This book started strangely. I had thought that we would meet the cat very early on, but that did not happen. Instead we met a newspaper writer named Jim Qwilleran. He joins the local paper and is put on the art beat.
An easy beat it is not. He has to interview this very strange artist who spoke of everything but his art. The city is full of strange artists, who all believe they are very talented. The newspapers art critic, however, disagrees.
George Bonifield Mountclemens the third, the art critic who lives with his cat. He also thinks that every artist in town is a talentless hack. So of course everyone hates him. To make matters odder Jim takes a room in Mountclemens house. Enter the cat.
Meanwhile, the art scene in the city is stricken with fear as the towns artists are being murdered. Mountclemens turns up murdered too and in his own house.
Of course the cat does his own sleuthing because he doesn’t think the cops will solve it. He pairs up with Jim and points him in the right direction time and time again. Ultimately, the murders are all solved with a few other crimes along the way.
The cat stole the book. I won’t tell you his name here. You wouldn’t believe me if I did, but he has quite the personality and is a topnotch crime-solver.