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The Cat Who Turned on and Off (The Cat Who... #3)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,364 Ratings  ·  224 Reviews
The team of Koko, the brilliant Siamese cat, and Qwilleran, the reporter with the perceptive moustache, is back in action--with an adorable female Siamese, Yum Yum, added to the household. When Qwilleran decides to do a feature story on Junktown, he gets more than he bargained for. Not the dope den he anticipated, Junktown is a haven for antique dealers and collectors--as ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published December 1st 1986 by Jove Books (first published 1968)
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V. Gingerich
Jul 04, 2013 V. Gingerich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I've ran across these cat books over and over through the years and always thought something like How lame. Cat mysteries. I adore cats, just not cat detectives, or cats in books that aren't for children. But Lilian Braun's cats are charming, with personalities, and are not the main characters, really, and don't show up on every page. And they don't talk! Important!

This book reminded me of an Agatha Christie--high praise from me--where you suspect and dislike almost every character at some poin
Una Tiers
Aug 13, 2013 Una Tiers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third Cat Who series introduces Iris Cobb and the story is still great 45 years later! Can you imagine a taxi ride for two people for $1. Braun introduces new characters and blends in the already familiar ones. A pleasant read.
Richard Ward
Dec 14, 2014 Richard Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of PG-rated murder mysteries; readers who love antiquing; cat fanatics, like me.
Very enjoyable PG-rated murder mystery, first published in 1968. The series hero, journalist Jim Qwilleran, moves into Junktown, a neighborhood filled with antique shops. He's been assigned to write a Christmas-themed puff piece about the quirky residents, but instead finds himself investigating suspicious deaths ignored by the police. He's assisted by his two Siamese cats who have, of course, moved into Junktown with him. Qwill and cats are worthy series sleuths and are as good as ever here. Me ...more
Mar 18, 2009 Kaila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading this series for years and it was one of the set of books that my mom and I read at the same time. When one of us would finish a book then we would trade off and then discuss them. I love these books for light, fluffy reads.

This book in particular is the third in the Cat Who series. I loved going back to the beginning of the series and seeing Qwilleran, Koko and Yum Yum in their more humble origins. I also learned where Qwilleran met Mrs. Cobb who plays a large role later on
**This book is signed and has Koko's paw print**

3.5 Stars

I love these cozy mysteries. Today was a perfect day to finish the bumblings and insights of old Qwill and his intelligent, but finicky cat Koko.

Story takes place in Junktown, when an antiques dealer has an accident that is not so accidental. With a lot of legwork and a mustache that won't quit; Qwill saves the day again. ...or is that Koko??
aPriL does feral sometimes
The third book in the Koko/Qwilleran series, 'The Cat who Turned On and Off', is my favorite of the three I've read!

The Qwilleran household now has three residents - Yum Yum, a chocolate Siamese same as Koko except she's a female kitty, having become unwanted in the Tait household when her mistress died in the previous book, was adopted by Jim Qwilleran - so it isn't easy to find a new home after the previous adventures have the trio in need of a roof once again. It's also Christmas, so it's goo
У каждого, даже самого отпетого читаюши есть книги, которые он читает *в метро*. В большинстве случаев это небольшие книжки в стиле прочитать_и_забыть, в основном их читают для отвлечения, разгрузки мозга, и литературой их считать тяжеловато. Вот и я какое-то время назад купила три книжки по смешнючей цене, просто чтобы занять паузы между чем-то более-менее серьезным, и не уснуть в метро. И не прогадала ^^

Лилиан Джексон Браун — удивительно плодовитая писательница, она с 1966 (!) года успела на
Feb 14, 2011 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2010
I've read a bunch of The Cat Who... in the order I've found them or they have happened in my eyes.
Only after I recently read The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern, did I discover that the oldest ones are very different.
The first 3 were published between 1966 and 1968, and the rest of the books 20+ years after that.

