The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare

Lilian Jackson Braun


The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare

The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare

  • Title: The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare
  • Author: Lilian Jackson Braun
  • ISBN: 9780747250388
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback



There s something rotten in the small town of Pickax at least to the sensitive noses of newspaperman Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum An accident has claimed the life of the local paper s eccentric publisher, but to Qwilleran and his feline friends it smells like murder They soon sniff out a shocking secret, but Koko s snooping into an unusual editionThere s something rotten in the small town of Pickax at least to the sensitive noses of newspaperman Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum An accident has claimed the life of the local paper s eccentric publisher, but to Qwilleran and his feline friends it smells like murder They soon sniff out a shocking secret, but Koko s snooping into an unusual edition of Shakespeare may prove CATastrophice somewhere in Pickax a lady loves not wisely but too well, a widow is scandalously merry, and a stranger has a lean and hungry look The stage is set for Qwilleran, Koko, Yum Yum, and the second act of murder most meow


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Book Review4 of 5 stars to The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare, the 7th book in the "Cat Who" series, published in 1988 by Lilian Jackson Braun. At this point, the series is well under way. Qwill has been in Pickax, Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere, for almost a year. He's gotten to know several of the town's residents, taken on a part-time column at the local paper and begun dating Polly Duncan, which will turn out to be a very low-key relationship for at least the next ten books in the ser [...]

In this 7th book in the series, Jim Qwilleran (Quill) - formerly a crime reporter in Chicago - is living in a town called Pickax in Moose Countya region that's '400 miles north of everywhere.' Qwill moved to the nether regions because he's required to live in Pickax for five years to get his inheritance: the Klingenschoen fortune and the Klingenschoen mansion. One of Qwills notable characteristics is his luxuriant moustache, which twitches when something is 'off.'Qwill isn't very interested in t [...]

I'm not a cat person, I'm really not. But you just can't not love these cats. Lilian Jackson Braun really knew how to craft a cozy. Murder and violence happens, but conveniently off-scene. There are lots of lovable and quirky characters in a small town. (Of course, this small town's murder rate must be atrocious!)This is actually one of the better ones. Very enjoyable.

Good, my only problem is that she keeps killing off 2 or more residents of the town in each book. By the time I get to #30 of her books, there won't be any one left in town.

If you've never read any of "The Cat Who." books, you really should. They are a mindless, easy readd really fun! I've read them all, and love them!

Neanche questa avventura, prevalentemente incendiaria , mi ha convinto, ma i libri della serie sono ancora tanti. Ci vorrebbe un po' più di mistero, più interazione felina e gradirei anche sapere qualcosina sulla vita di Jim. Carini gli scheletri negli armadi degli abitanti di Mooseville.

The gym I'm a member of has a shelf of free books to take for your workout, if you happen to be one of those folks who can run, bike and read at the same time. I'm not, but noticed this volume of Braun's "The Cat Who" series while waiting for my friend in the foyer. I'd read many of these books as a kid, and liked them. So, wondering if Braun would hold up to twenty years of life including a college and graduate school education, I took home "The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare." Though not a work of ( [...]

Maybe 2.5 stars if I'm being generous. I'm starting to wonder why I've been continuing with these series. The protagonist is still a selfish, chauvinist pig; the murders are not interesting or of emotionally invested characters; and the suspense in the mystery does not manage to be compelling at all. The only slightly redeeming qualities of these books are the involvement of the cats and reading about the old mansions and antiques. If this series doesn't start getting better like the first few b [...]

A Quick Review of The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare by Lilian Jackson BraunRating: Five StarsGenre: Cozy MysteryDate Published: 1988Series: The Cat Who Series #7General: This book is a cute cozy mystery about a man who has a psychic cat that helps him solve mysteries.Plot: The pace is slower than normal mysteries and has a lot of small-town aspects interwoven into the book. It is definitely a "light" read.Character: The cats are very memorable, and Qwilleran is a fun character. If the reader is alrea [...]

koko trying to (view spoiler)[lick the ceramic glaze off the china plate (hide spoiler)] is by far the funniest thing to happen

I found this to be a charming little mystery. My only complaint is I have no idea why Qwill is a millionaire and why he is living in Pickax. I guess I will have to go back and read the others in this very long running series. I love the quirky characters and Koko and Yum Yum although I think there should be more of the cats and less of Polly or Hixie as they were very irritating characters. Also I was a little put out by how nonplussed Qwill was when his friend Harry was killed, I mean Qwill dra [...]

Zeer aangenaam om te lezen maar tot op de laatste 20 bladzijden is er eigenlijk geen moordonderzoek. Je voelt dat er iets niet klopt maar het grootste gedeelte van het boek is een feelgood verhaal met de ondertussen vertrouwde personages en uteraard enkele nieuwkomers. Er zijn lugubere verhalen, kleine mysteries en de actie van de brandweeer en zelfs een sterfgeval maar niets wijst erop dat er een moordonderzoek loopt. Je krijgt heel veel achtergrond zodat je de karakters nog beter leert kennen [...]

