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* AndTheAdventureContinues: The series ends with San receiving a job offer to find a stolen necklace.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Sam is a firm believer that this trope is true for female humans and cats alike, dismissing gorgeous actress Mary-Beth [=DeSpain=] as a suspect the moment he sees her picture in ''The Big Catnap.'' While there are a few selfish and unpleasant attractive female cats in the series, none are villainous.



* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: In ‘’The Great Catsby,’’ Rex Trout makes it appear that an intruder shot him and took his body while he absconds with the advance money from the book his WritersBlock kept him from actually writing, as well as money he got blackmailing the supposed subjects of his nonexistent book.]]
* FieryCoverup: Prior to ''The Great Catsby,'' Harold Rigsby hired an arsonist to burn down his office and destroy the records proving he was a tax cheat.



* OnOneCondition: Prior to ''The Great Catsby,'' enthusiastic amateur musician JJ Smythington inherited billions from his uncle on the condition that he live in the countryside and host fundraisers for a charity foundation. Instead, JJ went on tour with a rock band and hired Ted Parker (Catsby's owner) to assume his identity while JJ uses Ted’s name. [[CaperRationalization This lets JJ follow his musical dreams while Ted raises money for the worthy causes JJ’s uncle supported.]]



* RefugeInAudacity: In the final book, Sam mails a letter revealing the culprit to the police and the newspapers and signs it "Sam the Cat Detective," knowing that only cats watching the news will realize it really was sent by a cat.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Prior to ''The Great Catsby,'' a local woman shot her rich husband and got away with claiming she’d mistaken him for a burglar because her sister was married to the sheriff.



* WritersBlock: In ''The Maltese Kitten,'' John D. O'Shaughnessy struggles to get started on the sequel to his bestselling crime novel, mainly due to being threatened with eviction by his landlord.

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* WritersBlock: WritersBlock:
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In ''The Maltese Kitten,'' John D. O'Shaughnessy struggles to get started on the sequel to his bestselling crime novel, mainly due to being threatened with eviction by his landlord.landlord.
** In ''The Great Catsby,'' Rex Trout struggles to write a single sentence of his tell-all novel. [[spoiler: Instead, Rex has been blackmailing people afraid he'll put them in the book, planning to run off with their money and the advance payment from his publisher.]]


* NearlyNormalAnimal: Sam and the other cats are [=LNA=]s. They understand everything humans say and refer to humans as their roommates and/or employers. A cat who lives in a police station introduces himself as Officer Gomez, and Sam's friend Butch considers chasing mice at the supermarket to be a job. Some cats hire other cats to do jobs for food. Cats are capable of making phone calls to each other, reading, and typing emails. Shortly before ''The Big Catnap'' Sandy and Rosie have a church wedding, with another cat acting as the minister. In ''The Maltese Kitten,'' Butch talks about joining the Republican Party.



* OddNameOut: The Flying Fang’s (former circus cats) are named Wang, Chang, Drang and Strum. Interestingly, Strum is the only one who doesn't take part in the others attempts at making rap music, and seems to find the whole thing embarrassing.

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* OddNameOut: The Flying Fang’s Fangs (former circus cats) are named Wang, Chang, Drang and Strum. Interestingly, Strum is the only one who doesn't take part in the others attempts at making rap music, and seems to find the whole thing embarrassing.


The book has three sequels, ''The Maltese Kitten'', ''The Big Catnap'', and ''The Great Catsby''.

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The book has three sequels, ''The Big Catnap'', ''The Maltese Kitten'', ''The Big Catnap'', and ''The Great Catsby''.


* CatsHateWater: In ''The Maltese Kitten,'' giving the eponymous kitten a bath to wash off hair dye is viewed as DirtyBusiness by every cat present.



* MeaningfulName: The EvilPoacher who serves as TheDragon in ''The Maltese Kitten'' is named Hench.



* TaxidermyIsCreepy: In ''The Maltese Kitten,'' Sam is deeply unsettled by all of the stuffed or skinned endangered animals in BigBad Casper Gutless's home.
* TranquilizerDart: In ''The Maltese Kitten,'' EvilPoacher Herman Hench carries a dart gun that he uses to put multiple people and animals to sleep for several hours.



