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    THE CAT WHO SANG FOR THE BIRDS by Lilian Jackson Braun

    G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1998

    Newspaper columnist Jim Qwilleran searches for material for his column, but, with the help of his cats, finds more than he counted on in his Moose County community 400 miles north of everywhere. A young woman paints butterflies but conceals a secret. An older woman is accused of being a witch, then suddenly dies in an apparently accidental fire. A county commissioner seems to have his fingers in too many pies. And Moose County's continuing efforts to improve its literacy and artistic awareness are threatened by strange accidents--or are they really accidents.

    Fans of author Lilian Jackson Braun's Cat Who series (read BooksForABuck reviews of other novels by this author) will enjoy Braun's descriptions of Moose County life, Qwilleran's sometimes bizarre attempts to get his story, and the almost believable exploits of Qwilleran's two siamese cats (Koko and Yum Yum). Readers who want action and adventure would probably be well advised to look elsewhere. THE CAT WHO SANG FOR THE BIRDS is a novel about people and cats rather than murder and detection. And it does a fine job at being what it is.

    Three Stars

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