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Subject: Who Knows About 'The Cat Who...'?
Date Posted: 2/22/2008 5:14 PM ET
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I am a huge cat lover and was once recommended these books, and was wondering if anyone could tell me the very first book in the series? 'The Cat Who...' by Lilian Jackson Braun



Date Posted: 2/22/2008 5:19 PM ET
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You can get the series info for almost any mystery series from Stop, You're Killing Me! 

Here's the link to Lillian Jackson Braun's page on that website:  http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/B_Authors/Braun_Lilian-Jackson.html

You'll notice that the first three books in the series were written in the 1960's.  Lilian Jackson Braun stopped writing the series for some reason, and then picked it up again 20 years later.   There are now over 30 books in the series, with a new one due out in April of this year.    Most readers of the series agree that the writing quality has gone has gone downhill in the last few years, with many saying that it can't possibly be Ms. Braun still writing the books - she must be pretty old by now.

Personally, I totally agree that the writing quality isn't the same as in the beginning and middle of the series.  However, I've grown very fond of the characters in the books, so I'm still reading them and in fact plan to read The Cat Who Went Bananas in the next few weeks.

So - if you love cats and small town characters - you should like these books.  Enjoy!


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Date Posted: 2/22/2008 5:29 PM ET
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Is this the entire series?: http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/B_Authors/Braun_Lilian-Jackson.html

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 5:47 PM ET
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Yes.  Stop You're Killing Me always lists the entire series.

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 2:34 PM ET
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The earlier books are very entertaining. The last few I'd be willing to bet were not written by her. I have searched on the net for info on her and find nothing. No recent pictures, not recent info at all. Be sure to check to make sure the book due out soon is not a re-release, the name sounds too familier.

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 10:31 PM ET
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I have to agree with Tonya and Lynne. She is or will be 95 this year. I have found a marvelous book to use when reading one of her books. It is called: The Cat Who... Companion by Sharon Feaster. It is loaded with facts and most of all, it has descriptions of all of the main characters. Sometimes I get confused because a character may crop up from an earlier book and and you are expected to remember the character so I look up the character and it all becomes very clear. The book is available through PBS.
Subject: The Cat Who...
Date Posted: 3/2/2008 9:43 PM ET
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Hi:  I have a few of The Cat Who books on my bookshelf, if you're interested.  Marian

Subject: The Cat Who
Date Posted: 3/3/2008 10:58 PM ET
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I would agree that the writing isn't quite what it used to be, but I love the characters so I keep reading!

Another series with a couple of  "cool cats" is the Mrs. Murphy Mystery series by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown.

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Date Posted: 3/4/2008 7:44 PM ET
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See also this thread in the Mysteries forum: http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=101302

Date Posted: 3/7/2008 8:22 AM ET
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there is also the Midnight Louie series by Carol Nelson Douglas. I have most of the books from each of these series. I love my cat detectives

Subject: need a deal on cat who?
Date Posted: 3/8/2008 3:26 PM ET
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i have 6 or 7 cat who paperbacks on my shelf,2 for 1,just pm me and LMK.These make great vacation reads,light and easy to follow mysteries!

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 10:33 PM ET
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This series is really a good one to listen to on an audio book.  Some lighter (cozy)  mysteries are really brought to life by a good reader.

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 11:54 PM ET
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I've read several of them and can't remember when I stopped, or perhaps I should say, where I stopped.  I also enjoyed the characters, but it began to amuse me that anyone was still living in the vicinity of Qwilleran. ;-)

Date Posted: 3/19/2008 10:04 AM ET
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It's a great series and very entertaining. I call it "pool reading" because it's light and cute.  I've read mine all several times. When there were fewer books, I'd read all the old ones right before the new one came out.

I posted a deal in the bazaar for all 27 books. I'd love to send them all to one place. I said "make offer" in the bazaar, but I haven't gotten any offers -- I'm thinking ten credits for the lot if anyone is interested.  All like new books.