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Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780515105667 The colorful Casablanca apartment building is in danger of demolition--but not if Jim Qwilleran can help it. He's determined to restore the building to its original grandeur. So he moves in with Koko and Yum Yum--and discovers that the Casablanca is steeped in history...and mystery. In Qwill's very apartment, a glamorous art dea Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780515105667 The colorful Casablanca apartment building is in danger of demolition--but not if Jim Qwilleran can help it. He's determined to restore the building to its original grandeur. So he moves in with Koko and Yum Yum--and discovers that the Casablanca is steeped in history...and mystery. In Qwill's very apartment, a glamorous art dealer met an untimely fate, and the veteran journalist and his crime-solving cats are about to reach new heights in detection as the evidence builds up...and the Casablanca threatens to crumble down around them!


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Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780515105667 The colorful Casablanca apartment building is in danger of demolition--but not if Jim Qwilleran can help it. He's determined to restore the building to its original grandeur. So he moves in with Koko and Yum Yum--and discovers that the Casablanca is steeped in history...and mystery. In Qwill's very apartment, a glamorous art dea Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780515105667 The colorful Casablanca apartment building is in danger of demolition--but not if Jim Qwilleran can help it. He's determined to restore the building to its original grandeur. So he moves in with Koko and Yum Yum--and discovers that the Casablanca is steeped in history...and mystery. In Qwill's very apartment, a glamorous art dealer met an untimely fate, and the veteran journalist and his crime-solving cats are about to reach new heights in detection as the evidence builds up...and the Casablanca threatens to crumble down around them!

30 review for The Cat Who Lived High

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Book Review 4 of 5 stars to The Cat Who Lived High, the 11th book in the "Cat Who" cozy mystery series written by Lilian Jackson Braun in 1990. For fans of the series, this one's a real treat. Qwill heads back "Down Below" to investigate something back in Junktown, where he formerly resided (sort of) prior to the Pickax Klingenschoen inheritance. It's a good cross between the two places... but Braun takes it a step further, tricking fans into believing she's killed off Qwill in this b Book Review 4 of 5 stars to The Cat Who Lived High, the 11th book in the "Cat Who" cozy mystery series written by Lilian Jackson Braun in 1990. For fans of the series, this one's a real treat. Qwill heads back "Down Below" to investigate something back in Junktown, where he formerly resided (sort of) prior to the Pickax Klingenschoen inheritance. It's a good cross between the two places... but Braun takes it a step further, tricking fans into believing she's killed off Qwill in this book. It's a bit of a nightmare for us fans, but in the end, the spoiler is, he's alive... which is not a spoiler at this point because you know the series goes on for at least another 15 books. But the fun and humor associated with the whole situation is quite amusing. It's a fun change of pace that should delight readers with a little sarcasm to pickup the pace in the books. About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    3.5 stars I enjoy the Cat Who Pickax setting more then the other settings in the series so I was surprised to find that this book set "Down Below" in the big crime ridden city was as enjoyable as it was. It had a great cast of quirky characters and a fast moving plot. It was also nice to see a few of the characters from early in the series when it was set "Down Below" appearing again, and also nice to see that Qwill has changed so much those books. 3.5 stars I enjoy the Cat Who Pickax setting more then the other settings in the series so I was surprised to find that this book set "Down Below" in the big crime ridden city was as enjoyable as it was. It had a great cast of quirky characters and a fast moving plot. It was also nice to see a few of the characters from early in the series when it was set "Down Below" appearing again, and also nice to see that Qwill has changed so much those books.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Una Tiers

    I like when Qwilleran goes away from the home base to have an adventure.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ange H

