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The Cat Who Went Bananas / Large Print/ Book Club Edition (Cat Who... #27)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  3,020 ratings  ·  146 reviews
The merry atmosphere in Pickax is dampened by the death of an out-of-town actor and the theft of a rare book. Qwill finds himself distracted from the events by his finicky pal Koko, who's been acting more fishy than feline. Has Koko gone bananas, or is he trying to let the cat out of the bag to solve the dual mysteries?
Hardcover, Large Print Edition, 294 pages
Published 2005 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published January 1st 2004)
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Lee Miller
I don't read "The Cat Who..." books for mystery or thrills. I read them for their charm and warmth, to visit old friends again, to walk down the streets of Pickax and browse the shops, to admire Quill's reserved intelligence and thoughtfulness, and to play with Yum Yum and Koko as they race up and down the ramps in the apple barn. By that measure, "The Cat Who Went Bananas" is a wonderful and thoroughly enjoyable addition to Braun's series.

Some reviewers have criticized the ending as vague or un
If it was possible, I wouldn't give this book ANY stars. I have no idea how people think this series is good. I couldn't get into this book and it took me longer than expected to actually read this book. It was utterly boring, pointless and there was no solving of mysteries nor anything related to mysteries. It didn't even answer any questions that were put into the book. I still don't know why Violet married that guy, but at the same time I didn't care.

The characters just didn't get formed and
Benjamin Thomas
Oh dear…

I’ll start by saying I have read all 26 previous novels in this series. The first three were solid mystery novels taking place in “the City” (probably Detroit or Chicago) with a crime reporter (Jim “Qwill” Qwilleran) acting as the sleuth. They were OK but not spectacular. Then 18 years passed before the next book of the series was published. Qwill had now inherited a ton of money and was able to move to Pickaxe in the northern part of the state of Michigan. That provided a pretty cool my
Another disappointment. Again the murder mystery is remote and justice comes by divine intervention. Qwill undertakes no real interest in researching what could have been a delightful romp through people's lives to solve the 3 mysteries that arose in the book.
Did Alden Wade kill his second wife? Did he kill her first husband? What happened to Ken/Wesley? What happened to the baby kidnapped so long ago, a mystery never investigated?

It seems Braun has become bored with mysteries and only wants to

In this latest from Lilian, we find Pickax in the midst of their opening of the theatrical production, the town is celebrating the opening of the new bookstore that is replacing the old one. Polly is the new owner and this causes a rift in Qwill's and Polly's relationship. There is much ado about the new marmalade cat, Dundee, that is the bookstore's new mascot. Koko keeps flipping banana peels to the floor, Qwill is frustrated about this monstrosity of an old wooden mansion on top of a hill, bu
I didn't read the reviews for this book until I was already half way through the book . . . would I have still checked it out of the Library? Perhaps not. Do I regret reading it? Hmmm, the jury is still out. It is time I will never get back, but since I was on vacation and read in bed before falling asleep, it's not time I would have used except to read another book.

I'm just wondering who is now writing the Cat Who books --- The inside cover of this book says "Lillian Jackson Braun is the author
Feb 03, 2012 Kirsti rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat lovers, Mystery lovers, Animal detective fans
Another day, another Cat who book. This one deals with the building of the new Pickax bookstore, The Pirate's Chest. Polly is too busy to have her usual evenings with Qwill, so he dines with Violet Hibbard and decides to write the text for a photo book of her home. But all isn't right in Hibbard house, and a younger man has married Violet. Suspecting a ploy for her money, Qwill begins a quiet investigation, but it all comes to an end with her death and the destruction of Hibbard house. Koko as u ...more
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In this 27th installment of “The Cat Who” series, we find Qwill once again moving to his winter condo early to keep tabs on Polly as her bookstore prepares to open. There is a feline who will be living in the bookstore full time, a large, male marmalade, named Dundee. The theatre club works on their latest play, “The importance of being earnest.” The topic of “rose watching” (to clear the mind and calm the nerves) is introduced, and Qwill considers syndicating his column in rival towns’ papers.

I'm enjoying becoming reacquainted with this series. My mother read 1 - 12 and maybe 13/14 before she died and loved the mystery series ensconced in literary references and cats who enjoy gourmet food. This is one of the later ones written 2 years before Lilian Jackson Braun died. The author plays with a break up of Qwill and longtime girlfriend Polly - not sure where that will lead. This one leaves some loose ends, but it was a fun, end of the year, Christmas break read.
The cat who is finally losing its cuteness for me but I still read them because I can't help myself. An out of town actor and bananas? I think the term is called " grasping at straws". But what the hell it has cats.
Karen Elizabeth
in a word, lame. read a few of the cat who series. lightweight at best of times. this was dull & slow with no sense of resolution of mystery. probably only good reading for when you have the flu
This could be possibly one of the worst books I have ever read/finished. I kept hoping for a decent ending but was horribly disappointed.
Nov 07, 2008 Woz rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOBODY
Recommended to Woz by: my grandma
It was so bad that I couldnt make it past the first page.
I know Braun's writing has become disjointed at times as she had gotten up in years, but I believe that the questions the reader was left with in this particular book was intentional. I come to this conclusion with the last entry in Qwill's journal where he brings up the same questions most readers probably had. It was almost like Lilian Jackson Braun was reminding her readers that we don't always get the answers we want or need and maybe a reflection of her own life and failing health.

