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The Cat Who Wasn't There (Cat Who... #14)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  3,932 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Qwill's on his way to Scotland--and on his way to solving another purr-plexing mystery. But this time Koko's nowhere the scene of the crime. He and Yum Yum are back in Pickax being coddled by a catsitter...but Koko won't sit still once Qwill's traveling party returns--minus one member. He's behaving oddly, and Qwill knows what that means: Koko may have been miles away from ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Jove (first published September 8th 1992)
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Selena
Jan 10, 2008 Selena rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who needs a mental break
Shelves: just-plain-fun
I'm only going to bother reviewing one of the "Cat Who..." books, so just consider this a general review of the whole series, I'm just using The Cat Who Wasn't There to do it because it was the first one I read. Since high school, these books have been my cheesy, fun, light-reading (yet with enough classical references to actually keep me occupied), something to do when I felt like reading, needed my mind occupied, but just didn't feel the energy needed to foucus on the new translation of Dante ...more
Kirsti
Jan 04, 2012 Kirsti rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Cat lovers, Mystery lovers, Animal detective fans
I have to say, I miss the part of the book where Koko wasn't there, although he was making his presence felt. You come to depend on his Yows and Yargles signalling clues, and he is giving them, you just don't realize it.

Qwill has been persuaded to look into his Scottish heritage by joining a Pickaxe tour group. While there, Irma Hasselreich dies mysteriously. The truth comes out after Koko's obsession with Melinda Goodwinter and pink pills. It was odd seeing Melinda portrayed as she was, so mone
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M. J.
I described the circumstances of my reading this book in my review of The Cat Who Could Read Backwards https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... so I'll keep it brief here. My reading was interrupted by my wife grabbing the book, and when I attempted to recover it I instead found the first in the series, which I read and reviewed. For a while I was reading whichever I could find, but I managed to focus on finishing that one, and then turned to this one.

It occurred to me at some point that the tit
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Lisa Kucharski
This book starts exactly after the storyline in: The Cat Who Moved A Mountain. Qwilleran returns to Pickaxe when he hears about a mysterious man who was hiding around his romantic interest Polly when she came home one night. Qwill senses something is wrong and suspects that someone intends to kidnap his friend to then extort money from him. Sounds crazy, but the 'stache knows!

Upon returning to Pickax ahead of schedule he meets up with friends and finds the town the same and yet changed a bit. Th
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Becky
I think this is right in the era when the author starts to realize her particular brand of cheese and starts to play into it. The Cat Who Moved a Mountain was kind of testing the waters (could there be more potato puns?), but this one evens out the cheese factor with a *slightly* more complex plot than the other novels. It pulls in old plots and characters that keeps that great tight knit community feel in her world building, and adds new characters which allow for the plot to take place in mult ...more
Jason Caldwell
I love how Lilian Jackson Braun uses such great words in her stories. I added a few to my expanding vocabulary list while reading this book including: potentate, alacrity, impudent, salubrious, blithe, flippant, verdant, & undulate.

The story covers a group from Moose County who take a group vacation to Scotland. This part of the story is kind of slow and slightly less interesting. However when one of the members of the tour has a heart attack and another has thousands of dollars worth of pr
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Sue
Dec 06, 2014 Sue rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery, usa
Qwill's lady-friend Polly lets him know about about a group trip planned to Scotland and invites him to go along. Polly's friend Irma, who reportedly has connections in Scotland, is organizing the trip and will serve as tour guide. The first few days of the tour are a blur of riding through the countryside listening to Irma tell stories about the area. Tragedy strikes Day Six of the trip when Irma dies in the night from an apparent heart attack. Several people abandon the trip at that point, wi ...more
Cherry
Like all the other books in the series, this book held me in suspense. It is about yet another of Jim Qwilleran's mysteries, in which this one was how the leader of the Bonnie Scotts Tour was murdered by one of the tourists. In the end, the answer was very surprising. Melinda Goodwinter really likes Qwilleran, but he doesn't really like her that much. But the reason she likes him is because she hopes to marry him into the Klingshoen fortune. She notices that he doesn't like her that much, and do ...more
Abbey
BOTTOM LINE: Qwill visits Scotland and, of course, bad things happen. This 14th in the long series has a comfortable, and rather satisfying plot (if a wee bit too coincidental), but while the latest stories were unbearably "cute!!", at this point they're still well-plotted, and worthwhile.