    In this 11th book in the series, the nomadic Qwill accepts an offer to spend the winter in a fully furnished penthouse apartment Down Below. The penthouse is at the top of the historic Casablanca hotel, now gone to seed, and the purpose of this residency is to determine whether the K fund will underwrite the restoration of the once elegant and famous building. The mystery involves the previous tenant of the penthouse who was apparently the victim of a murder-suicide. But it isn’t long before Koko In this 11th book in the series, the nomadic Qwill accepts an offer to spend the winter in a fully furnished penthouse apartment Down Below. The penthouse is at the top of the historic Casablanca hotel, now gone to seed, and the purpose of this residency is to determine whether the K fund will underwrite the restoration of the once elegant and famous building. The mystery involves the previous tenant of the penthouse who was apparently the victim of a murder-suicide. But it isn’t long before Koko unearths clues that make Qwill question that conclusion, and wonder if he himself is in danger. It seems that someone wants to make sure the Casablanca restoration project doesn’t go through. One of the fun things about The Cat Who…books is revisiting characters, events and places from previous novels, and this one is no exception. For example, the Casablanca is right at the edge of Junktown; and lots of the characters make an appearance here, including Robert Maus, who has given up law to open a restaurant; and Mary Duckworth, who is spearheading the “Save the Casablanca” movement. When packing for his trip Down Below, Qwill packs a suit that he wore only twice – one to a wedding, and once to a funeral. Those of us who have read the books in order know exactly which two events he is referring to. This was an enjoyable outing in the series. Qwill was once again likeable, and the cast of characters was varied and interesting, especially the residents of the Casablanca hotel. Qwill opens up to one of them about how he overcame his drinking problem. I liked the way this sojourn to his old stomping ground Down Below made Qwill realize that he didn't belong there anymore, and just how much Moose County had become his home. I wonder if at this point Ms. Jackson Braun went through the same body count analysis I did in my previous review, and determined that 29 deaths somehow related to Qwill in 10 books was a bit much - and that was humans only, there was also a murdered cat and some unfortunate goats. So this one had an extremely low body count – only one (not counting the murder-suicide which happened before he entered the picture and couldn’t be blamed on him.) Originally published: 1990 Body Count: 1 (view spoiler)[a maid at the Casablanca (food poisoning) (hide spoiler)] Preceded by: The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts Next Up: The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal

