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Lilian Jackson Braun was born on June 20, 1913. After starting out as a copywriter for Detroit department stores, she worked for The Detroit Free Press for nearly 30 years. In the 1960s, her cat died in a fall from a 10th-floor window in Detroit. Neighbors later told her that someone pushed the cat. To work through her feelings, she wrote a short story based on the incident. The result was her first three novels, The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern, and The Cat Who Turned On and Off. After an 18-year break, she published The Cat Who Saw Red. During her lifetime, she wrote 29 titles in The Cat Who... series. She died on June 4, 2011 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the age of 97. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Cat Who Could Read Backwards 2,086 copies, 57 reviews
The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern 1,560 copies, 32 reviews
The Cat Who Said Cheese 1,447 copies, 8 reviews
The Cat Who Wasn't There 1,426 copies, 13 reviews
The Cat Who Blew the Whistle 1,422 copies, 12 reviews
The Cat Who Saw Red 1,415 copies, 19 reviews
The Cat Who Tailed a Thief 1,413 copies, 6 reviews
The Cat Who Went into the Closet 1,397 copies, 11 reviews
The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts 1,390 copies, 13 reviews
The Cat Who Came to Breakfast 1,389 copies, 10 reviews
The Cat Who Saw Stars 1,378 copies, 14 reviews
The Cat Who Turned On and Off 1,375 copies, 21 reviews
The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare 1,364 copies, 15 reviews
The Cat Who Moved a Mountain 1,357 copies, 11 reviews
The Cat Who Robbed a Bank 1,352 copies, 12 reviews
The Cat Who Played Post Office 1,350 copies, 16 reviews
The Cat Who Played Brahms 1,348 copies, 17 reviews
The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal 1,326 copies, 20 reviews
The Cat Who Smelled a Rat 1,322 copies, 10 reviews
The Cat Who Went Up the Creek 1,318 copies, 12 reviews
The Cat Who Sang for the Birds 1,314 copies, 10 reviews
The Cat Who Lived High 1,310 copies, 16 reviews
The Cat Who Sniffed Glue 1,277 copies, 12 reviews
The Cat Who Went Underground 1,259 copies, 14 reviews
The Cat Who Brought Down the House 1,228 copies, 9 reviews
The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell 1,211 copies, 24 reviews
The Cat Who Talked Turkey 1,201 copies, 13 reviews
The Cat Who Went Bananas 1,131 copies, 23 reviews
The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers 1,060 copies, 34 reviews
The Cat Who Had 14 Tales 833 copies, 12 reviews
The Private Life of the Cat Who... 444 copies, 11 reviews
The Cat Who ... Mystery Series 11 copies, 1 review
Cats For Dummies (Foreword, some editions) 269 copies, 2 reviews
The Cat Who... Cookbook (Foreword, some editions) 138 copies, 1 review
Mystery Cats: Feline Felonies (Contributor) 125 copies, 2 reviews
Midnight Louie's Pet Detectives (Contributor) 99 copies, 1 review
The Best of Sisters in Crime (Contributor) 83 copies, 2 reviews
Sisters in Crime 3 (Contributor) 75 copies, 1 review
Magicats II! (Contributor) 70 copies
More Mystery Cats: Feline Felonies (Contributor) 67 copies, 1 review
Mysterious Cat Stories (Contributor) 56 copies
The Cat Who... Quizbook (Introduction) 51 copies
Detective Duos (Contributor) 43 copies, 1 review
Mystery Cats 3: More Feline Felonies (Contributor) 39 copies
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She is something of a technophobe and still uses a typewriter.

The history of Lilian Jackson Braun is perhaps as exciting and mysterious as her novels. Between 1966 and 1968, she published three novels to critical acclaim; The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern and The Cat Who Turned On and Off. In 1966, The New York Times labeled Braun, "the new detective of the year." Then, for reasons unknown, the rising mystery author disappeared from the publishing scene.

It wasn't until 1986 that the Berkley Publishing Group reintroduced Braun to the public with the publication of an original paperback, The Cat Who Saw Red. Within two years, Berkley released four new novels in paperback and reprinted the three mysteries from the sixties.
Braun was the "Good Living" editor of The Detroit Free Press for 29 years. She is retired from journalism and is currently writing mysteries full-time. She lives with two Siamese cats and her husband, Earl Bettinger, in North Carolina.
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