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The Cat Who Said Cheese (The Cat Who... #18)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  4,720 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
Everything smells in Pickax when a killer invades the Great Food Expo. Luckily, Qwill is on the scene, his mustache twitching with suspicions. In her 18th Cat Who... mystery, best selling author Lilian Jackson Braun sends Qwill and the cats on a trail that will demand all their feline intuition and mustachioed insight.
Mass Market Paperback, 264 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Jove Books (first published December 28th 1995)
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Feb 14, 2010 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Alison Lurie writes that some artists have the ability to create "what J. R. R. Tolkien called a 'secondary world'--a fully imagined universe, as consistent as our own or possibly more so." This gift is not always given to those of the first rank, and as she points out, "can even coexist with a level of skill that would keep its possessor out of most galleries today."

Braun has a chair near the head of the high table on the mediocre-author dais where they create those secondary worlds. What's wr
Sandra Knapp
Nov 15, 2013 Sandra Knapp rated it really liked it
This is one of a few of these books that I've read, and I have found all of them, so far, to be easy and light reading, but thoroughly enjoyable. When I'm ready to "come down" a bit after reading a few heavy, gritty novels, it's nice to find something delightful and fun to read, and that is exactly how I describe Lillian Jackson Braun's Cat mysteries. Always lots of twists and turns, and I am never convinced that either of the cats have helped in the least, but it's always fun trying to catch ...more
Mar 29, 2014 Cindy rated it liked it
Novelty read, interesting enough so I'd read author again. Non-offensive. Narrated well by George Gwydell.
Jan 08, 2015 Monica rated it liked it
I’m sure my reviews of Lilian Braun’s books are no longer needed. I’m well into this series and still thoroughly enjoying these little cozy mysteries. They certainly follow a formula, yet are each unique enough to make me want to keep reading until the very last book.

In this one...Qwill, Koko, and Yum Yum are knee deep in murder...and cheese. And if this review isn’t cheesy enough to make you want to read this series, I don’t know what is :)
Apr 29, 2016 itchy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w
very nice: multiple food topics researched for this book
plus, another character (or two) to look forward to
Dec 06, 2014 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, usa
The town of Pickax is preparing for the Great Food Explo with a large number of food events and new stores highlighted. The kick-off is marred, however, by an explosion at the hotel destroying several rooms and resulting in one death and some injuries. A few days later there is a robbery and murder at the florist shop. Qwill and the cats investigate.
It has been quite awhile since I've read one of this series; perhaps that contributed to my enjoyment of this one, knowing the series to be light
Knit Spirit
May 19, 2015 Knit Spirit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ce n'est pas très original mais encore une fois c'est avec joie que j'ai retrouvé toute la troupe du comté de Moose. Dans ce nouvel opus, Qwill mène l'enquête pour retrouver le poseur de bombe qui a fait exploser la façade du nouvel hôtel entraînant la mort d'une employée.
Entre les histoires de nourriture (du pâté et du fromage essentiellement) et le mystère à résoudre, je ne me suis pas ennuyée une seconde à la lecture de ce livre. C'était un peu court mais très intense.
En bref : à lire d'urg
Stephan Regulinski
Jun 02, 2013 Stephan Regulinski rated it it was ok
Some cute characters, nicely developed, weak story line, but consistent development and pacing. Overall, you read this only if you find it on the seat next to you on the plane. Otherwise, buy something else.
Feb 15, 2010 Henrietta marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I just LOVE Lillian's books! I am a bit of an addict!
Oct 15, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it
This short novel about Qwill and his two extraordinary Siamese companions is a great little tale. Fun!
Katie Stewart
I used to read this series when I was in high school. It is actually a quite wholesome and non-violent mystery series. I mean, there are violent crimes, but you never get the gruesome details, only the emotional fall out. The stories are based around Jim Qwilleran and his two Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum. Qwill is a retired crime reported from the city who moved to the small town of Pickaxe in rural Moose County after inheriting a large fortune. Most of the fortune he put into a fund that is ...more
May 01, 2013 JBradford rated it liked it
Reviewing an earlier volume from the same series, I commented that this series unlike most others can be read in almost any order, because the plot is in the novel rather than the series — and I guess that is true, because that other book was the first of the series and this one (#18) may very well be the last (although I had read one or two of the others earlier). Interestingly enough, Qwilleran gets a clue in this novel as to why Koko is so much more intelligent than other cats. The clue is ...more
Jul 04, 2010 Jerry rated it really liked it
One of better entries in light fluffy "Cat Who" series...

We've read three or four of Lilian Braun's ever so popular series about the fictional small town of Pickax, located 400 miles north of everywhere in Moose County. There, writer Jim Qwilleran is a featured columnist twice a week in the local rag. "Qwill" is a wealthy man about town who is a good hearted friend to most everyone, including his two Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum, who are supporting characters in all these stories. Usually ther
Sep 18, 2012 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
I love cats. Maybe it is because the initials of my maiden name equaled CAT or maybe because I was not really allowed to have a cat as a child. Whatever the case, I love cats.

Several years ago when a friend pointed me toward Lillian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who series, I had to read them. Somehow, I missed The Cat Who Said Cheese, and when I realized I had not read it, I had to.

In this mystery, Braun tossed in a few red herrings, described a big hefty guy as a gentle puss ‘n’ boots, included a bo
Sep 07, 2015 Kirsti rated it it was amazing
The Cat who said cheese! Why is Koko reacting to the names of different cheeses? Because they all sound like the names of whomever it was behind the boming of the hotel! It's the food explo week, and foodies like Qwill are out in force to sample some of the new delicacies being offered at new stores funded/backed by the K fund. Among them is Sip and Nibble, a store specializing in cheeses and other small snacks. Qwill meets a woman by the name of Onnosh at his summer cabin, and slowing the ...more
May 29, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
#18 in The Cat Who ... series.

