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The Cat Who Talked Turkey

(The Cat Who... #26)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  4,845 ratings  ·  263 reviews
The good people of Moose County are in a fever of excitement. It's almost time for the gala groundbreaking of the Pickax bookstore - and the town of Brrr is preparing for its bicentennial celebration. All the festivities, however; are spoiled by the discovery of a man's body on James Qwilleran's property. Could it be the work of a killer who used the same MO in northern Mi ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Berkley Books (first published January 26th 2004)
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Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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3- out of 5 stars for The Cat Who Talked Turkey, the 26th book in the "Cat Who" cozy mystery series, written in 2004 by Lilian Jackson Braun. It sounded like a great book. Brrr is celebrating a huge milestone in its history, and I love that little town almost as much as Pickax. Pickax is getting a new bookstore -- how fun! Combines books inside of books, that's just a perfect read. And a dead body outside Qwill's converted barn. It's gotta be a great story. Oh.... it had p
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was a mess. The plot was nonexistent, the characters were boring, and I was confused 99% of the time.
This book is supposed to be a mystery book, but I failed to see any mystery. Apparently, there was a murder? In the end, the murderer confessed to being the murderer, but I didn't even notice a murder. This book was very confusing and boring. Luckily it only took me about three hours since I was listening to an audiobook. This is one of the worst mysteries I've read.
The reason this is
Ivonne Rovira
Jun 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I admit that I have read every single one of Lilian Jackson Braun's "Cat Who" books. I used to relish every single one, but I agree with the other reviewers: Lately the books have been getting lamer and lamer.

I, too, think the books are now being ghost-written by someone else. I think the ghost-writing began about five or six books ago. It's not just that the mystery, never central, is now utterly an afterthought in these books. Nor is it that the resolution relies not on acute detective work on
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
I look these books up when I am looking for some lighter reading. A cozy mystery where no one dwells on gore, sex and the language is decent. Qwill has retired to Moose County along with his two Siamese, Koko and Yum Yum. KoKo has strange insight and he howls whenever there is a murder...and over the series we've seen many. I listen to them on my ipad and George Guidall's voice makes the books a pleasure to listen to. He does have a talent for bringing the characters to life.

The first 20 or so b
Lynne Tull
Nov 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Well, it is downhill from here to the end. I am going to read one more and stop. This was a very disjointed story. It was almost a collection of short anecdotes with a very short mystery in between each one. The platform was a repeat of The Great Fire, but this was The Great Storm in Brrr. It was to be performed during their 200th birthday celebration. The title of the book related to an anecdote that had nothing to do with the mystery the best I could tell. The Publisher should have cried "Uncl ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Not much of a mystery. The dead person was a stranger and barely mentioned. The killer confessed at the end for no reason - and there was barely any reason given for why the murder was committed. (I don't consider "Possibly disappearing with the loot" to be a satisfactory explanation. That was all it said.)

I've read some of these books before and I don't see why everyone treats Quill like a celebrity. I grew up in a small town and outsiders were pretty much - "Oh, them. Whatever." Few folks woul
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-books
The Cat Who… series features a writer, a clairvoyant Siamese cat, and the folks and doings of Moose County, Michigan. They are cozy mysteries. Very cozy mysteries.

At some point, in the last ten years or so, I listened or read two books in this series. This book, number 26 in the series has been sitting on my computer for many years. I decided to finally listen to it. It was b-o-r-i-n-g. Very b-o-r-i-n-g. It can’t really be considered a mystery as the murder is a very minor part of the story. Fo
Diana S
With each book, I'm getting to know Qwill and his cats a little bit more. I love it! I give this book 3.5 stars***!

5/17/20 ..... still a fun quick read :D
Jul 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
As a librarian, I am keenly aware that it is never my job to dump on a book, but on Goodreads, I'm amongst friends, not customers. So I'd like to go on the record and say this is perhaps the worst book I've ever read. It's not even a mystery--it is casually mentioned once that someone died, then after a few hundred pages of anachronistic fake old-timey radio shows and banter that is anything but witty, there's a killer. This was me trying to diversify genres that I read, but there are just so ma ...more
Steve Chaput
Sep 19, 2014 rated it liked it
It probably wasn't the best place to start with 20+ other novels featuring Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum and Moose County journalist Jim Qwilleran prior to this, but I still found the book easy to get in to. I'm sure previous books would fill me in on the back stories of some of the secondary characters, as well as incidents referred to in the narrative.

I don't generally read 'cozy' mysteries, but it is a nice change of pace from some of the recent books where the body count has been pretty high
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
A cute-because of the cats, quick, entertaining mystery. I will definitely grab another book from this series as a easy listen audiobook.
Kylie Stoneburner
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Was I blown away by this book? No. Am I mad that I read it? No. 2-stars doesn't mean that it was bad; just that I don't see myself reading it again, or likely to recommend it to a friend.

