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After five years of legal formalities, Jim Qwilleran has officially inherited his freedom and a fortune, which leaves him with a serious dilemma. What should he do now? Seeking a place of peace and isolation to make up his mind, he heads to the Potato Mountains for the summer.But Qwill lands in the middle of controversy, not solitude. The mountains are haven to the indepenAfter five years of legal formalities, Jim Qwilleran has officially inherited his freedom and a fortune, which leaves him with a serious dilemma. What should he do now? Seeking a place of peace and isolation to make up his mind, he heads to the Potato Mountains for the summer.But Qwill lands in the middle of controversy, not solitude. The mountains are haven to the independent roughneck descendents of prohibition-era moonshiners. The valley is home to developers eager to turn the pristine Potatoes into a giant tourist trap. To make matters more complicated, a Tater, as the mountain folk are called, has been convicted of the murder of millionaire developer J.J. Hawkinfield. Some people swear the wrong man was convicted, and Qwill is inclined to agree when he hears what transpired before the trial. But if Forest Beechum didn't do the dirty deed, who did? With Qwill, Koko, and Yum Yum on the case, the killer won't get away with murder....

Title : Cat Who Moved a Mountain
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ISBN : 9780753164341
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Cat Who Moved a Mountain Reviews

  • James
    2019-06-09 00:54

    Book Review3.5 of 5 stars (rounded up) to The Cat Who Moved a Mountain, the 13th book in the "Cat Who" cozy mystery series, written in 1992 by Lilian Jackson Braun. Just when you thought things couldn't get any kookier with this series, Qwill up and moves to the Potato Mountains. He needs some time away from everyone and everything in Pickax, to that he can decide his future. The 5 years he was required to live in Pickax in order to keep the K-Fund inheritance are up, and he's to leave... but does he want to? That is the question... at least until he meets the Big Potato people and the Little Potato people, in reference to which side of the mountain the inhabitants live on. But when someone is murdered, it's those bad lil taters that caused... but Qwill doesn't think so, and he's soon swept up in trying to solve the crime, forgetting about his own decision. What's fun about this book is it sets the stage for Qwill's decision to remain in Moose County, even after the inheritance is officially his to keep. But seriously... potato people? I had to look it up. No such thing in Michigan... but there is a Potato Mountain in California. Coincidence?About MeFor those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

  • Una Tiers
    2019-06-13 04:34

    The backstory was stronger than the mystery plot however, Qwilleran never fails to disappoint. His description of the dog helping him out of the woods rocks!Unfortunately, Qwilleran and the cats were away from home, so I didn't have a chance to visit with the regulars past phone calls and a brief introductory reception.

  • Julia
    2019-06-21 02:32

    To be frank, I don't know why people love these books. + Specific to The Cat Who Moved a Mountain: - If I have to hear one more variant of "potato" used to name a place, person, group, or item, I might scream. "Spuds" vs. "Taters"... really? How can anyone read this without snorting?- As another reviewer mentioned, we don't even meet the key characters in the crime until either late in the book or never at all. Why should I give a damn about some guy in prison if all I hear about is decorations Qwilleran hates, how terrible the rain is, and a sprained ankle? If that's too spoilerific for you folks--oops.+ the Cat Who series in general:- I couldn't care less about cats saying "YYYOOOOWWW!" all the time (much less what the narrator guesses the cat is trying to say). - When the mystery is solved, I have no idea how Qwilleran came to that conclusion. I will grant that my eyes glazed over so often that the clues could have been lit in neon and punctuated with eight exclamation points and I might have still missed them. - There are myriad meaningless details included about everything from draperies to restaurant food, and I honestly couldn't give two fucks about any of it. Every novel needs details, but this feels like a Better Homes & Gardens catalog. - Qwilleran annoys me. This may have something to do with the narrator of the audiobooks who makes him seem like a whiny, demanding playboy who can't even make pasta for himself.