  5. 5 out of 5

    Athimar

    Ms. Braun starts off her book with a flourish - Jim Qwilleran (Qwill) is dead. Despite all the warnings, Qwill ventured down below and was involved in a horrific automobile murder/accident, his body incinerated. And with his death, the K-Fund monies will be leaving Pickaxe County for the New Jersey shore. How did this happen? Well... As hinted at the end of her previous book (though in a manner somewhat contradictory to the beginning of this one), Ms. Braun decides to allow Qwill back "down below Ms. Braun starts off her book with a flourish - Jim Qwilleran (Qwill) is dead. Despite all the warnings, Qwill ventured down below and was involved in a horrific automobile murder/accident, his body incinerated. And with his death, the K-Fund monies will be leaving Pickaxe County for the New Jersey shore. How did this happen? Well... As hinted at the end of her previous book (though in a manner somewhat contradictory to the beginning of this one), Ms. Braun decides to allow Qwill back "down below" for the winter. One of the Weird Sisters (Amberina), Mary Duckworth, and Robert Maus, all originally introduced in The Cat Who Turned On and Off invite Qwill to move into the penthouse suite of the Casablanca, an old apartment complex on the edge of Junktown, hoping he'll decide to buy the place and renovate it. Otherwise, the owners of the Morning Rampage and the other powers that be will tear down the place to build an upscale business complex. Qwill meets with a great many of the Casablanca's residents - all of whom are wonderfully depicted as usual - but it's a former resident in whom Qwill becomes most interested - Dianne, the woman who previously rented his current apartment . She was murdered by her neighbor and lover, who then proceeded to jump from the balcony out of remorse. One of Qwill's Siamese cats, Koko, is sniffing around, making odd noises and pointing out clues, letting Qwill know all is not as it seems with the apparent murder-suicide. And in taking up Dianne's cause of saving the Casablanca, he'll end up being targeted while driving in his car and... Ms. Braun works in all four elements from the early city novels - art, home decor, antiques, and food - and, while introducing many new characters and places, also brings back persons and places from those novels as well. Indeed, The Cat Who Lived High is pretty much a throwback from Ms. Braun to her loyal readers, allowing us to see what happened in the lives of many personages she left "down below" when Qwill moved to the country. I regret that she didn't involve Odd Bunsen though - he was the best character from the city novels and I would have liked to have known what became of him and his family. Also of interest, in trying to help an alcoholic resident at the Casablanca, Qwill gives us a rare, honest dialog regarding his own battle with alcoholism and the reason he was able to get on the wagon prior to teaming up with Koko. While the characters are excellent as always, as is the mystery, the story will leave you wanting... by design. Ms. Braun really wants to drive home the idea that Qwill's decision to venture to the crime-infested cities down below wasn't a good one (like he was never in any danger up in Pickaxe?) For this reason, she'll leave the reader feeling unfulfilled. (view spoiler)[Despite Qwill solving the mystery; despite him apprehending one of the persons responsible for the murders, the Casablanca burns down - Qwill barely escapes with Koko and Yum Yum before the top floors of the building explode. The other persons responsible for the murders, as well as the destruction of the Casablanca, will end up getting away with it, and there's nothing that Qwill can do to stop it. He won't even try - the true villains have too much power "down below" - he was crazy ever thinking it was a good idea to go back, so he's washing his hands of the city for good and returning to Pickaxe. (hide spoiler)] So while it leaves a bit of a sour taste in my mouth, I must still give The Cat Who Lived High 4 out of 5 stars. Pfft... Thanks for the novel, Lilian!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    My least favorite book in this series. Braun doesn't seem to like any of her characters and neither do I. Hard to get invested in the situation. Also, at the end, I feel the story is incomplete. Pretty sure I know who destroyed the building, pretty sure I know who the murderer was, and pretty sure the shooting on the freeway was just some random incident and some thug just stole Q's car and then became a victim himself. But the book does not feel satisfactorily resolved/explained. And I would ha My least favorite book in this series. Braun doesn't seem to like any of her characters and neither do I. Hard to get invested in the situation. Also, at the end, I feel the story is incomplete. Pretty sure I know who destroyed the building, pretty sure I know who the murderer was, and pretty sure the shooting on the freeway was just some random incident and some thug just stole Q's car and then became a victim himself. But the book does not feel satisfactorily resolved/explained. And I would have liked it better if Q had actually talked to Lt. Hames, the detective, explained his findings and been assured the crimes would be addressed. Most appropriate adjective for this book: Unsatisfactory.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    One of my favorite Cat Who books.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Possibly one of the best in the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joy Gerbode

    Of course I liked it, having a favorite "sleuth" and a beloved pair of cats as characters. The mystery is solved in the book to my satisfaction. However, there is other story line that really ... isn't resolved. I know there are lots of books in the series, but I don't have the feeling this is to be re-addressed in a future book, just that it is left hanging. Of course I liked it, having a favorite "sleuth" and a beloved pair of cats as characters. The mystery is solved in the book to my satisfaction. However, there is other story line that really ... isn't resolved. I know there are lots of books in the series, but I don't have the feeling this is to be re-addressed in a future book, just that it is left hanging.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chazzi

