|Plot Summary of The Cat Who Smelled a Rat|
Lilian Jackson Braun
Putnam, Feb 2001, 23.95, 240 pp.
Everyone in Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere, is waiting for the Big One, the first gigantic snowstorm of the season. It has been a hot dry summer with many brushfires occurring, especially near the stack houses aligning the ten abandoned mines.
Newspaper columnist and philanthropist Jim Qwilleran thinks it is strange that the fires seem so concentrated in one spot. His two felines, Koko and Yum Yum agree. Koko always uses her extrasensory abilities to alert Jim before a catastrophe occurs. The cat has already predicted two of the fires and gives out a howl when someone shoots a fire patrol volunteer. When a volunteer on fire patrol watch is murdered, Jim and his associates begin to investigate.
Fans of “The Cat Who” mysteries will want to read Lilian Jackson Braun's latest cute cozy, THE CAT WHO SMELLED A RAT. This novel targets an audience who wants no graphic violence in their literature while the felines' antics will warm the hearts of pet lovers. The twenty-fourth novel in this long running series retains the preciousness of all its predecessors and hopefully the author will provide her audience with another twenty-four novels.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of The Cat Who Smelled a Rat|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Time/era of story:
Kind of investigator
- dog/cat investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Unusual forms of death
- blunt clubbing (like seals)
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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