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The Cat Who Blew the Whistle (The Cat Who... #17)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,568 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese sleuths, Koko and Yum Yum, investigate the disappearance of a wealthy railroad buff--and alleged multimillion-dollar embezzler--a case that becomes complicated by red herrings, a tragic train wreck, and murder at a railroad tavern.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Jove (first published January 1st 1994)
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Pattyrflg
Aug 24, 2010 Pattyrflg rated it liked it
We read some of The Cat Who... books for our book group. Each member chose a different book and then gave a quick synopsis without giving away the mysterious killer. Here is my synopsis in poem form. I know I'm not a poet, but thought I'd do something different.

Jim Qwilleran and two Siamese cats live in an octagonal barn
Koko the cat is smarter than anything you or I could learn

Floyd Trevelyan owns a credit union but launches his party train instead
Then disappears and could he be dead

A cheapskate
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itchy
Apr 27, 2016 itchy rated it really liked it
Shelves: w
koko and qwill make the local police look inept
Jay
Jul 31, 2013 Jay rated it did not like it
I picked up "The Cat Who Blew the Whistle" on tape to listen to on a long drive. What a mistake! Without exaggeration, this was one of the worst things I've ever read (or listened to). It made an already long car trip interminable. I wish I could give this book zero-stars because a one-star "did not like it" rating just doesn't do this book justice.

So why was it so bad?

First off, it was unbelevablly boring. The first two or three chapters are basically pointless. Charavters were introduced, the
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Kirsti
Sep 07, 2015 Kirsti rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Cat lovers, Mystery lovers, Animal detective fans
Koko's on the case again, obsessed with Pens and Lions. He yows when he hears the name 'Hermia', but for what reason? It's up to Qwill to put together the clues and find out what causes Koko to stare out the window at Polly's developing house, and why he doesn't like her new builder. Bring it all together with talk of trains and times long gone, and you've got yourself a mystery!

This is another of my favorites, because of Celia Robinson. She is one of my favorite characters, if only for her laug
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Knit Spirit
Apr 02, 2015 Knit Spirit rated it really liked it
Dans cet épisode, Qwill cherche à percer le mystère qui entoure la disparition d’un banquier fana de trains, il aurait détourner des fonds mais rien n’est clair et lorsqu’il se rend compte que Polly a embaucher le fils de ce fameux banquier pour construire sa future maison, le journaliste à la retraite tend l’oreille et surveille.
Encore un bon tome. Je ne me suis pas ennuyée une seconde, c’était un plaisir de retrouver l’un des personnages d’un tome précédent qui avait aidé Jim Qwilleran à résou
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Sue
Dec 06, 2014 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, usa
Qwill and the cats are back in their apple barn house in Pickax. Qwill and Polly attend a fundraising event which is a ride on a renovated train with a steam locomotive. It is a wonderful event. The day after the event, the man behind the event, Floyd Trevelyan, has disappeared with thousands of dollars from investors; his secretary is also missing. The investigation points its fingers at Floyd. Ko-ko, on the other hand, tries to make Qwill realize that their focus should be elsewhere.
Didn't e
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Donald Butchko
Oct 09, 2014 Donald Butchko rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
It's hardly worth commenting on individual titles in this series--if you are a fan you will find each book to have the same comforting qualities, familiar characters, and decent mystery plotting. The contributions of reporter James Qwillerin's feline friends were somewhat less integral than they are in other books, with the bulk of the assistance coming from a new human accomplice. The narrative found a way to include most of my favorite denizen's of Pickax as well as the drama club. I'm surpris ...more
Catherine
Jun 21, 2016 Catherine rated it really liked it
I love all the Cat Who books, however this one took a little longer to grab my interest.
Loretta
Jun 06, 2016 Loretta rated it liked it
THE CAT WHO BLEW THE WHISTLE
By Lilian Jackson Braun
3***

I almost did not even get started on this book-for some reason the beginning just dragged and bored me. But, I kept reading and things picked up a little. Basically, a credit union gets shut down by Federal authorities because all the money deposited by customers has disappeared. The owner, who is a model train collector, is being blamed and then he suddenly disappears as well. Meanwhile, the construction of Polly 19s new house has started a
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Ed
May 29, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
#17 in The Cat Who ... series.

