THE CAT WHO WENT UP THE CREEK by Lilian Jackson Braun
G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2002
Deserted by his girlfriend Polly, secret billionaire James Qwilleran and his cats visit the Nutcracker Inn and discovers murder. A body is floating in the nearby creek confirming the Innkeeper's feeling that bad vibes mar the former mansion. Qwilleran putters around town inviting the interesting residents to dinner, writing his columns for the local newspaper, and generally enjoying life (except for missing the vacationing Polly), but the cats have other plans. Koko's psychic abilities mean that the cat knows what is going on--and he intends to make Qwilleran get off his seat and solve the case.
Author Lilian Jackson Braun (read BooksForABuck reviews of other novels by this author) delivers her mystery very much in the leisurely style of the Michigan outback where Qwilleran makes his home. Her descriptions of the people, the cats, and the countryside have an authentic ring. Qwilleran may cloy occasionally, but overall he's both well intended and well acting while being human enough to be sympathetic.
Fans of this series will definitely want to give this one a read.
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