History Literature / TheCatWhoSeries

26th Jul '17 2:42:18 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* FranchiseZombie: The series continued for years despite overwhelming agreement that the quality of the novels had greatly declined, and many suspected [[ExecutiveMeddling publisher interference]].
9th Jul '17 10:25:47 AM JMQwilleran
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* CausticCritic: In the original book, ''The Cat Who Could Read Backwards'', the art critic Mountclemens so very much so. He has managed to offend just about everyone on the art scene in town except for a select few artists he's propping up, but is kept because his columns draw huge readership. His targets include a wealthy donor whose art he described as "drugstore art." Of a sweet old butcher called "Uncle Waldo," he comments that "age is no substitute for talent." He also targets private collectors who are "less dedicated to art preservation than tax avoidance." Even his full name, George Bonifield Mountclemens III, pisses some off, as it must be set line-by-line in the type on his byline and he insists on no abbreviations.[[note]]The book was done in the 1960s when all of this still had to be done by hand.[[/note]]
2nd May '17 7:56:09 PM silver1881
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*** A mention of a character hiding out in Duluth (implying that it's a nearby "big place" that one could disappear into), plus the similar weather and proximity to the Great Lakes, could indicate northern Minnesota as Moose County's location.
15th Mar '17 11:45:17 PM Xtifr
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See also ''Literature/MidnightLouie'', a series by Carole Nelson Douglas that draws much influence from this one, featuring a hard-boiled feline private eye as a first-person narrator at times. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be remotely confused with]] ''Literature/TheCatWhoWalksThroughWalls'', an entirely different sort of book by RobertAHeinlein.

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See also ''Literature/MidnightLouie'', a series by Carole Nelson Douglas that draws much influence from this one, featuring a hard-boiled feline private eye as a first-person narrator at times. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be remotely confused with]] ''Literature/TheCatWhoWalksThroughWalls'', an entirely different sort of book by RobertAHeinlein.Creator/RobertAHeinlein.
11th Mar '17 4:05:29 PM nombretomado
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** Polly's real name is [[AMidsummerNightsDream Hippolyta]], and she mentions that her "poor sister [[{{Hamlet}} Ophelia]]" had a rough time of it in school.

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** Polly's real name is [[AMidsummerNightsDream [[Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream Hippolyta]], and she mentions that her "poor sister [[{{Hamlet}} Ophelia]]" had a rough time of it in school.
4th Mar '17 11:02:43 AM nombretomado
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: An in-universe sort of variant. Qwill is frequently mentioned by other characters as bearing a strong resemblance to MarkTwain.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: An in-universe sort of variant. Qwill is frequently mentioned by other characters as bearing a strong resemblance to MarkTwain.Creator/MarkTwain.
13th Dec '16 7:32:32 PM JMQwilleran
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* MallSanta: In ''The Cat Who Went Into the Closet'', Qwilleran is drafted into being the Santa Claus of the small town of Pickaxe. He takes things fairly well, but panics when he learns that he's not done because he's still required to do lap-sitting.
-->'''Qwilleran''': M-er-r-y Christmas! [[IsThisThingStillOn Get me outta here! How do I get down? I'm not going back down that stupid ladder!]]
1st Jun '16 6:22:36 AM JustTroper
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* {{Cloudcuckoolanguage}}: Nino. {{Lampshaded}}: "He even speaks a language of his own, but we don't expect conformity of a genius, do we?"
24th Dec '15 1:03:07 PM LadyNorbert
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* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: To an extent, Qwill's summer home, a converted apple barn on the Klingenschoen property, which many characters compare with the Guggenheim Museum.

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* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: To an extent, Qwill's summer home, home is this; it's a converted apple barn on the Klingenschoen property, which many characters compare with the Guggenheim Museum.



* BrotherSisterIncest: Implied to have been the case with the sibling lawyers who initially handled Qwill's inheritance; at the very least, the sister was a ClingyJealousGirl.

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* BrotherSisterIncest: Implied to have been be the case with the sibling lawyers who initially handled handle Qwill's inheritance; at the very least, the sister was is a ClingyJealousGirl.



* CanonDiscontinuity: The 29th book in the series, ''The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers,'' was widely regarded as this by many fans who were outraged at the sudden and unexplained changes to the well-loved landscape of the stories.

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* CanonDiscontinuity: The 29th book in the series, ''The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers,'' was is widely regarded as this by many fans who were outraged at the sudden and unexplained changes to the well-loved landscape of the stories.



* ConstantlyCurious: Baby in ''The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts''. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, it led to her getting seriously injured, though she got better.]]

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* ConstantlyCurious: Baby in ''The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts''. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, it led leads to her getting seriously injured, though she got gets better.]]



* DevelopmentHell: ''The Cat Who Smelled Smoke'', the planned 35th installment (including special projects) in the series. Originally scheduled for 2008, then 2009, then canceled.



* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: Police Chief Andrew Brody, like many characters in the series, is of Scottish descent and is known to give stirring bagpipe performances at public events, weddings, and [[AlwaysMurder funerals]].

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* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: Police Chief Andrew Brody, Brodie, like many characters in the series, is of Scottish descent and is known to give stirring bagpipe performances at public events, weddings, and [[AlwaysMurder funerals]].



