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The Cat Who Played Brahms (The Cat Who... Series #5)
     

The Cat Who Played Brahms (The Cat Who... Series #5)

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by Lilian Jackson Braun
 

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Is it just a case of summertime blues or a full-blown career crisis? Newspaper reporter Jim Qwilleran isn't sure, but he's hoping a few days in the country will help him sort out his life.

With cats Koko and Yum Yum for company, Qwilleran heads for a cabin owned by a longtime family friend, "Aunt Fanny." But from the moment he arrives, things turn strange. Eerie

Overview

Is it just a case of summertime blues or a full-blown career crisis? Newspaper reporter Jim Qwilleran isn't sure, but he's hoping a few days in the country will help him sort out his life.

With cats Koko and Yum Yum for company, Qwilleran heads for a cabin owned by a longtime family friend, "Aunt Fanny." But from the moment he arrives, things turn strange. Eerie footsteps cross the roof at midnight, Local townsfolk become oddly secretive. And then, while fishing, Qwilleran hooks on to a murder mystery. Soon Qwilleran enters into a game of cat and mouse with the killer, while Koko develops a sudden and uncanny fondness for classical music...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101214015
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/1987
Series:
Cat Who... Series , #5
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
5,212
File size:
402 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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.  Most recently being The Cat Who Went Up The Creek, The Cat Who Smelled 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 lastly, 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.  She is retired from journalism and is currently writing mysteries full-time, her latest Cat Who… novel is titled The Cat Who Brought Down The House.  She lives with two Siamese cats and her husband, Earl Bettinger, in North Carolina.



 



 



 


Brief Biography

Hometown:
North Carolina
Date of Birth:
1916
Date of Death:
June 4, 2011
Place of Birth:
Massachusetts
Place of Death:
South Carolina
Education:
Graduated from high school at age 16

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The Cat Who Played Brahms (The Cat Who... Series #5) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
lovetoreadAR More than 1 year ago
This is one of the earliest books I've read in the series, and I loved getting some of the background on Quill and how he came to Moosecounty and Pickax. The Siamese were a delight as always, both amusing and sleuthing Koko. The plot was very intriguing and I couldn't put it down. There was mystery, possible murder, apparent accidental death, theft, a smuggling ring, a heartbreaking suicide and more. All in all, this is one of the best Cat Who's I've ever read. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All these books are amazing. To umderstand the title you have to read the book and follow kokos antics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved this series since I have read the first one about 20 years ago.
dollvr713 More than 1 year ago
I have read every book in the series at least three times. I had all of the books in hard cover and paper back, but I relocated into smaller quarters and gave most of my books away, the library and a charity. So, I am replacing my favorites on my NOOK Tablet so that I can re-read them at my leisure. I love this series. I love cats, I happen to be a Tonkineese lover, but they are so like the old fashioned Siamese. This is a series that makes you feel like part of the family. I was so sorry when the series ended with the author's death. I had been reading the books since she published the third book in the early 1980's. I recommend the series to anyone who loves cats and a playful mystery. They make a wonderful read on quiet summer day. Of course, I read them all year round, but I admit that I most enjoyed them lounging under a tree in the back yard on a beautiful summer day. Try reading the series in order, it makes the experience more fun. You will fall in love with Jim and his two furry side-kicks as well.
Anonymous 20 days ago
What a joy to find an author who knows how to keep the story moving. Fun and fast read.
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KoKo never fails to keep the action moving.
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