these because of the cats and the interesting people and town life.
Decided to reread this very good cozy mystery since I had not read it in over a decade. Its an enjoyable read during a rainstorm or in a snowstorm. Like all Cat Who books the characters are well written and their relationships are done in a way to make you think that its a real town. It also is a ad for another book Short and Tall Tales with a few short stories of Moose County's history. The only problem I had was that the ending felt a little rushed and the reader might be able to solve the cas...more
Loved it! One of the best in this series, so far.
Namitha Varma
A detective thriller with an undercurrent of humour. This was my first 'Cat Who' and I'm sure to pick a lot more of these. Even though hardly 30% of the story was hardcore "detecting", I thoroughly enjoyed the lighter episodes, the build-up, the very likeable characters and neighbourhood, and the 'Short and Tall Tales' in between. Needless to say, I liked Quilleran with his black humour and journalism persona, and all the cats in the story, esp Koko and his sixth sense for crime. It was a light...more
The Cat Who series is always good for relaxing, and I've been using this one between bursts of work and to chill on all of the snowdays we've been having. As usual, it's a fun read, but I was surprised by how much material Braun added to the story that went out of the way of soft, happy material. Between divorce, marriage for money, murder, cheating, and other scandals, this book was chock-full of drama. Of course, it was all delivered subtly and under a fuzz of catfur, but what do you really ex...more
Kat Chan
I'm not sure if I'm just getting too sick of Quilleran or if this is a particularly bad Cat Who.

Unlike most mysteries, you know far in advance who the murderer is, who will be the victim, and how he'll do it. Thus you spend a great deal of the book waiting for the poor victim to get knocked off. Also unlike most mysteries, people don't seem to care very much about the victims deaths. Also the arrogance and surrealism of this cookie cutter society gets to be a little nauseating.
Amusing, cute and sweet. Mr. Q and his mustache that quivers when something is not quite right. Koko and Yum Yum the Siamese cats who are pets of Mr. Q, delightful and helpful in sleuthing. Koko will pick books that give clues as to what is going on in the case, and why does he keep hitting Yum Yum on the head? I enjoyed the book as it is very intelligent in its humor even while the mystery is light. A good way to spend a few easy hours.
This was a good book on tape for a car. I love it when perfect strangers read to me. Especially when I'm tired and driving 11 hours straight.

I had my doubts about "The Cat Who..." books, but I understand why people would like them. They are engaging and full of interesting characters. Sometimes reading a predictable mystery helps to boost the ego. And there's cute cat moments. Perfect for little old maids with lots of moments to spare.
Diana Toole
It was cute, as books like these often are. Although the plot was relatively predictable as well as the motives involved. It was quick and light summer faire. However, I did learn something. . . It appears that these books are set in the UP of Michigan (Braun refers directly to pasties, down below is Detroit, and they are in an old mining area. . . Sounds like the UP to me!) It was like visiting home.
Sep 08, 2007 George rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Readers
From winter into spring in Pickax with Qwill and Siamese cats, Koko & Yum Yum, staying at their country Indian Village condo. Again it is Qwill and Koko who pull together the various happenings: a string of petty thiefs, a mysterious designer who is trying to obtain commissions to restores historical mansions downtown, the death of his wife shortly after their wedding, and the death of town's banker.
Mar 25, 2009 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat and Mystery fans
This is a fairly typical entry in the Cat Who... series. Lots of storylines about the life and times of the folks who live in the cold North with Mr. Q and his cats. In the center, of coure, there's a mystery and it's not too hard to figure out whodunnit.

Fast read, fairly entertaining. Great brain candy.

Cheryl Prentiss
I had read this particular series of books years ago and although i am sure i had read this one in the past because it was familiar it still kept me guessing. The series centers around a wealthy man who owns two very intuitive cats who help him solve town mysteries. This was a light enjoyable read and I will definetly read more of the series again.
I enjoyed the first couple of this series that I read. I'm not sure if this one was not as good as the previous ones I read, or whether it is just that the plots are very similar, and the characters have no dimensions to them, so that I didn't really care about them. I will probably read a couple more, but am taking a break from them for the moment.
Emily J
A light, enjoyable read. Predictable, like all the Cat Who books, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. I enjoy the writing style, the humour, the characters. It's interesting to watch the cases unfolding, even if you have the killer pegged in the first few chapters, and there's always something interesting or unexpected that happens on the side.
When I first started listening to these "The Cat Who. . ." books, I thought they were so weird, but strangely enough, they held my attention and I kept getting them. Even stranger now, is I have really come to like them. The characters are so quirky, but they have really grown on me. This is my favorite so far. It was a great little mystery.
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