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Old 06-08-2011, 08:41 AM   #1
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Lilian Jackson Braun

Lilian Jackson Braun - the author of 29 The Cat Who... books about a crime-solving journalist and cat owner called Jim Qwilleran - has died aged 97.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13693171
8 June 2011
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:46 AM   #2
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Sorry to hear that. Jim Qwilleran did not own the cats - they owened him.
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:53 AM   #3
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I'm so sad -- those books were one of the big reasons I bought an ebook reader; they were taking up so much space that I quit buying them.

I haven't bought any ebook copies yet but now I feel like going back and starting the series again and reading them all.
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RIP - Lillian.
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Old 06-08-2011, 01:06 PM   #5
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I had no idea Ms. Braun was quite that old. 97 is a ripe old age to reach. I've never read any of her books, but have heard of them.
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:45 PM   #6
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The Mystery Guild and its sister book clubs currently have an omnibus of three Braun stories on sale for $10.99 (or 20 cents if you join the club): The Cat Who...

Saw Red
Played Brahms
Played Post Office

http://www.mysteryguild.com/cozy-boo...000348738.html
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Old 06-08-2011, 08:18 PM   #7
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A number of her books are also in ebook form at many public libraries via Overdrive.
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Old 06-08-2011, 08:24 PM   #8
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i think i will try those books
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I can't believe she only wrote 29 "Cat Who" books. Seems like there was always a new book in the series being released always.
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Old 06-09-2011, 03:07 AM   #10
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Thank you, boxcorner, for sharing the sad news. I enjoyed Lilian Jackson Braun's cats and characters, and her depiction of small town life.

Maybe it's time to revisit The Cat Who . . . and see how it ended.

I have a bunch of the paperbacks lying around, but light mysteries are more fun on an ereader: I'll have to seek them out!
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The general consensus, from what I've read, is that the series went markedly downhill for the last few books. I myself got bored with the series around book 20 or so. But the early ones are enjoyable.
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The general consensus, from what I've read, is that the series went markedly downhill for the last few books. I myself got bored with the series around book 20 or so. But the early ones are enjoyable.

I find that to be the case with most series--television, films, books, whatever. I really respect her for resisting the ghostwriting approach for as long as she did though.
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I'm so sad about that! I think that I'll go read the series again. Those books made me desperate for an apple barn and a Siamese cat.
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