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Murder and arson call Koko’s sleuthing skills into action…

James Qwilleran and his clue-sensitive cats return with crime-solving talents intact in Lilian Jackson Braun’s cosy whodunit The Cat Who Smelled a Rat. Perfect for fans of Simon Brett and Sofie Kelly.

‘Another from the series that delights so many’ – Gwendoline Butler, Crime Time

October arrives in Moose County on the heels of a long drought, and the citizens of Pickax worry about wildfires. Their fears are realised in an unexpected manner, with a case of arson – and the shooting of a volunteer fire-watcher as he is reporting the blaze. The crime wave continues as the president of the curling club is pushed to his death down a flight of stairs, and it’s up to Qwilleran and Co. to sniff out the rat who is responsible for it all.

What readers are saying about The Cat Who Smelled a Rat:

Amusing, clever and well thought out. A pleasant way to pass time’

‘These tales are just so enjoyable… a lot of fun

Five stars


Praise for Lilian Jackson Braun: Another from the series that delights so many
Gwendoline Butler, <i> Crime Time </i>
The fastidious plotting is designed to appeal to more than just the cat-lover
The Times
This droll and engaging mystery... firmly grips the reader... a lively witty tale bolstered by sharply etched characters
Publishers Weekly
Like dropping in on old and very dear friends
Tampa Tribune-Times
Entertaining and absorbing mysteries which, in the tradition of all good whodunnits, keep you guessing right to the end
Dumfries and Galloway Standard
Light-hearted originals... The mix of crime and cats [is] catnip to readers who like both
Chicago Sun-Times
An offbeat series with a good deal of charm
The Baltimore Sun
Most detectives do their legwork on two legs. A few, however, do it on four...
Associated Press
The entanglement is better than a Christie and the cat descriptions are terrific
Liverpool Daily Post