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Publication Order of Cat Who... Books

The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Turned On And Off (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Saw Red (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Played Brahms (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Played Post Office (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Sniffed Glue (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Went Underground (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Lived High (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Moved a Mountain (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Wasn't There (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Went into the Closet (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Came to Breakfast (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Blew the Whistle (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Said Cheese (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Tailed a Thief (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Saw Stars (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Robbed a Bank (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Smelled a Rat (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Went Up the Creek (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Brought Down the House (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Talked Turkey (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Went Bananas (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Smelled Smoke is book #30 but has yet to be released.

Publication Order of Cat Who Short Story Collections

The Cat Who Had 14 Tales (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Short and Tall Tales / Qwilleran's Short and Tall Tales (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Private Life of the Cat Who... (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Midnight Louie Books

Catnap / Cat in an Alphabet Soup (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pussyfoot / Cat in an Aqua Storm (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat On A Blue Monday (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Crimson Haze (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Diamond Dazzle (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat with an Emerald Eye (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Flamingo Fedora (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Golden Garland (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat on a Hyacinth Hunt (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Midnight Louie's Pet Detectives (With: J.A. Jance,Carole Nelson Douglas,Nancy Pickard,Toni L.P. Kelner,Walter J. Stutzman) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in an Indigo Mood (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Jeweled Jumpsuit (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Kiwi Con (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Leopard Spot (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Midnight Choir (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Neon Nightmare (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Midnight Louie In Something Fishy (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in an Orange Twist (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Hot Pink Pursuit (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Quicksilver Caper (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Red Hot Rage (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Sapphire Slipper (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Topaz Tango (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in an Ultramarine Scheme (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fruit of the Tomb (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a White Tie and Tails (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in an Alien X-Ray (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Yellow Spotlight (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat in an Alphabet Endgame (By: Carole Nelson Douglas) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
If you are reading the Midnight Louie series in chronological order, you will want to read the Cat and a Playing Card series prior to the Midnight Louie series. However, this is not required.

Publication Order of Anthologies

Lilian Jackson Braun was one of the most prominent authors of America, well-known for writing light-hearted novels based on the mystery and thriller genres. She is mostly remembered for her exciting mystery novels, ‘The Cat Who…’ series.

Lilian was born on June 20, 1913, in Willimansett, Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, United States, and died on June 4, 2011. Her novels of the famous The Cat Who series revolve around the life of James Qwilleran, a former newspaper reporter, and a couple of his Siamese cats named Yum Yum and KoKo.

The series is set in the fictitious little town of Pickax, which is located in the Moose County. Lilian has described the place to be around 400 miles to the north of everywhere.

The counties, towns and lifestyles of her characters described in the series show a great deal of resemblance to Bad Axe, Michigan, where Lilian used to live, along with her husband for a number of years until the 1980s. However, she has never indicated any resemblance to a place like that. Many of her readers also believe that she has depicted the history and culture of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in her novels.

Lilian Jackson began her career as a writer when she was a teenager. At that time, she used to contribute sports stories in the Detroit News. Later, she went on to work as an advertising copywriter for a number of department stores in Detroit. This was followed by a job in the Detroit Free Press. There, she remained the editor for a period of 30 years and went on to retire in 1978.

While still working as the editor of the Free Press, Lilian began working on her famous mystery series. In fact, she published the first three novels of the series between 1966 and 1968, which went on to critical acclaim. Following the success of her initial novels, Lilian was labelled as the new detective of the year by the New York Times.

After that stint, she disappeared for a period of 18 years from the mystery novel publishing scene because of the fact that mystery novels were to begin focusing on sex, foul language, and violence at that time. Due to this, the later novels of Lilian were not appreciated in the changed market of the mystery genre.

Then, it was in 1986 when Berkley Publishing successfully reintroduced Lilian to mystery readers. Berkley published her new addition to The Cat Who series and within the next 2 years, they published four more of her novels. They also reprinted her earlier novels.

Lilian’s novels once again started to become instant bestsellers and this motivated her to complete a total of 29 books in the series. As far her personal life is concerned, she liked to keep it private.

The first novel of the series was published by Berkley Trade in 1966. It was titled ‘The Cat Who Could Read Backwards.’ The plot of the novel is set in the fictitious town of Pickax in Moose County, United States. In the opening sequence of the novel, Jim Qwilleran is shown as a former prizewinning reporter who has disappeared from the field for a short while. He comes back to the scene with a job as a feature writer for the Daily Fluxion, in the art section.

The art critic of the paper, George Bonifield Mountclemens, has the habit of writing hurtful and invariably scathing reviews about the local shows, despite being a credentialed critic. He is also known to deliver his views by a messenger. He lives alone, with only a cat named KoKo.

Even though he lives alone, his house is lushly furnished and is situated in a moldering neighborhood where he is believed to have a number of enemies, as well as others scattered around town. George offers a small apartment to Jim in his building at a very nominal rent, which he grabs with both hands. But, he later realizes that the deal involved cat-sitting, as well.

Another character named Earl Lambreth is introduced, who is described as the owner of a gallery, where George gives happier treatments to the artists. On one occasion, he praises the painting of an artist who likes to call himself a Thingist.