  • Kirsti
    2019-06-19 01:40

    I still cherish the day I was going through a dusty box of books at my local charity store, and picked up three or four of Lillian Jackson Braun's wonderful books. I was instantly drawn to the idea of a crime solving cat, and decided to give them a go. I have since hunted down and read most of the series, despite the fact that they are difficult to find in both secondhand stores and libraries. I adore the world created; Qwilleran is life life with his faults, his assumptions, his delights in small things, such as good service in a restaurant, or finding a small treasure to buy for himself or a friend. I love how this series grows and covers all aspects of his life, from poor to rich and in between. Although I adore Moose Country, it was a refreshing change to set this book in a new town, with new characters. As always, Koko and Yum Yum are the highlights of the book, and their little characteristics add charm to the story, and indeed gives hints all the way through as to the conclusion. Koko, if he could talk, would completely eclipse Qwilleran as a main character, and even without this ability, steals the scene every time. I recommend this whole series, and not just this book, to anyone who enjoys a traditional mystery novel, but would enjoy the added twist of the wonderful cats.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-24 01:35

    Qwill and the kitties are away from Moose County again, and it falls a little flat. Qwill is officially a milllionaire. He stuck it out and has his hands on the Klingshoen fortune. What does this fool of a pompous ass do? He decides to rent a house in a the mountains for the ridiculous amount of $1000 a week to reflect on what his next move should be. Now, please keep in mind that this book is like 30 years old, so with inflation that makes this all the more ridiculous. Qwill is dumb. He waits until the middle of the night to make his long distance calls so it will be cheaper, but spends $1000 on a huge house for him and the 2 cats. Remember when long distance rates were a thing? Remember when we cared about stuff like that instead of using our cell phones with unlimited minutes? Or even made phone calls at all? Also, Qwill does no real reflecting, gets caught up in a mystery, and tries to put his mack down on multiple younger women. Polly is way too good for you, dude. You sicken me. In the end, he heads back to Pickaxe, as he should. With a tiny cliffhanger that I'm sure will be dropped by the time I roll into book 14.2.5 stars, but I am rounding down because Qwill gets more insufferable by the day. He's an ass, but I stay for the cats and the colorful cast of characters in Moose County.

  • Nancie Lafferty
    2019-06-20 04:39

    Another cute, witty mystery adventure with Qwill and the cats. Love having one of these on laundry day! Nothing deep, just fun.

  • Rage
    2019-05-21 01:46

    I love these books. the cats being annoying cats, Qwill's bad temper, all of the characters LJB keeps coming up with. in this one, Q goes to the mountains to spend some time thinking about his next move, now that he's a billionaire. what he discovers, in addition to fresh air, is a murder. and it's tangled up in development, which is destroying the pristine nature, and the rivalry between the "Taters" (people from the mountain, who typically live simple lives) and "Spuds," the wealthy city folk who are buying up land. the whole potato theme seems a bit tongue-in-cheek. I was amazed - the baker from Akron seems like the first hipster. and, even though this book was written several years ago, I think the themes are quite relevant. it's interesting to see LJB tackling something like environmentalism. as usual, there are lots of descriptions of food and interior decorating.

  • Mary
    2019-06-01 21:51

    Easily one of the best - if not THE best - of Lilian Jackson Braun's "Cat Who" series, "The Cat Who Moved A Mountain" celebrates a milestone in Jim Qwilleran's life: after living in Pickax City for five years, as per the terms of Francesca Klingenschoen's will, Qwill has officially inherited the Klingenschoen fortune. Suddenly a multi-millionaire - in fact, the richest man in the Northeast Central United States - Qwill feels the need for a few weeks of solitude to contemplate his future possibilities. On the advice of a friend, he rents a house in the Potato Mountains, packs up his books, his computerized coffeemaker, and the cats, and hits the road, pleasantly anticipating three months of peace and relaxation...briefly interrupted by a slight case of murder. Throughout the story, Braun's narrative descriptions are absolutely astounding: Qwill's two-day road trip to Spudsboro, his first impressions of Tiptop (his rented vacation house), his marvelling appreciation of the natural beauty of his surroundings, his exploration of the town during a shopping trip for supplies, and his discovery of the eccentric Potato Cove, are all- written so vividly, with such astonishing detail, that the imaginitive reader finds himself or herself transported to the Potato Mountains to live the adventure alongside Qwill and the cats. And what an adventure it is! The action never lets up as Qwill: becomes lost on the wrong mountain, on a mountain-ledge road with a cliff of one side, a sheer drop on the other, and no means of avoiding an oncoming car; loses his way in the woods and calmly has a conniption when confronted by a large - well, I don't want to spoil the surprise!; becomes disoriented in a blackout; agonizes through frightening incidents with both Koko and Yum Yum, singly; loses his footing in a mudslide and plunges into a hole beneath a thundering waterfall, barely saving his own life; faces three days of stranded isolation with soaking clothes and a fractured ankle; witnesses a car crash; and is nearly wiped out in a flood...and that's only PART of the action! A real winner!

