Sesquicentennial fever sweeps Pickax City.
As head of the K Foundation, fabulously wealthy Jim “Qwill” Qwilleran is often involved in Moose County activities. He’s just made the move from his in-town condo to the architecturally renowned apple barn that’s his summer home. Qwill is happy to let the orphaned nephew of the wealthy Ledfield family make sketches of his apple barn for a college entrance portfolio. Harvey Ledfield soon arrives in a limousine with his fiancée, cat-loving journalism student Clarissa Moore, who is a hit with Qwill. But Qwill becomes suspicious of Harvey when Qwill’s Siamese Koko drops from a balcony and knocks Harvey off his sketching stool. Like Yum Yum, Qwill’s other cat, Koko is never wrong about people and obviously has it in for Harvey. In due course, Clarissa confesses that she’s not engaged but just helping Harvey work a scam to inherit the Ledfield wealth. Undaunted, Qwill gets her a job at the local paper as he and his circle of friends gear up to make the sesquicentennial celebration one for the history books. Things go well enough until both Ledfield elders die mysteriously. For better or worse, parades and other events leave Qwill little time for sleuthing.
No mystery to speak of, but cat-loving fans of Braun’s Moose County saga (The Cat Who Went Bananas, 2005, etc.) will no doubt enjoy the latest from Pickax.