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The Cat Who Saw Red (The Cat Who... Series #4)
     

The Cat Who Saw Red (The Cat Who... Series #4)

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by Lilian Jackson Braun
 

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Something is amiss at Maus Haus. Not just the mystery of an unsolved "suicide" which hangs over the old mansion, but something ominous in the present-day residence. When Qwilleran moves in to work on his new gastronomical assignment, strange things begin to happen. First it's a scream in the night, then a vanishing houseboy. But when his old girlfriend disappears,

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Something is amiss at Maus Haus. Not just the mystery of an unsolved "suicide" which hangs over the old mansion, but something ominous in the present-day residence. When Qwilleran moves in to work on his new gastronomical assignment, strange things begin to happen. First it's a scream in the night, then a vanishing houseboy. But when his old girlfriend disappears, something has to be done. Qwilleran, Koko and Yum Yum set out to solve the mystery--and find a murderer!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Newsman Jim Qwilleran, now restaurant critic for the Daily Fluxim, believes that his former sweetheart and a houseboy have been murdered. With the help of his Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yumwho use his typewriter, snare his apartment in yarn and sniff murder sceneshe sets on the trail. It turns out that the presumption of murder was hasty, but along the way there are other mysteries to unravel, including an apparent attempt to poison Koko and Yum Yum. This book has many breezy, amusing touches, particularly descriptions of the tenants of Qwilleran's building, mostly connoisseurs, potters and aspiring wits. Although Braun (The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern occasionally verges on the cutesy, she offers here a delightful tale. (April)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101214008
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/15/1986
Series:
Cat Who... Series , #4
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
39,610
File size:
390 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 Saw Red (The Cat Who... Series #4) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
GrandmaCN More than 1 year ago
This is one of the series of the Cat Who Books by Lillian Jackson Braun. If you love cats and mysteries you will love her books. It's best to start with the first and then read them in order as she wrote them to truly understand all the players as they develop in the books. They come and go from book to book. The cats are truly magical and you have a very hard time putting the books down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
fabuloussssss
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There was a small break in the wall of reeds, and inside there was a pocket of cleared ground. The tall catttails made the den invisible from the outside, but it was large and airy. Enough moss grew for each warrior to have a nest, and at the back amy cat could easily slide past the reeds to get a drink of water. -Warriors Den-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great mystery with the usual unexpected twists and turns.
Leah_H More than 1 year ago
I just love this series! These stories are wonderful to read before bed. There's nothing too graphic, upsetting or profane and yet, they are fun, interesting and addictive. I'm glad there are a good number of books in this series, but saddened that the author is no longer with us. I wish there were even more stories about Qwill and the cats!
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AutismMom More than 1 year ago
I think Koko and Yum Yum are the real brains behind the trio. Nice Read as always. I will be working through the entire series this year, I hope. I am only four books in, reading in chronological order, but I have read others later in the series and liked those, too. I have yet to be disappointed with LJB's 'Cat Who...' series.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend turned me onto the Cat Who series and I love them. The Cat Who Saw Red was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read many of Ms. Braun's books and this is the first book I've read B.P. (before Pickax). I enjoyed the change, the different characters, and as always, Qwill. The reader is great, as usual.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite book out of the Cat Who series. It was a great comeback after 18 years of nothing. It was very sad though, but thats what made it my favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i agree, this is easily the best cat who book in the series! although the end was rather... lets say NASTY as in how they (or shall i say she) died its a good book. very well thought up. i must disagree with those who think this was unbelievable, it was totally realistic. koko and yum yum are such cute cats! and they are devilishly smart at that. a definate must read for any long time braun fan!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an awesome addition to the 'Cat Who' series! A thrilling ending, this is one of the best in the series. I definitely reccomend it to any mystery reader.