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In this latest installment, prizewinning reporter Jim Qwilleran—along with his lovable Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum—solve a mystery that arises when a local banker dies under suspicious circumstances, leaving behind a flashy young widow, an unfinished house-restoration project, and a trail of clues as elusive as a cat burglar in the night . . ....

Title : The Cat Who Tailed a Thief
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ISBN : 9780515122404
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Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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The Cat Who Tailed a Thief Reviews

  • James
    2018-11-15 22:38

    Final Thoughts4 out of 5 stars to The Cat Who Tailed a Thief, the 19th book in the "Cat Who" cozy mystery series, written in 1997 by Lilian Jackson Braun. In this gem, the author takes on the classic mystery tale of a wealthy man who dies under murky circumstances, leaving behind a larger inheritance and a very young wife. Was it a burglary gone wrong, or did someone think they were getting that money? Could it be the wife? Children? Other family or a ruthless foundation? Qwill knows something is wrong, and that cat won't stop acting strange. Another good story in this series. I enjoyed the ending in this one and was happy with the mystery as a whole. We're getting towards the end of this series... only a few more reviews to write up this week. For fans of the series, you'll like this book.About MeFor 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, 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.

  • Ange H
    2018-10-29 01:17

    I haven't read one of these books in years, but this one reminds me of how consistently entertaining they are. Jim Qwilleran solves mysteries with the help of his Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum who have "psychic powers." This may sound cheesy, but the way they give Jim hints about what is really going on is very subtle: for example knocking a book about poison off a shelf, leading him to ponder how someone really died. Braun creates an appealing world in her books, with a cast of mostly lovable, recurring characters and references to past incidents both in Moose County and Down Below (which I believe are fictional places meant to be places in or near Minnesota). Now that I've dipped my toe back in, I think I may try to read (or in some cases re-read) them all from the beginning, something I always meant to do.Off to Google, to find out which one is first. Okay for my future reference: Here's a list of the Cat Who books in order of publication * = I own it):The Cat Who ... ... Could Read Backwards * ... Ate Danish Modern * ... Turned On and Off * ... Saw Red * ... Played Brahms ... Played Post Office ... Knew Shakespeare * ... Sniffed Glue ... Went Underground * ... Talked to Ghosts ... Lived High ... Knew a Cardinal ... Moved a Mountain * ... Wasn't There ... Went into the Closet ... Came to Breakfast ... Blew the Whistle ... Said Cheese ... Tailed a Thief * ... Sang for the Birds * ... Saw Stars ... Robbed a Bank ... Smelled a Rat ... Went up the Creek ... Brought Down the House ... Talked Turkey ... Went Bananas ... Dropped a Bombshell ... Had 60 Whiskers ... Smelled Smoke

  • Benjamin Thomas
    2018-10-22 20:36

    This morning I finished up Lilian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who Tailed a Thief. This is the 19th book in the series, originally published in 1997; I’ve been working my way through them at the rate of about two to three a year. I was a bit surprised when I looked up this series to find out that this is the 19th book I’ve read so far…tells me my many years of reading are really starting to pile up :)I’ve really endeavored to understand why I like reading these novels so much. They are mystery novels, of which I read my fair share, but the mystery involved with each book is usually pretty straight forward, often clever but not overly complicated. Very often I figure out “who dunnit” before the protagonist does but I still enjoy the unfolding story. These books are considered to be “cozy” mysteries, a sub-genre that usually appeals to female readers, and older females at that. Not exactly the kind of novel that a middle-aged man like myself brags about to the other guys at work. Of course there are exceptions but these books also involve cats. Now I like my own cat but I usually don’t like others people’s cats too much. Add to that the fact that the cats in the Cat Who series are Siamese cats and I really shouldn’t be enjoying them the way I do.I suppose I like them because of the lifestyle led by the characters. There is just something about living in a small town like Pickaxe filled with its peculiar personalities that appeals to me. And I like the protagonist’s (Jim Qwilleran, or Qwill to his friends) circumstances: a journalist by profession who now has the luxury to lead whatever life he desires due to the inheritance of billions of dollars. There is no pressure for him to do anything he doesn’t want to do, so he writes a twice a week column for the local newspaper on the subject of his choice and spends a lot of time enjoying literature, etc…and of course, solving crimes.This particular book lasts for an entire winter in the small town of Pickaxe. There is a petty thief on the loose and Qwill has decided to publish a book of “Short and Tall Tales” reproducing the local legends and stories in one collected compendium. The town is buzzing over the proposed re-development of a downtown Victorian housing area. Most of the story revolves around the interactions of the citizens of the town but Qwill’s suspicions are aroused when the out-of-town slick, well-dressed developer moves in on the action. A prominent citizen dies mysteriously and Qwill is off to the investigation. I great new character is introduced in the form of the local weatherman, Joe “Wetherby Goode” Bunker. I certainly hope to hear more from him in future books.If you’re in the mood for a light mystery, you could certainly do worse than a “Cat Who” book but I do recommend starting at the beginning just so you can get a good feel for all of the characters involved. I still have 13 books to go plus one more reportedly being published soon. Coolness.