  • Lorraine
    2019-06-16 02:57

    Qwill has lived in Moose County for five years, and so has fulfilled the requirements of his aunt's will and is officially the heir to the millions (or is it billions) that were left to him. To celebrate, he takes the cats to the Potato Mountains, 4 days' drive away, where he has rented a huge house (it used to be a holiday home) called Tiptop, located on the very top of Big Potato mountain. After arriving, he learns that the owner of the house was murdered by falling from his deck. There is a lot of fighting between the new potato resident (Spuds) and the long time residents (Taters). Qwill begins to feel that the wrong person was imprisoned for the murder. The book has some good sequences where Qwill is in danger, but the ending is rather silly (the evidence is a ball of fluff), and Qwill leaves after only a week to rush back to Pickax due to Polly's scare after being followed by a car. This is the segue into the next novel.

  • Sunsettowers
    2019-05-20 20:34

    This is a series with its ups and downs, and unfortunately this is one of the weaker entries. It starts out very intriguing, with Qwilleran taking a vacation in a quirky mountain town to try to figure out what to do with the rest of his life, only to discover he has moved into a house where a murder occurs. The characters are all interesting and appropriately quirky, but the problem lies in the mystery seeming to be of secondhand importance to these characters-and the ending leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

  • George
    2019-06-09 00:42

    A Jim Qwilleran with his Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum mystery. Qwill needs time off to decide whether he wants to remain in Moose County and the town of Pickax, so he takes a vacation to the Potato Mountains for the summer so he can be alone and be able to decide what he wants to do. Instead of peace and quiet, he finds an area split between those favoring development of the area and those who oppose it, strained relationships between those who consider themselves the social betters of others in the area, and a man falsely imprisoned for murdering a prominent man of the community.

  • Kate Millin
    2019-06-04 21:34

    Qwill goes to a different part of the country - the Potatoes (do they really exist or is this a real flight of fancy) where he gets annoyed by the bigotry of the better off residents when they are talking about the residents who are more in tune with the environment. KoKo helps him to solve a miscarriage of justice after which he decides to go home just as the exploitation of the hills causes an environmental disaster. His week long visit feels like a lot longer - he certainly packs a lot in.

  • Heather
    2019-06-20 04:57

    This was a good one although I thought that Braun should have included more interactions with the murderer throughout the story - when it was revealed I felt as though it was a character that had only been mentioned in name and not really one who was part of the story. Also I could do without the repeated references to how much better Qwill's mustache is than everyone else's...we get it already.

  • Kelly
    2019-06-11 02:44

    Marginally bearable. More time is spent with the main character picking out gifts for his ladyfriends, redecorating his house, and thinking about his mustache than is spent developing the mystery -- or even the cats! We never even meet the falsely accused character or the murder victim so it's very difficult to care.

  • Debbie
    2019-06-09 05:00

    I always enjoy this series. I will be sad to read the last book. As I type this on my tablet there is a very spoiled Cat Who is trying to help me with the review.

  • Catherine
    2019-06-19 02:42

    Love love the antics of Koko And YumYum. This novel showed the care that mountain people had for strangers and the land. Need to read all the Cat Who novels.

