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The Cat Who Sang for the Birds is undeniably trashy fun. Jim Mackintosh Qwilleran and his dynamic feline duo, Koko and Yum-Yum, join forces once again to conquer the never-ending evil forces in rural Moose County. In this gripping installment of Brau...

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6.00 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 1.26 (d)

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The Cat Who Sang for the Birds is undeniably trashy fun. Jim Mackintosh Qwilleran and his dynamic feline duo, Koko and Yum-Yum, join forces once again to conquer the never-ending evil forces in rural Moose County. In this gripping installment of Brauns Cat series, middle-aged, curmudgeonly reporter Qwilleran is pitted against a popular local politician, Chet Ramsbottom.

The opening of the County Art Center heralds a new crime wave: Missing artwork, breaking and entering, and the increasingly foul language of a green parrot named Jasper suggest that something is wrong in this quiet corner of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, on the south shore of Lake Superior. Qwilleran himself cries foul when a neighbor, Maude Coggin, dies in an unstoppable fire in her home immediately after selling off the bulk of her valuable farm. Who bought the farm out from under the old woman? Qwilleran and his usual cast of characters, including longtime girlfriend Polly Duncan and his newspaper buddy Arch Riker, determine to find out.

At Mrs. Coggins funeral, Qwilleran turns his sharp eye to the crowd, checking for any missing faces. One noticeable minus is Beverly Forfar, the director of the Art Center, who was only too happy to see the eyesore across the road burn to the ground. Is she involved? Was the fire intentional? Or is Ms. Forfar simply more concerned with aesthetics than human life? The answer to his questions about the farm lie within the Art Center, but not as Qwilleran expects to find them.

And what of the mysterious happenings at the Art Center? Someone is entering the center late at night and watching movies in the Click Club. Nothing is missing, but the culprits leave something behind — the acrid smell of cigarette smoke. No one who works at the center smokes, particularly since Beverly laid down the rules, so it cant be an inside job, but there is no sign of forced entry. The movie fans must have a key. Since we know that crimes in Moose County dont occur independently of one another, Qwilleran searches for the link between the Art Center and Maude Coggins land.

The ownership of the land seems to be his only clue. Via a string of seemingly unrelated occurrences — an urgent letter, a furry package on his front step, and the arrival of Painted Lady butterflies — Qwilleran learns that the land is owned by Northern Land Improvement, aka XYZ Enterprises, a Ramsbottom operation. Celia Robinson, Qwillerans partner against crime, does a little reconnaissance work and discovers that the old Coggin Farm is held by Margaret Ramsbottom, the politicians wife! What is Chet trying to hide by putting the deed in Margarets name?

With the help of the whimsically named Rollo McBee, Qwilleran finds a rusty coffee can sealed with electrical tape beneath the charred remains of Mrs. Coggins outhouse. One hundred thousand dollars has been vacuum-packed in fresh grounds. Qwillerans efforts to find the heirs lead him on a final manic goose chase through the artist community of Moose County and cause him to experiment with a new and unsavory cuisine — barbecue! The can is the final clue, and the cause of Qwills ultimate triumph.

The Cat Who Sang for the Birds promises to please avid Braun fans and mystery lovers alike as it leads readers on a fast-paced romp through a crime-ridden rural town, 400 miles north of everywhere.

—Sharon Cleary

A few words about book's author

Lilian Jackson Braun

For nearly four decades, cat lover Lilian Jackson Braun has been turning out mysteries in her The Cat Who...series, starring multifaceted sleuth Jim Qwilleran and his two helpful cats, Koko and Yum Yum. Wryly but tamely written, Brauns books prove that quaintness and crime need not be mutually exclusive.


The history of Lilian Jackson Braun is perhaps as exciting and mysterious as her novels. Between 1966 and 1968, she published three novels to critical acclaim: The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern and The Cat Who Turned On and Off. In 1966, The New York Times labeled Braun, the new detective of the year. Then, for reasons unknown, the rising mystery author disappeared from the publishing scene. It wasnt until 1986 that the Berkley Publishing Group reintroduced Braun to the public with the publication of an original paperback, The Cat Who Saw Red. Within two years, Berkeley released four new novels in paperback and reprinted the three mysteries from the sixties. G.P. Putnams Sons has since published seventeen Cat Who... novels, among them The Cat Who Went Up The Creek, The Cat Who Smelled a Rat, The Cat Who Robbed The Bank, The Cat Who Saw Stars, The Cat Who Tailed a Thief, The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, The Cat Who Said Cheese, The Cat Who Came to Breakfast, The Cat Who Went Into The Closet, The Cat Who Wasnt There, The Cat Who Moved The Mountain, The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal, The Cat Who Lived High, The Cat who Talked to Ghosts, The Cat Who Went Underground, The Cat Who Sniffed Glue, The Cat Who Saw Stars, and The Cat Who Sang For the Birds. Even though Braun claims that her cats have never done anything extraordinary, her fictional cats, Koko and Yum Yum, solve crimes and delight fans in book after book. Braun says the reason for her success is that people are simply tired of all the blood. I write what is called the classic mystery. She says that while not all mystery fans like cats, all cat-fanciers seem to like mysteries. That makes for a large audience, since 26% of all American households own 53.9 million cats between them. Braun was the Good Living editor of The Detroit Free Press for 29 years. Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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