The world in which Qwill lives is rather different. A small town newspaper - even the physical phones have changed so much since the book was written. The main tool was typewriter, and no one
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May 05, 2013 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As previously mentioned, I often catsit Maguire Dunlap who enjoys hearing a story read aloud. Today we finally finished The Cat Who Turned On and Off by the late great Lilian Jackson Braun. This is the third book in the series and I have read it many times before. Our beloved newspaperman Jim Qwilleran and cats Koko & Yum Yum were living the high life in a penthouse apartment but the owner died and the beginning of this story finds them slumming it in Junktown. The characters are just that, ...more
Murder among antique dealers and much shenanigans ensue when Jim moves in.
Jul 17, 2014 Dyana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A week before Christmas Jim Qwilleran's editor asks him (in this third of the series) to compete in a story writing contest. He is assigned to write an article on Junktown which Qwilleran mistakenly thinks is a place where narcotics are bought and sold. It turns out that Junktown, which the city has ignored, is a shabby part of town on Zwinger street full of antique shops in old run-down Victorian houses. Of course Qwilleran doesn't like antiques; but while attending an auction, he discovers an ...more
Steve Chaput
Nov 12, 2014 Steve Chaput rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Qwill and his two feline companions are on the move. Deciding to try for a first place monetary prize in the newspaper's Christmas contest for staff writers the former police reporter gets a room in the city's notorious "Junk Town" section. Unfamiliar with the local Qwill himself mistakes this to be a term referring to a crime-ridden area full of drug dealers, but comes to discover that it actually refers to the numerous 'junk dealers' who have taken up so many of the older stores in the area. I ...more
A solid 3 stars. This is a good, solid plot for a cozy mystery. Qwill is smart and funny. The antique/junk plot is interesting and the villain is not telegraph as much. The fauna of characters is fun and not paper thin. We meet Iris Cobbs for the first time. Love her. So yeah, 3 solid stars.
Nov 18, 2014 Natasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know I usually criticize books without substance that are overly simple, but this one was actually really good. I read other "The Cat Who..." mysteries when I was a teenager and remembered liking them, but I wasn't sure how much I should attribute that to having less discerning literary tastes as a teenager or that the stories were actually good. Definitely, the latter.

While there isn't much to the plot of this particular who-done-it, the pace is very good and, as a cat lover who is currently
The Hobbit
Jan 24, 2016 The Hobbit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third book in the series. Journalist Jim Qwilleran has been assigned to do a human interest story on "Junk Town," the slum section of town that antique dealers are trying to gentrify. However, Qwill knows the antique dealers are hiding something. When one of the dealers is killed in his shop, everyone is too willing to assume it was an accident, a very bizarre accident, but still and accident. As soon as Qwill suggests it might be murder, he is told to drop it by more than one dealer. A second d ...more
Mar 05, 2012 Pam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
How delightful to read a story without too many plot twists or sordid sex scenes. A pleasure to be taken back to a time when language was used appropriately and people had manners.
Christine Van Heertum
Qwill et ses deux compagnons siamois, Koko et Yom-Yom, emménagent dans l'appartement d'un brocanteur décédé quelques semaines auparavant. Le journaliste n'est pas très heureux de son nouvel environnement: ce quartier de brocanteurs est catalogué comme mal-famé et est clairement abandonné par la municipalité. Mais lorsqu'un deuxième brocanteur décède dans des conditions étranges, Qwill sait qu'il est proche de dénicher un très bon article.
Comme pour les deux premiers volumes, l'histoire en elle-m
Sep 22, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cat-who
The cat who turned on and off was a good read. I remember reading a few of The Cat Who novels when I was younger and, though I've never been much of a reader of mysteries, it's fun going back through them. The story is good, I enjoyed the dialogue, Jim Qwilleran (and Koko and Yum Yum!) are likable, and they are quick reads which is nice. These books stand alone and there is minimal rehashing of backstory (which I really appreciate. That's my second least favorite thing about reading books from a ...more
May 30, 2014 C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
People who passed on these books because they look too cute for good mysteries, must try them. Elements of an excellent novel are numerous: techniques, the story’s quality, connectivity. I swept aside the funny titles and made one attribute my gauge: enjoyment. This is the third Lilian Jackson Braun novel that held my interest from stem to stern and that says something! It isn’t about attaining ‘classic’ status. Academy Award films are seldom anything I watch; why hesitate to rate mainstream lit ...more
Roger Verstraete
Jim Qwilleran: A divorced journalist with luxurious mustache with a bent to solving murder mysteries. Lives with two Siamese cats. His mustache resembles Mark Twain's
Koko: Male Siamese cat with 60 whiskers, who helps Qwill solve mysteries
Yum Yum: Dainty female Siamese cat
Andy Glanz: Antique dealer who "fell" from a ladder, impaling himself on a roof finial - or was it murder?
Mary Duckworth: also called The Dragon - owner of a very up-scale antique shop in Junktown. Former girl friend o
Taylor Ruhoff