It might
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Lisa Kucharski
Again not much of a mystery, but more of a full story. Again a woman gets married and the man who marries her seems to be out for her money... and she changes her will before the marriage and dies within in moments of practically the will is changed....

I would say the last 5 novels in this series almost feel like one big story, and reading them out of sequence may give you the feeling you're missing a bunch of info. As usual, the main draw to the stories are all the characters. Two more left to
Paula Ratcliffe
This book has Qwill wondering what is with Polly killing herself between working at the library and bookstore, and why she keeps talking to available bachelors.

Qwill goes a play at the theater house only to learn later that a member of the theater died on the local bridge. Qwill's doctor has put him on a banana a day diet, in hopes of increasing his health. Koko seems to be up to some tricks with the bananas.

The Bookstore is coming along quite well. The name has been settled as The Pirate's Ches
This is one of at least 28 novels in the madly popular "Cat Who . . ." series. A member of my family left it at our house and I decided to see what all the fuss was about. The story is set in Pickax City, "400 miles north of everywhere." I peg it in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Pickax City is populated with the usual array of amusing, offbeat characters and presided over by Jim Qwilleran. Qwill, as he is known to all and sundry, inherited a vast fortune, most of which he used to set up a fou ...more
Lynne Tull
Yea! I finally reached my goal. I have now read 1-27 of "The Cat Who..." books. As I read "....Went Bananas", I thought it seemed to be back on track. However, toward the end one character disappeared and we never heard of him again. Is he dead or did he fear for his life and run? The supposed villain died and we never knew if he was a villain or just wrongly accused. A man and his wife died before the story began and there was no solution on this front either.

This is my stopping place. I will
WARNING: This review includes plot/ending spoilers.

I've read a few "Cat Who..." books, and generally enjoyed them. This started out with all the usual frivolity--following Qwilleran around Pickax as he cavorted with his many acquaintances, had a falling out with Polly, flirted with other women, and started getting clues that something wicked was happening under his cats' whiskers. Unfortunately, Braun forgot to do something that all good writers of mysteries should do--she didn't solve the myste
If you want to read claustrophobic, cloying, simpering novels about little towns where everyone is sugary and cat-loving and laugh delightedly and discuss Shakespeare and Byron and behave with a courtly mien, you can do no worse than to check out Lilian Jackson Braun's The Cat Who Went Bananas. I do not encourage you, mind. A misplaced sense of charity on my part forces me to admit that this may be among the weaker books in her long series. I have read it in a rage. The language is awful, the co ...more
Once again there is no closure in who did it. The reader is left to make up their own mind. Like always I enjoyed the book. In this book qwill and Polly have tough times and it leaves the reader thinking what will happen next. All this while the new book store gets ready to open and qwill embarkes on writing another book. All in all you will enjoy every character and no course the cats.
Kristine (fezabel)
At least the newest Cat Who book is entertaining than the last one and has some semblance of a plot. Of course, it has all the hallmarks of a Cat Who book. The person that's new in town does a crime because they are the most suspicious, Qwill figures it out, unusual and pointless characters are introduced even if we have never heard of these oh-so-famous people before in the area, Qwill mentions at least once that his mother was a Mackintosh and has some strange new habit, and the plot is neatly ...more
Carolyn  C.
Sep 06, 2010 Carolyn C. rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one, really:(
Recommended to Carolyn by: Book Group
This was a recent Book Group selection. I had read two of Lilian Braun's "The Cat Who..." mystery books in the early 90's. Cute little stories but did not care for them then and still felt same about this one. Quirky characters...a zillion of them were introduced and I was struggling to keep them straight only to find they were never mentioned again. Never really got where the story was supposed to be going?? Seriously...this this was the longest short book I've read in a long time(just over 200 ...more
I really wanted to give this book four stars because I enjoyed most of it so much. However, the last two chapters ruined it for me. It felt as though the author suddenly needed to finish the book in a hurry and threw together a climax that leaves too many loose ends. The mystery was never truly resolved.
This is one of at least 28 novels of the "Cat Who . . ." series. The story is set in Pickax City, "400 miles north of everywhere." maybe Michigan or someplace close. Pickax City is populated with the usual array of amusing, offbeat characters and Jim Qwilleran. Qwill, as he is known to all and sundry, inherited a vast fortune, most of which he used to set up a foundation to do good works in Pickax City. Indeed, the city seems to depend utterly on the foundation for everything but sewage disposal ...more
I listen to The Cat Who books on cd. This one had the weakest story of all that I've listened to. It was more like a this is what the folks did during this week. I still enjoyed listening though. The narrator has a great voice and it is relaxing just to listen to him.
Another comfortable read about Pickax. This time, it's fall in Moose County and Qwill is contemplating moving to the Indian Village condo early this year due to extreme weather forecasts. He gets interested in writing the history of the Hibbard House, the oldest wooden house in the county, after meeting the 60ish owner, Violet Hibbard. Polly has no time for Qwill because she's involved in opening the new bookstore, The Pirate's Chest, on the site of Eddington Smith's old antique book store. An a ...more
What a disappointment. I enjoy visiting Moose County every now and then and catching up with Mr. Q,but this one was very unsatisfactory. Marley agrees with me.
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