The Cat Who Talked Turkey
Putnam, January, 2004.
Hardcover, 181 pages.
Since 1966, Lilian Jackson Braun has been pleasing cozy fans with her mystery series starring journalist Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese casts Koko and Yum Yum. Now living in Moose County after inheriting a huge estate, Quill certainly doesn't need to work, but he writes a column for the local newspaper just to keep his hand in. As the bicentennial of the nearby town of Brrr approaches, Quill agrees to help with the festivities. But when a dead body shows up on his property, Quill and the cats spring into action to find a killer.
Despite some rumors to the contrary, the cozy is alive and well, and "The Cat Who" series is one of the classics. There is a murder and a subplot involving the sleazy granddaughter of Edythe Carroll, a wealthy widow who has left her beautiful mansion to retired to the Ittibittiwassee Estates. Quill and the cats wrap things up nicely, and while doing so treat readers to more of the stories about the eccentric characters who populate Moose County. This is the coziest of cozies, with cats, gentle humor and a non-violent background that is a welcome diversion from the gore and terror so prominent in today's news.
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This review was published in the March-April, 2004 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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