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The Cat Who Came to Breakfast (Cat Who... #16)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  6,308 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
Qwilleran and the cats are visiting an island known by many names. Qwill has always called it Breakfast Island, but to the taciturn natives, it's Providence Island. To the rich summer residents it's Grand Island--and to the developers and tourists who are turning this once-peaceful place upside down, it's Pear Island. But when some odd "accidents" occur, including a fatal ...more
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Published March 1st 1995 by Jove Books (first published February 9th 1994)
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James
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3+ out of 5 stars for The Cat Who Came to Breakfast, the 16th cozy mystery book in the "Cat Who" series, written in 1994 by Lilian Jackson Braun. Qwill and the cats head off the Breakfast Island for a little relaxation jaunt; however, the island is known by so many different names, everyone keeps steering him to different parts. Last count, it had 4 names and Qwill couldn't figure out what was going on... that is, until a boat blew up and created a little mischief. Qwill's mustach
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Danny
Jan 05, 2011 Danny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
Ok, so I picked this up partly because I'm in charge of the Mystery/Adventure/Suspense area of my library and it behooves me to know more about the books in that section.

But also because there's this parody book called "The Cat Who Killed Lillian Jackson Braun," which I wanted to read. And I felt like I should read one of the books being parodied before I read the funny book.

I wasn't thrilled with this little mystery, though I guess I could see what people who DO like these books see in them. Ol
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Sue
May 18, 2013 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, usa
A big resort has been built on Pear Island, aka Breakfast Island, aka Grand Island and Qwill for one is not happy about the changes. Qwill's friends Nick and Lori Bamba are now on the island running a B&B. Nick contacts Qwill because he's concerned about a series of recent accidents and wonders if Qwill would be willing to come over and snoop around. He goes - under the guise of reporting about the island and the resort for the Newspaper - and, of course, life is not dull during his 2 week ...more
Mrs.Y. Yeingst
Jan 29, 2009 Mrs.Y. Yeingst rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these books--the main character is funny and really understands how cats think. I also enjoy these stories because they are mysteries, my favorite genre.
Rage
Feb 18, 2010 Rage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been binging on this series, and you'd think at some point I'd get tired of Qwill and his cats and their antics, but I just don't!! I love them! this entry in the series takes place on a version of - I have to assume - Mackinac Island (because of the fudge). there's a lot of tension and strife between the new tourists, the "native" families, and the wealthy people who spend their summers in mansions on the island. the big new hotel is dogged by all kinds of unpleasant incidents, including a ...more
Becky
Apr 24, 2011 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
People who flock to Mackinac Island and enjoy mysteries will enjoy this tome. Though named differently, the mysteries take place on Breakfast (or Pear, or Grand, or Pirate, or ....) Island. The name changes depending on the type of resident. There are a lot of similarities between this fictitious island and Mackinac Island.

Fellow "The Cat Who..." fans already know the main characters and what they are usually up to. If you've been paying attention, Qwill and the siamese reside in a different pla
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Courtney
May 22, 2014 Courtney rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not thrilled about this one. It seemed like they put the majority of the mystery solving in the last two chapters of the book and the rest of the chapters galavanting around breakfast island. However, the book did have potential, and since it was my first cat who book I'd be willing to give the series another shot before I doom them to the will not read shelf
Una Tiers
Oct 13, 2013 Una Tiers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorites. Qwilleran leaves Moose County (400 miles north of everywhere) but a case of regulars are also temporarily relocated. Another vacation for Polly seems to make room for another adventure.
Amy "the book-bat"
I would give this one a 3.5
Once again, Qwill and the cats are away from Pickax, so there were a lot of new-ish characters. Some we have met before, but they had larger roles this time around. A lot of seemingly unrelated "accidents" catch Qwill's attention and he investigates (of course).
Mary Tonks
Jun 03, 2015 Mary Tonks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Be careful when a big corporation tries to "improve" a beloved vacation destination!
Gloria
Jan 02, 2017 Gloria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone over 18; detective; mystery stories; who done it?; cats
Qwill is not thrilled with the development happening on Breakfast Island. But when Nick and Lori Bamba request him to come and stay at Domino Inn, with his cats!, how can he refuse?

