By Lilian Jackson Braun
Meet prizewinning reporter Jim Qwilleran and his amazing Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum—the very unlikely, most original, most pleasurable staff in detective fiction!
The means Jim Qwilleran sees it, there’s not anything worse than being left excessive and dry. yet that’s precisely the place he’s been ever considering a record-breaking drought hit Moose County. He’s bedraggled. Beleaguered. And, following a rash of fires at neighborhood historical minesites, deeply bewildered. a few blame the blazes on undesirable climatic conditions, yet Qwill’s pondering arson. And while a mysterious explosion is via a blood-chilling homicide, he starts off heavily praying for snow—and solutions. great thing Koko can odor hassle a mile away…
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After Wetherby had his nip of Scotch and again to Unit 3 to take a shower—audible during the skinny walls—Qwilleran phoned the evening table on the whatever. . . . No, they stated, there have been no incident at the police beat. fourteen Qwilleran used to be roused early through a mobile name from his next-door neighbor. “Bad information, Qwill! a man on the station who belongs to the curling membership and is aware I do—he simply phoned to claim that Cass younger fell down these stone steps to the reduce point and killed himself! can have hit his head on that curling stone on exhibit . . . He used to be awaiting the technician, you take into account. might have been passing the time with a lager. might have been in an excessive amount of of a rush to get to the restroom . . . Are you there? Are you wakeful? ” “I’m listening,” Qwilleran stated. “I don’t understand what to claim. ” “It’ll be at the subsequent hourly information. simply concept I’d provide you with a warning. . . . had fun final evening. ” “So did I. ” It used to be too overdue to return to mattress and too early to wake up, and as Qwilleran driven the button at the coffee-maker, he suggestion, omit the beer. . . . overlook the restroom. His moustache used to be twitching, and he tamped it along with his knuckles. Koko knew whatever murderous had occurred, and Koko was once by no means flawed. the general public would like to imagine it an coincidence: Crime was once anything they desired to imagine “did now not ensue the following. ” How quickly they forgot the unsavory incidents of the previous! inside mins the telephone rang back. It was once Susan, conversing with no her traditional flippancy. “Qwill! We’ve had a tragedy on River highway! Early this morning i used to be woke up by way of car lighting fixtures and voices open air my window. The sheriff’s automobile was once round the corner. I went out in my gown, considering whatever dreadful had occurred to Jeffa, yet they have been notifying her that her son had suffered a deadly twist of fate on the curling membership! I phoned Dr. Diane, and he or she got here dashing over, and Jeffa requested me to name her daughter in Idaho. . . . Isn’t it lousy, Qwill? ” “Is there something in any respect that i'll do? ” “Well, Jeffa had me name Mac MacWhannell, and he’s going to take cost of every little thing, yet you may decide up the daughter on the airport. She’ll arrive at the five-thirty travel. Her identify is Angela Parsons. ” “Jeffa moves me as a powerful woman,” Qwilleran stated. “Yes, she’s no longer one to break down, yet Diane gave her a mild sedative, and she’s snoozing. A caregiver will stick with her until Angela arrives. . . . Isn’t it poor? She misplaced her husband this year—and now this! ” Qwilleran suppressed the urge to move downtown for breakfast and snoop on the gossip approximately Cass Young’s faults as a builder and his friendship with the second one Mrs. Exbridge. He selected to paintings on his Friday column, asserting the winners of the haiku contest. Yum Yum, regularly choked with contentment while he used to be studying or writing, dozed at the blue cushion atop the fridge. Koko used to be stressed, pushing issues off tables. Pencils, books, and the bowl of wood apples landed at the flooring. At o’clock Qwilleran picked up his newspaper on the gatehouse and located complete info of the “accident” with statements from the technician (who had came across the physique and said it) and the medical expert and the officials of the membership.