The Cat Who Went Up The Creek Book Summary and Study Guide

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Putnam, January 2002, 23.95, 240 pp.
ISBN 039914675x

    James Mackintosh Quillean used to be a crime reporter for some of the most famous newspapers in the country but now he is comfortably living in Moose County (400 miles of everywhere) in the town of Pickax. He is a columnist for the Moose County Somewhere and is owned by two Siamese cats named Koko and Yum-Yum and though not many people know it he is the richest man in the Northeast Central United States.
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    When Lori Banba, proprietor of the Nutcracker Inn located in Black Creek call for help, he packs up his felines and checks in the hotel. Koko makes such a racket Jim needs to move into one of the inn's cabins but the one that was supposed to be vacated is designated as a crime scene. When he is allowed in, he finds in the dead man's shoe ( courtesy of Koko) a fortune in gold nuggets hidden in the heel. Quill, being the curious fellow that he is, won't rest easy until he finds out why the stranger to the area was killed and where to find the rest of the gold.

    Lilian Jackson Braun has written twenty-three “The Cat Who” novels and one short story collection but the series remains as fresh today as when the first novel was published. THE CAT WHO WENT UP THE CREEK is a “purr”fectly charming cozy story starring humans (and animals) that beguile and charm the reader. There are many life lessons to be learned in this story but they don't take away from the fan of the who-done-it and why was it done tale (or is that tail?).

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in small town Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   search for gems/treasure/money Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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