The Cat Who ... Series - A railroad buff's refurbished locomotive is making its debut run. Floyd Trevelyan, the train owner, disappears just as the state closes down the credit union associated with his business. Others believe the man has decamped with investors' money, newspaper columnist Jim Qwilleran doesn't believe Trevelyan would abandon his railroad project. He persuades his friend Celia, recently moved to Pickax City from Chicago, to go undercover to find th
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Lee Miller
Nov 22, 2015 Lee Miller rated it really liked it
I discovered “The Cat Who…” books when I was forced to live in a hotel for three months due to an asbestos problem in my home. Their idealized vision of small town life, with shopping on Main Street, friends on every street corner, people dropping by to have a drink and talk, and no one watching television was exactly what I needed to take my mind away from being trapped in a hotel, and I devoured the books. I’m now “re-reading” the audiobook versions and thoroughly enjoying them. I’m usually re ...more
Peggie Ross
May 29, 2015 Peggie Ross rated it it was amazing
This one I must have missed as none of it was familiar but clearly I have read several other books in the series which are later (based on who is in them and where people live). I always enjoy this series and though KoKo is the chief detective, it is YumYum who is my favorite cat; she reminds me of several we have owned over the years. Qwill is an interesting hero and I love his eccentricities. I'm always looking for more of these books to read and enjoy them even out of sequence.
Monica
Dec 17, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it
The plot of this 17th Braun book centers around a historic steam locomotive, and although I really have no interest in anything railroad related, at this point in this series it's not always the plot that is the catch. It's the characters...Qwill, Koko and Yum Yum...and all the rest of the characters who continue to revolve in and out of Braun's books. I love this cozy mystery series, always a great escape.
The Hobbit
Jan 24, 2016 The Hobbit rated it liked it
17th book in the series. The Trevelyan curse! That 's what the folks in Moose County called the bad luck that family has had ever since their house burned 100 years ago. The foundations of that house can still be seen in the devastated apple orchard behind Jim Qwilleran's barn. Now the head of the Trevelyan family and president of the Lumbertown Credit Union has disappeared after being accused of embezzling the money of his clients. With the help of feline sleuth Koko, Qwill realizes that more t ...more
Jack
Mar 11, 2013 Jack rated it it was ok
¡Ay, qué pesado! Great characters, plot, story line, writing, ... potentially a very interesting book, but the cats? I LOVE cats, but they are a distraction throughout this potentially great read. Then again, this whole series of books has the cats as the central theme, so I clearly am unclear on the concept. Someone please explain this to me - thanks!
Roxana Griffith
Oct 14, 2015 Roxana Griffith rated it it was amazing
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. Was always able to come back to my book. Even if I didn't want to leave.
Raymond
May 02, 2011 Raymond rated it did not like it
I have had siamese cats and can relate to their characteristics detailed in this book, but I did not really enjoy the story (did not find that the cause of the power outage was ever explained, etc.)! Seems that there were many dangling story threads that were not unraveled! This series is something my wife seems to enjoy?
Jessiqa
Mar 02, 2014 Jessiqa rated it liked it
Shelves: read-but-unowned
SPOILERS!!

I haven't read any Cat Who… mysteries in about a decade. I used to really enjoy these cozy mysteries with the uncanny Siamese and the mustachioed newspaper columnist. Qwilleran lives in Moose County (about 500 miles north of everywhere) with his two cats, the inheritor of an obscene amount of money he doesn't really want.

In this book, a train enthusiast has bought an old steam engine and refitted it for parties and receptions, etc. It's first journey is for charity and later that day
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Carol Waller
Jul 28, 2014 Carol Waller rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Fluffy mind candy. A read-in-one-sitting book. Mental cotton candy.

I read several of these years (decades?) ago. Haven't kept up. Didn't need to. Same plot for many, many years. Sorry if you consider this a spoiler.

Qwill bristles. Yum Yum howls. Koko is mysterious. Something dastardly happens. Qwill equivocates. Yum Yum yowls. Koko is mischievous. Dum, dum, DUM - someone is dead/missing. Every character ever introduced is consulted, visited, remembered, dissed or bought a beer/meal. Qwill cog
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Lisa Kucharski
Apr 26, 2014 Lisa Kucharski rated it liked it
Qwilleran does some interesting investigating via an old character who helped solve another crime. He has subtly lured her up to Pickaxe and has helped her find a place and a job of sorts.

In this a man goes missing after he is wanted for cooking the books at his credit union. Qwill suspects more is going on and after making various inquiries, feels his suspicions are on the right track- gathering more info via the woman from Florida he finally discovers enough to put all the pieces together.

