The Cat Who Went into the Closet (The Cat Who... Series #15)

The Cat Who Went into the Closet (The Cat Who... Series #15)

by Lilian Jackson Braun, Greene

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The Cat Who Went into the Closet (The Cat Who... Series #15) by Lilian Jackson Braun, Greene

In this charming Cat Who mystery, a misused mansion sets the stage for a strange caper for Jim Qwilleran and his cats Koko and Yum Yum.

Qwill’s moved into the old Gage mansion—and the cats are on a treasure hunt. The house’s fifty closets are crammed with several generations of junk, and while Qwill investigates two recent deaths—those of the mansion’s former occupant and a local potato farmer—Koko investigates the contents of the closets. Qwill and the cats wind up unearthing some surprising skeletons—and bringing long-buried secrets to light...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515113327
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1994
Series: Cat Who... Series , #15
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 126,245
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.76(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)

About 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 Berkley Publishing Group reintroduced Braun to the public with the publication of an original paperback, The Cat Who Saw Red. Within two years, Berkley released four new novels in paperback and reprinted the three mysteries from the sixties. Since then, G.P. Putnam’s Sons has published seventeen additional novels in the Cat Who series. Braun passed away in 2011.


North Carolina

Date of Birth:


Date of Death:

June 4, 2011

Place of Birth:


Place of Death:

South Carolina


Graduated from high school at age 16

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The Cat Who Went into the Closet (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Cat Who Went Into The Closet is a dual mystery by Lilian Jackson Braun. Qwill has moved from his comfortable and cozy barn, to the old Gage mansion, complete with 50 closets crammed with generations of junk for Koko to scavange through! Almost immediately, Koko starts rummaging in the closets, appearing with items related to the mansion's prior occupant, 88-year old Euphonia Gage who has moved to Florida. Some of the litter Koko fishes out include canceled checks, an old bankbook, nail clippers, foot powder, a man's sock, purple ribbons, and a ring. What do these mean? What is Koko on to now? This is what Qwill is determined to find out. It isn't long after Koko's puzzling actions, when news arrives that Mrs. Gage has committed suicide. Qwill simply can't reason to why she would do such a thing, when her life seemed so care-free. Qwill gets suspicious and begins his own little investigation of the retirement community where Euphonia lived. He starts by calling Mrs. Gage's Florida next door neighbor, and soon enough, she is working hand in hand with him a secret agent. As Qwill ponders suspects connected with the retirement community, another mystery arises when a local potato farmer has disappeared right before harvesting time. Qwill's suspicion heats up to it's peak when he finds out some interesting relations between the two mysteries, and hunts for an answer and... I won't give away the ending, but I certainly do recomend this book to anyone who enjoys curling up by the fireplace with a good mystery that will still let you sleep peacefully. I did this book for a report in school and was glad I picked this one. The Cat Who... series is one of my favorites and I just can't favor one book over another! But I truely would give this book all the stars in the sky if I could. Read won't be disappointed. :-) -Michelle
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting mystery with super-sleuth, Koko.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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DSaff More than 1 year ago
Can a cat sense danger and help solve crimes? "The Cat Who Went Into the Closet" will make you a believer. Jim Qwilleran (Qwill) is renting the Gage mansion in Pickax and has brought his two Siamese cats (Koko and YumYum) with him. While both cats have attitudes, Koko seems to have an affinity for "finding" things and exploring. While trying to figure out what Koko is doing, Qwill hears that the former owner of the mansion has committed suicide in Florida. Qwill begins an investigation into her death and makes many discoveries. Did Euphonia Gage really kill herself? Where will the objects Koko finds lead Qwill? This fun romp of a mystery kept me captivated as I wondered what Koko would do next. The murder mystery is also interesting, but a bit predictable. If you enjoy fun, relaxing, enjoyable reading, this is a book for you. It is perfect for a day at the beach, when you are homebound in the snow, or just relaxing in the backyard. Lilian Jackson Braun certainly makes the cats come to life!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
When I went into a small book store in tryon NC looking for some good books to read to help the last 2 weeks of summer vacation enjoyable, I couldn't find anything intill the bookkeeper sugested the Cat Who books. THE CAT WHO WENT INTO THE CLOSET SAT IN MY CLOSET sat in my closet for a week then I began reading it. It's not a really intense mystery but it's interesting. It's not my fav of all of the seris but... it was still really good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was a very good book, i luv'd the ending, but it didn't have ne suspense! that's what mystery's are supposed to be about! suspense! but i didn't see what happened at the end coming!.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have read all of Braun's books. And enjoy every minute of them. No real "mystery" but they are light reading and the comic antics of the cats are a real joy, especially if you belong to a cat of two, or three.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like mysteries that still let you sleep at night, any book in this series is perfect for you! As ususual, LJB does a superb job of piecing together the clues so that they don't make sense till you know "whudonit'! This is among my favorites of the series, as you are introduced yet again to some endearing (and enduring) characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty good, but it doesn't really have an ending or much suspense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you happen to own a cat or two and like to read mysteries you will love this book and any in the series. It has a little bit of comedy, suspense, and history that makes it appealing.Once I started reading, it was difficult to put the book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book over all was good but the author has turned Mr. Q into a nasty old person who hates kids, other peoples cats. And for someone who is supposed to be carefull with money he seems to go out of his way to engage a laywer just because the neighbor's cat marked his door.