    This time Qwill and the cats have been offered a chance to live in the top floor apartment of an old historic building. A chance for them to spend the winter out of the cold and snow of Pickax. Granted they will be living Down Below in Qwill's old haunts, but it will be a bit warmer. So Qwill packs up Koko and Yum Yum's blue cushion and commode and away they go! They arrive to find the Casablanca apartment building in serious condition, filled with a motley cast of tenants, history and mystery. I This time Qwill and the cats have been offered a chance to live in the top floor apartment of an old historic building. A chance for them to spend the winter out of the cold and snow of Pickax. Granted they will be living Down Below in Qwill's old haunts, but it will be a bit warmer. So Qwill packs up Koko and Yum Yum's blue cushion and commode and away they go! They arrive to find the Casablanca apartment building in serious condition, filled with a motley cast of tenants, history and mystery. It is also in need of saving and restoration or it will be torn down to make room for a huge new residential and business complex. Qwill decides that it could be saved and that the Klingenshoen Foundation could foot the bill. He also finds that the previous tenant of the sublet apartment was murdered and her lover committed suicide in and around the apartment! When Koko discovers blood in the carpet under a piece of furniture the hunt for the real truth of the murder is under way. Qwill also finds that in the three years he's been away Down Under has gone through big changes. Many of his friends and colleagues have moved on and many of his old haunts have been renovated. It isn't the same as he left it. Will Qwill and the cats stay the whole winter? Will the Klingenshoen Foundation fund the restoration of the Casablanca? Was it really murder with a side of suicide or a double homicide? Another quick and fun read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    Another excellent book from this wonderful author. While not a fan of cats, I am totally enjoying every one of these books. I'm reading them in succession and find her writing over time improved and the stories more intriguing. She has made her readers love her community of characters in the county "400 miles north of everywhere." Another excellent book from this wonderful author. While not a fan of cats, I am totally enjoying every one of these books. I'm reading them in succession and find her writing over time improved and the stories more intriguing. She has made her readers love her community of characters in the county "400 miles north of everywhere."

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    FIRST READ: With this in mind, he decides to venture "Down Below"--the local's derogatory term for the city--where he moves into temporary quarters at the Casablanca , a colorful 1920's apartment building he hopes to save from the demolition crews. But things are off to dubious beginnings when Qwill gets trapped in the elevator shaft, and is later accosted by an irate matron wielding a lethal cane. SECOND READ: Worse things are still to come, when Qwill discovers that his penthouse is covered wit FIRST READ: With this in mind, he decides to venture "Down Below"--the local's derogatory term for the city--where he moves into temporary quarters at the Casablanca , a colorful 1920's apartment building he hopes to save from the demolition crews. But things are off to dubious beginnings when Qwill gets trapped in the elevator shaft, and is later accosted by an irate matron wielding a lethal cane. SECOND READ: Worse things are still to come, when Qwill discovers that his penthouse is covered with wall to wall mushrooms. Yes, mushrooms. Can Koko save he day, or will he find the high life to intoxicating? The highhearted silliness of this popular series is in full force here, with Qwill finding himself once again totally at the mercy of his two Siamese and buddies. It gets to the point to where he can hardly wait to get back to his home. Okay read!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Uglyoldwitch

    They're like candy. I can't help myself. Give me a Lilian Jackson Brown book, two hours, and a bathtub -- and I'll have a cavity. I love her writing, I adore the siamese cats, and Qwill is a great character. Candy. M&M's in book-form. They're like candy. I can't help myself. Give me a Lilian Jackson Brown book, two hours, and a bathtub -- and I'll have a cavity. I love her writing, I adore the siamese cats, and Qwill is a great character. Candy. M&M's in book-form.

  14. 5 out of 5

    CR

    Definitely one of my favorites. Braun has fun with character work, and she's also quite adept at making a good setting a character as well. Definitely one of my favorites. Braun has fun with character work, and she's also quite adept at making a good setting a character as well.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susan Webb

    what a crazy book! But at least Koko saved the day!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Piepie

    These books are quirky and more than a little hilarious. Koko is up to his usual cleverness in this one. It's an interesting installment, and contains colorful characters typical of this series. These books are quirky and more than a little hilarious. Koko is up to his usual cleverness in this one. It's an interesting installment, and contains colorful characters typical of this series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nathalie