  • Stef Rozitis
    2019-05-26 23:56

    This book took me a long time to get into, because it was written in a kind of pompous voice and I had to struggle to care about Qwill getting his house in order and all that. He is not the most easy to relate to protagonist actually- he comes across as a ladies man in a really tedious way (he has to check out and mildly flirt with every single female in the book...he has a girlfriend but he is constantly prowling around others).There is a lot of description of interiors and lists of food and a completely out of nowhere accident that adds little to the plot (but Quill might have died, if anything about the scene was written in a way that got us into it then it would have been nail biting stuff) between all that there is a relatively obvious but quite interesting mystery. I do like the way the cats help to solve it, I do like that it is their naughtiness and narcissism that come into play. The names "Koko" and "Yum yum" for Siamese seem like a white person trying to be witty about an Asian culture they have no concept of, so I had little patience for that.Koko and Yum yum seem centred on their own selves (food, places to be comfortable, mischief) and as such are some of the best cat detectives I have read. Too bad the human characters and the plot itself did not live up to them. I would probably read another one of these but I wont be actively seeking them out.

  • Crystal
    2019-06-01 22:50

    Qwill, Koko, and Yum Yum are back in the next installment of Lillian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who series. I haven’t read this series in years and was excited when I found this book in a thrift store. This book came out in 1992, so you know I’m behind. Qwill has satisfied the terms of the will and can now do what he wants. On the referral of Moira and Kip, Qwill and the kitties head to Big Potato Mountain. He’s rented the estate once owned by J.J. Hawkingfield (who by the way was pushed off a cliff) and settling in as best as he can when his nose (and Koko’s) tell him something’s not right. He doesn’t believe that the young man convicted of the murder is actually guilty and now he has a mystery to solve that will also make a great article for the Moose County Something. Ms. Braun has written a wonderful series with great characters and a plot line that flows and keeps you occupied. I couldn’t put the book down and was disappointed when I finished (because I didn’t have anymore Qwill, Koko, and Yum Yum to read). If you are a lover of good writing, great character, mysteries, and cats, I highly recommend this series!! I will definitely be rereading the ones I’ve already ready and starting the ones I haven’t.

  • Lisa Hall
    2019-05-22 04:41

    Qwill has served his five years in Pickaxe. With his inheritance in the bag, it's time to decide what the next phase of his life looks like, but where does an ex-crime beat journalist turned billionaire go? The Potatoes, of course. Qwill and the cats plan a three month vacation to an empty resort called Tiptop, because it's located at the top of Big Potato mountain, offering views of Little Potato along with gorgeous sunrise and sunsets. Or so he's told.It began raining the moment he arrived. The roads don't make sense, the trails are dangerous, protesters are picketing mountain development projects, and Koko won't stop shifting a painting off-kilter. As you can guess, it takes all of three days before Qwill is investigating another murder.These books will make you think you need a Siamese in your life. I read this after taking a break from the series, and can't believe I waited so long as I tore into this one. If someone would just explain the hairball clue to me, because Qwill and the cats lost me on that one. Normally, that would be a real issue for me, but I don't read these for the mystery as much as for the characters. Did I mention the cats?

  • Pat
    2019-06-08 22:32

    Enjoyable book - I liked this book a bit better than the other because of the change of scene to the Potatoes with new folks rather than same old Pickax folks. Plus the economic and cultural rivalry between the Spuds and Taters was fun. The critical clue of a blonde hair fur ball found by the cats under a oft-mentioned armoire, I did not get however. Qwill is such a contradiction however. He waits until 11 pm for lower phone rates to call his lady friend, Polly. But then spends $$$ on local crafts, which came in handy in his final confrontation with the true bad guy, but then departs willy nilly in flood with washed out roads on a mountain in his second-hand car and leaves all the expensive crafts behind, and gives away his car. I think that is the one major fault in that the endings in JB's books to be a bit rushed when all the clues and motives are pulled together in Qwill's head. Nothing is fully explained, nor do we get the pleasure of knowing what the criminals justification was, or how things will work out with any victims.