The reclusive artist from Italy works with the attractive wife of Earl Lambreth named Zoe. After a little while, Zoe discovers her husband stabbed to death and his gallery vandalized.

Shortly after, Jim Qwilleran and KoKo find the dead body of George Mountclemens lying on the patio at the back of his house. With the multiple deaths within a short span of time, the plot of the novel takes a mysterious and exciting turn.

The second novel of The Cat Who series by Lilian Jackson Braun was published by Headline Publishing in 1967. The plot is set in the same place as the first novel of the series and continues to feature the same set of primary characters.

In the opening sequence of the second novel, Jim Qwilleran is not too overwhelmed after receiving his new assignment at the Daily Fluxion. He has never liked the subject of Interior design and now he is asked to write a complete magazine on this subject every week. His dislike of the interior design specialty is also known by his colleagues.

Somehow, Jim completes the first issue of the Gracious Abodes magazine, featuring the interior design of a luxurious residence. The magazine has barely gotten off the presses when Jim finds himself in yet another murder mystery.

It is revealed that the exclusive residence that Jim featured in his magazine is burglarized and the owner is found dead. Now, Jim Qwilleran along with his Siamese partner KoKo, is required to carry out the investigation by himself and find the real murderer.

Soon after, KoKo begins to dig up some crucial clues by sniffing the designer furniture of the burglarized house. The mystery turns into yet another feature for Jim Qwilleran, in which he tries to follow the trail of a clever killer.

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14 Responses to “Lilian Jackson Braun”

  1. gloria jean: 8 months ago

    I have all 29 books and 2 of her other 3 books. I think that the 30th should be published and let people write an ending. Her family can read all the endings and pick which should be the 30th’s ending. Just write a short note where Ms. Braun’s ends and the winning writer’s starts. It is a shame not to have her legacy finished. Her stories are very much missed. Thank you for writing these great books and RIP

  2. Elizabeth Rupe: 1 year ago

    I have around 12 cat who books and I’m lost because 1 book the cat who saw stars says copyright 1998 and says how Qwilleran got the cats it says he found Yum Yum and how Koko had been orphaned and how he got him. I read the cat who talked to hosts during October.

  3. Pat Griggs: 1 year ago

    I have all 29 books plus most of the others. When will that book # 30 be published? I must have it!

  4. Delia Rightmier: 2 years ago

    I have read 8 Bks so far and I just love them. Having 2 cats of my own, I can identify with many of the situations Your sense of humor is spot on. Thank you for happily giving me so many books to read and reread.

  5. Dot Gabriel: 2 years ago

    I simply love these books. Read them a while ago and just re-read The Cat Who Had Sixty Whiskers. BUT I can’t seem to find out if Polly ever returned to Qwill. Can someone tell me? I’d greatly appreciate an answer

  6. Anita: 2 years ago

    I was introduced to Qwilleran (with a Q) when I was about 11 years old- immediately I was hooked. It’s exactly like coming home, to read these books. These books are like old friends that you can open again and again.

    • Dot: 2 years ago

      Just re-read The Cat With 60 Whiskers and can’t believe the barn burned. Is it a total loss for Qwill? And has Polly ever come back to Pickax?

  7. PAT: 2 years ago

    I read these books when they first came out. Enjoying them then and even more on rediscovering a few at a yard sale. Am so sad for this lovely author to pass away but her last book ended well. My joy will be searching for them; then sliding under my warm electric blanket in the evening happily becoming lost in the world of two cats and their friend !!!!

  8. Barbara Van Vleet: 2 years ago

    My Christmas wish list was simple this year – as many Cat Who… novels as could be found in order to add to my collection of the series. A free box of books in a senior living community room originally provided my introduction to Qwill, Koko and Yum Yum. Over the past 3 years, every now and then another Cat Who… has mysteriously arrived in the free box again! I read them out of order in gratitude for my unknown benefactor.
    My Christmas wish was granted with 7 more books! I feel like family returning to visit a relative each time I re-enter Koko’s world. Koko and Qwill have improved my communication with my 3 cats and deepened our companionship. This has been even more meaningful during the lock downs and quarantines of the Covid-19 pandemic that began in 2020. I am grateful for my mysterious free book benefactor, to Lilian Braun and to her publishers.

  9. DeAngela: 3 years ago

    I love this collection. It is my favorite.
    I have read and own every book in the series.
    It took a lot of thrift store shopping to find them all,
    but I love a good treasure hunt.
    I love the fact that here books are not full of sex,
    drugs and graphic violence. They are written so well
    that they don’t have to have all of that junk.

  10. RoseMarie Martino: 3 years ago

    Terrific reading and they give you the warm fuzzies.

  11. Marian: 3 years ago

    I listened to all of these books years ago on cassette tape from the Library. Now I wish I could find them recorded as MP3 for my iPod that I use during my ride to and from work. I loved these books.

  12. Ann Johnson: 3 years ago

    I have started collecting all of her books and have all I think, but three. I have read all of them at least once and will be reading them over and over again.

  13. ROBOT: 7 years ago

    I’ve read 3 of these books. [Post Office, Cardinal, and Private Life of….] I MUST read them ALL. In chronological order.


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