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Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell
by Lilian Jackson Braun
Order:  USA  Can
Jove, 2006 (2006)
Hardcover, Paperback
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell is the twenty-eighth in The Cat Who ... series. Lilian Jackson Braun seems to have a never-ending selection of mystery scenarios for the Siamese cat of the title to indulge in. And Koko manages to alert his live-in companion Qwill whenever skullduggery is afoot.

The series offers light reading and is utterly delightful. As one who holds conversations with animals, I find the books charming and fun.

Qwill lives in Pickaxe, a fictional town that I can picture almost in its entirety from Qwill's converted barn to the unattractive town hall. He's a journalist who inherited a fortune and created a fund to benefit Pickaxe. While writing his twice weekly column, he finds time to solve mysteries with Koko's help. Yum Yum is Koko's counterpart more delicate than Koko, she prefers untying guests' shoelaces to solving mysteries.

Koko develops a dislike for a guest and proceeds to keep Qwill guessing as to the cause of his animosity. As usual, Koko is proved right but the timing proves to be a bit off. I find the names chosen for the residents of the area almost as much fun as the plots - Fugtree stands out as does Klingenschoen.

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