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The Cat Who Moved a Mountain (The Cat Who... #13)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,199 Ratings  ·  164 Reviews
Qwill's on top of the world when he rents a house on Big Potato Mountain. The owner, J.J. Hawkinfield, brought real estate development to the once-peaceful Potatoes. But Hawkinfield paid a steep price for his enterprise: He was pushed off a cliff by an angry mountain dweller. Qwilleran, however, suspects the man is innocent--and Koko's antics have him convinced something's ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Jove Books (first published 1992)
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Aug 08, 2012 MISTRESS OF AWESOME rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-on-audio
To be frank, I don't know why people love these books.

+ Specific to The Cat Who Moved a Mountain:
- If I have to hear one more variant of "potato" used to name a place, person, group, or item, I might scream. "Spuds" vs. "Taters"... really? How can anyone read this without snorting?
- As another reviewer mentioned, we don't even meet the key characters in the crime until either late in the book or never at all. Why should I give a damn about some guy in prison if all I hear about is decorations
I still cherish the day I was going through a dusty box of books at my local charity store, and picked up three or four of Lillian Jackson Braun's wonderful books. I was instantly drawn to the idea of a crime solving cat, and decided to give them a go. I have since hunted down and read most of the series, despite the fact that they are difficult to find in both secondhand stores and libraries. I adore the world created; Qwilleran is life life with his faults, his assumptions, his delights in sma ...more
Una Tiers
Feb 15, 2014 Una Tiers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The backstory was stronger than the mystery plot however, Qwilleran never fails to disappoint. His description of the dog helping him out of the woods rocks!
Nancie Lafferty
Another cute, witty mystery adventure with Qwill and the cats. Love having one of these on laundry day! Nothing deep, just fun.
Feb 25, 2008 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All readers who love to escape into a book!
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Dec 27, 2014 Lorraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Qwill has lived in Moose County for five years, and so has fulfilled the requirements of his aunt's will and is officially the heir to the millions (or is it billions) that were left to him. To celebrate, he takes the cats to the Potato Mountains, 4 days' drive away, where he has rented a huge house (it used to be a holiday home) called Tiptop, located on the very top of Big Potato mountain. After arriving, he learns that the owner of the house was murdered by falling from his deck. There is a l ...more
Apr 14, 2016 itchy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w
another pun-tastic read
the spuds could overwhelm you, though

scenes where qwill takes an unnecessary scare due to either cat's antics don't get old with me ("you rascals!")

the ending is a shocking (view spoiler)
Jun 19, 2016 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love love the antics of Koko And YumYum. This novel showed the care that mountain people had for strangers and the land. Need to read all the Cat Who novels.
May 17, 2014 Sunsettowers rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
This is a series with its ups and downs, and unfortunately this is one of the weaker entries. It starts out very intriguing, with Qwilleran taking a vacation in a quirky mountain town to try to figure out what to do with the rest of his life, only to discover he has moved into a house where a murder occurs. The characters are all interesting and appropriately quirky, but the problem lies in the mystery seeming to be of secondhand importance to these characters-and the ending leaves a lot of ques ...more
Aug 15, 2007 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Readers
A Jim Qwilleran with his Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum mystery. Qwill needs time off to decide whether he wants to remain in Moose County and the town of Pickax, so he takes a vacation to the Potato Mountains for the summer so he can be alone and be able to decide what he wants to do. Instead of peace and quiet, he finds an area split between those favoring development of the area and those who oppose it, strained relationships between those who consider themselves the social betters of others i ...more
THE CAT WHO MOVED A MOUNTAIN by Lilian Jackson Braun

This is the 13TH book of "The Cat Who" series. I decided to continue reading this series because I liked the first one I read and reviewed recently. In this book Jim Qwilleran has finally officially inherited the vast fortune left to him and decides during a party to celebrate this that he needs to get away from Pickax where he has had to live for the last five years. Jim feels he needs to take time to make some serious decisions on what
Lisa Williamson
Apr 28, 2015 Lisa Williamson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Cat Who Moved the Mountain by Lilian Jackson Braun Another great light mystery by a master of the genre.

Qwill decides to take a vacation and think about where his life needs to go. He has been living in Pickaxe for five years now and he is trying to decide where to go with his life. His goals as a younger man just don't seem as important to him now.

On the recommendation of some friends he packs up the cats and heads off to the Potato Mountains. Yup I said the Potato Mountains. The story is m
Kate Millin
May 14, 2010 Kate Millin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Qwill goes to a different part of the country - the Potatoes (do they really exist or is this a real flight of fancy) where he gets annoyed by the bigotry of the better off residents when they are talking about the residents who are more in tune with the environment. KoKo helps him to solve a miscarriage of justice after which he decides to go home just as the exploitation of the hills causes an environmental disaster. His week long visit feels like a lot longer - he certainly packs a lot in.
Shira Glassman
Jul 27, 2015 Shira Glassman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
See, this book is way superior to the other Cat Who book I read last week. First of all, it had a coherent plot structure, with a beginning, middle, and end, all related to the A plot, B plot, etc. Second of all, there weren't any pointless loose ends--she actually tied up a lot of random side details very neatly in a way that I like! Anyway, it's a satisfying mystery, and while the agenda is a mile high I've actually been criticized for that myself as a writer and I LIKE the agenda in this one. ...more
Aug 07, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good one although I thought that Braun should have included more interactions with the murderer throughout the story - when it was revealed I felt as though it was a character that had only been mentioned in name and not really one who was part of the story. Also I could do without the repeated references to how much better Qwill's mustache is than everyone else's...we get it already.
Jun 07, 2010 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2010
Marginally bearable. More time is spent with the main character picking out gifts for his ladyfriends, redecorating his house, and thinking about his mustache than is spent developing the mystery -- or even the cats! We never even meet the falsely accused character or the murder victim so it's very difficult to care.
The characters in THE CAT WHO. . . books feel like old friends. I thought I had read most/all of the series but realized I hadn't read this one. It is time for Qwill to make a decision about the rest of his life since he has fulfilled the requirements of Aunt Fanny's bequest. He and the cats go off to the Potato Mountains where Qwill can think about what he's accomplished in his life and what he hopes to accomplish. He's staying in a large house at the top of the mountain, the only local lodging ...more
Lisa Kucharski
A more thoughtful and toned down mystery here, on a getaway to think things over a man whose life is generally filled with mystery finds a mystery... no surprise there. However, a great deal of the story is Qwill exploring this territory and also finding himself homesick... as the calls to his hometown indicate.

