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The Cat Who Tailed a Thief (Cat Who... #19)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  3,771 ratings  ·  117 reviews
The delightful New York Times bestselling mystery series continues with "another winner!" (Austin American-Statesman) In this latest installment, prizewinning reporter Jim Qwilleran--along with his lovable Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum--solve a mystery that arises when a local banker dies under suspicious circumstances, leaving behind a flashy young widow, an unfinished ho ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Jove Books (first published January 1st 1997)
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Benjamin Thomas
This morning I finished up Lilian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who Tailed a Thief. This is the 19th book in the series, originally published in 1997; I’ve been working my way through them at the rate of about two to three a year. I was a bit surprised when I looked up this series to find out that this is the 19th book I’ve read so far…tells me my many years of reading are really starting to pile up :)

I’ve really endeavored to understand why I like reading these novels so much. They are mystery novels
Book #52 read in 2010

This book had a slow and rambling start. It picked up about three-fourths of the way through the book to a satisfying end.
I find this series so charming. There are so many returning characters (everyone's a bit eccentric) and things happen to them as the series progresses. I haven't read any "cat who..." books in several years, but it felt like going back to a restaurant or bar and seeing all the same old regulars. Some people might not appreciate that, if they're looking for more suspense, but I enjoy the writing and the cozy atmosphere. These are kind of like comfort food books for me? At the same time, in this p ...more
SIGH. It wasn't a terrible listen, but the story is so overwhelmed by the obnoxious Qwill that it's hard to enjoy it as the simple cozy mystery it is.

Also, bone to pick with the misogynist Qwill, who is older than Lynette in the book (who had recently turned 40), yet keeps describing her like a senior citizen!! While he considers himself in his prime!


(Might be overly sensitive to this as my 40th birthday is rapidly approaching, but since I'm not particularly hung up on ages,
Dec 20, 2011 Kirsti rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat lovers, Mystery lovers, Animal detective fans
Another of my favorites in the series, because it introduces another of my favorite characters, the weatherman, Wetherby Goode. As always, Qwill has moved residence, and is staying in indian village. It means he has convenient access to Polly. I liked the collecting of the Short and Tall tales, and I liked the mystery of Danielle and her 'cousin' Carter Lee James. Mosca is a funny inclusion as well. I love the lighthearted approach to mystery here, and the personal interest Qwill had in the case ...more
I remember reading one of these "cat who" books a long time ago. But in my memory, the book included at least some amount of story that was actually told from the cat's perspective. And it was set in a big city (Chicago?). So maybe it wasn't even one of these books but some other cat-mystery-solving book. Maybe it was even a parody of these books. In any event, I was expecting something totally different from this book. This book is mostly a small town story - gossip about the local folks as the ...more
These cat books are mysteries, wrapped up in a "cozy" format. Really, each book is the continuing story of the many characters of Pickaxe and area...and Qwill, Koko, and Yum Yum are there to lead the way. It's always nice to just sink into these easy-to-read books, a quick escape. And of course always another glimpse into the lives of the cats.
As for pure entertainment and relaxation value, I would rate this book a full five stars. The three-star rating is simply because these are short, entertaining novels, not literature. In this episode, Koko and Qwilleran once again team up to solve a mystery, this one involving a thief. Reading is many things to me. During this last and definitely most stressful year of my teaching career, these books have quite literally assisted me in keeping some sense of sanity and good humor. Thanks once aga ...more
Qwill and the cats have moved into a condo in Indian Village for the winter, to save on heating costs in the barn. About the time they move, there are a rash of petty thefts with all sorts of warnings to lock up. The new banker Willard Carmichael and his wife Danielle invite Danielle’s cousin to town to help with a restoration project – promising big things with places on the historical preservation list. Then Willard dies on a business trip and soon after Danielle’s cousin’s new wife dies. Qwi ...more
This is the first book in this series that I have actually READ. I used to listen to one every now and then while driving when I was still working in L.A. They were upbeat, witty, quirky, and fun. The setting : Pickax,on the Ittibittiwassee River in Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere, so it could be Michigan! Or Wisconsin, Minnesota, North get to choose. The paper Quilleran works for is called the Moose County Something. The books are full of Scottish trivia, cat trivia, an ...more
Christine Keleny
As with most Lilian Jackson Braun's cat-who books, this book doesn't disappoint. It is funny, however, how much skullduggery goes on in such a small town in the upper midwest "forty miles for nowhere." There are two murders in this story and lots of fun cat names courtesy of a contest that the main character Qwilleran puts in the local paper he writes for. Qwilleran is the local handsome bachelor millionaire, who's cats - Koko and Yum Yum (Siamese) - help him with his amateur sleuthing.

The cats
BOTTOM LINE: Con artists and gentlemen, promoters and hucksters, seem to be in abundance in Pickaxe City these days, and when a bank president dies mysteriously all sorts of secrets start leaking out. Sweet cosy that was entertaining but I wouldn’t recommend this as your first CAT WHO - the earlier books are far better IMO.