* WashyWatchy: Street cat Oscar watches the machines from the laundromat window as entertainment. He considers it to be as good as television and especially likes the Soaps. Later on he talks about a tv show he saw where the police just chased a guy in circles until they all fell down and is reminded that was the rinse cycle.

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* WashyWatchy: Street cat Oscar watches the machines from the laundromat window as entertainment. He considers it to be as good as television and especially likes the Soaps. Later on he talks about a tv show he saw where the police just chased a guy in circles until they all fell down and is reminded that was the rinse cycle.cycle.
* WholePlotReference: ''The Maltese Kitten'' to ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'', complete with [[spoiler:the seemingly valuable kitten being replaced with a fake]], although the [[spoiler:Brigid and Cairo]] {{Expy}}s aren't villains.
* WritersBlock: In ''The Maltese Kitten,'' John D. O'Shaughnessy struggles to get started on the sequel to his bestselling crime novel, mainly due to being threatened with eviction by his landlord.


—> '''Sugary:''' Do you treat all of your clients like third class mail?
—> '''Sam:''' Only if their third-class male. First-class female is a whole different thing.
—> '''Sugary:''' Well you certainly ''talk'' like a detective.

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—> --> '''Sugary:''' Do you treat all of your clients like third class mail?
—>
mail?
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'''Sam:''' Only if their third-class male. First-class female is a whole different thing.
—> --> '''Sugary:''' Well you certainly ''talk'' like a detective.


* IdenticalTwinIDTag: In the second book, Sandy's "stunt double" James Blond (who dramatically leaps into the view of the camera before Sandy eats the cat food) has a black nose, while Sandy and his brother Felix have pink noses.

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* IdenticalTwinIDTag: In the second book, Sandy's "stunt double" James Blond (who dramatically leaps into the view of the camera before Sandy eats the cat food) has a black pink nose, while Sandy and his brother Felix have pink black noses.


* KindHeartedCatLover: Max the handyman WrongfullyAccused of the burglaries feeds the local cats often and plays hide and go seek with them. Even after being fired he feeds them on his way out.

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* KindHeartedCatLover: KindHeartedCatLover:
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Max the handyman WrongfullyAccused of the burglaries feeds the local cats often and plays hide and go seek with them. Even after being fired he feeds them on his way out.out.
** In the second book, John Casey Jones' former pet Felix recalls that even when suffering from depression, John never abused him or forgot to feed him, and apologized for his aloofness and played with Felix every evening once that depression passed.

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* IdenticalTwinIDTag: In the second book, Sandy's "stunt double" James Blond (who dramatically leaps into the view of the camera before Sandy eats the cat food) has a black nose, while Sandy and his brother Felix have pink noses.


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* {{Joisey}}: When Sam sees that a suspect in The Big Catnap has a New Jersey driver's license, he says the words "new" and "jersey" are the most disheartening words in the English language.


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* MinionWithAnFInEvil: John Casey Jones in the second book. He only gets involved with kidnapping Sandy due to [[spoiler:rightfully feeling cheated by his sister (Sandy's owner) and feeling money would win back his fiancé. Even then, he doesn't want to kidnap Sandy and tries to just fool his [[TheCorruptor corrupting partner]] by snatching a stray cat, only to get the real Sandy by mistake. At the end of the book, he turns on his partner during a fight on the stage of the theatre where they work to save the cats.]]


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* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: In the second book Sam meets a cat representing the Feline Rights Organization, which wants to change the name "cat" to Feline-Americans (due to words like cataract and cataclysm having ''cat'' in them) and call themselves animal companions instead of pets.


* BrickJoke: At the end after Sam gathers the other cats to share in his salmon fee everyone else eats the salmon before he can and all that's left for Sam is canned food that turns out to be the atrocious pet food catsup from earlier.

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* BrickJoke: At the end after Sam gathers the other cats to share in his salmon fee everyone else eats the salmon before he can and all that's left for Sam is canned food that turns out to be the atrocious pet food catsup catslop from earlier.



* CrankyLandlord: Local apartment owner Horton F. [[MeaningfulName Meany]] is described as quite a sourpuss, although his wrath focuses more on his wrongfully accused employee than his tenants but he also does any repairs they want bad cheap and fast.

