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Eileen Carlan posts on 5/4/2010 12:34:52 PM This is what I think should have or might have happened in Smelled Smoke, had it been written: Qwill takes Koko to the burned-out ruins of the barn, and Koko finds a casino gambling chip. It turns out to be one that is used by a casino in Atlantic City. The people out there who would have inherited the Klingenschoen billions if Qwill hadn't gotten them are trying to intimidate/eliminate Qwill to get the money in a difficult economy in which gambling revenues are falling. They have also kidnapped Polly and are holding her hostage in Europe. They caused the accident that detained her there and they are the ones who sent her written messages to Pickax to dispose of her affairs there. (Remember, Polly NEVER CALLED ANYONE before abandoning her entire life?) I have no idea how to resolve the situation, but Koko would play a major role in finding a way. The evildoers would be apprehended and face justice, Polly would return home, and the experience would convince her and Qwill that they never want to be separated again. Qwill's aversion to remarriage would be overcome and they would have a grand Pickax wedding ceremony. The book would close with Qwill carrying Polly into the bedroom of whatever residence they're going to share and closing the door. Their four cats, Koko, Yum Yum, Brutus, and Catta, would be sitting peacefully in the living room windows in separate pairs, watching the world go by outside. Fade out. End series.
Marjorie posts on 4/30/2010 10:58:58 PM I amd many of my friends wished that we had not read the "60 whiskers" book. Too much and no ending and there probably will not be. Quill deserves better. I wish a ghost writer would pick the books up and continue to write. This is by far my least favorite and has spoiled how I feel about Polly when I re-read some of the other books.
pat posts on 4/30/2010 10:39:25 PM I JUST read the cat who....60 whiskers and am dumbfounded over Polly staying in Paris and then the BARN burns!!!! Qwill had "no" reaction to his barn burning???? other than "i'm glad the cats are safe"????? It just seemed like TOO many MONUMENTAL things happened all in a row and it didn't even sound like the same author to me....Also...have read them all and never been on a site like this....

Anna Marie posts on 4/19/2010 7:59:37 AM Thank you, Eileen, for the word on "The Cat Who...Smelled Smoke". It isn't news I wanted to hear.. The last page of the latest book left us hanging, holding our breath, in the midst of an unthinkable happening,{I shan't divulge for those who haven't read it yet}! It's been, what, three years now,{!}, and I'd really like to BREATHE again! I wish there were at least.. an epilogue.. a tiny "Kibbible" of an issue, if only to let us know that all with our trio is well, Mr. Q's retiring, and they all live on, solving the cat-tastrophies of Moose County, happily ever after!
Eileen Carlan posts on 4/14/2010 3:30:54 PM In January, "Lil's Friend" posted on this message board: "Lilian is 96 years old. She has good days and bad days. The book [Smelled Smoke] is Never Coming Out...That's the truth to the situation. She is still alive, doing ok but her mind is a little tricky at this stage of her life, as it would be with any 96 year old person." It seems, then, that it isn't a matter of the publisher's not wanting the book, but of Ms. Braun's health not permitting her to write any longer.
Ketira posts on 4/13/2010 10:11:31 PM @redroban: If you could get ahold of Ms. Braun, please suggest to her about self-publishing on the Web. This is what Diane Duane is doing now, since the publisher wasn't interested in the book idea --but her *fans* were. So she's self-publishing via the web the book the fans want --paid via PayPal/credit cards.
redroban posts on 4/13/2010 1:23:42 AM rose, I'm told LJB and Earl live near Tryon, NC on the SC border (not far from me!) She used to have Earl deliver signed copies of her books to one of the bookshops there, and also used to come to my city in SC to sign books. Interesting to note Tryon is a horse town, famous for its steeplechase. Very similar to Lockmaster in the books.
molly posts on 4/12/2010 5:56:25 PM The publisher has announced The Cat Who Smelled Smoke will not be released. No reason was given.
Anne posts on 4/12/2010 1:45:53 PM Very interested in any information on next publication.
Ann posts on 4/3/2010 12:03:27 AM Does anyone know when Book 30 - The Cat Who Smelled Smoke - will be released? Once this book is out, which I understand it should have been 2 years ago, I personally think Ms. Braun has the right to retire. I sort of wrote the last book as just my ideas (not finished) but it would close everything.
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