The colorful Casablance apartment building is in danger of demolition--but not if Jim Qwilleran can help it. He's determined to restore the building to its original grandeur. So he moves in with Koko and Yum Yum--and discovers that the Casablanca is steeped in history...and mystery. In Qwill's very apartment, a glamorous art dealer met an untimely fate, and the veteran journalist and his crime-solving cats are about to reach new heights in detection...
ll the world's a stage--and now Jim Qwilleran's apple orchard has become the stage for a real-life murder scene. The much-disliked director of the Pickax Theatre Club's Shakespeare production, Hilary VanBrook, is found dead after the closing-night cast party... and with the help of his super-smart Siamese, Qwill must cast a suspicious eye on all the players--especially the ones pussyfooting around behind the scenes.
Persuaded to join a tour of Scotland, Jim Qwilleran finds his enjoyment of the trip threatened when a jewel thief swipes a suitcase, the bus driver vanishes, a fellow tourist is found dead, and Polly is tailed by the Pickax Prowler.
The development of a major resort complex at the southern end of Breakfast Island is causing a ruckus. Local residents, summer people and mainland fisherman are all hopping mad that the peace of their island retreat is being shattered. Then a cabin cruiser explodes in the marina causing general alarm. But when a series of deadly accidents follows on the heels of the mysterious explosion, Qwilleran begins to wonder if sabotage is involved.
Newspaperman Jim Qwilleran and his two cats, Koko and Yum Yum, investigate a suspicious fire which killed a woman in her nineties. The 20th volume in the series, the novel introduces a new character, a swearing parrot.
Finding the body of a backpacker rumored have been abducted by a UFO puts an end to Qwilleran's summer vacation. Quill is determined to dispel rumors circulating in Moose County that extraterrestrial beings may be responsible for the disappearance of a stray backpacker. Koko, on the other hand, is spending hours on the porch in the dark, watching the sky for stars--or something!
As the Highland Games approach, Jim Qwilleran and the citizens of Pickax prepare to celebrate their Scottish heritage. But the revelry is marred when a visiting jewelry dealer is found dead in his hotel room. His assistant is missing, and the winner of the caber-tossing contest disappears as well. Qwill has a lot of mysteries to sort out, including Koko's sudden interest in photos, pennies, and paper towels.
Pickax's favorite columnist, James Qwilleran, is enjoying a brief vacation with his two Siamese cats at the Nutcracker Inn, in the nearby town of Black Creek. But the tranquillity of the place is interrupted by the discovery of a body floating down the creek -- the body of a man who had been a guest at the inn.
Thelma Thackeray, a native of Moose County, has achieved fame and fortune in Hollywood. Now 82, she has returned to Pickax to have some fun before she dies. Purchasing the old opera house, Thelma reopens it as a film club. But when the premier event, the Kit Kat Revue, sets the stage for murder, Jim Qwilleran and his perceptive Siamese cats are ready to spring into action.
The people of Pickax are in a state of eager anticipation. The Pirate's Chest, the long-awaited new bookstore, is finally set to open, and the Theatre Club is preparing to perform Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. However, the play is brought to an abrupt halt as a cast member is killed in a car accident. But was it really an accident? As suspicions rise, Qwill and his sleuthing Siamese cats have their work cut out for them.
With his companion Polly in Paris, Qwill keeps himself occupied by writing an absurdist play called "The Cat Who Got Elected Dog Catcher." Meanwhile, things are spicing up in Pickax. Huge inheritances from old families are suddenly and mysteriously pouring in to town, but nobody is quite sure why. Except Koko, that is--and she's not telling. Then things get really interesting when one resident drops dead from an apparent bee sting. Can Qwill and his...
A fictional columnist Jim Qwilleran presents a collection of stories that spotlights the colorful world of Moose County and its residents in such legends as "The Secret of the Blacksmith's Wife" and "The Dimsdale Jinx."