Braun, Lilian Jackson

Lilian Jackson Braun (1913 – 2011) wrote the “Cat Who” cozy mystery series set in Moose County, Minnesota with Jim Qwilleran, semi-retired journalist, as the main character, along with his two Siamese cats, KoKo and YumYum. The first 3 books in the series were published in the 1960s, but she then took a 20 year hiatus before publishing the next one in the 1980s. With almost 30 books in the series, she’s a highly prolific writer who’s created a wonderful world full of charming, eccentric and relate-able characters.

If you’re a fan of the traditional American cozy, Braun created some of the very early standards when she built the town of Pickax in Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere! Between the Goodwinter family, the amazing cats, the journalism stories, Qwill’s mustache, and the converted barn, I always found something to love in these books. While the last few took a turn south in terms of quality, they were still fun to read if you liked the characters and the setting.

In addition to the series, she published several other books about and around the Cat Who series.

  1. The Cat Who Had 14 Tales (1988)
  2. The Cat Who… Cookbook: Delicious Meals and Menus Inspired By Lilian Jackson Braun (2000)
  3. Short and Tall Tales by Jim Qwilleran (2002)
  4. The Private Life of Cat Who (2003)

Book Series – Cat Who

  1. The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (1966) — Favorite in the series
  2. The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern (1967)
  3. The Cat Who Turned on and Off (1968)
  4. The Cat Who Saw Red (1986)
  5. The Cat Who Played Brahms (1987)
  6. The Cat Who Played Post Office (1987)
  7. The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare (1988)
  8. The Cat Who Sniffed Glue (1988)
  9. The Cat Who Went Underground (1989)
  10. The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts (1990)
  11. The Cat Who Lived High (1990)
  12. The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal (1991)
  13. The Cat Who Moved a Mountain (1992)
  14. The Cat Who Wasn’t There (1992)
  15. The Cat Who Went into the Closet (1993)
  16. The Cat Who Came to Breakfast (1994)
  17. The Cat Who Blew The Whistle (1994)
  18. The Cat Who Said Cheese (1995)
  19. The Cat Who Tailed a Thief (1997)
  20. The Cat Who Sang for the Bird (1998)
  21. The Cat Who Saw Stars (1998)
  22. The Cat Who Robbed a Bank (1999)
  23. The Cat Who Smelled a Rat (2001)
  24. The Cat Who Went Up the Creek (2002)
  25. The Cat Who Brought Down the House (2003)
  26. The Cat Who Talked Turkey (2004)
  27. The Cat Who Went Bananas (2004) — Least favorite in the series
  28. The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (2006)
  29. The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers (2007)