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

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  4,683 Ratings  ·  169 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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4 out of 5 stars to The Cat Who Tailed a Thief, the 19th book in the "Cat Who" cozy mystery series, written in 1997 by Lilian Jackson Braun. In this gem, the author takes on the classic mystery tale of a wealthy man who dies under murky circumstances, leaving behind a larger inheritance and a very young wife. Was it a burglary gone wrong, or did someone think they were getting that money? Could it be the wife? Children? Other family or a ruthless foundation? Qwill knows somethi
Ange H
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: real-books-i-own
I haven't read one of these books in years, but this one reminds me of how consistently entertaining they are. Jim Qwilleran solves mysteries with the help of his Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum who have "psychic powers." This may sound cheesy, but the way they give Jim hints about what is really going on is very subtle: for example knocking a book about poison off a shelf, leading him to ponder how someone really died.

Braun creates an appealing world in her books, with a cast of mostly lovable,
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
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As for pure entertainment and relaxation value, I would rate this book a full four stars. The four 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.

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. But it felt like going back to a
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I frickin' love all of these books! My aunt was a big fan but I only discovered them myself about a year ago. Ever since, I've been reading them in order for pure pleasure in between more "serious" books. I never give a crap about whodunnit, I just love hanging out with Qwill and his Siamese and all the recurring characters in his small town 400 miles north of everywhere. The writing is excellent, the characters are charming, and just enough changes with every book to keep it interesting while r ...more
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.
Wetherby called to him, "Shall I pour you a Squunk water?"

"No, I need something stronger," Qwilleran said. "Open a ginger ale."
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this series! I like the characters and the cats. A fun, quick read!
Anne Nerison
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Looks like I have a new (old) cozy series to enjoy! Koko and Yum Yum are great co-conspirators for Qwilleran, and I liked the main character, a newspaper man in the little town of Pickax. The mystery was sufficiently complex and unique, full of little twists that kept me guessing. The characters are full of life and little quirks that make them seem real, too. One of the only downsides for me was that it was hard to keep the characters straight, but that could be because a good chunk of this boo ...more
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 won't rate this series since I don't listen to it for the characters, plot, or story; I listen to this series when I have trouble sleeping or I'm anxious. Thanks to a wonderful narrator, unarresting storylines, uncomplicated mysteries, and soporific dialogue, I've fallen asleep to these books many a night.

I'm perhaps not the target demographic for these books, but I enjoy the audio version very much since its more engaging than white noise, but not so much as to keep me awake. Light and a lit
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,
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well! I haven't read one of these books in a very long time, and it was really nice to go back to Pick Ax and visit. I love all these characters especially the cats, the cute little mystery he can't quite figure out, but that darn cat gets it! Hopefully there won't be so much time in between my rating of this book and the next book.

Yep, boring af. Not gonna read any other of the series.
Yani Daniele
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una historia simple pero entretenida.. si bien desde el principio intuimos quienes son los malechores (aunque los protagonistas ni se enteran hasta el final), es un libro que disfruté mucho, ya sea por los gatitos que hacen aparición, como por la época en que está ambientado (navideña en un pueblito de 3000 habitantes).
El protagonista es un hombre que tiene dos gatos siameses muy inteligentes, Koko y Yum Yum, ambos parecen darse cuenta desde el comienzo que las cosas en el pueblo no andan muy bi
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The worst book by far in this series. The mystery was no mystery, far too obvious from early on. Polly is more boring than ever and Quill is like some character from the days when women were subservient to men, deferring to their 'superior' intellect. It's such a shame that his attitude to women isn't made into a fun aspect of the plots in this series, there's certainly enough material. The murdered were interesting characters and it's a shame how disposable people are to enable the world of Pic ...more
M Harris
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miscellaneous
Having read other cat-themed mysteries, namely Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy mysteries, I thought there would be more animal action in this book. I found the storyline to be well-written, with the human-centric parts better than the Mrs. Murphy equivalents. However, I missed the animal action and dialogue.
May 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry, but I "read" this on an audio cd which is not my favorite way to read a book. I get easily distracted, so I feel like I missed half of the book. Curse my library for not having all of the books on hand! Other than that, I can't remember much of what happened except that Quill figured out who dun it.
Amy Miller
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this series! I’ve read them all and rate them all a 5. If you like quirky mysteries this is one you should cover. Jim Qwilleran is my kind of detective ... add in a couple of clever cats & what you have is involved, funny and interesting.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always love reading Beaton stories but this one was kind of slow for me. I think it's because the murder was somewhere else rather than in town. I'm on to the next story which I know is going to be good.
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Koko the Siamese cat is smarter than a lot of people I encounter! He did it again, leading Qwill to discover the real thief and murderer. Delightful tale.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the mystery in this one and as always, I very much enjoyed the input of Koko.
Mark Levandoski
Nov 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First read in the series. Stopped a third of the way.Just could not get into it, plus way too many unfamiliar names for me.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do enjoy the older books in this series.
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series of audio books.
Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun read.
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, usa
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
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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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