  • Tommy Verhaegen
    2019-05-28 20:58

    Opnieuw een leuke detective met een speciale invalshoek namelijke 2 Siamese katten die over bovennatuurlijke eigenschappen schijnen te beschikken. Dat en de gevoelens in de snor van Qwilleran maken deze reeks uniek. Voorzien van de nodige humor en spanning bij het oplossen van een misdaad - met hoge inzet want een onschuldige is veroordeeld. Geweldige beschrijving - die je ook echt aanvoelt - van de dreigende atmosfeer, zowel het landschap als de mensen. Een boek dat je - ongemerkt - geleidelijk in zijn greep krijgt en je dan niet meer loslaat tot je de laatste bladzijde hebt omgeslagen. Na het lezen nodigt de diepere achtergrond uit om er bij te blijven stilstaan en verder over na te denken, zowel over de milieuproblematiek als de splitsing in de dorpsgemeenschap. Dit doet nergens ook maar iets af aan de pure amusementswaarde van het boek als detective.

  • Ellen
    2019-06-17 22:57

    Silly, campy, obvious, so funOkay, this author kind of sucks at mystery, and her characters are obvious and flat, and everything is really dated, and small town stuff is both romanticized and oversimplified, but she's also created this lovely and sort of silly world that a reader can take a little mental vacation into, so it's great. The stories have continuity and not too many sloppy mistakes. If you are looking for erudite literature, this ain't it. If you're looking for period fun, here it is!

  • Courtenay
    2019-06-05 23:37

    A slice of life from a time long ago but still pertinent today - this is why I enjoy these CAT books. Environmentalists at odds with big money contractors who want to clear the land of trees for homes and businesses is something most cities contend with in today's world. Those who are native to the land are at odds with those new to the town who want to bring their big city ways to "enrich" them. And in the midst of all of this is Qwilleran and his Siamese who are just out for a vacation, but find a murder mystery to solve. I liked it! Quick and easy to read.

  • Roya
    2019-06-17 21:43

    I am sentimental about this book series. I love cats. I had 2 Persians who lived to the age of 20. My mom (not initially a fan of cats) came to adore my cats. We found this series of books at a used book shop in Chester, NJ. It's very light, simple reading and if you are a cat lover, you will love these books. If not, you will find them incredibly corny and unbelievable (which they are).

  • Alexandra Bogdanovic
    2019-05-22 20:56

    Good, but not one of Braun's best. The reason I read "cozy" mysteries, and these in particular, is because I enjoy the pure entertainment. This one was entertaining, but it was also a little bit too politically correct and formulaic for me...Hopefully Qwilleran, KoKo and Yum Yum's next adventures will be better.

  • Jeffrey
    2019-05-21 04:36

    This book is a mash up of small and big potato mountains! No half baked story here! A delightful romp through the Potato mountains. Qwill is on vacation. And it almost kills him!KoKo is solving puzzles... or is he just being a cat?Yum Yum is waiting for things to hide.Everything is in Tip Top shape on Big Potato mountain... but in Spudsville?And oh those 'Taters'!

  • Ethan Hulbert
    2019-05-23 21:42

    This book may actually be one of the first real mysteries I ever read, and it has a really special place in my heart. It may not be perfect but it does hold up very well upon subsequent rereads. I'll always enjoy this book.

  • A.J. Adams
    2019-06-10 20:37

    I don't understand it: these books started off well with great characters and okay plots but then they just went downhill. This one has flat characters and a bleh plot. Lilian Jackson Braun isn't an indie author. Why doesn't an editor get to grips with these issues?

  • Amy Miller
    2019-06-03 04:44

    I LOVED this series! I’ve read them all and rate them all a 5. If you like quirky mysteries this is one you should cover. Jim Qwilleran is my kind of detective ... add in a couple of clever cats & what you have is involved, funny and interesting.

  • Jaime Treadwell
    2019-05-30 02:35

    Another fun romp!Qwill and his cats continue to find mysteries around every corner. I always enjoy a good mystery. Again, you have suspicions from the beginning, but it's fun to see how it's resolved.