* FirstGirlWins: To a small extent. In ''The Cat Who Saw Red'', Qwill is reunited with his first love, Joy; he admits that every woman he's ever been involved with since her, including his ex-wife, is a woman who reminds him of her. [[spoiler:After she's murdered, he finally moves on.]]



* TheHyena: Celia Robinson, who has a loud, musical laugh and laughs even at Qwilleran's mildest quips. In ''The Cat Who Blew the Whistle'', Qwilleran introduces to her the idea of "fine-tuning" her laugh.

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* TheHyena: Celia Robinson, who has a loud, musical laugh and laughs will crack up even at Qwilleran's mildest quips. In ''The Cat Who Blew the Whistle'', Qwilleran introduces to her the idea of "fine-tuning" her laugh.



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Applying to both Qwill and Koko. Qwill's pepper-and-salt mustache bristles occasionally, and he sees it as a sign of raw intuition picking up on something suspicious. Koko at times ''appears'' to be psychic, but it's always left ambiguous as to whether or not his catty antics are just what they seem to be or not. At least, Qwilleran seems to find it ambiguous, but to the reader it's a bit more obvious that there's something magic about it. If a cat lets out a chilling howl once at the exact time of a suspicious death that later turns out to be murder, that may be a coincidence. If said cat repeatedly does this, then it can no longer be written off as just coincidence, especially combined with some of the other things Koko does. Though on the "mundane" side of the argument is the fact that Qwill rarely manages to predict anything from Koko's clues and the explanation of how Koko solves the mystery usually comes as Qwill tries to fit in Koko's behaviour with the solution he already knows.
** A lesser example is Mildred Hanstable Riker's Tarot readings. They are vague enough that there's no proof Mildred can predict the future but almost always prove accurate.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Applying to both Qwill and Koko. Qwill's pepper-and-salt mustache bristles occasionally, and he sees it as a sign of raw intuition picking up on something suspicious. Koko at times ''appears'' to be psychic, but it's always left ambiguous as to whether or not his catty antics are just what they seem to be or not. At least, Qwilleran seems to find it ambiguous, but to the reader it's a bit more obvious that there's something magic about it. If a cat lets out a chilling howl once at the exact time of a suspicious death that later turns out to be murder, that may be a coincidence. If said cat repeatedly does this, then it can no longer be written off as just coincidence, especially combined with some of the other things Koko does. Though However, on the "mundane" side of the argument is the fact that Qwill rarely manages to predict anything from Koko's clues clues, and the explanation of how Koko solves the mystery usually comes as Qwill tries to fit in Koko's behaviour with the solution he already knows.
** A lesser example is Mildred Hanstable Riker's Tarot readings. They are vague enough that there's no proof Mildred can predict the future future, but almost always prove accurate.



* PurpleIsPowerful: The character Euphonia Gage believed this and wore a lot of purple.
* PyramidPower: In ''The Cat Who Blew the Whistle'', Elizabeth Hart is big on the idea of pyramid power. Unannounced, she and her boyfriend pop over to the Qwilleran's apple barn and set up a makeshift portable pyramid. After they leave, Koko makes his way to the very center of the pyramid and there is a blackout across all of Pickax that doesn't stop until he exits the pyramid.

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* PurpleIsPowerful: The character Euphonia Gage believed believes this and wore wears a lot of purple.
* PyramidPower: In ''The Cat Who Blew the Whistle'', Elizabeth Hart is big on the idea of pyramid power. Unannounced, she and her boyfriend pop over to the Qwilleran's apple barn and set up a makeshift portable pyramid. After they leave, Koko makes his way to the very center of the pyramid pyramid, and there is a blackout across all of Pickax Pickaxe that doesn't stop until he exits the pyramid.



* SelfMadeOrphan: Qwill encounters two of these in the course of the series. [[spoiler:One he meets when taking a vacation to nearby Potato Mountain. The other, who killed not only her father but men who reminded her of her father, is revealed to be a victim of ParentalIncest, and has a SplitPersonality to boot.]]

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* SelfMadeOrphan: Qwill encounters two of these in the course of the series. [[spoiler:One is a young woman he meets when taking a vacation to nearby Potato Mountain. The other, who killed not only her father but men who reminded her of her father, is revealed to be a victim of ParentalIncest, and has a SplitPersonality to boot.boot; given these revelations, she's a much more sympathetic example than the former.]]



* StalkerWithACrush: Qwill's one-time love interest, [[spoiler:Melinda Goodwinter]], who goes so far as to try to have his serious girlfriend murdered in an attempt to get him back.

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* StalkerWithACrush: Qwill's one-time love interest, [[spoiler:Melinda Goodwinter]], who goes so far as to try to have his serious girlfriend murdered in an attempt to get him back.



**** In ''The Cat Who Turned On and Off'', a character travels by plane to Cleveland, thus also ruling it out as the setting.

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**** *** In ''The Cat Who Turned On and Off'', a character travels by plane to Cleveland, thus also ruling it out as the setting.
5th Nov '15 8:27:29 PM Zsuzsa
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* DrowningMySorrows: Qwill, prior to the start of the series, although he later swears off alcohol.

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* DrowningMySorrows: Qwill, prior to the start of the series, although he later swears has sworn off alcohol.alcohol by the time the first book begins.
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