  • Carol
    2018-10-31 21:20

    As for pure entertainment and relaxation value, I would rate this book a full four stars. The four star rating is simply because these are short, entertaining novels, not literature. In this episode, Koko and Qwilleran once again team up to solve a mystery, this one involving a thief. Reading is many things to me. I find this series so charming. There are so many returning characters (everyone's a bit eccentric) and things happen to them as the series progresses. But it felt like going back to a restaurant or bar and seeing all the same old regulars. Some people might not appreciate that, if they're looking for more suspense, but I enjoy the writing and the cozy atmosphere. These are kind of like comfort food books for me. At the same time, in this particular story, decent people are brutally murdered. It was a bit frustrating that Qwill seemed so oblivious until the very end, but he wraps things up pretty quickly once he clues in.

  • Rage
    2018-11-08 01:31

    I find this series so charming. There are so many returning characters (everyone's a bit eccentric) and things happen to them as the series progresses. I haven't read any "cat who..." books in several years, but it felt like going back to a restaurant or bar and seeing all the same old regulars. Some people might not appreciate that, if they're looking for more suspense, but I enjoy the writing and the cozy atmosphere. These are kind of like comfort food books for me? At the same time, in this particular story, decent people are brutally murdered. It was a bit frustrating that Qwill seemed so oblivious until the very end, but he wraps things up pretty quickly once he clues in.

  • Holly
    2018-11-01 22:24

    I frickin' love all of these books! My aunt was a big fan but I only discovered them myself about a year ago. Ever since, I've been reading them in order for pure pleasure in between more "serious" books. I never give a crap about whodunnit, I just love hanging out with Qwill and his Siamese and all the recurring characters in his small town 400 miles north of everywhere. The writing is excellent, the characters are charming, and just enough changes with every book to keep it interesting while retaining all that cozy familiarity I love.

  • Melissa
    2018-10-27 20:42

    Book #52 read in 2010This book had a slow and rambling start. It picked up about three-fourths of the way through the book to a satisfying end.

  • Heather
    2018-11-03 18:25

    Wetherby called to him, "Shall I pour you a Squunk water?""No, I need something stronger," Qwilleran said. "Open a ginger ale."

  • Christina
    2018-11-03 21:39

    I really enjoy this series! I like the characters and the cats. A fun, quick read!

  • Peggy
    2018-11-09 02:36

    Delightful as usual .

  • Anne Nerison
    2018-10-20 19:22

    Looks like I have a new (old) cozy series to enjoy! Koko and Yum Yum are great co-conspirators for Qwilleran, and I liked the main character, a newspaper man in the little town of Pickax. The mystery was sufficiently complex and unique, full of little twists that kept me guessing. The characters are full of life and little quirks that make them seem real, too. One of the only downsides for me was that it was hard to keep the characters straight, but that could be because a good chunk of this book was read at a trade show, with plenty of interruptions. I suppose it's time to allow one more cat-mystery series into my life. (I'm also curious to know if the Short and Tall Tales Qwill collected throughout are the stories that appear in Braun's collection of the same name. If so, that makes me more likely to pick it up!)

  • Kirsti
    2018-11-07 20:31

    Another of my favorites in the series, because it introduces another of my favorite characters, the weatherman, Wetherby Goode. As always, Qwill has moved residence, and is staying in indian village. It means he has convenient access to Polly. I liked the collecting of the Short and Tall tales, and I liked the mystery of Danielle and her 'cousin' Carter Lee James. Mosca is a funny inclusion as well. I love the lighthearted approach to mystery here, and the personal interest Qwill had in the case, because of Lynette. Koko is as astute as always, and my vocabulary always goes up a notch from reading these. I have to think that Lilian herself was very well read and informed, especially on Shakespeare and other great authors and playwrights.Will move on now, and maybe try something a little different from this series, before returning to it. I hired out almost the entire collection from my library for the holiday period, so we'll see how I go.

  • E.F.
    2018-10-23 01:35

    I won't rate this series since I don't listen to it for the characters, plot, or story; I listen to this series when I have trouble sleeping or I'm anxious. Thanks to a wonderful narrator, unarresting storylines, uncomplicated mysteries, and soporific dialogue, I've fallen asleep to these books many a night. I'm perhaps not the target demographic for these books, but I enjoy the audio version very much since its more engaging than white noise, but not so much as to keep me awake. Light and a little silly, I recommend these to other sleep challenged individuals who want to rest safely with easy stories.To be fair, I should mention I really enjoyed the stories as a child, and have enjoyed listening to them again, albeit for a different reason!

  • Shannon
    2018-11-10 02:30

    SIGH. It wasn't a terrible listen, but the story is so overwhelmed by the obnoxious Qwill that it's hard to enjoy it as the simple cozy mystery it is. Also, bone to pick with the misogynist Qwill, who is older than Lynette in the book (who had recently turned 40), yet keeps describing her like a senior citizen!! While he considers himself in his prime! Cue GIANT EYEROLL. (Might be overly sensitive to this as my 40th birthday is rapidly approaching, but since I'm not particularly hung up on ages, I think it's just such blatant double-standard that irks me).