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* CrankyLandlord: Local apartment owner Horton F. [[MeaningfulName Meany]] is described as quite a sourpuss, although his wrath focuses more on his wrongfully accused employee than his tenants but he also does any repairs they want bad cheap done cheap, bad, and fast.



* GrandeDame: Lady Anne is a fairly pompous cat who feels being called “helpful” instead of “generous” is tacky.

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* GrandeDame: Lady Anne is a fairly pompous cat who feels being called “helpful” "helpful" instead of “generous” "generous" is tacky.



—> ‘’’Sugary:’’’ Do you treat all of your clients like third class mail?
—> ‘’’’Sam:’’’ Only if their third-class male. First-class female is a whole different thing.
—> ‘’’Sugary:’’’ Well you certainly ‘’talk’’ like a detective.

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—> ‘’’Sugary:’’’ '''Sugary:''' Do you treat all of your clients like third class mail?
—> ‘’’’Sam:’’’ '''Sam:''' Only if their third-class male. First-class female is a whole different thing.
—> ‘’’Sugary:’’’ '''Sugary:''' Well you certainly ‘’talk’’ ''talk'' like a detective.



* IsTheAnswerToThisQuestionYes: When Sam asks if a fence named Cheater is still in business, his friend Tom replies “Is water still wet?”

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* IsTheAnswerToThisQuestionYes: When Sam asks if a fence named Cheater is still in business, his friend Tom replies “Is "Is water still wet?”wet?"



* MasochistsMeal: The “Catslop” cat food is described as something that looks and tastes like a goat ate it and then retched it into the can. Even Sandy (the cat who does commercials for it) only pretends to eat the stuff.
* NoodleIncident: Sam has been a detective for years by the time the first book starts and makes vague references to some cases he’s worked, and being owed a favor by Scratch that he cashes in.

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* MasochistsMeal: The “Catslop” "Catslop" cat food is described as something that looks and tastes like a goat ate it and then retched it into the can. Even Sandy (the cat who does commercials for it) only pretends to eat the stuff.
* NoodleIncident: Sam has been a detective for years by the time the first book starts and makes vague references to some cases he’s he's worked, and being owed a favor by Scratch that he cashes in.



** The cat Lady Anne describing Beverly Hills as full of “Bloodsuckers, parasites and vermin” [[LiteralMinded because she got flees on a visit there.]]
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Sam develops a careful plan with the other cats to catch Quark (who will attack him in person, calling the police and screeching into the phone like a hurt child and then physically subduing the burglar) which isn’t mentioned beforehand and works out perfectly.
* WashyWatchy: Street cat Oscar watches the machines from the laundromat window as entertainment. He considers it to be as good as television and especially likes the Soaps. Later on he walks about a tv show he saw where the police just chased a guy in circles until they all fell down and is reminded that was the rinse cycle.

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** The cat Lady Anne describing Beverly Hills as full of “Bloodsuckers, "Bloodsuckers, parasites and vermin” vermin" [[LiteralMinded because she got flees on a visit there.]]
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Sam develops a careful plan with the other cats to catch Quark (who will attack him in person, calling the police and screeching into the phone like a hurt child and then physically subduing the burglar) which isn’t isn't mentioned beforehand and works out perfectly.
* WashyWatchy: Street cat Oscar watches the machines from the laundromat window as entertainment. He considers it to be as good as television and especially likes the Soaps. Later on he walks talks about a tv show he saw where the police just chased a guy in circles until they all fell down and is reminded that was the rinse cycle.


‘’Sam the Cat: Detective’’ is a 1996 mystery novel by Linda Stewart for both adults and children. An AffectionateParody to the HardBoiledDetective genre, the story follows Sam, a cat who lives above a mystery bookstore and works as a private eye in exchange for tuna (and for big cases salmon) and finds himself hired to catch a (human) cat burglar and retrieve several valuables.
The book has three sequels, ‘’The Maltese Kitten’’, ‘’The Big Catnap’’, and ‘’The Great Catsby’’.