In the book The Cat Who Turned On and Off, Qwilleran, a journalist for the Daily Fluxion, moves into the upstairs apartment of an antique store in Junktown with his two Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum. Junktown a rundown part of the city is filled to the brim with antique shops in old Victorian style houses. Qwilleran who mistakenly thinks he is going to do a piece on narcotics is assigned to cover the antiques, the antique dealers, and all their glory during Christmas. An ex-c
Jul 29, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat Who fans
Shelves: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
A Review of The Cat Who Turned On and Off by Lilian Jackson Braun

Rating: Five Stars

Edition: Mass Market Paperback

Genre: Cozy Mystery

The Cat Who Turned On and Off is the third book in the Cat Who Series. It is the first book that Yum Yum has a full part. If you are not familiar with the series, it follows journalist Jim Qwilleran and his two Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum. Koko is a psychic cat and helps Qwilleran solve mysteries that come up by sniffing and scratching in the right places.

#3 in The Cat Who ... Series.

Qwill and his two lovable Siamese, Koko and Yum Yum find themselves in a rundown section of the city known as Junktown. Expecting it to be a haven of dopers and the homeless, they are surprised to see that it is a collection of old antique stores trying to survive. They also find mystery and murder waiting for them. A mysterious fall ends the life of one of Junktown's leading citizens and Qwill suspects it was no accident. It takes Koko to prove him right.
Lisa Kucharski
Mar 31, 2014 Lisa Kucharski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Qwilleran needs to win a story contest at work to get ahead of his bills. He comes up with an idea to cover "Junkville" the flea market/antique area in a run down area of the city.

He finds a cheap place to live as well, so while covering the odd people and their odd objects he and Koko sniff out a murder.

The crazy situation and locations and people make this an enjoyable read. Also a very quick read, another quirky location to drop a crime reporter who isn't supposed to write stories about crime
I enjoy The Cat Who. . . books and have learned something new from each of them. The mystery is usually fairly easy to solve or not as important as the background--antiquing in this case--for the story. Another thing that I like about these books is that they are easy reads, entertaining but not especially cerebral and I often read them after reading something more complicated or involved. I do not mean to demean this type of book or series. It fills a need and gives me pleasure.
Dec 06, 2014 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, usa
It's about a week before Christmas and the editor of the Features dept. at the Daily Fluxion is reminding the staff about the annual writing contest. Jim Qwilleran has just heard about an area called Junktown and offers that idea for a series of articles. He thinks it's a narcotics district - turns out it's a shopping district for antiques. During Jim's first afternoon in the area, he attends an auction and hears about the tragic accident suffered by one of the dealers. It is reported that he f ...more
Another of the early books in the series, and one before Qwill has received his inheritence and is the poor bachelor we came to love long before Pickax. Koko and Yum Yum are disappearing from his new apartment above Iris Cobb and her husband's antique store, and coming back with all kinds of clues to the recent murder of a successful antique dealer nearby. This book introduces 'Junktown', an area of the city Qwill is living in mainly funded for Antique stores. It has a bad reputation around the ...more
Apr 15, 2014 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great cat mystery. It’s Christmas...and this time Qwill is solving murders in Junktown, the antique sellers section of the city. Koko and Yum Yum are up to their usual sleuthing antics. And by now Qwill is wise enough to listen to anything his cats are trying to tell him. Still loving these cats...Braun certainly is able to capture with great exactness the behaviour of these critters.
Feb 16, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My friend Ingrid got me hooked on this series many years ago. I just checked on this author to see if she had something new to offer and realized I never added them to my books read. If you like a gentle mystery and a quick read, this is a great escape to upper Michigan! Google the author and start with the first book. I hope you will be as captivated as I was by the charming characters.
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