What Pickax, the town "400 miles north of everywhere," needs is a new bookstore. Ever since the old one burned down, the townspeople have had to go elsewhere. As wealthy resident James Qwilleran says, "A town without a bookstore is like a chicken with one leg." But just as Pickax prepares to celebrate the ground breaking for a new one, a body is discovered in a nearby wooded area. Turning their attention from books to clues, Qwill, Koko, and Yum Yum set off on a hunt that will entertain all Cat Who . fans and newcomers alike. Audie Award-winning narrator George Guidall, beloved for his performances of this series, voices the full range of expressions.
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by Lilian Jackson Braun
"This is the twenty-sixth in the popular Cat Who series, featuring a psychic Siamese cat and a rustic but dapper newspaper columnist. In this latest story little attention is paid to the art of crime detection. No one cares about a couple of bodies in the woods. The real story is about opening a new bookstore, planning for a bicentennial, chasing wild turkeys, and producing a play about a devastating storm of 1913. What keeps the series popular are the local characters, the cats, and protagonist Quill, who is lively, wise, and funny. George Guidall does his usual superb job of bringing alive Quill, the good citizens of Mooseville, and even the cats. (His portrayal of Koko's yowls is worth listening for.) These episodes of life in the North have much of the same bucolic humor we enjoy in "The News from Lake Wobegon." D.L.G. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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