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''Sam
the Cat: Detective’’ Detective'' is a 1996 mystery novel by Linda Stewart for both adults and children. An AffectionateParody to the HardBoiledDetective genre, the story follows Sam, a cat who lives above a mystery bookstore and works as a private eye in exchange for tuna (and for big cases salmon) and finds himself hired to catch a (human) cat burglar and retrieve several valuables.
The book has three sequels, ‘’The ''The Maltese Kitten’’, ‘’The Kitten'', ''The Big Catnap’’, Catnap'', and ‘’The ''The Great Catsby’’.
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‘’Sam the Cat Detective’’ is a 1996 mystery novel by Linda Stewart for both adults and children. An AffectionateParody to the HardBoiledDetective genre, the story follows Sam, a cat who lives above a mystery bookstore and works as a private eye in exchange for tuna (and for big cases salmon) and finds himself hired to catch a (human) cat burglar and retrieve several valuables.

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‘’Sam the Cat Cat: Detective’’ is a 1996 mystery novel by Linda Stewart for both adults and children. An AffectionateParody to the HardBoiledDetective genre, the story follows Sam, a cat who lives above a mystery bookstore and works as a private eye in exchange for tuna (and for big cases salmon) and finds himself hired to catch a (human) cat burglar and retrieve several valuables.


* CatsVersusDogs: Most dogs Sam encounters chase him. This is referenced by a detective at the precinct Sam grew up in who, vented his loneliness talking to Sam and told him “hot dog” detectives are prone to acting too quickly and impatiently and screwing things up while the detectives he thinks of as “cats” are careful observers.



* DetectiveAnimal: Sam is a calculating cat who is good at sniffing out clues about animal and human criminals.

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* DetectiveAnimal: Sam is a calculating cat who is good at sniffing out clues about animal and human criminals.criminals and has an information network from other cats.



* HardBoiledDetective: Sam gets involved pursuing sinister figures all of the time, roughs up (animal) informants and certainly talks the part. —> ‘’’Sugary:’’’ Do you treat all of your clients like third class mail? —> ‘’’’Sam:’’’ Only if their third-class male. First-class female is a whole different thing. —> ‘’’Sugary:’’’ Well you certainly ‘’talk’’ like a detective.

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* HardBoiledDetective: Sam gets involved pursuing sinister figures all of the time, roughs up (animal) informants and certainly talks the part.
—> ‘’’Sugary:’’’ Do you treat all of your clients like third class mail? mail?
—> ‘’’’Sam:’’’ Only if their third-class male. First-class female is a whole different thing.thing.
—> ‘’’Sugary:’’’ Well you certainly ‘’talk’’ like a detective.



* IsTheAnswerToThisQuestionYes: When Sam asks if a fine named Cheater is still in business, his friend Tom replies “Is water still wet?”

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* IsTheAnswerToThisQuestionYes: When Sam asks if a fine fence named Cheater is still in business, his friend Tom replies “Is water still wet?”



* OddNameOut: The flying Fang’s (former circus cats) are named Wang, Chang, Drang and Strum.

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* OddNameOut: The flying Flying Fang’s (former circus cats) are named Wang, Chang, Drang and Strum.Strum. Interestingly, Strum is the only one who doesn't take part in the others attempts at making rap music, and seems to find the whole thing embarrassing.



* * Oscar liking the “soaps” when he watches the laundry.
* * The cat Lady Anne describing Beverly Hills as full of “Bloodsuckers, parasites and vermin” [[LiteralMinded because she got flees on a visit there.]]

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* * ** Oscar liking the “soaps” when he watches the laundry.
* * ** The cat Lady Anne describing Beverly Hills as full of “Bloodsuckers, parasites and vermin” [[LiteralMinded because she got flees on a visit there.]]



* WashyWatchy: Street cat Oscar watches the machines from the laundromat window as entertainment. He considers it to be as good as television and especially likes the Soaps.

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* WashyWatchy: Street cat Oscar watches the machines from the laundromat window as entertainment. He considers it to be as good as television and especially likes the Soaps. Later on he walks about a tv show he saw where the police just chased a guy in circles until they all fell down and is reminded that was the rinse cycle.

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‘’Sam the Cat Detective’’ is a 1996 mystery novel by Linda Stewart for both adults and children. An AffectionateParody to the HardBoiledDetective genre, the story follows Sam, a cat who lives above a mystery bookstore and works as a private eye in exchange for tuna (and for big cases salmon) and finds himself hired to catch a (human) cat burglar and retrieve several valuables.
The book has three sequels, ‘’The Maltese Kitten’’, ‘’The Big Catnap’’, and ‘’The Great Catsby’’.

