Another of the author's rambling tales starring Koko and Yum- Yum. The all-knowing Siamese cats are presently sharing the rented Gage mansion in Pickax with oddball millionaire journalist Jim Qwilleran. Here, 80-ish Euphonia Gage, still feisty and energetic, is living in a plush Florida mobile-home park. News of her suicide startles the town--so does the fact that she left zilch to her grandson Junior Goodwinter, managing editor of the Moose County Something, for which Qwilleran writes a column. Euphonia's beneficiaries turn out to be the trailer park's owners, leading a suspicious Qwilleran to start asking questions--mostly by phone to Euphonia's talkative neighbor Celia Robinson. Meanwhile, there's a killing right in Pickax--of potato farmer Inchpot; there's also a weeklong snowstorm to surmount, plus chronicles of the 1869 Great Fire to endure, by way of Qwilleran's dramatic one-man audio-visual performances for clubs and schools. It's the cats, of course, who help Qwilleran solve his long- distance mystery--in a disheveled, determinedly folksy story sure to be enjoyed by the author's devoted following.