I write a lot of cozy mysteries in my freelance work, so it would only make sense that I also read a lot of them, right? The Cat Who series by Lillian Jackson Braun is one that I’ve returned to over and over throughout the last several years. I managed to read the entire series (which at 30 books is no small challenge while working and raising a family). Even though I have plenty of other books on the shelves at home, I’ve gone to the library and turned to the internet to make sure I found every single one.
It seemed only fitting to also pick up The Private Life of the Cat Who: Tales of Koko and Yum Yum from the Journal of James Mackintosh Qwilleran. It’s a slim little volume of what I don’t even think I’d call short stories necessarily. They’re more like reflections of the main protagonist James Qwilleran on his cats. He recalls how he got them and reminisces on some of their adventures.
It’s a very quick and light read, and it serves as a fun refresher of many of the stories I’d already read in the series. While I highly recommend The Private Life for anyone who has read the other books, you may not want to pick this up if you haven’t already come to know Koko and Yum Yum quite well. I wouldn’t want you to spoil the fun for yourself!
Have you read any of That Cat Who series? What did you think? Feel free to use my link to purchase from Amazon, or you can find my copy for sale on eBay!
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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University. Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside Detective. Her short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous. Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world. You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.
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With a plane trip ahead of me last month, I made sure to grab a paperback before I headed out the door. Sure, my phone and my tablet are both loaded with ebooks, but there’s something I find incredibly satisfying about an actual book. A collection of short stories was particularly appealing, since I would be traveling and likely too tired to have much of an attention span.
What I Loved: I’ve read almost all of the other books in Braun’s Cat Who series, and I’ve loved them. These short stories were just as good, but they revolved around different characters. It was a nice change of pace, but of course there were still lots of cats! It was a nice fast read, and I read almost the entire thing on the plane. Braun was always excellent with description and characterization, and she accomplished this even in short stories.
What I Didn’t Love So Much: There are a few cats that die on these pages. If you’re the type that absolutely can’t stand to have animals die in a story, then this might not be the book for you. Nothing is graphically described, but it’s there.
Rating and Recommendation: This is a great book for anyone who loves cats, mysteries, and short stories, or a combination of at least two of those elements. Since I was bummed when it was over, I have to give it 5 stars.
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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University. Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside Detective. Her short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Paradox, and Subcutaneous. Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world. You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.
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