Polly’s got a stalker, the lovely Melinda is back in town (and pushing for marriage), and somebody steals YumYum - seems Qwill just doesn’t have any luck with the females in his life, unless it’s bad. And on a
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Benjamin Thomas
I was due for a straight who-dunnit mystery and I also needed to read a shorter novel after just completing the lengthy "The Seventh Scroll". This book is the 15th in the "Cat Who..." series and although I haven't read all of them up to this point I would guess I have completed about 10-11 of them. I confess to not having read them in order, something I normally never do, but that is due to the nature of how I acquire them. You see I received several as gifts, years ago and I knew my mother had ...more
Knit Spirit
Vous commencez à le savoir, c’est toujours un plaisir pour moi de découvrir une nouvelle aventure de Jim Qwilleran. Celle-ci se passe en partie en Ecosse, un changement de décors qui donne envie de voyager. Le mystère est toujours aussi présent mais par contre, Koko et Yom Yom, les fidèles chats de Qwill, le sont beaucoup moins (et oui, ça explique le titre). J’ai beaucoup apprécié la lecture de ce tome, le ton est toujours aussi léger et le suspens bat son plein du début à la fin.
En bref : à li
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Lorraine
Qwill and Polly and a bunch of their friends from Pickax and Lockerby head to Scotland for a two week tour, guided by Irma Hasselrich. After about a week of touring, Irma is discovered dead of a heart attack, as diagnosed by Dr. Melinda Goodwinter. Qwill and Polly cut their trip short and head home to Pickax. Melinda Goodwinter was an old girlfriend of Qwill's, and she has just come back due to her father's death. She begins pestering him, making suggestive invitations, and finally tells him she ...more
Megan
This would actually be a 3.5 if it could. The cat who series seem to be like potato chips you can't have just one! Although I am not a cat lover and admittedly not totally in love with the main character. I have found that the mystery keeps me coming back. Lilian lays out a fantastic puzzle that keeps me guessing til the end. I can guarantee this will not be my last cat who book.
Monica
Qwill travels to Scotland, a death occurs. Koko, despite being left home with Yum YUm, still manages to solve some unanswered questions. Still working my way through this series..and still loving it. Always a good plot. Always learning more about returning characters. I'll be truly sad when I get to the last book.
Marti
Feeling stressed? Overworked? Tired? Do you like cats? If any of these things appply, give this series a try. You really don't have to read these books in order but I believe they're more fun if you do. I've enjoyed every bok in this series but this one especially.
Lorettab
George Guidall is the voice of the main character Qwill for me, after hearing him read many of these Cat Who audio books. He has a fabulous voice!
In this book Qwill travels to Scotland.
I adore his cats KoKo and Yum Yum. Koko gets the leading role.
Barbra
What a superior book this was. Qwill's on his way to Scotland with the Bonnie Scots Tour,without his KO KO or YUM YUM, but this does not matter for KO KO is still on the case. The story starts "In late August, sixteen residents of Moose County, a remote part of the United States 400 miles north of everywhere, traveled to Scotland for a tour of the Western Isles and Highlands, lochs and moors, castles and crofts, firths and straths, burns and braes, fens and bens and glens. Only fifteen of them r ...more
Carol
What a terrific book this one was. Qwill is on his way to Scotland with the Bonnie Scots Tour, without his KOKO or YUM YUM, but this does not matter as KOKO is still on the case. The story starts "In late August, sixteen residents of Moose County, a remote part of the United States 400 miles north of everywhere, traveled to Scotland for a tour of the Western Isles and Highlands, lochs and moors, castles and crofts, firths and straths, burns and braes, fens and bens and glens. Only fifteen of the ...more
Magdeleine
Ce que j'aime cette série!!! Qwill part en Écosse et bien évidemment rien ne se passe comme prévu.
J'aime ces romans autour des chats (c'est pour ça que j'en ai 4!!!)
Lecture agréable sur un transat au soleil!!!
Faith Weldon
As always, I enjoyed this mystery. The tone is consistent, it was nice to get back to Pick Ax and its various citizens. Lighthearted, fun, Lillian Jackson Braun always provides a good read.
Bianca Andriese
I love these Cozy Cat Mysteries... they are a joy to listen to on the way to work and back (makes driving bearable hahaha). This is a great read or listen for everyone!
Roni
Koko who wasn't "there" when the unfortunate incident happened halfway around the world, but he just knew. Qwill has been persuaded to travel to Scotland. While there, he got an opportunity to look into his Scottish family heritage and history which I appreciated to learn something about Scotland. Koko's attempt to communicate in Yows was one of the clues to Qwill who slowly figured out at end of the story.

It is another "The Cat Who..." that can be easily reading in one or two sittings. Most of
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Nayla Caruso
These books are always pleasant, fun reads, just don't treat them like a mystery (Braun cheats, as Christie would put it). This book showcases one of Braun's weak points: character assassination.
Tiffeny
As with #13, this is one of the best I've read in this series. The mystery of this book was briefly introduced in the previous, which made me anxious to read it. The mystery was well written and Braun tied up all the loose ends that I noticed. I thought the ending was quite sad (and I was disappointed that Qwill and the readers) weren't able to read the note, but it seemed appropriate.

Qwill and his beloved cats have really grown on me. I recommend all my friends give this series a try. I've read
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Lynne Tull
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Nancy
The Cat Who books are fun and fast reads. I enjoy the community and the lives of the people who live there.
Lisa
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Amanda Robke
I love this series, I have read them all before but I did not read them in order so things make a lot more since now!
Rachel
A quick mystery between other books.
Bonnie
Lilian Jackson Braun has a great reputation for writing very clean mysteries with no bad language, explicit violence, or explicit sex scenes. Sometimes they start out slow and it's hard to get into them, but generally, I find them hard to put down.

I love cats, and I love the cats in Braun because they act like real cats, and so the stories are very believable. The characters seem like old friends to me.

My favorites in this series are The Cat Who Wasn't There and The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal.
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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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