Qwill is also intrigued by the number of accidents that have happened on the island. Is it because of the natives, those people who have survived through thick and thin?; the rich club members, those who have been used to doing whatever?; or someone else?

His investigations allow him to meet several different classes o
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Terri Lytle
Dec 28, 2016 Terri Lytle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having had the day off from work, and being sick as a dog (sorry KoKo and Yum Yum!!), I had nothing to do but finish my last book of the year- and it was a good one! I can't get enough of these "Cat Who" books! Must collect the whole set!
Booklover
I don't feel this is one of the better of the series.

Polly visits Oregon, Qwilleran investigates the strange occurrences on Pear Island.
Jon
Mar 04, 2017 Jon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Look, Yum Yum, & Qwill do it again! This time they investigate the mysterious goings-on at a local island resort. The story wasn't as tight as the top tier LJB but still a charming read.
Athimar
Nov 03, 2016 Athimar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only a few novels removed from The Cat Who Moved a Mountain, Ms. Braun decides to take up the conservationism VS. commercialism debate once more. This time, Jim Qwilleran (Qwill to his friends), who leans toward conservationism, takes his two Siamese cats on a two week trip to Breakfast Island a.k.a. Pear Island a.k.a. Grand Island a.k.a. Providence Island. Entrepreneur Don Exbridge - not exactly a villain but definitely vilified - has opened a resort on the island and it is quickly being commer ...more
Loretta
HE CAT WHO CAME TO BREAKFAST
By Lilian Jackson
Read by George Guidall
4****

Qwilleran, Koko, and Yum Yum take a little boat ride to Breakfast Island to spend a couple of weeks 1Cvacation 1D at the request of his friend, who along with his wife and children, are owners of bed and breakfast cottages for tourists. However, a run of strange events which has caused food poisoning, a drowning and a bad fall to tourists have started to happen on Breakfast Island, And, Roger, the owner, feels it may be sabo
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Kirsti
Jan 09, 2012 Kirsti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat lovers, Mystery lovers, Animal detective fans
This is one of two books out of the entire series that I have never read, due to the completely futile search to find them. Then, unexpectedly, my sister gave me a gift voucher for my birthday to Dymock's. I assumed the stores I visited in bigger cities would still be open, but the recent closures meant it was impossible to find one, so after a few months deliberation, I went online and to order books. I didn't expect there to be any available, but after typing in 'Lilian Jackson Braun' it came ...more
Michelle
May 14, 2015 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I continue to be impressed by the late author's mastery of language. Reading her books on Kindle expands my vocabulary, which is great fun.

As for the book, I'm really tired of Qwill and his curmudgeonly benevolence. He seemed less dimensional in this book than in the previous books. During the series, he's gone from being a somewhat realistic character to a "wise, knowing, curmudgeon who gives his billions to the community."

In this book, there seems to have been less emphasis and development on
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Knit Spirit
Dec 26, 2013 Knit Spirit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bon, vous l’avez sans doute compris avec toutes les critiques que j’ai déjà pu poster sur la série des « Le chat qui… », j’adore ces livres ! Encore une fois, c’est avec joie que j’ai pu retrouver les différents personnages.
Cette histoire se passe sur une île, ça change un peu de d’habitude et c’est pas plus mal.
Les mystères qui entourent cette fameuse île m’ont tenu en halène de bout en bout et je me demandais vraiment comment cela pourrait finir.
Parfois, je me dis que les histoires de ce journ
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Nancy Gerards
a bit uninspired
Carol
Mar 29, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First read: 1-/97 I enjoy these books for some down time in reading. They are clean and hold my interest. I enjoy Qwill's comfortable relationship with Polly I keep waiting for something to happen or something better to come along, but this relationship is very convenient. The cat's are in full form in this book. Really enjoyed it.

