The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Not sure why I haven't read this one before as I have read numbers 2, 3, and 4 and enjoyed them as usual it is a quirky read. In the book Qwilleran has just come to town and been assigned the art beat. Befriended by the art critic for the newspaper he rents the downstairs apartment from him and soon finds himself running errands and cat setting for him. Qwilleran becomes enchanted with Koko (the cat) and spends many happy hours playing with him.
When a local gallery owner winds up dead, Qwilleran starts investigating oddly enough the investigation begins to point toward the art critic who has also meet an untimely end. When Qwilleran with Koko's help finds the stash of paintings supposedly by the famous Scrano the pieces began to fall in place. When the killer returns to cover his tracks Koko alerts Qwilleran and the two capture the dastardly artist.
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