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The Cat Who Talked Turkey    by Lilian Jackson Braun order for
Cat Who Talked Turkey
by Lilian Jackson Braun
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Jove, 2004 (2004)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Pickaxe, in Moose County, is to get a bookstore. The town of Brrr is planning a bicentennial celebration. Of course, Qwilleran is involved in both these events. And, by extension, his two Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum, are also part and parcel of anything involving their owner.

A dead body is found on a remote area of Qwilleran's property. Could the murderer be the one responsible for a similar death in Northern Michigan? Qwilleran is a journalist who has endeared himself to the area by publishing newsy, folksy articles. His philanthropic activities are paid for by a trust fund that was left to him. He has used the money to the advantage of the locals, who view him as omnipotent. He solves crimes with Koko's help (so help me!) and by the twitching of his more than generous mustache. His cats are a little more perceptive and view him as the man who feeds and cares for them but who must be guided at all times to walk the right path.

The Cat Who books, of which there are now twenty-seven, are all entertaining reads. It does seem though that the mystery inherent in each one is giving way more and more to Qwilleran's life style. That's okay with me. Sometimes, I welcome a book that asks nothing of the reader but to enjoy it. The Cat Who Talked Turkey is a fun read, that makes one long for the simpler life that Qwilleran enjoys.

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