This is a fun little tale, although it jumps around so much, with so many red herrings, that it's difficult to figure out exactly what the mystery is, let alone whodunit. But it has cats and Shakespeare; all it needs now is Vader and bacon.

Sometimes when I re-read a mystery I'm way ahead of the story, and sometimes I'm way behind; this time I was somewhere in the middle. I did not anticipate any of the major events, but I was suspicious of the right people.This book is one after the transition. It seems that Braun wrote several books starring Qwilleran and Koko (and adding Yum-yum at the end of the second), in which he was a starving newspaper reporter; then she took a decade or so off and returned with the same characters having [...]

Now and then Lilian Jackson Braun would clear the decks of elements of Jim Qwilleran's life that she was tired of. If she had stopped with the dismantling of the antique local newspaper the Pickax Picayune, that would have made a nice mystery, but what a sad destruction in the climax!Qwill's new housekeeper makes a fine addition to the cast, but she would have wished to be less involved in the mystery. And why did another old character have to be dragged in and added to the clearing-out?The inst [...]

THE CAT WHO KNEW SHAKESPEARE by Lilian Jackson Braun3***This is one of many books of this series. They all revolve around the central character Jim Qwilleran and his two Siamese, Koko and Yum-Yum. Mr. Qwilleran is a newspaper journalist who gets involved in various murder mysteries. In this particular story he is living the good life due to his now a millionaire after inheriting a vast estate from a long lost wealthy relative. The terms of the will, however, dictate that he actually live on the [...]

Friends shouldn't buy bad books for friends. Guilt read. Reminds me of a made-for-TV Animal Planet show. Sorry, Yum-Yum and Koko, but your owner is an insane man who gets credit for solving crimes when he does nothing and then pretends that his cats help him. He, like all of the characters, is flat; he only exhibits good qualities to the older women in Moose County. The man can do no wrong-- he loves art and cats, stands up for women, and has a nice moustache that hints that something is awry: " [...]

My initial impression of "The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare" by Lilian Jackson Braun = Wilford Brimley + Jimmy Olsen + 2 Siamese cat "detectives". To tell the truth my impression didn't really change that much by the time I got to the end. My mom found a couple of books in the series for me and I thought I'd begin with this one because I like cats and I like Shakespeare. As it turned out, I just couldn't get into it. My love of Shakespeare references and cats kept me from giving it 1 star. Maybe I wo [...]

Found this priceless book in an used book store in middle of Kansas, not a world class literary novel or catching story. It just reminded me of those simpler times, I could totally relate this book to a James Hardley Chase Novella, which can be picked up on a Railway Platform. Perfect for an evening in Train with a bag of Chips and a Pepsi.Do read it if you miss short novels and simpler childhood stories. Fun, simple, one time read for a one sitting.

The mystery is paper thin and it's more a tragi-comedie in a small, incestuous town 400 miles north of every where. Rereading these you can make your own drinking game, mine is which Goodwinter is gonna be murderer?We had two in this one like in the last novel. The villain of the tale is grotesque and the "will it snow or not" motif was tiresome. So barely two stars.

I love these books. I've been reading them for years. I first started reading them when my kids were in grade school and I still am not that I'm a grandma! They are a light hearted mystry series that really gets you into the characters. If you love cats, you will love these books!

Shakespeare performed by cats: To meow or not to meow, dumb question, feed me now. Loved it.

I just love this series. The distinguished retired bachelor who has two cats named Koko and Yum Yum solves mysteries with the help of Koko. This is the first one I read. They are easy and clever reads.

I think I read this book too earlyAlthough I have a high reading level I don't fully comprehend it. I can't see the mysteryt.

I love the Cat Who series. Good, entertaining, light reading.

No. Just no. I don't wanna spoil it, but I'm seriously mad at Braun right now.

Yes I am really into this series right now. Each book has a great new mystery to be solved by two highly intelligent cats and their inquisitive owner

Jim Qwilleran lives in his apartment over the garage while Mrs. Cobb, his housekeeper and the museum curator, lives in a room of the K Mansion. The whole area is waiting for The Big One, the first snowstorm of the season. Senior Goodwinter, the owner and editor of the Picayune newspaper ran into an old bridge on his way home. His wife plans to sell the newspaper to XYZ Enterprises as well as the furnishings to her house and move Down Below. Before the newspaper can sell, the building burns down. [...]

Spoiler alert: The front and back covers of The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare, with its cat puns and ridiculous wordplay, were of a much higher quality than the contents of the book itself. I picked this book up, one in a series by Lilian Jackson Braun about a middle-aged newspaperman and his two cats, as a joke for a friend, but I decided I should read it first before I handed it over. Now I feel bad that I'm going to give it away because it was so bad. It was hardly the story the plot synopsis make [...]

I read one of these books when I was in grade school--after my cat lover friend recommended the series. I didn't find it interesting back then, and I still don't. I'm surprised how much the reader has to care about these cats Koko and Yum Yum. There's nothing spectacular about them, nothing magical; they're just cats that knock things over--giving Qwuilleran an idea for solving a case. The problem for me is that the cats are featured a lot.The books take place in the Midwest, and Lilian Jackson [...]


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