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* BeneathNotice: Played with. Quark the burglar has obviously been to all of the apartments before to make wax impressions of keys to the terrace and get an idea of what jewels to steal but none of the cats can ever remember seeing anyone who fits his description before. [[spoiler: It turns out this is because Quark is in fact a menial figure, a painter, but the reason none of the cats recognize him is because they were taken out of the apartment while he was there so the families could avoid the paint fumes and the cats wouldn’t mess up the wet paint.]]
* BrickJoke: At the end after Sam gathers the other cats to share in his salmon fee everyone else eats the salmon before he can and all that's left for Sam is canned food that turns out to be the atrocious pet food catsup from earlier.
* CatsAreMean: Mostly subverted, but occasionally played straight, like with the obese and mocking Scratch, the pet of the local gangster.
* CatsVersusDogs: Most dogs Sam encounters chase him. This is referenced by a detective at the precinct Sam grew up in who, vented his loneliness talking to Sam and told him “hot dog” detectives are prone to acting too quickly and impatiently and screwing things up while the detectives he thinks of as “cats” are careful observers.
* CrankyLandlord: Local apartment owner Horton F. [[MeaningfulName Meany]] is described as quite a sourpuss, although his wrath focuses more on his wrongfully accused employee than his tenants but he also does any repairs they want bad cheap and fast.
* DetectiveAnimal: Sam is a calculating cat who is good at sniffing out clues about animal and human criminals.
* EntertaininglyWrong: The cops instantly believe the burglaries were committed by Max the handyman, using a key to come in through the front door and setting the scene to make it look like an outside burglar. The readers and Sam know that their wrong from the start, due to a cat across the street having scene a burglar climbing the building and dropping down onto terraces.
* GrandeDame: Lady Anne is a fairly pompous cat who feels being called “helpful” instead of “generous” is tacky.
* HardBoiledDetective: Sam gets involved pursuing sinister figures all of the time, roughs up (animal) informants and certainly talks the part. —> ‘’’Sugary:’’’ Do you treat all of your clients like third class mail? —> ‘’’’Sam:’’’ Only if their third-class male. First-class female is a whole different thing. —> ‘’’Sugary:’’’ Well you certainly ‘’talk’’ like a detective.
* IntrepidReporter: Tom, the owner of Sam’s neighboring cat Spike, who is a useful source of information as a result.
* IsTheAnswerToThisQuestionYes: When Sam asks if a fine named Cheater is still in business, his friend Tom replies “Is water still wet?”
* KindHeartedCatLover: Max the handyman WrongfullyAccused of the burglaries feeds the local cats often and plays hide and go seek with them. Even after being fired he feeds them on his way out.
* MasochistsMeal: The “Catslop” cat food is described as something that looks and tastes like a goat ate it and then retched it into the can. Even Sandy (the cat who does commercials for it) only pretends to eat the stuff.
* NoodleIncident: Sam has been a detective for years by the time the first book starts and makes vague references to some cases he’s worked, and being owed a favor by Scratch that he cashes in.
* OddNameOut: The flying Fang’s (former circus cats) are named Wang, Chang, Drang and Strum.
* OldCopYoungCop: The two policemen investigating the burglaries are a fat, gray-haired man and a rookie.
* StandardCopBackstory: Parodied a bit. Sam was born in a police precinct as a mascot and says he was involved in some cases before leaving and moving to the bookstore due to dissatisfaction with the bureaucrats around there.
* StealthPun
* * Oscar liking the “soaps” when he watches the laundry.
* * The cat Lady Anne describing Beverly Hills as full of “Bloodsuckers, parasites and vermin” [[LiteralMinded because she got flees on a visit there.]]
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Sam develops a careful plan with the other cats to catch Quark (who will attack him in person, calling the police and screeching into the phone like a hurt child and then physically subduing the burglar) which isn’t mentioned beforehand and works out perfectly.
* WashyWatchy: Street cat Oscar watches the machines from the laundromat window as entertainment. He considers it to be as good as television and especially likes the Soaps.

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