Aga
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Elizabeth Martel
Apr 26, 2012 Elizabeth Martel rated it did not like it
Mystery isn't my usual genre...but I have two siamese cats, so I couldn't resist....

...but I didn't like the characters ...didn't like the cats....didn't like the plot....loved the main character's house
Tracy
Dec 31, 2015 Tracy rated it liked it
Another mystery solved by Koko the Siamese cat. I always enjoy the characters of Moose County and the reader of the audio versions. In this one Old #9 Railroad is brought out of mothballs and restored as a party train. First night out is a success, but the new owner/investor, and his secretary, disappear. Simultaneously his financial institution comes under scrutiny for misappropriation of funds. Then bodies start turning up and everyone says it is the family curse of long ago.
part of the reaso
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Shannon
Jul 02, 2015 Shannon rated it it was ok
Well, I'm glad I've run out of audiobooks for this series because I am so beyond done with the obnoxious, mustachioed Qwill. Why Polly hasn't dumped his ass or any of the women (or occasional men) he is so infuriatingly patronizing to haven't slugged this man at some point in the series, I just don't know.

There's never a sense of mystery in these books - Qwill either guesses correctly from the start, or eventually deduces the clues from the cat (always after the fact), but it's all overshadowed
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Elissa Williams
May 26, 2014 Elissa Williams rated it really liked it
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Elisa
Jan 16, 2016 Elisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, easy-to-read
Characters are likeable, especially Koko and Yum Yum. I wish I could semi-"retire" with plenty of cash, a large barn/house, and two cats for company in a smaller community where I have many friends! Easy mystery read. The hints Koko gives to provide clues for his sometimes clueless owner are sometimes a bit farfetched, even when accompanied with the explanation that "maybe this is just a catfit or some kind of weird cat-action." Nevertheless, I look forward to reading the next "The Cat Who..." b ...more
Joyce
Listened to this on my long commutes to and from work. Very cozy, indeed!

Publishers Weekly ReviewBest of series, this 17th The Cat Who caper slyly creeps up on the reader. The newest delight in Moose County, ``400 miles north of everywhere,'' is a railroad buff's refurbished locomotive, which is making its debut run. Floyd Trevelyan, the train owner, disappears just as the state closes down the credit union associated with his business. While others believe the man has decamped with investors'
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Laura Verret
Jim Qwilleran’s life is humdrumming along. His fiancé-of-sorts, Polly, is building a new house not far from the barn where he lives (it’s a refinished barn with special balconies for Koko and Yum Yum, his two Siamese cats, to play on), and he is helping to oversee the work.

As a journalist, he’s always on the lookout for a new story. So, when he gets wind that millionaire Floyd Trevelyan has restored a historic steam locomotive and is hosting a fundraising excursion for paying passengers, Qwill g
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Dorothy
Aug 10, 2012 Dorothy rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Koko and Yum Yum, the mystery-solving Siamese (well, Koko is anyway) are featured in this 18th in The Cat Who... series. There have been many other entries in the series since then and it has many devoted fans. I don't really count myself among them, although I have read a few of the books over the years. This book, however, was the August selection of my local Mystery Book Club and so I applied myself to reading it.

It was a quick read, very light in tone, nothing to tax the brain. Jim Qwilleran
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chrisa
Feb 08, 2013 chrisa rated it liked it
Shelves: cat-mysteries
So I kind of enjoyed The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, the 17th book in The Cat Who series, but I had several problems with the book starting with the fact that I was a little surprised at how much of the action took place off screen, so to speak. For the most part Qwill was content to read the paper to find out about the events taking place or to listen to the radio or any gossip he came across as well as listening to his personal spy Celia rather than doing any genuine sleuthing of his own. I espe ...more
Abbey
BOTTOM LINE: An old-fashioned steam train ride for charity goes bad when it’s discovered that the organizer not only absconded with the funds but also with everything that had been in his bank, along with his gorgeous secretary. This 17th in the series is a comfortable cosy, and rather entertaining.

Quite convoluted but well-managed plot (albeit far too much woowoo and coincidence for my taste), with lots of “weird local residents” and social stratification 400 Miles from Nowhere. Polly plays a l
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Lilian Jackson Braun was an American writer. She is well-known for her light-hearted series of The Cat Who... mystery novels. The Cat Who books center around the life of former newspaper reporter James Qwilleran, and his two Siamese cats, KoKo and Yum Yum in the fictitious small town of Pickax located in Moose County, "400 miles north of everywhere." Although never formally stated in the books, th ...more
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