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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Author Lilian Jackson Braun Dies

Lilian Jackson Braun, the bestselling author of “The Cat Who …” mystery series died Saturday in Landrum, S.C. She was 97. Braun retired from writing after publishing The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers in 2007.

She published her first book in the series The Cat Who Could Read Backwards in 1966, followed by The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern and The Cat Who Turned On and Off. She didn’t publish her next book until 1986 after she retired from a job with the Detroit Free Press. Her husband, Earl Bettinger, encouraged her to return to writing the series. She often referred to him in book dedications as “The Husband Who.”

The books follow Jim Qwilleran and his mystery solving Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum. She made her lead character a male, she once said, so readers would not think her books were autobiographical.

In all, the prolific writer published 29 mysteries and two collections of short stories. Translated into 16 languages, her books made the New York Times bestseller list consecutively for 20 years beginning in 1990.

Whether you are new to Braun’s tales or want to revisit her cozy whodunits, try:

The Cat Who Blew the Whistle

The Cat Who Saw Red

The Cat Who Went Up the Creek

The Cat Who Smelled a Rat

The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell

Do you need more background? check out The Cat Who Companion by Sharon Feaster.

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