The Cat Who Lived High (The Cat Who... Series #11)

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The colorful Casablance apartment building is in danger of demolition—but not if Jim Qwilleran can help it. He's determined to restore the building to its original grandeur. So he moves in with Koko and Yum Yum—and discovers that the Casablanca is steeped in history...and mystery. In Qwill's very apartment, a glamorous art dealer met an untimely fate, and the veteran journalist and his crime-solving cats are about to reach new heights in detection as the evidence builds up...and the Casablanca threatens to ...

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Overview

The colorful Casablance apartment building is in danger of demolition—but not if Jim Qwilleran can help it. He's determined to restore the building to its original grandeur. So he moves in with Koko and Yum Yum—and discovers that the Casablanca is steeped in history...and mystery. In Qwill's very apartment, a glamorous art dealer met an untimely fate, and the veteran journalist and his crime-solving cats are about to reach new heights in detection as the evidence builds up...and the Casablanca threatens to crumble down around them!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With this 11th entry, the popular Cat Who series ( The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts ) begins to flag, its charms growing tatty and listless for even the most steadfast cat-and-mystery lovers. Ex-newspaperman James ``Qwill'' Qwilleran and his Siamese Koko and Yum Yum leave Moose County for the big city Down Below to help old friends save the Casablanca, an aging and elegant apartment building threatened with demolition to make way for profitable development. Qwill decides to spend the winter in the Casablanca to determine if it might make a project for the philanthropic Klingenschoen Fund, which he controls. Ensconced in a 14th-floor penthouse, he discovers that its previous tenant, Dianne Bessinger, head of the group trying to save the building, was an art dealer ostensibly murdered by a jealous protegeok . Qwill also plays Scrabble with the building's owner, the eccentric and reclusive Countess; he teaches the game to Koko, who thereby provides him with clues in his investigation of the murder, which he suspects is tied to attempts against the Casablanca. Braun's latest pleases with its descriptions of gentrification and development, but the book ends abruptly, leaving too many loose ends, and central characters Koko and Yum Yum develop no further at all. (Aug.)
Library Journal
The latest addition to the clever kitties series ( The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts, The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare, LJ 7/88) commences with the terrible news that beloved Pickax City column writer James Qwilleran has met his death in a horrible forced car wreck ``Down Under.'' Needless to say, the series cannot continue without him, so a two-week flashback explains Qwilleran's (and Koko the cat's) involvement in renovating a decrepit-but-once-chic apartment building, his pursuit of information about a murder/suicide in the penthouse, and his car wreck. Full of colorful, eccentric characters, small-town attitudes, and sprightly fun for cat enthusiasts, this should appeal to most mystery readers.
School Library Journal
YA-- They're back--the noble Koko, the charmer YumYum--and their wealthy retired owner, Quill. Here, the benevolent benefactor of Moose County packs the Purple Plum--his small, energy-efficient car--with the two inquisitive and endearing Siamese and leaves his cozy home for the winter. This newest addition to the series is a delight that will enchant long-time followers of the irresistible trio as well as first-time readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515105667
  • Publisher: Jove
  • Publication date: 5/28/1991
  • Series: Cat Who... Series , #11
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 262,460
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Lilian Jackson Braun
Lilian Jackson Braun
For nearly four decades, cat lover Lilian Jackson Braun has been turning out mysteries in her The Cat Who...series, starring multifaceted sleuth Jim Qwilleran and his two helpful cats, Koko and Yum Yum. Wryly but tamely written, Braun's books prove that quaintness and crime need not be mutually exclusive.

Biography

The history of Lilian Jackson Braun is perhaps as exciting and mysterious as her novels. Between 1966 and 1968, she published three novels to critical acclaim: The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern and The Cat Who Turned On and Off. In 1966, The New York Times labeled Braun, "the new detective of the year." Then, for reasons unknown, the rising mystery author disappeared from the publishing scene.

It wasn't until 1986 that the Berkley Publishing Group reintroduced Braun to the public with the publication of an original paperback, The Cat Who Saw Red. Within two years, Berkeley released four new novels in paperback and reprinted the three mysteries from the sixties. G.P. Putnam's Sons has since published seventeen Cat Who... novels, among them The Cat Who Went Up The Creek, The Cat Who Smelled a Rat, The Cat Who Robbed The Bank, The Cat Who Saw Stars, The Cat Who Tailed a Thief, The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, The Cat Who Said Cheese, The Cat Who Came to Breakfast, The Cat Who Went Into The Closet, The Cat Who Wasn't There, The Cat Who Moved The Mountain, The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal, The Cat Who Lived High, The Cat who Talked to Ghosts, The Cat Who Went Underground, The Cat Who Sniffed Glue, The Cat Who Saw Stars, and The Cat Who Sang For the Birds.

Even though Braun claims that her cats have never done anything extraordinary, her fictional cats, Koko and Yum Yum, solve crimes and delight fans in book after book. Braun says the reason for her success is that "people are simply tired of all the blood. I write what is called the classic mystery." She says that while "not all mystery fans like cats, all cat-fanciers seem to like mysteries. That makes for a large audience, since 26% of all American households own 53.9 million cats between them."

Braun was the "Good Living" editor of The Detroit Free Press for 29 years.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Hometown:
      North Carolina
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 30, 1915
    2. Place of Birth:
      Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      June 4, 2011
    2. Place of Death:
      South Carolina

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2000

    The cats really saved the day!

    This book was a really great one!It takes a while to get into but once you get into it it is really great. If you haven't read it yet I suggest this one over many of Mrs.Braun's others. If you already read it read some more of Mrs.Braun's.

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    Posted June 13, 2014

    Icynight

    Runs down the bank, hearing the two hit shore. She gently touches rose, and is relieved to feel her breathing. "Are you alright?" She asks bluefleet.

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    Bluefleet

    Bluefleet slipped Rose over her back. "Hang on, Rose." She started towards camp.

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    Rose &hearts

    Somehow she was hanging in there. Her breathing has been way off for awhile now but she seemed to have a strong will to live. -Rose &hearts-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    Casablanca - NOT

    All of Lilian Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who..." books are great light summer reading. I have enjoyed them as I am reading them in the order they were written - 20 years ago.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

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    Great Read

    This was a wild ride. The great interaction of Quill and the cats, plus he and Koko once again sleuthing it out. Twists, turns and a group of suspects, the wrap up of the case was a stunner, but not nearly as much of a shock as the ending! One of the best I've read so far, couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2002

    The Cats Meow

    I love all of the cat books. It's like taking a mini vacation. Ms. Braun can make it feel like you personally know the characters. Read one and you'll be hooked!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2000

    One of my favorites in the series

    After the cat who saw red this is my favorite in the series, I really do like it better in the city(down below) I mean how many murders are really gonna happen 400 miles north of everywhere?? Loved this book I recomend it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2000

    From Down Below to 400 miles North of Everywhere

    I must say this is my favorite in 'The Cat Who...' series. Qwill makes his presense felt both in Pickaxe and in Junktown, the setting for a previous book (whose title eludes me). It does a marvelous job of tying up loose ends and allowing the setting of the series to shift gracefully and finally.

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