  • Monica
    2018-11-17 00:29

    These cat books are mysteries, wrapped up in a "cozy" format. Really, each book is the continuing story of the many characters of Pickaxe and area...and Qwill, Koko, and Yum Yum are there to lead the way. It's always nice to just sink into these easy-to-read books, a quick escape. And of course always another glimpse into the lives of the cats.

  • Berit☀️✨
    2018-10-30 22:33

    Well! I haven't read one of these books in a very long time, and it was really nice to go back to Pick Ax and visit. I love all these characters especially the cats, the cute little mystery he can't quite figure out, but that darn cat gets it! Hopefully there won't be so much time in between my rating of this book and the next book.

  • Brenda
    2018-11-06 00:25

    Yep, boring af. Not gonna read any other of the series.

  • Yani Daniele
    2018-10-25 02:35

    Una historia simple pero entretenida.. si bien desde el principio intuimos quienes son los malechores (aunque los protagonistas ni se enteran hasta el final), es un libro que disfruté mucho, ya sea por los gatitos que hacen aparición, como por la época en que está ambientado (navideña en un pueblito de 3000 habitantes).El protagonista es un hombre que tiene dos gatos siameses muy inteligentes, Koko y Yum Yum, ambos parecen darse cuenta desde el comienzo que las cosas en el pueblo no andan muy bien y que alguien no es de confianza, pero su dueño el señor Q no les ha hecho mucho caso hasta el final.Un libro entretenido, con una narración sencilla, ideal para aquellos que aman los gatos, disfrutan el clima navideño y para los que quieren distraerse con una historia ligera.

  • Alison
    2018-11-17 01:22

    The worst book by far in this series. The mystery was no mystery, far too obvious from early on. Polly is more boring than ever and Quill is like some character from the days when women were subservient to men, deferring to their 'superior' intellect. It's such a shame that his attitude to women isn't made into a fun aspect of the plots in this series, there's certainly enough material. The murdered were interesting characters and it's a shame how disposable people are to enable the world of Pickaxe to continue. If the next book is as poor a read, I will ditch the series.

  • M Harris
    2018-11-08 20:19

    Having read other cat-themed mysteries, namely Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy mysteries, I thought there would be more animal action in this book. I found the storyline to be well-written, with the human-centric parts better than the Mrs. Murphy equivalents. However, I missed the animal action and dialogue.

  • Cheryl
    2018-10-17 20:14

    I'm sorry, but I "read" this on an audio cd which is not my favorite way to read a book. I get easily distracted, so I feel like I missed half of the book. Curse my library for not having all of the books on hand! Other than that, I can't remember much of what happened except that Quill figured out who dun it.

  • Amy Miller
    2018-10-24 01:31

    I LOVED this series! I’ve read them all and rate them all a 5. If you like quirky mysteries this is one you should cover. Jim Qwilleran is my kind of detective ... add in a couple of clever cats & what you have is involved, funny and interesting.

  • Maryf
    2018-11-16 02:12

    I always love reading Beaton stories but this one was kind of slow for me. I think it's because the murder was somewhere else rather than in town. I'm on to the next story which I know is going to be good.

  • Carol
    2018-11-07 00:33

    I think Koko the Siamese cat is smarter than a lot of people I encounter! He did it again, leading Qwill to discover the real thief and murderer. Delightful tale.

  • Alisha
    2018-11-10 19:12

    I loved the mystery in this one and as always, I very much enjoyed the input of Koko.

  • Mark Levandoski
    2018-11-17 19:24

    First read in the series. Stopped a third of the way.Just could not get into it, plus way too many unfamiliar names for me.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-13 01:28

    I do enjoy the older books in this series.

  • Mandy
    2018-11-13 00:33

    I love this series of audio books.

  • Cathy
    2018-11-07 02:12

    Another fun read.

  • Sue
    2018-11-09 00:38

    Qwill and the cats have moved into a condo in Indian Village for the winter, to save on heating costs in the barn. About the time they move, there are a rash of petty thefts with all sorts of warnings to lock up. The new banker Willard Carmichael and his wife Danielle invite Danielle’s cousin to town to help with a restoration project – promising big things with places on the historical preservation list. Then Willard dies on a business trip and soon after Danielle’s cousin’s new wife dies. Qwill’s mustache starts twitching and Koko is sending clues. Can he figure out what’s going on and solve the mysteries? A fun, light read. I liked this more than some of the others I’ve read which felt forced to me. This one seemed to flow along with the usual returning characters along with some new introductions. Characters that were introduced in the previous book return and issues that were part of the previous book are mentioned. I liked that. I’d wondered if the series was getting a bit stale, but I think I’ll keep reading more of them if they continue to flow and build as this one did.