    THE CAT WHO LIVED HIGH along with THE CAT WHO READ BACKWARDS and THE CAT WHO ATE DANISH MODERN are my top three favorites of the Koko and Yumyum mysteries and yes, Jim Qwilleran (with that "ridiculous W") too of course. In this one, Jim, as founder of the uber wealthy K-Fund, is called upon by some of his old friends in Junk Town to rescue the ageing and dilapidated Casablanca, a 1920s apartment building previously known as the go-to address of anyone who was anyone and fabulously rich in that h THE CAT WHO LIVED HIGH along with THE CAT WHO READ BACKWARDS and THE CAT WHO ATE DANISH MODERN are my top three favorites of the Koko and Yumyum mysteries and yes, Jim Qwilleran (with that "ridiculous W") too of course. In this one, Jim, as founder of the uber wealthy K-Fund, is called upon by some of his old friends in Junk Town to rescue the ageing and dilapidated Casablanca, a 1920s apartment building previously known as the go-to address of anyone who was anyone and fabulously rich in that heady era. One of my favorite characters in this book is the ultra chic on a budget Courtney who invites Jim and a neighbor to dinner at his (by necessity) aggressively spare and modernistic apartment(he, after all, lives at the low-rent Casablanca). Most memorable (to me) is Courtney's derogatory description of a neighbor "He jooooogs...." and Courtney's epic THE CASABLANCA CAT HOUSE chorus number in the libretto he has written. Of course, to get the full effect, you MUST listen to this book on CD read by the amazing George Guidall who is my mind IS Jim Qwilleran. His photo even matches the author's description of Jim's looks. George's Siamese cat yowling have delighted our household for years and we enjoy yowling Siamese-style right along with George Guidall. Yep, we're weird that way!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Penny Griffin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Alright well, not sure if you read any of my other reviews of this so I will say again... boy, there is a lot of suicide related content in these books. After this book, I find myself wishing I could ask the author about any connections she may have had to suicide. That aside, I didn't like this installment of the series as much as others. This may be a spoiler but I was definitely disappointed that Yum Yum basically slept through the entire book. Even overall I would like to see more Yum Yum in Alright well, not sure if you read any of my other reviews of this so I will say again... boy, there is a lot of suicide related content in these books. After this book, I find myself wishing I could ask the author about any connections she may have had to suicide. That aside, I didn't like this installment of the series as much as others. This may be a spoiler but I was definitely disappointed that Yum Yum basically slept through the entire book. Even overall I would like to see more Yum Yum in all of the books to be honest. Qwill's hot and cold interest in the building was also just bland. I understand he seemed to be concerned about the fate of the current tenants if the building were restored but then he does absolutely nothing about it. If he had any real concerns, he could have restored the building but insisted that current tenants remain at their current lease rates. Instead he just washes his hands of the whole thing. Even given the tragedy of the fire, he doesn't stick around to help anyone. He just bolts back to Pick Axe. And when the hell is this guy going to learn to not invite killers over for a drink, one on one, and then antagonize them into attacking him?? It is an ending climax that is repeated often in the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rage

    I didn't remember reading this before, so a lot of the story came as a surprise to me! Qwilleran heads down south to "Junktown," a crime-infested urban center where he's been asked to preserve a historical building. This leads to a series of conversations where Q is mostly asking people how to spell their names and weather delivered with a summary of the day's grisly slayings. Funny, if you don't take it too seriously. There's also a lot about sensuous mushroom paintings and a bunch of colorful I didn't remember reading this before, so a lot of the story came as a surprise to me! Qwilleran heads down south to "Junktown," a crime-infested urban center where he's been asked to preserve a historical building. This leads to a series of conversations where Q is mostly asking people how to spell their names and weather delivered with a summary of the day's grisly slayings. Funny, if you don't take it too seriously. There's also a lot about sensuous mushroom paintings and a bunch of colorful characters(view spoiler)[, including a woman who drunkenly flashes Q and whose despair prompts him to share his own tormented past (hide spoiler)] . It felt a bit more "mature" (and less cozy) than I think the later books are, although that might be a side-effect of the urban setting. The cats are especially catlike. I love these characters, as I've mentioned before, just because of nostalgia & also the quality of the writing (even if the resolution of the mystery comes a bit out of the blue).

