Ms Braun is one of a set of writers who writes what I call light mysteries. This book is a part of her Cat series. I have found each and every one of these a quick and enjoyable read.
In The Cat Who Smelled a Rat, Qwill and the redoubtable Koko find clues to a series of so-called accidents happening around town. From brush fires happening around the now historic landmark designated Shafthouses (small oddly shaped building at the top of mines) to an explosion at another town landmark, a book store built out of Feldspar to the head of the local curling club (and interesting and odd sport) falling down stairs to his death, there is a lot going on in small Pickaxe.
The conclusion comes with all the verve of a darker style of crime novel but with the pleasantness of this light mysteries series. Ms Braun has given us a cast of regular characters who are rich in details and not so young that we feel like we have been dumped into a tv show.
series of books, including this one, would find a following as a tv show. With over twenty books at the time this one came out back in 2001 there is a lot of stories to go around. I would recommend this book and the rest in the series for anyone who is looking for a good and fun read for a lazy afternoon.