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The Cat Who Wasn't There (1992)

de Lilian Jackson Braun

Séries: The Cat Who... (14)

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Persuaded to join a tour of Scotland, Jim Qwilleran finds his enjoyment of the trip threatened when a jewel thief swipes a suitcase, the bus driver vanishes, a fellow tourist is found dead, and Polly is tailed by the Pickax Prowler.
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Qwilleran goes on a trip to the Scottish Highlands with a group from Moose County (but without, of course, his cats Koko and Yum Yum). Sixteen set out, but only fifteen return alive. Was the death foul play? And how can Koko solve this murder that happened thousands of miles away?

A few years ago, I read through this series to figure out where it jumped the shark. This is a solid entry, though not one of the best ones. If you're a fan of cozy mysteries and somehow haven't found this series yet, start at the beginning. ( )
  foggidawn | Jan 29, 2020 |
The 14th Û_Cat Who‰Û_ book was set up by a cliffhanger in the previous installment. Polly has been frightened by a potential kidnapper and Qwill races home early from his sojourn in the Big Potato mountains to make sure she stays safe. Another event from the previous book has repercussions here ‰ÛÒ the deaths of Dr. Hal Goodwinter and his wife. As a result of this double loss, their daughter Dr. Melinda Goodwinter returns to Pickax to take over the family medical practice. I never liked Melinda because she was too young for Qwill and her interest in him seemed mercenary; but more annoyingly, she insisted on calling him ‰ÛÏLover.‰Û Koko wanted no part of her, either, and it turned out we were both right.

Just after Qwill returns home, a local woman named Irma Hasselrich announces a trip to Scotland for prominent residents of Pickax. Qwill‰Ûªs mother, as we and Polly know VERY well, was a Mackintosh; and since this is also a great opportunity to get Polly out of harms way for awhile, they become members of the Bonnie Scots tour group. So does Dr. Melinda, which leads to some uncomfortable moments when this aggressive female tries to renew her former relationship with Qwill. There are some interesting descriptions of the Scottish countryside and the various dramas that are inevitable among people who spend a lot of time together on a bus. Unfortunately, a jewel theft and an unexpected death cause the premature end of the trip.

Back in Pickax, a production of MacBeth is in rehearsals, Dr. Melinda plans an unprecedented estate sale at the Goodwinter mansion, and there is a big Teddy Bear Heist in the neighborhood. These events occupy the local attention and culminate in a shocking kidnapping ‰ÛÒ but the victim is NOT Polly! With assistance from Koko, Qwill has been piecing the mystery together. He saves the day and unmasks a murderer.

Another development - which I expected because I read book #19 before I started the series from the beginning ‰ÛÒ is the romance that develops between Qwill‰Ûªs oldest friend, Arch Riker, and his friend Mildred Hanstable. (Arch had been involved with Amanda Goodwinter but they were never serious about each other.) All in all, this was an entertaining entry in the series

Originally published: 1993

Body Count: Two: Irma Hasselrich (Poison) and Melinda Goodwinter (Suicide). And the kidnapping victim was ‰ÛÒ YumYum! But of course she is returned unharmed and none the worse for wear, as there are at least a dozen more Cat Who... books to go.

Preceded by: The Cat Who Moved a Mountain

Next Up: The Cat Who Went into the Closet ( )
  AngeH | Jan 2, 2020 |
I couldn't put it down. I ended up staying up a little late to finish it. ( )
  nx74defiant | Dec 13, 2017 |
I was told I should be able to pick up any of these Cat Who books and understand what's going on without reading the previous. Um, not entirely true. This book doesn't really introduce characters and if I hadn't known the two main cats were Siamese, I'd be completely lost. The book sat without me even considering trying to read it for almost a month.

I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters, but I couldn't get into it in the least to connect with them in the first place. That's just a bad sign to me, so I mark a dud and keep on moving. ( )
  gilroy | Sep 21, 2017 |
I haven't read any other books in the series. I wasn't expecting high literature, but I was expecting an engaging mystery, probably humorous, and I was really disappointed. Details which would help you solve the mystery are left out at the end (I felt like a grumpy Poirot when the details were revealed). The plot progressed extremely slowly, with lots of unnecessary detail, and honestly not enough pizazz. The writing is dull. The cats played a very minor role (I hoped from the bank cover that the cats would be solving the mystery. They just meow and lick things.) Furthermore, it's supposed to be set in the rural north (I inferred far north Maine), but the depiction of small town life is not very convincing. I finished it, but only put of a sense of obligation to discover the murderer. ( )
  mayhplumb | Jun 15, 2017 |
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In late August, sixteen residents of Moose County, a remote part of the United States 400 miles north of everywhere, traveled to Scotland for a tour of the Western Isles and Highlands, lochs and moors, castles and crofts, firths and straths, burns and braes, fens and bens and glens.
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