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THE PRIVATE LIFE OF THE CAT WHO: Tales of Koko and Yum Yum from the Journals of James MacKintosh Qwilleran

By Lilian Jackson Braun

Putnam Pub Group; (October 23, 2003)
ISBN: 039915132X

Reviewed by Karen Meek

James Qwilleran is a multimillionaire who lives with his two Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum, 400 miles north of everywhere in a small town called Pickax. So far this intrepid trio have solved over 25 cases of murder and mayhem. THE PRIVATE LIFE OF THE CAT WHO is a slim volume of some 21 chapters, with each chapter revealing a facet of the cats' personalities or an incident in their history. Examples include: how Qwill came to own the cats, the possible significance of Koko's extra whiskers and the story of Yum Yum's silver thimble. The chapters are not straight excerpts from the books nor do they contain any give-aways about wrongdoers' identities.

I'm not sure who this book is aimed at. A long time reader of the books might enjoy this little refresher and may be encouraged to re-read some of the books, but they won't learn anything new. If the reader hasn't read any, or few, of the 'Cat Who' books then I'm not sure this would make them any more keen to read more. For me, there was very little substance and I rattled through it in less than an hour and I'm a slow reader. Rather than buying this book I would refer a new reader to buying one of the earlier works and if you've read all the books then you don't need this one!

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