Several well-drawn new characters, including one con artist you’ll love to hate (and one you’ll just hate), and the death of a familiar character, set in a nicely turned myst
Lisa Kucharski
Not one of my faves in the series, started off a bit slow, and even Qwill was off to a very slow and dulled start. The crime and criminals stood out a mile away and yet Qwill and the townsfolk come off as small town rubes... While I liked meeting a few new characters I found this story a bit on the simplistic side and would have preferred to have one of the victims actually live - cause it would cause more action and interest.

Knit Spirit
Dans ce nouvel opus des aventures de Qwill, Koko et Yom Yom, nous retrouvons notre journaliste aux prises avec une femme un peu trop aguicheuse venue du pays d'en-bas dont le cousin ne semble pas très clair...
Encore une fois, c'est avec joie que j'ai retrouvé tous les personnages. Cette histoire est rondement menée et le suspens m'a tenue en haleine de bout en bout (même si je me doutais bien du résultat). Le livre est un peu court mais vraiment très bien.
En bref : à lire !!
Sherry Vaughan
Koko and Jim are at it again. This time things are a little more serious. There are a series of random thefts that have no rhyme or reason. But there are also two unexpected deaths of two of the leading citizens in Pickaxe. These deaths occurred shortly after a marriage. As always, Koko has his own ideas about the deaths and, after much prompting, Jim understand his hints. The book contains more glimpses into small town lives and politics. A really fun read.
I was a huge fan of mystery novels back in middle school, and devoured many of The Cat Who... series, probably because I was initially attracted to their brightly coloured covers (I remember some of these looking practically neon). Reading one of these books years later, I can understand why I was so into them. They're quite easy to read, for one thing, and the cats are somewhat cute, even if I'm not an animal person at all. The plot of this one was fairly basic. In fact, there almost seemed to ...more
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Edgar Perez
I'm still impressed how death becomes part of the daily life.
"She was so young, se was only forty" seems so truthful now

I loved how the daily cat activities are included in the series. The adopted house fly (named "mosca"), and the theories from the woners about their cat.
And I loved all the theory about naming a cat, and renaming them.

I know: Federica became Frush and lots of other names :D

And I still managed to keep hooked to
The new banker in town is murdered in Chicago and his young wife and her cousin are trying to develop a street of classic houses and charging the residents big bucks. Qwill has bought a condo at Indian Village to live in for the winter, as the barn is too big to heat effectively. His next door neighbour is Weatherby Goode, the local radio station's weather man. Qwill is very suspicious about Danielle, the young widow. When her cousin suddenly marries Polly's sister-in-law, the whole town wonders ...more
Jennifer A.M.
Aug 19, 2008 Jennifer A.M. rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat people, murder mystery readers who don't like violence
I am listening to this on audio book. It's on tape which is a little less clear to listen to. I don't have a CD player in my car. So far I am enjoying it - I am about 1 and a half tapes in. Koko and YumYum are entertaining - for cats....
I finished this book on my way home from work last night. It really is the perfect type of book to listen to in the car. The cast of characters is well written and interesting and the plot is just suspenseful enough to make you want to keep listening, but
Kerry Boerst
This installment of "The Cat Who..." series left me feeling rather disappointed. Unfortunately, the mystery was fairly transparent and it was easy to surmise who done it very early on in the story. I still enjoy the series but this one was not Lilian Jackson Braun's best work. :(
Performed by George Guidall. 6 sound discs (ca. 6 3/4 hr.)
PI Jim Qwilleran and his feline assistants, Koko and Yum-Yum, investigate the death of a banker who was mugged and shot while on a business trip in Detroit.
I enjoy the Cat Who books. They are relaxing. I enjoy the reoccurring characters, and the nature of the community. I also enjoy the cats, and how Koko helps to solve murders, with the help of Mr. Q and his mustache.
I like cats, so I thought i'd give this book a try. I think you need to be a cat lover or have a great appreciation of cats to enjoy this series.
Lynne Tull
You know there is not much more to be said about this series. Ms. Braun keeps on and on probably at the direction of her publishers. My thought is that she is ready to quit, but can't say no. This story is interrupted by several "tall and short tales" from Pickax old timers. I think these served as filler and added to the number of words required to get it published. Again, another character, although not particularly sympathic, was killed off. Qwill and Koko come through again and solve the cas ...more
Loved the book,,, good story, good characters, fun cats. Didn't want to lay the book down. One of those you can just keep reading and reading til done
Leslie Stebbins
Good mystery. I really enjoy these because of the cats and the interesting people and town life.
Decided to reread this very good cozy mystery since I had not read it in over a decade. Its an enjoyable read during a rainstorm or in a snowstorm. Like all Cat Who books the characters are well written and their relationships are done in a way to make you think that its a real town. It also is a ad for another book Short and Tall Tales with a few short stories of Moose County's history. The only problem I had was that the ending felt a little rushed and the reader might be able to solve the cas ...more
Loved it! One of the best in this series, so far.
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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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