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The Cat Who Played Post Office (1987)

de Lilian Jackson Braun

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Inheriting unexpected millions has left reporter Jim Qwilleran looking like the cat who swallowed the canary. While his two Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum, adjust to being fat cats in an enormous mansion, Qwilleran samples the life-styles of the rich and famous by hiring a staff of eccentric servants. A missing housemaid and a shocking murder soon show him the unsavoury side of the upper crust. But it's Koko's purr-fect propensity for clues amid the caviar and champagne that gives Qwilleran pause to evaluate the most unlikely suspects...before his taste for the good life turns into his last meal.… (mais)
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Such a fun story. I did note however that it took over half of the book to get back to the first chapter ( )
  Wanda-Gambling | May 9, 2020 |
I am almost positive this was the first ÛÏThe Cat Who‰Û_‰Û book I ever read - many, many years ago. In the past I‰Ûªve read them as I found them and I believe they stand on their own; but I‰Ûªm really enjoying this chronological march through Qwill‰Ûªs adventures. Also, my memory is for shit anymore so it‰Ûªs like reading them all for the first time. Anyway, the 6th book in the series is a good one.

This time, Qwill's beat was ... being a millionaire.

Having decided to take the offer he couldn‰Ûªt refuse, he and the cats are residing in splendor in Aunt Fanny‰Ûªs palatial mansion in Pickax and trying to figure out how to be wealthy. Rosemary is officially history and he is now dating Melinda Goodwinter, the young doctor from the last book. She apparently was able to overcome her reservations about his advanced age after he came into all that money. (I just don't like her. For one thing, she has a really annoying habit of calling him ‰ÛÏLover.‰Û I hope he gives her the heave-ho in the next book.) Besides Melinda, he meets a bewildering variety of other Goodwinters, as that seems to be the surname of half the town - they were a founding family, most made their fortune in mining.

In addition to Goodwinters, the new Moose County location provides much opportunity for humor, with its unique characters and customs and Qwill‰Ûªs fish out of water story. I enjoyed the reappearance of people we've met before - one of the advantages of reading the books in order. Iris Cobb, his wacky Junktown landlady from ‰ÛωÛ_On and Off‰Û is now a widow, so she moves in to become his housekeeper. Arch Riker comes for a visit and we learn that he and his wife Rosie have separated. Frank and Lori are back, Lori is pregnant and becomes Qwill's part time secretary.

As the novel opens, an accident has caused Qwill to suffer a brief bout of amnesia so we get a lot of clues to his past courtesy of Arch Riker, who tries to jog his memory. They‰Ûªve been friends since kindergarten. Qwill was in the service. He became a top crime reporter and did many assignments overseas, winning journalism prizes. He wrote a bestselling book about urban crime. His mother died when he was in college. He married his wife (name: Miriam) in Scotland and they have been divorced for about 10 years; her family was wealthy and it‰Ûªs hinted that they were involved in some shady stuff.

Although the tone was light, the body count was unusually high in this one. The mystery this time involves the disappearance of a maid 5 years ago, and Koko is really integral to solving the case; his increased involvement is something I really enjoyed.

All in all, a very enjoyable outing in the series.

Originally published: 1987

Body Count: 5 Daisy Mull, the artistic, pregnant maid (thrown down a mine shaft); Della Mull, her mother (poison); Tiffany, her friend (gun); Penelope Goodwinter (murder or possibly suicide); Alexander Goodwinter (plane crash or possibly suicide.)

Preceded by: The Cat Played Brahms

Next Up: The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare ( )
  AngeH | Jan 2, 2020 |
It was a really good book. I really enjoy Mystery books because I like trying to guess who did what, although at times it makes me look a little crazy talking to a book. It started out a little slow for my taste at the beginning but it started to pick up around chapter 5. I found myself trying to guess who did it after it started to pick up. I had 4 suspects, 2 of them was right and another one that I didn't see coming. If you want to find who did it your just going to have to read the book.

It was about a guy named Jim Qwilleran he responds to an inheritance that an old lady had left him of a mansion and millions of dollars in the town of Pickax. In the terms of the inheritance he has to live there for 5 years and take care of the mansion or he gets nothing. As he adjusts to the big house, he finds out that a local girl disappeared 5 years prier to his arrival and she use to work at the mansion, everyone in town believes that she just ran off but Qwill believes other wise. As he explores the house more and more he starts to become suspicious. With the help of his kitty's Koko and Yum Yum he begins to piece together the real story of what really happened.

Melinda Goodwinter: I found her to rather annoying. When she talked to Qwill she ended all her sentences with the word "Lover." That was so annoying, I just wanted to yell at her and say "Stop saying lover, I get it your sleeping with the guy just SHUT THE HELL UP." She was a little snobby for my taste too.

Amanda Goodwinter: The cousin of Melinda. She is just a snobby bitch. She didn't like anything and she frowned upon everyone and everything everyone did.

Koko: On of Qwill's cats. He reminded me of my own cat. Everything the cat did knock things over, moving thing around, playing with things that he shouldn't touch and other things made me think of my cat.

Qwill: He is slightly nosy. But his heart's in the right place. ( )
  Sam-Teegarden | Jun 2, 2018 |
Jim Qwilleran and his cats have moved into a mansion as befits his status as a millionaire. There is a shocking murder and Qwill and Koko have to solve it before Qwill falls victim too. ( )
  gypsysmom | May 10, 2018 |
Qwill has decided to abide by the terms of the will and live in the small community of Pickax and the Klingenschoen mansion in order to inherit millions. Of course, he'd rather nose about solving a murder mystery. Fortunately (for him) the former housemaid seems to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances and he and his Siamese, Koko, are on the case.
While the antics of Koko are amusing and within the realm of possibility for a cat, less believable is the high incidence of murder in this small community as well as Qwill's continued involvement with a different younger woman in every book. I'll keep reading, though, because the cast of characters is so entertaining, and usually the whodunit mystery is not telegraphed so far ahead or is at least complicated enough with several likely suspects as to keep me guessing. ( )
  EmScape | Sep 16, 2017 |
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Inheriting unexpected millions has left reporter Jim Qwilleran looking like the cat who swallowed the canary. While his two Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum, adjust to being fat cats in an enormous mansion, Qwilleran samples the life-styles of the rich and famous by hiring a staff of eccentric servants. A missing housemaid and a shocking murder soon show him the unsavoury side of the upper crust. But it's Koko's purr-fect propensity for clues amid the caviar and champagne that gives Qwilleran pause to evaluate the most unlikely suspects...before his taste for the good life turns into his last meal.

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