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The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (The Cat Who...Bk 1)
The Cat Who Could Read Backwards - The Cat Who...Bk 1 Author:Lilian Jackson Braun Jim Qwilleran, is a prizewinning reporter who's been on the skids but is now coming back with a job as feature writer (mostly on the art scene) for the Daily Fluxion. George Bonifield Mountclemens, the paper's credentialed art critic, writes almost invariably scathing, hurtful reviews of local shows; delivers his pieces by messenger; liv... more »es with his all-knowing cat Koko in a lushly furnished house in a moldering neighborhood, and has a raft of enemies all over town.
He offers the newcomer a tiny apartment in his building at a nominal rent, and Qwilleran grabs it, surmising the deal will involve lots of cat-sitting. Meanwhile, a gallery whose artists get happier treatment from Mountclemens is owned by Earl Lambreth. The acerbic critic has praised paintings there by a reclusive Italian named Scrano; the junk assemblages of Nino, who calls himself a "Thingist," as well as works by Lambreth's attractive wife Zoe.
It's Zoe who, one night past closing, finds her husband stabbed to death in the vandalized gallery. Days later, Qwilleran, guided by an insistent Koko, finds Mountclemens's knifed corpse on the patio behind his house. It takes a while to put the meandering pieces together and to uncover an overriding motive behind the mayhem.« less
This is the first in The Cat Who...series and I found it to be adorable. Rather light reading mystery that introduced the characters well and had some good twists and turns. It makes me want to read more by Lilian Jackson Braun.
I had read other books about the cat who, but never read the first one before. I really enjoyed it and it answered the questions that were only hinted at in the later books I read. I now plan to reread the whole series...
This is the first of the "Cat Who" books and is really clever. Lilian Jackson Braun wrote the first three books in the 1960's and then didn't write again for almost twenty years. I have all the books and read them over and over again. Wonderfully entertaining and well written.