Small town politics, the environment and money all collide in the mountains... and in the end, nature via the help of water - reclaims the land... or covers it.

This is a story of personal
This is a fairly enjoyable book, in a fairly enjoyable series. Excellent narration mostly and it's easy to listen to while doing cleaning, gardening, etc., but not outstanding. I find Qwuill quite an overbearing cliche of white middle-aged male privilege, with a good dollop of terrible chauvinism to make him just that little bit more obnoxious. His only saving grace is the cats.

These aren't particularly challenging mysteries, but they aren't awful either. I'm going to continue with the audioboo
Jan 30, 2014 Marti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
While I love to refer to this series of books as my "literary guilty pleasure," this book was a bit more than just that. This novel at least lightly touched on themes of class warfare, prejudice, and environmentalism versus industrial growth. Of course, once again Qwill and Koko team up to solve a murder mystery. The writing is clever and just what this stressed out teacher coping with far too many changes on the face of education in Pennsylvania needs rught now. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, esp ...more
Roger Verstraete
Jim Qwilleran: Writer and journalist who covered the police beat for newspapers and wrote a book on urban crime, now solves mysteries with his two Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum. 6'2". He is a well-built man with a large drooping moustache and brooding eyes. Once married and never again. A newly certified billionaire having inherited the Klingenschoen fortune. Avoids alcohol, but likes good food.
Koko: Kao K'o Kung - a blue eyed seal-point male Siamese cat with a talent and nose for sol
M. J.
Jun 18, 2015 M. J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
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Feb 07, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat Who fans, cozy mystery fans
Shelves: 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015
A Review of The Cat Who Moved A Mountain by Lilian Jackson Braun

Rating: Four Stars

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Date Published: 1992

Series: The Cat Who

This is the thirteenth book in the Cat Who series. It is one of the good ones that was written in the early '90s when the series was really going well. If you are not familiar with the Cat Who series, they are light, cozy mysteries and very fun reads. Most Cat Who books for me are great relax books because the reading level is easy and there's no extreme vi
Dec 06, 2014 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, usa
Jim Qwilleran has completed his 5 year residency requirement in Moose County and the Klingenschoen inheritance is his. At the party to celebrate the event, friends are speculating what he will do next. He doesn't know until guests tell him about the wonderful vacation they'd taken in the Potato Mountains. Qwill wants a chance to get away are think about what to do next and, on a whim, decides to spend the summer there. After finding a place available that will let him have the cats, he packs up ...more
Kryss Summers
Apr 27, 2016 Kryss Summers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, page-turners
The only part of this book I did not like was the Pickaz Prowler who went after Polly Duncan...

Koko is at it again - uncovering a murderer and freeing an innocent man from jail, all from the top of a mountain during the rainiest week the mountain has ever seen.

Qwill loses all of his vacation photos, while taking photos of the area's picturesque waterfall.

Yum Yum starts stressing out from the environment change, the rain and lack of attention from the main man in her life (Qwill).

BOTTOM LINE: In this 13th in series, Qwilleran takes a vacation to The Potato Mountains and, as always, things become rather difficult for him. This has a good pace, and not too many coincidences, which makes it a good entry in this long series.

Another entertaining visit with Qwill and the cats as they spend a couple of weeks in a big old house on the top of a mountain, solving a murder that occurred there a year ago and for which the wrong man was convicted.

Being set in a slightly different s
The Hobbit
Jim Qwillerin and his two Siamese rent a house at the top of Potato Mountains for the summer. When they arrive, Qwill discovers that the owner of the house was house was murdered in the house the year before, and the wrong man was convicted of his murder and is serving a life sentence in prison. With the help of feline KoKo, Qwill discovers the real murderer of this arrogant, dictatorial businessman.
Karen Kimberley
Mar 28, 2015 Karen Kimberley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mountain too experience

Ms Braun's ability to understand and convey the many personalities that she introduces is phenomenal. Her understanding about how mountain people think and talk, their appreciation of nature, their love of art, their ability to live off the land and be happy was clearly conveyed in this novel. Good read on a rainy day.
Knit Spirit
Feb 19, 2015 Knit Spirit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dans cet épisode des "Le chat qui...", Qwill vient d'être officiellement d'obtenir son héritage et il décide de prendre un peu de recul en allant passer l'été à la montagne.
Comme d'habitude, c'est toujours un régal de lire les aventures de notre très cher Qwill. C'était très agréable de changer de contexte et de sortir du comté de Moose. L'histoire est bien montée, le suspens vous tient de bout en bout, encore un bon opus !
En bref : à lire !
Les Wilson
I'm amazed when I read some reviews of this book. When I pick up a book with a title like "the cat who" in its title, I don't expect Dickens or Twain nor even Lawrence or Poe. What i expect and get is a light read with the expectency of a smile or chuckle. That's what L. J. B gives me and glad she does. It gives me a break from more serious / heavy reading.
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