Books by Lilian Jackson Braun

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


THE CAT WHO DROPPED A BOMBSHELL by Lilian Jackson Braun
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"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."
Sesquicentennial fever sweeps Pickax City. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO WENT BANANAS by Lilian Jackson Braun
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 3, 2005

"Fans will go bananas; others may go Wilde."
Jim Qwilleran, columnist for the Moose County Something and caretaker of sleuthing cats Koko and Yum Yum (The Cat Who Brought Down The House, 2003, etc.), takes on amateur theater, valuable old books, and an ugly landmark. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE HOUSE by Lilian Jackson Braun
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 6, 2003

"The smidgen of mystery will be just enough for the faithful already queued up for this mild silver anniversary for Braun."
Is the world of Prokofiev's opera The Gambler full of "scandal, intrigue, falsity, and greed," really, as millionaire columnist Jim Qwilleran observes, "just like Pickax"? Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO SMELLED A RAT by Lilian Jackson Braun
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 5, 2001

"All that's needed to make the meow mix perfect is more mystery and a modicum of suspense."
While awaiting the "Big One," the three-day blizzard that usually heralds the winter season up north of everywhere in Moose County, Jim Qwilleran, zillionaire newspaper columnist and companion to the two wiliest detectives who ever lived, Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum, joins the volunteer fire patrol for its 24/7 protection of the area's historic mineshaft towers. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO ROBBED A BANK by Lilian Jackson Braun
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 3, 2000

"One of the least of Braun's lesser efforts."
Pickax's only millionaire, Jim Qwilleran (The Cat Who Saw Stars, 1999, etc.), a columnist for the Moose County Something, is enjoying life in the spectacularly redesigned old barn where he spends the summer months with his Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum, his harbingers of good and evil. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO SANG FOR THE BIRDS by Lilian Jackson Braun
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 26, 1998

"Braun's terminally arch mixture (The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, 1997, etc.) is even more extreme than before as confusion reigns, characters proliferate, and Qwill, with his second-sighted assistants, once more solves Pickax's problems."
 More dire doings in Pickax (``400 miles north of everywhere''), where bachelor zillionaire Jim Qwilleran keeps a paternalistic eye on the town from his opulent barn house and his columnist job on Moose County Something, the local paper. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO COULD READ BACKWARDS by Lilian Jackson Braun
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 1997

 A new hardcover edition (after Dutton's in 1966) of the first in a series that now totals 19 (The Cat Who Tailed a Thief, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO TAILED A THIEF by Lilian Jackson Braun
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 10, 1997

"For others, a benign waste of time. (Literary Guild alternate; Mystery Guild main selection)"
 Yet another chapter in the saccharine saga of Pickax, a far northern town where bad things keep happening to good people (The Cat Who Said Cheese, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO SAID CHEESE by Lilian Jackson Braun
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 6, 1996

"The author's legion of fans will love it—for sure. (Mystery Book Club main selection; Literary Guild alternate selection)"
 Millionaire (by inheritance) Jim Qwilleran (``Call me Qwill'') lives in northern Pickax City, writes a column for the Moose County Something, and shares his log mansion with Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum (The Cat Who Blew The Whistle, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO BLEW THE WHISTLE by Lilian Jackson Braun
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 8, 1995

"Braun's childlike characters take these activities and themselves almost as seriously as they take their cats. (Literary Guild/Mystery Guild main selections)"
 Floyd Trevelyan, president of the Lumbertown Credit Union, is gone, and so are his secretary Nella Hooper and millions of Moose County dollars. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO CAME TO BREAKFAST by Lilian Jackson Braun
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 9, 1994

"Less feline than usual, though psychic Koko's uncanny facility with dominos fingers (sorry, tails) two separate killers in this meandering page from the past."
 Maine's Breakfast Island, that is—that's where megamillionaire Jim Qwilleran, bereft of his special friend Polly Duncan, takes his sleuthing Siamese Koko and Yum Yum to write a few columns for the Moose County Something on the deplorable new tourist facilities on the island, and to look into a series of ``accidents'' (15 guests poisoned by bad chicken, one drowned, one the victim of a bad fall, one blown up in his cruiser, etc.) that have befallen mostly faceless visitors. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO WENT INTO THE CLOSET by Lilian Jackson Braun
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 21, 1993

"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."
 Another of the author's rambling tales starring Koko and Yum- Yum. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO WASN'T THERE by Lilian Jackson Braun
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Nice scenery, interesting historical tidbits, and far-fetched- -in fact, farcical—motivation for murder, but die-hards and readers new to the series will have a rare glimpse of Qwill and Koko behaving most ungentlemanly-like toward the ladies."
 The 15th outing for Pickax City newspaper pundit and zillionaire Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese housemates, Koko and Yum Yum, travels from Moose County to Hibernia and back again as it dwells on Qwill's Scottish ancestry; the identity of the prowler sniffing around his lover, Polly the librarian; and the attempts of his former lover, Melinda, to rekindle their romance (with dire results) while on a Highland Tour with them and 13 other Pickax friends. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO MOVED A MOUNTAIN by Lilian Jackson Braun
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 9, 1992

"A shade cuter than most Braun outings, with a very incidental murder, but devoted fans will lap it up anyway."
 Newsman Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese sidekicks, Koko and Yum Yum, now find themselves summering on the top of Big Potatoe Mountain in the ramshackle digs of the late J.J. Hawkinfield, while Qwill mulls over life now that he's officially the beneficiary of the Klingenschoen fortune. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO KNEW A CARDINAL by Lilian Jackson Braun
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 9, 1991

"They're omnipresent as well as omniscient here."
 Yet another in the author's series of stories (The Cat Who Went Underground, etc.) about millionaire (inherited) journalist Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yumthe latter two, along with Jim's moustache, supposedly gifted with a talent for detection. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO WENT UNDERGROUND by Lilian Jackson Braun
Released: March 27, 1989

The ninth appearance of "purrfect" detectives Koko and Yum Yum and their doting housemate, millionaire newsman Jim Qwilleran, finds their sedentary summer plans—rusticating in a summer cabin in Mooseville—upset when the old place proceeds to fall apart and the carpenters who are hired to fix it disappear. Read full book review >