Second Read: 09/21/16
The books in this series are always such a delight to read...relaxing, a way to escape into the world of Qwill and his cats, Koko and Yum Yum.

This
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Abbey
BOTTOM LINE: This 16th in the long series has Qwilleran visiting his friends The Bambas, on Breakfast Island, a newly developed formerly "hunting lodges only" little place in the a lake near Pickaxe. A good, solidly satisfying cosy, with strong characters and a fast-moving plot.

A couple of weeks vacation starts out interesting and winds up deadly, as Qwill heads for the highly promoted “Pear Island Resorts”, a new development near which the Bambas are fixing up their bed’n’breakfast. Suspicious
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Wookie Wifey
Jan 14, 2014 Wookie Wifey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books in the series...A series that, though I know I shouldn't, I unashamedly love. The characters are so cute and endearing that I find myself absorbed the instant I open the book. It brings back good feels as the small towns and bee-in-the-bonnet, meddling, yet well-meaning personalities of the inhabitants remind me of the one I grew up in, and I find Braun's writing is charming as can be. Though they are usually pretty predictable, I read for the characters and thei ...more
Lisa Kucharski
I love the characters in this series which kept me reading this story, however the mystery was so distant... and Qwill's ability to get information so elusive that the quick summation at the end fell flat for me. In this story, Qwill goes to a nearby island where a new summer resort has pretty much inflicted itself and its crass commercialism on the locals. He goes to investigate a series of "accidents" and ends up trying to investigate but ... I it felt more like he was just wandering about.

Br
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The Hobbit
16th book in series. Journalist Jim Qwilleran and his two Siamese go to an idyllic island that is being developed as a resort. Although open only for two months, the new hotel has had a food poisoning that sent 15 people to the hospital and now a drowning. One of the B&B's that had just passed a structural inspection has a caved in step that injures an elderly visitor. When a boat blows up in the marina, Qwill is convinced these aren't accidents as the resorts owners and police claim - they ...more
Dharia Scarab

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
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Denise Kettering
Another book in the "Cat Who" series that delivers the same feel good reading experience as the earlier ones in the series. The mystery remains fairly lighthearted and free from any gory details. The cats remain the central figures and in their own way discover the truth behind the mystery. This book delivers the same inviting characters as the others in this series.

James Qwilleran sets out to explore a series of "accidents" on Breakfast Island and ends up trying to solve the death of his neighb
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Monica
Nov 23, 2014 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The books in this series are always such a delight to read...relaxing, a way to escape into the world of Qwill and his cats, Koko and Yum Yum.

This time Qwill and the cats are off to Breakfast Island...aka Pear Island...where the locals are none too happy about the development that has taken place, turning the island into a “resort”. Accidents happen, deaths occur. Is it all coincidence or a plot to return the island to its former state of tranquility for the locals.

I did not see it coming, the e
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Betsy
Jan 20, 2013 Betsy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was not as good (to me) as the previous Cat Who books. For one thing, Qwil didn't seem quite like himself and the early chapters. For the entire first half of the book it seemed like little to nothing was going on, except for Quil's meandering around Breakfast Island, being a crotchety old man, not even taking his usual interest in people or paying much attention to the cats. I give it a 3 star rating because the book comes through in the last several chapters -- Qwill is more like him ...more
Nancy
I listened to this book, which I have read before. I was watching an interview by the creator, actors, and writers of White Collar, a TV show. The creator of the show described it as a "Blue Sky" show, or a show that leaves people feeling good. That is the way I feel about The Cat Who books. I enjoy visiting the characters in the books, and I enjoy the cats. There are crimes and murders, but they aren't the main focus of the books. There are friendships, and various interactions of the people in ...more
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