  20. 5 out of 5

    Xinh

    Normally, I give the books in this series a middle rating because they're just okay to me. But this one just bothered me. First, it's like the author had a stick up her ass about how much better it is to live in the country than the city because the city is a dark and dangerous place. Except that in the books that take place in the country, she's killed off characters left and right. Second, the author wrote the first 3 books in the late 60s and set the books in that time period. Then she took a Normally, I give the books in this series a middle rating because they're just okay to me. But this one just bothered me. First, it's like the author had a stick up her ass about how much better it is to live in the country than the city because the city is a dark and dangerous place. Except that in the books that take place in the country, she's killed off characters left and right. Second, the author wrote the first 3 books in the late 60s and set the books in that time period. Then she took a 15+ year break and when she came back, she started writing the books again, picking up on the main character where she left him. Except that she decided to set the books in the time period in which she was living. So all of a sudden, the main character is now dealing with computers and microwaves and whispers of AIDS. The plots are fine but the inconsistencies are annoying.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Ugh. I used to love this series, but something has gone wrong. The dialog in this one is stiff and unrealistic. It ended in the fastest, most unorganized way possible and left half of the plot unresolved. There were no clues anywhere to let you try and guess about the culprit. The whole thing was one meandering stroll from meal to meal with one boring person after another.

  22. 4 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . I like the main character in this series and his hometown characteristics. It's fun to tag along and experience his quirky lifestyle. I don't care for cats, but his don't demand too much attention. Happily jumping along through these adventures. . I like the main character in this series and his hometown characteristics. It's fun to tag along and experience his quirky lifestyle. I don't care for cats, but his don't demand too much attention. Happily jumping along through these adventures.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brena Chan

    I used to really like the cat who books, but know I just cannot stand how arrogant and pompous the main character is.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Les Wilson

    Another good read from E J B. Not read a bad one yet.

  25. 5 out of 5

    itchy

    this book is full of fungi of course qwill would make a killing (view spoiler)[playing scrabble (hide spoiler)] this book is full of fungi of course qwill would make a killing (view spoiler)[playing scrabble (hide spoiler)]

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Thought I had read all of this series!! Was a pleasure to find one I hadn't! Prefer the Up North books, but as usual a fun read! Thought I had read all of this series!! Was a pleasure to find one I hadn't! Prefer the Up North books, but as usual a fun read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeanmarie Jones

    Oh I liked this adventure!!!! While not in Pickax, it was fun to watch the mystery unfold as Jim Qwilleran and the cats heads back to the city. And wait until you get to chapter 13!!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jm