The writing isn't Pulitzer Prize material or anything, which is fine because it was about what I expect from a cozy mystery. This one just had less "mystery" than I was expecting. A few dead bodies are mentioned early on, but the majority of the book revolves around the daily life of Qwill, the journalist, and
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Cat Who Talked Turkey (Cat Who... Book 26) by [Braun, Lilian Jackson]These books by Lilian Jackson Braun are so addicting. In this one the Pickax bookstore is having its groundbreaking. At the same time Brrr, yes that is the name of the town, is having a celebration for their bicentennial. Of course, the events are ruined when a man's body is located on James Qwilleran's land. This brings Qwill and his mystery solving cats, Koko and Yum Yum to the thing they like most, determining who commit ...more
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s really a 3.5 but I love these books & this one is quick & lovely. It’s nice to be back with this characters after a break.
Elizabeth Meadows
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books-2020
Not the best one, but it was short and cute. Even though it was a bit predictable, I still very much enjoyed it.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
When I’m stumped and just want a light romp, I always fall for these. I have ready just about all the series and am thinking...I might want to start over and re-introduce myself to the characters again.
The first 20 or so books of this series are great, but then things sort of drop down from the quality of the earlier books. (Unfortunately almost to be expected with long running series...)

2.5, but giving it the boost to 3 stars for my own personal nostalgia related to the series and it's characters.

But the way it goes downhill is odd. There's repetition that seems like it could have been edited out (or that you might expect if a novel is written in a serial fashion with chapters coming out on a
Amy L. Campbell
There were so many issues with this book that made it frustratingly unenjoyable to read. The cats were used mainly as props rather than individual characters like I remember them in previous novels (although I admit it's been awhile). Qwill had some really macho thoughts regarding Polly that were a bit of a turn off, and I find it hard to believe that he wasn't able to recognize a turkey... They're a little distinctive and I think most Americans know what a turkey looks like. Qwill didn't really ...more
Mar 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, series
This book is a turkey - a really weak story in this series that I otherwise love. The story is too loose and just not interesting. The cats are only involved in a secondary way. The characters are dull. I don't really like Polly - I never really have, but this installment certainly increased my dislike.

Koko alerts us to a murder on page 8. The victim is discovered on page 18. There is a mention in passing on page 78. Koko alerts us to another murder on page 102 and it is again mentioned, barely,
 Gigi Ann
Jul 16, 2011 rated it liked it
I always enjoy reading about Jim Qwilleran, prizewinning reporter, and his extraordinary Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum---the most unlikely, most unusual, most delightful team in detective fiction! And this week-end was no exception. I wanted a fun, relaxing book to read this week-end, pulled this one off my bookshelf, and it hit the spot, so to speak. About once a year I enjoy reading one of the many "Cat Who" books. I view these books as a letter from a dear friend. There really wasn't much of ...more
Ed Mestre
Feb 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
I read the first few books in this long series & delighted in these little light pastiches. A quick read with some charming characters, both human & feline, within one of my favorite genres, the murder mystery. But in this one I jumped a couple of dozen books ahead of the last one I read & all I can say is "What happened?" This is no longer just a light weight read. It's nearly non-existent. So much so that an added "bonus" are recipes of some food the main human character Qwilleran ate. There's ...more
Aug 04, 2008 rated it did not like it
After reading the entire "Cat Who..." series, I gave up on it with this installment. This light cozy series, which was pretty good in the sixties and when Braun resumed it in the eighties, started to go downhill sometime in the nineties. I kept reading, each year hoping that the next book would be as entertaining as the better installments from the past, but with this novel I gave up. I actually have a copy of the book that followed this one, "The Cat Who Went Bananas" (given to me by an acquain ...more
Oct 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
Wow! This was downright painful to listen to! I've read and loved at least 20 books from this series, in fact I just reread and enjoyed the first book, so I'm not sure whether these books lose something when you listen to them on tape, or if it's time for Ms. Braun to hang up the towel. I only finished this out of sheer determination, and the fact that I was driving a long distance with no other book on tape available, and poor radio reception. I'm grateful this book is now behind me, and will s ...more
Michelle Matthews-Calloway
Jul 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
I've heard quite a bit about this series and I was anxious to try it. I listened to it on audio - and kept waiting for something of substance to occur. Though the main character was likable, this was the most boring, inane drivel I've heard/read in a while. A complete waste of time - I made myself listen to the complete book because I just couldn't believe it was this BORING and INANE. I'll never touch another one. ...more
Nov 10, 2016 rated it liked it
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there seems to be less detective work than ever

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Una Tiers
Apr 19, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a nice visit with old friends. I miss the earlier style Braun used.
Tracie Hall
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Print: 1/1/2007; Jove Books. eBook (Kindle) 3/28/2013; Headline; 204 pgs.) Audio: 3/3/2016; 9781449887186; Recorded Books, Inc.; 4 hrs 8 mins.

Interesting goings-ons there in Pickax—Koko senses trouble right from the start, and soon a dead body is discovered on Jim Qwilleran’s property, and it just gets more interesting from there.
It’s been several years since I’ve listened to one of these delightful "Cat Who" books (of which this is the 26th), and it was just a fun as I r
Mar 06, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series
I've avoided this series for years, though apparently everyone else in the world reads it based on the contents of used book stores. But, I wanted something to read while I did the laundry, so...
Based on the other reviews I've read here, even long time fans didn't like this book. It wasn't so much that it was bad, but it's basically Lake Wobegon, with a few murders thrown in. And, there is no investigation of the murders from the owner of the cat. He apparently knows that someone, somewhere is m
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This was my first “The Cat Who …..” and it will definitely be my last. I love a good murder mystery, but this wasn’t one. Very little of this book was related to the murders and, there was NO puzzling over it. It was immediately was obvious to me who the killer was. A vast cast of characters were introduced and a great deal of socializing took place in the short span of this book. I stopped trying to remember who everyone was and just read to get through it to the end.

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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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