The Cat Who ... Series - The small town of Pickax City is about to celebrate the Great Food Expo when a stranger moves into the community's dismal, but only, hotel. Both events engage even the reticent Qwill, as townsfolk get ready for restaurant openings and a pastry bake-off while trying to find out more about the mysterious woman. Qwill gets the jump on everyone when he runs into the woman at his summer cabin, but before he can learn much about her, a bomb explod
Sep 10, 2016 Cathy rated it really liked it
I really like this's fun.
Pickax is holding a Food Exposition, and cheese is one of the items Qwill is learning about. The cats are loving it too. A mysterious woman moves to town, and Qwill is surprised to meet her at his cottage in Mooseville. Shortly afterward, there is an explosion at the New Pickax Hotel where the mystery woman was staying and her room is destroyed, but she manages to escape to the airport. Meantime, lots of food activities are taking place and Qwill meets his biggest fan, a woman who works at the ...more
Dec 05, 2015 Daniel rated it liked it
I happened to pick this up at a library book sale. I knew it was part of a series, but I didn't mind that. I never felt particularly lost with any of the characters or goings-on. It's ostensibly a mystery, but plays more like Lake Wobegon with cats, more concerned with small town characters and cute cat antics rather than atmosphere and detective work. I enjoy townies and kitties, so this wasn't a bad thing. The descriptions of cat and small town behaviors were both accurate, especially the ...more
Jul 02, 2016 Leew49 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
James Qwilleran is a former crime reporter, now semi-retired and living in Pickax, 400 miles north of everything, where he writes a weekly column on assorted subjects for the local newspaper. In a series of lighthearted novels he solves local crimes with the (perhaps) psychic aid of his cats KoKo and Yum Yum.

In this outing the arrival of a mysterious, black-clad woman in Pickax heralds a mystery involving two murders, a crotchety old millionaire, a huge childlike beekeeper, and Qwilleran's usua
Amy T-D
Dec 27, 2010 Amy T-D rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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Lisa Kucharski
May 01, 2014 Lisa Kucharski rated it liked it
The mystery of who sent a bomb to a "mysterious" woman visiting Pickaxe- resulting in blowing up a hotel sets the town on edge. This mystery is slowly uncovered by Qwilleran in both his inquiries and fortuitous interviews that he makes with the local people.

In this story we also find out where Iris Cobb's cookbook is! The one that Qwill was supposed to inherit, and he hoped to feature as an homage to Iris. I'm glad that that actually got solved. The people in this story start to widen the gamut
BOTTOM LINE: Convoluted but well-woven tale of small-town life from the viewpoint of a nice guy who loves the people and place, and does his best to keep things together so that no-one gets hurt. He almost succeeds.

Business is picking up in Pickaxe, especially the food business, as The Great Food Explo comes to town, a food fair and several new businesses opening downtown. But somebody doesn’t want downtown developed, and uses a bomb to let folks know so. Another nice visit with Qwill, the cats
Aug 09, 2011 AmniconStudio rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: audio-book
I absolutely love the earlier works of Lilian Jackson Braun.

I have read most of these books more than once. I consider these books to be my comfort series when real life gets to be a bit hectic.

I love the little community that has been created in this book.

In this particular book the town of Pickaxe is getting ready for a food explo when a bomb goes off in the town hotel. Qwill realizes that the bomb going off was something more than meets the eye thanks to the tremor in his mustache and clues
Lynne Tull
Jan 25, 2015 Lynne Tull rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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Kirsty (alkalinekiwi)
I've read about 5 or so of the 'Cat Who' books and enjoy them as light reading - some more than others.

I think this was one of the better books in the series that I have read - while I've always liked Qwill's character he was even more likeable in this book, I liked all the mentions of food: being savoured, being shared and conversed over and I loved how he reads to the cats.
I have a few more of these books floating around the apartment that I look forward to reading next time I want something
May 11, 2009 Monali rated it really liked it
I had the audiobook of this and this was my first The Cat Who... I really liked the style of reading and the storyline was interesting but mostly I really enjoyed the 'world' of the book. The author paints a very vivid picture of life in Moose County. I do agree with most comments online that Polly sounds like a terribly prim and boring person and talks with an affected manner. There are other annoying(somewhat sexist - why are all the males the ones with special powers?) in the series but the ...more
Sep 28, 2014 Joyce rated it it was amazing
Lillian Baun does it again. Or maybe I should say Qwill solves another murder mystery in Moose County. No. The real detective is KOKO!

Cats are so mysterious and two cats are fun and mysterious. But Qwills' cats are especially fun as they try throughout the story to provide Qwill with the clues necessary to solve the multiple murders in this episode of Moose County events. Fortunately for Qwill, Sheriff Brodie and the residents of Moose County all the pieces eventually fall into place and all wi
Flora Smith
Sep 05, 2011 Flora Smith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was a light easy read that I really enjoyed. Its not anything of great depth but sometimes that just what you need. This is a mystery surrounding a death caused by an explosion, along with a mystery woman who leaves town quickly and a man killed by bees. Qwill is the local reporter that is overly fond of his cats and in his search for cullinary info he, with help from Koko, helps solve these mysteries. This is a fun read that I would recommend to anyone that loves cats, and just looking for ...more
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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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