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365 Challenge: Day 271 – Cat (Author Alert: Lilian Jackson Braun)

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Cat: (a) one of the main characters in a fantastic author’s book series or (b) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert — Lilian Jackson Braun

If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. Below are some key things to know about this author, but at the end of this post, you’ll see the permanent page I’ve added to my blog. You can return to check out more on who she is, what she’s writing and how to buy her future work. 

Unfortunately, the planned author selected for this week had to re-schedule, so I am not doing a traditional alert for someone I’ve actually had a chance to meet or chat with. Today’s author is someone whose work introduced me to the cozy mystery, which I adore. I’ve read all 30+ of her novels and when I needed to come up with a post at the last minute, I chose her. I am sorry I’m not introducing you to someone new and fantastic to chat with on the blog, but I am very happy to share an old favorite with you. Today’s word is also ‘cat’ because of the two cats, Koko and Yum Yum, who accompany the main character on all his investigations… and all the books in this author’s series are entitled “The Cat Who…” Happy Reading!

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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 relatable 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, 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.

Below are my reviews for every book she’s written. In addition to the series, she published several other books about and around the Cat Who series.

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

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To see more about Lilian Jackson Braun on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out her dedicated author page where future content and books will added as she publishes them and I review them. Thanks for stopping by this edition of the Author Alert.


 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

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Review: The Cat Who Brought Down the House

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The Cat Who Brought Down the HouseBook Review
3 out of 5 stars to The Cat Who Brought Down the House, the 25th book in the “Cat Who” cozy mystery series written in 2003 by Lilian Jackson Braun. What do you do when a crazy actress-type stars a theatre troupe in your hometown and wants your cat to be the main star. Run for the hills, Qwill. She’s got cuckoo written all about her and you’ve had your fair share of those in the past. But you won’t listen to me, you never do. Maybe I should jump into the book by channeling my inner Thursday Next, so I can protect you. A cute cozy mystery involving twin siblings (1 male, 1 female)… I think…. and something is amiss when one twin dies. But it’ll take a near murder of his own for Qwill to figure it out. It was near the end of the series and very easy to get thru. A little light with the plot, but it had some room for more. Still love the series… and sad when I said goodbye after 30 books.



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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: The Private Life of the Cat Who…

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The Private Life of the Cat Who...Book Review


3 out of 5 stars to The Private Life of the Cat Who…, a short novella written in 2006 by Lilian Jackson Braun. So… this is not one of the normal cozy mystery books in the “Cat Who” series, rather a journal written by the main character, Jim Qwilleran, known as Qwill, about the history of his relationship and the antics of his two Siamese cats, Koko and YumYum. For fans of the series, it’s a cute refresher that you can choose to read or ignore. If you only care about the mysteries, then skip this one. If you love the characters, it’s a quick 2 hour read. For new folks, if you want to see a little bit about the characters or the style, it’s a good intro; however, it’s not a cozy mystery where you solve a crime. Keep those recommendations in mind and you’ll know what to do! Enjoy.



About Me


For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: The Cat Who Sang for the Birds

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The Cat Who Sang for the Birds Book Review
3.5 out of 5 stars for The Cat Who Sang for the Birds, the 20th book in the “Cat Who” cozy mystery series by Lilian Jackson Braun. Well kiddoes… only 3 books in this 30+ series for me to complete a book review on… I can’t believe it’s coming to an end. This was a really traditional cozy… reminds you of apple pie and a lovely spring day where everything’s just shiny and pretty and calm. But those darn birds won’t stop tweeting. Though I read this 10 years before I had my dog Ryder, I can imagine him trying to catch the birds and kill them — just as Koko felt in this book. The town’s all abuzz over some strange happenings, including weird and early weather. The mystery is light. The characters are fun. It’s a good book in this series, but I understand there are a lot to keep up with. The murders make sense, that is, the reason for them and the root killer. But in the end, why would anyone ever stay in this town? Seriously, Qwill… you’re a good guy and all, and I’ll probably turn into you in about 30 years, but I don’t want to die. Move. Now.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: The Cat Who Talked Turkey

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The Cat Who Talked TurkeyBook Review
3- out of 5 stars for The Cat Who Talked Turkey, the 26th book in the “Cat Who” cozy mystery series, written in 2004 by Lilian Jackson Braun. It sounded like a great book. Brrr is celebrating a huge milestone in its history, and I love that little town almost as much as Pickax. Pickax is getting a new bookstore — how fun! Combines books inside of books, that’s just a perfect read. And a dead body outside Qwill’s converted barn. It’s gotta be a great story. Oh…. it had potential, but given the series was just about coming to a conclusion, it wasn’t. Sad. I hate when things go downhill and not for a good reason. Too many different stories going on… felt more like a diary entry. It’s not horrible or I would have given it a 2, but it’s not too far off. You gotta read it when you’re this far into a series, right?

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: The Cat Who Had 14 Tales

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The Cat Who Had 14 Tales Book Review
3 out of 5 stars to The Cat Who Had 14 Tales, a collection of short stories about cats involved in solving crimes, written in 1988 by Lilian Jackson Braun. So… as if 29 books about Koko and YumYum solving crimes alongside Qwill in Moose County wasn’t enough, Braun goes and pulls together a short story collection with 14 mini-mysteries, some with Qwill’s cats and some without… all cute reads, perfect for a short subway or train ride, a moment in between meetings and while you’re kid’s taking a nap! LOL I read them in one sitting, as they are pretty quick reads. Always fun to see the antics of cats and how they contribute to the welfare of society staying murder-free… or at least solving the case after the murders occur. Since it seems inevitable in Braun’s world — lots of death and lots of smart cats!

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: The Cat Who Went Bananas

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The Cat Who Went Bananas Book Review
2+ of 5 stars to The Cat Who Went Bananas, the 27th installment in the “Cat Who” cozy mystery series, written in 2004 by Lilian Jackson Braun. This was my least favorite of all the books in this series. It had the potential to be so much stronger, given it was about a rare book. But I think the publisher got caught up in the money, people loving the series and a rush to push it out the door. The ending was vague, the story was disconnected and the voice of several characters seemed to shift a little. That said, Qwill and the cats are always fun. It’s a nice and relaxing adventure when you jump into the town of Pickax and feel the cozy charm all around you… I’d love to visit the town, have coffee with a few characters. I think I might turn into Qwill in about 30 years… minus the cats. Love cats, but have dogs these days.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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