    Fun little mystery read for over the holidays. A detective and his cats answer a past friend's plea to help save a historically meaningful building from a developer's wreckingball and gets drawn into murder and sinister misdeeds. The human is mystified, as he charms the ladies, smooths down his copious mustache, learns to play Scrabble, and eats his way through urban renewal. Thank goodness there are two cats on the case! They totally beat him at Scrabble too. I know this is part of a series, but Fun little mystery read for over the holidays. A detective and his cats answer a past friend's plea to help save a historically meaningful building from a developer's wreckingball and gets drawn into murder and sinister misdeeds. The human is mystified, as he charms the ladies, smooths down his copious mustache, learns to play Scrabble, and eats his way through urban renewal. Thank goodness there are two cats on the case! They totally beat him at Scrabble too. I know this is part of a series, but it is the first one I have read. Overall, I got what I hoped for - a fun, easy read with a bit of a mystery thrill. Cats are always good, in my book, if they are written about by someone who knows and likes them, as this author seems to. First, the cons: The premise is a little unbelievable for me, and I grew up in a big metropolitan era, urban blight, and watched flight to the suburbs. It's too convenient, the way things fall onto the reporter/amateur detective's plate. Things I get curious about were not followed up on. The ending got a very slap-dash, hokey treatment that felt at odds to the detailed descriptions of the imperiled building and its tenants. It felt like this could have been a better book, had it been longer and more attention given to the characters and plot. It is, however, a good mystery with details and whimsey ... with faint mentions of death. The pros: The author sketches characters rather well. I'd like to go out to coffee with some of them. I enjoyed the premise of renewal being about both a building and the people in it. There is some nice humourous writing throughout the book. I like the structure of the story, which I won't go into because it would be Mighty Spoiler-y. Definitely check this one out at the library!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I am getting extremely annoyed with this app. Every since the last update, I cannot write my rambling opinion of the book I just read. I have a go-back and a go-forward button on my key board. Touch them now and I lose all I have typed and am sent to another page. I am not perfect typist. So short and to the point. This is the 11th book in The Cat Who . . . series and it is just as good as the previous ones. I find this cozy mystery series featuring a retired newspaper journialist and his two Sia I am getting extremely annoyed with this app. Every since the last update, I cannot write my rambling opinion of the book I just read. I have a go-back and a go-forward button on my key board. Touch them now and I lose all I have typed and am sent to another page. I am not perfect typist. So short and to the point. This is the 11th book in The Cat Who . . . series and it is just as good as the previous ones. I find this cozy mystery series featuring a retired newspaper journialist and his two Siamese cats a great way to spend a few hours enjoying myself with a book. Qwilleran, along with his two beloved pets, are headed to Down Below to spend the winter in the city. His reasoning is to enjoy the culture and diversity that a city offers without the harsh winters he has been living through. An old acquaintance has asked himto save a treasured landmark, one of the original apartment buildings built at the beginning of the 1900's. So this is the excuse Qwill uses when he heads Down Below. Quickly, he realizes that there is soon much smog, congestion and muggings to make life safe in the city. Plus Qwill believes he has stumbled upon a murder or rather two that seems to be accepted as a murder/suicide. Thanks to Qwilleran's mustaches and the super sleuth, Ko Ko, Qwill spoons begins to realize that two murders were committed and the reason is far-fetched but true. Problem is before Qwill can tell the right people, friends up north think he has died and than he really does almost die. Living I the city can kill you just as the citizens of Pickax tried to tell him.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gena Combs

    This book reminded me of an episode of Murder She Wrote, down to the main character's age and profession. That might be common in mysteries, I'm not sure because I'm just now getting into the genre. It was pretty good, except the ending was a little rushed and strange, and the main character was... not a good person. Like there was a scene where he purposefully harassed a woman who was scared of him and followed her around to intimidate her for no good reason, as an example. And it wasn't an isol This book reminded me of an episode of Murder She Wrote, down to the main character's age and profession. That might be common in mysteries, I'm not sure because I'm just now getting into the genre. It was pretty good, except the ending was a little rushed and strange, and the main character was... not a good person. Like there was a scene where he purposefully harassed a woman who was scared of him and followed her around to intimidate her for no good reason, as an example. And it wasn't an isolated incident. And none of that was for any particular reason. The lead is just a big ol' douche and that's just how it is. If you can get past how unlikable he is, it's definitely worth the read. It's also really weird, on that same issue, the way he treats his cats. Like in one scene he'll be cutting up shrimp for them and in another scene he'll kick them so hard they go flying across the room (also his shoe size is specified in the kick which I just felt was... unnecessary? Idk why that was a thing.) If this was an episode of Murder She Wrote, I'd watch it. It's just really weighed down by the main character being so unlikable. Like another thing he does is make fun of people's names for no reason, and as somebody who's never had a cup of coffee spelled correctly, that aggravated me, especially because my dude is named Qwilleran and oughta know better. But again, if you can get past how unlikable the protagonist is it's totally worth the read.

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