The Cat Who Smelled a Rat

by Lilian Jackson Braun

Jove, January, 2002.
Hardcover, 293 pages.
ISBN: 0515132268

The Cat Who Smelled a Rat by Lilian Jackson Braun Snow still hasn't arrived in Moose County -- that charming and eccentric place which is 400 miles north of everywhere. And snow is certainly needed; a series of arson fires has been exacerbated by the dry weather. Journalist and philanthropist Jim Qwilleran sets out to investigate the fires, with the help of his famous Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum, who have a rare talent for nosing out the truth. A mysterious disappearance and the arrival of a new rare book dealer in town make Qwilleran wonder if the disparate events are connected. This is Moose County, after all, and almost everything here seems connected to everything else.

The lovable and eccentric inhabitants of the town of Pickax are all back in this latest entry in the long-running and beloved series which is the standard-bearer for the classic cat-cozy-type mystery. Qwilleran and his library lady love, Polly, are comfortably ensconced in unmarried bliss and the cats provide all the clues to the mystery right on schedule. Lilian Jackson Braun fans will not be disappointed.

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This review was published in the March, 2002 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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