The ninth appearance of "purrfect" detectives Koko and Yum Yum and
their doting housemate, millionaire newsman Jim Qwilleran, finds
their sedentary summer plans - rusticating in a summer cabin in
Mooseville - upset when the old place proceeds to fall apart and
the carpenters who are hired to fix it disappear. The first to go
is Clem Cottle, a reliable, soon-to-be-married sort. Next: the
stupidly amiable, slothlike Iggy. Qwill's plumber, the
lipstick-losing Joanna, admits that her dad, a carpenter, died
peculiarly, as did a couple of other home-repairers. Meanwhile,
Koko is tearing up certain articles in the newspaper and hovering
over a trapdoor, while Qwill interviews octogenarian Emma Wimsey
for his column and is left her diaries, stories, letters, etc.,
when she passes away. Eventually, Koko scampers through the
trapdoor - locating Iggy - and Qwill finds an itemized list of
carpenter victims. Emma's old diaries will reveal the murderer's
motives, which - while psychologically plausible - seem deep indeed
for this generally lightweight story. Mrs. Clinko, the maintainence
dispatcher, is a chortling treasure; the cats are their usual
magnificent selves. Overall: wonderful ambiance, so-so mystery.
Jim Qwilleran packs up his old kit bag and his two Siamese cats,
Koko and Yum Yum, for a sun-and-fun summer at his log cabin in
Moose County. Their vacation starts off ominously with the
disappearance of a handyman hired to patch up Qwilleran's cabin.
But the felines really start throwing catfits when they come across
a dead body or two... A serial killer may be right under Koko's
nose, and now this ingenious Siamese must dig deeper to clear poor
Qwilleran of suspicion - and dig up the buried motive for a
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