The Cat Who Brought Down the House
Twenty-five years ago, Jim Qwilleran walked into my life...huffing into his large moustache, spelling his name oddly, drinking black coffee at the Press Club bar. He was tall but seemed world-weary. His entire earthly possessions fit into two suitcases. He was a down-and-out crime reporter willing to cover any minor beat if it could get him back into newspapering.
Then, almost overnight, peculiar circumstances made him the richest man in northeast central United States.
All that money made Qwilleran nervous, until he remembered the old saying: "Money is like muck; it doesn't do any good unless you spread it around." He established a foundation to spread it around.
Now Qwilleran lives in a small town, 400 miles north of everywhere, and writes for a small newspaper. He stands tall and straight. He dates a librarian. His roommates are two abandoned cats that he adopted along the way, one of them quite remarkable.
Despite his fame and fortune, Qwilleran's popularity really stems from his sense of humor, individuality, and willingness to listen. He has a writer's talent for sympathetic listening-half compassion, half curiosity-and it draws confidences from men and women, old and young.
Qwilleran has a secret of his own that he shares with no one--or hardly anyone. His male cat, Koko, has an uncanny intuition that can tell right from wrong and frequently sniffs out the evil-doer. Together, he and Qwilleran have solved several cases. The Cat Who Brought Down the House is the twenty-fifth installment of the Qwilleran saga. Shall we try for twenty-six?
Baker & Taylor
A twenty-fifth mystery, the latest installment in the popular series featuring reluctant millionaire and small-town-reporter Jim Qwilleran, pits him--and the irrepressible Siamese cat Koko--against a new evildoer. 250,000 first printing.
Blackwell North Amer
The denizens of Pickax are starstruck: Thelma Thackeray, a native of Moose County, has returned to spend her declining years 400 miles north of everywhere, after a nearly six-decade-long career in Hollywood! And she doesn't intend to spend them idly, either - with the acquisition of the old opera house, her plans for a film club are already becoming a reality.
But Thelma's celebrated arrival on Pleasant Street is marred by the birdnapping of her fabulous Amazon parrots, and the circumstances of her twin brother's recent death appear increasingly suspicious to columnist James Qwilleran. Will Qwill's Siamese, Koko, deign to take the time from his stage debut in the Kit Kat Revue to help his master find the person or persons responsible for these dastardly deeds?
Reluctant millionaire and small town reporter Jim Qwilleran and his cats, Koko and Yum Yum, confront a new mystery when octogenarian Thelma Thackerary returns to Moose County to turn the old opera house into a film club.
New York : Putnam's, c2003
228 p. ; 23 cm