When a glamorous art dealer is killed in Jim Qwilleran’s high-rise, he and cats Koko and Yum Yum reach new heights of detection in this mystery in the Cat Who series.
The colorful Casablanca apartment building is in danger of demolition—but not if Jim Qwilleran can help it. He’s determined to restore the building to its original grandeur. So he moves in with Koko and Yum Yum—and discovers that the Casablanca is steeped in history...and mystery. In Qwill’s very apartment, a glamorous art dealer met an untimely fate, and the veteran journalist and his crime-solving cats are about to reach new heights in detection as the evidence builds up...and the Casablanca threatens to crumble down around them!
With this 11th entry, the popular Cat Who series ( The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts ) begins to flag, its charms growing tatty and listless for even the most steadfast cat-and-mystery lovers. Ex-newspaperman James ``Qwill'' Qwilleran and his Siamese Koko and Yum Yum leave Moose County for the big city Down Below to help old friends save the Casablanca, an aging and elegant apartment building threatened with demolition to make way for profitable development. Qwill decides to spend the winter in the Casablanca to determine if it might make a project for the philanthropic Klingenschoen Fund, which he controls. Ensconced in a 14th-floor penthouse, he discovers that its previous tenant, Dianne Bessinger, head of the group trying to save the building, was an art dealer ostensibly murdered by a jealous protegeok . Qwill also plays Scrabble with the building's owner, the eccentric and reclusive Countess; he teaches the game to Koko, who thereby provides him with clues in his investigation of the murder, which he suspects is tied to attempts against the Casablanca. Braun's latest pleases with its descriptions of gentrification and development, but the book ends abruptly, leaving too many loose ends, and central characters Koko and Yum Yum develop no further at all.
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Tightly plotted and fast paced as Qwilleran & KoKo unravel the mystery of the murders at the old Casablanca Apartments.
KoKo returns to his super sleuth status in LJB's novel set in the Midwestern city where Qwill once worked as a feature writer at The Daily Fluxion. The Cat Who Lived High is a refreshing break from the Moose County novels. The non-stop pace, though, leaves readers ready for a return the rural life, just as it does Qwill.
The Cat Who Lived High
The title first had me wondering what this book could be about. But as I read, it got sooo confusing and seemed pretty pointless. When I finished though, I realized that the book has a real, meaning. One I think you should read the book to find out because the book is amazing. I'm switching from dogs to cats now;)
Good but Funky
As always, Koko uses his skills to pass on clues. The story in this one was a little dry. The ending not so believable.