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

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  5,645 Ratings  ·  190 Reviews
LENGTH -- 7 hrs and 8 mins

After five years of legal formalities, Jim Qwilleran has officially inherited his freedom and a fortune, which leaves him with a serious dilemma. What should he do now? Seeking a place of peace and isolation to make up his mind, he heads to the Potato Mountains for the summer. But Qwill lands in the middle of controversy, not solitude.

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Published February 2007 by Phoenix Books (first published 1992)
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3.5 of 5 stars (rounded up) to The Cat Who Moved a Mountain, the 13th book in the "Cat Who" cozy mystery series, written in 1992 by Lilian Jackson Braun. Just when you thought things couldn't get any kookier with this series, Qwill up and moves to the Potato Mountains. He needs some time away from everyone and everything in Pickax, to that he can decide his future. The 5 years he was required to live in Pickax in order to keep the K-Fund inheritance are up, and he's to leave... bu
Jul 03, 2012 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
Sep 21, 2013 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 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these books. the cats being annoying cats, Qwill's bad temper, all of the characters LJB keeps coming up with. in this one, Q goes to the mountains to spend some time thinking about his next move, now that he's a billionaire. what he discovers, in addition to fresh air, is a murder. and it's tangled up in development, which is destroying the pristine nature, and the rivalry between the "Taters" (people from the mountain, who typically live simple lives) and "Spuds," the wealthy city folk ...more
Feb 25, 2008 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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Jun 15, 2010 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 07, 2014 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 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
Kate Millin
May 14, 2010 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.
Aug 04, 2010 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 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.
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy this series. I will be sad to read the last book. As I type this on my tablet there is a very spoiled Cat Who is trying to help me with the review.
Jun 19, 2016 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.
Stef Rozitis
This book took me a long time to get into, because it was written in a kind of pompous voice and I had to struggle to care about Qwill getting his house in order and all that. He is not the most easy to relate to protagonist actually- he comes across as a ladies man in a really tedious way (he has to check out and mildly flirt with every single female in the book...he has a girlfriend but he is constantly prowling around others).

There is a lot of description of interiors and lists of food and a
Tommy Verhaegen
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective, paper_nl
Opnieuw een leuke detective met een speciale invalshoek namelijke 2 Siamese katten die over bovennatuurlijke eigenschappen schijnen te beschikken. Dat en de gevoelens in de snor van Qwilleran maken deze reeks uniek. Voorzien van de nodige humor en spanning bij het oplossen van een misdaad - met hoge inzet want een onschuldige is veroordeeld. Geweldige beschrijving - die je ook echt aanvoelt - van de dreigende atmosfeer, zowel het landschap als de mensen. Een boek dat je - ongemerkt - geleidelijk ...more
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Silly, campy, obvious, so fun

Okay, this author kind of sucks at mystery, and her characters are obvious and flat, and everything is really dated, and small town stuff is both romanticized and oversimplified, but she's also created this lovely and sort of silly world that a reader can take a little mental vacation into, so it's great. The stories have continuity and not too many sloppy mistakes. If you are looking for erudite literature, this ain't it. If you're looking for period fun, here it is
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am sentimental about this book series. I love cats. I had 2 Persians who lived to the age of 20. My mom (not initially a fan of cats) came to adore my cats. We found this series of books at a used book shop in Chester, NJ. It's very light, simple reading and if you are a cat lover, you will love these books. If not, you will find them incredibly corny and unbelievable (which they are).
Alexandra Bogdanovic
Good, but not one of Braun's best.
The reason I read "cozy" mysteries, and these in particular, is because I enjoy the pure entertainment. This one was entertaining, but it was also a little bit too politically correct and formulaic for me...
Hopefully Qwilleran, KoKo and Yum Yum's next adventures will be better.
A.J. Adams
I don't understand it: these books started off well with great characters and okay plots but then they just went downhill. This one has flat characters and a bleh plot. Lilian Jackson Braun isn't an indie author. Why doesn't an editor get to grips with these issues?
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-cat-who
I enjoyed this much more than the previous book in the series. And I liked that this time there was more to the story than just the mystery to be solved. A change in location was good and having it be something that was not necessarily supposed to be a mystery was nice too.
Susan Webb
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
pretty good read. no current murder, but an old one that has Qwill's mustache tingling and KoKo's nosiness on alert!
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-edition
Another "Cat Who" while we were traveling.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Lilian Jackson Braun at her best. Reminded me how good a writer she was.
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
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In The Cat Who Moved a Mountain, Ms. Braun takes us, once again, outside of Moose county. Having finally surpassed the five-year term of citizenship imposed on him by his inheritance, Jim Qwilleran (Qwill to his friends) packs his two Siamese cat companions in his car and makes for the Potato mountains. It is there that he hopes to relax and find himself - and determine if he wishes to continue living in Moose County. Instead, he finds himself on familiar ground in his rented abode - following h ...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
Jul 27, 2008 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
M. J.
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
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“Do you mind living alone?” she asked. “I’ve tried it both ways,” he replied, “and I know it can be a letdown to come home to an empty apartment, but now I have the Siamese to greet me at the door. They’re good companions; they need me; they’re always happy to see me come home. On the other hand, they’re always glad to see me go out—one of the things that cats do to keep a person from feeling too important.” 1 likes
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