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Lilian Jackson Braun (1913–2011)

Author of The Cat Who Could Read Backwards

110+ Works 46,385 Members 585 Reviews 69 Favorited

About the Author

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 show more 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) show less

Series

Works by Lilian Jackson Braun

The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern (1967) 1,680 copies
The Cat Who Said Cheese (1996) 1,592 copies
The Cat Who Blew the Whistle (1995) 1,575 copies
The Cat Who Tailed a Thief (1997) 1,550 copies
The Cat Who Saw Red (1986) 1,548 copies
The Cat Who Wasn't There (1992) 1,547 copies
The Cat Who Saw Stars (1998) 1,546 copies
The Cat Who Came to Breakfast (1994) 1,528 copies
The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts (1990) 1,506 copies
The Cat Who Robbed a Bank (2000) 1,501 copies
The Cat Who Moved a Mountain (1992) 1,497 copies
The Cat Who Turned On and Off (1968) 1,495 copies
The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare (1988) 1,494 copies
The Cat Who Went Up the Creek (2002) 1,476 copies
The Cat Who Smelled a Rat (2001) 1,465 copies
The Cat Who Played Post Office (1987) 1,461 copies
The Cat Who Played Brahms (1987) 1,453 copies
The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (1998) 1,449 copies
The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal (1991) 1,444 copies
The Cat Who Lived High (1990) 1,428 copies
The Cat Who Sniffed Glue (1988) 1,393 copies
The Cat Who Went Underground (1989) 1,373 copies
The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (2006) 1,353 copies
The Cat Who Talked Turkey (2004) 1,331 copies
The Cat Who Went Bananas (2004) 1,268 copies
The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers (2007) 1,163 copies
The Cat Who Had 14 Tales (1988) 913 copies
The Cat Who... Books 4-6 (1993) 256 copies
The Cat Who... Books 14-16 (1996) 57 copies
The Cat Who Smelled Smoke (2008) 48 copies
The Cat Who... Books 4-7 (1981) 21 copies
The Cat Who... Books 5-7 (1994) 6 copies
The Cat Who... Books 3-4 (1995) 3 copies
Quattro gatti in giallo (2004) 2 copies
The Cat Who... Books 1-4 (1993) 2 copies
3 In 1 1 copy
The Cat Who ... (5, 6) (2003) 1 copy

Associated Works

Cats For Dummies (1997) — Foreword, some editions — 282 copies
The Cat Who... Cookbook (2000) — Foreword, some editions — 150 copies
Mystery Cats: Feline Felonies (1991) — Contributor — 137 copies
Midnight Louie's Pet Detectives (1998) — Contributor — 110 copies
The Best of Sisters in Crime (1997) — Contributor — 93 copies
Sisters in Crime 3 (1990) — Contributor — 79 copies
Magicats II! (1991) — Contributor — 76 copies
More Mystery Cats: Feline Felonies (1993) — Contributor — 76 copies
Mysterious Cat Stories (1993) — Contributor — 61 copies
The Cat Who... Quizbook (2003) — Introduction — 53 copies
Detective Duos (1997) — Contributor — 51 copies
Mystery Cats 3: More Feline Felonies (1995) — Contributor — 49 copies
Beastly Tales (1989) — Contributor — 25 copies
The Cat Who... Reunion Cookbook (2006) — Foreword, some editions — 23 copies
Cat Encounters: A Cat-Lover's Anthology (1979) — Contributor — 11 copies

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Common Knowledge

Birthdate
1913-06-20
Date of death
2011-06-04
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Willimansette, Chicopee Falls, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
Place of death
Landrum, South Carolina, USA
Cause of death
a lung infection
Places of residence
Michigan, USA
Tryon, North Carolina, USA
Occupations
copywriter
editor
Organizations
Detroit Free Press
Agent
Natalee Rosenstein, editor
Short biography
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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The Cat Who... in Cozy Mysteries (September 2012)

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Welcome back to the world of Koko, Yum Yum, and Qwill. There was a long hiatus between the third book and this one. This book is one of my favorites. Like Qwill, I love food but need to lose weight. Fortunately, my little dog doesn't put his paws on the scale, unlike Koko "assistance" with Qwill.

The mystery was good and played fair with the reader -- we had the chance to solve the mystery along with Qwill. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Highly recommended for fans of cozy mysteries. While it can be read as a stand-alone, as with most cozy mysteries, more background is gained by reading the earlier books first.… (more)
 
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Jean_Sexton | 21 other reviews | Mar 17, 2024 |
Okay, but not wild about Koko, or Qwilleran and his psychic mustache, to be honest. That's okay, it was fun and entertaining.
 
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BethOwl | 34 other reviews | Jan 24, 2024 |
Story: 7.5 / 10
Characters: 8
Setting: 7
Prose: 7
 
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