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The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern (Cat Who... #2)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  6,743 ratings  ·  255 reviews
Jim Qwilleran is not exactly thrilled by his new assignment for the Daily Fluxion--a weekly magazine on interior design. But Qwilleran finds himself on familiar territory when a murder is committed, and he and Koko, the brilliant Siamese, take the case.
ebook, 192 pages
Published October 1st 1986 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 1967)
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Anna
Half way thru the book I realized there was only Koko, and then I realized (after some googling) that this was the second book of The Cat Who series. Now I'll want to read the other two old ones too (already on the queue, and will probably read next). Three of the books were written in 1960s, (.. could read backwards in '66, this one in '67, and ..who turned on and off in '68). Then they resumed in 1980s with a lot of new ones. (Lilian Jackson Brown was apparently born in 1913, still lives and p ...more
Alex
Somewhat entertaining, but the book began to lose my interest half way through. I was expecting more humor/wit at that point, and noticed that the reading just seemed to present a similar tone throught. The climax for me just wasn't so climatic; it's been under a month and I must say, the ending was not interesting enough to have stuck with me, I can't for the life of me recall it, but I do recall it was nothing quite catching or humorous.

After reading other ratings, perhaps these books are bett
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Charlene Vickers
The second of the Cat Who books is as satisfying as the first and third, with a real plot, a real mystery, and real heroics. Enjoy the first three books and then ask yourself: what happened with the rest of the series?
Sue
This installment finds Jim Qwilleran taking over the interior design beat at the Daily Fluxion. The paper wants to publish a weekly supplement with feature stories and lots of photos. Jim had done such a good job on the Art beat (previous book) that the Editor promotes Jim from Senior Writer to Junior Editor for this assignment. The trouble starts right after the release of the first edition. The house they had featured reports a burglary and the wife is dead. Jim smells something fishy but pre ...more
Carole
There was one passage in this book where Qwilleran sees a couple decorative eggs in a shop and notes how expensive they are. Each one costs $5. For some people, that may still be a great deal of money, but you couldn't buy a new copy of this book in paperback for $5 now. In 1967, the average paperback was about 75 cents. I wasn't alive when the book was written, but it sure does remind me of just how much things have changed since I was little, and in some ways, it just really amuses me. It make ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
'Gracious Abodes', the newspaper Daily Fluxion's new interior design magazine, opens up a new horizon and a new assignment for Jim Quilleran, and a new mystery for fans of Koko the psychic cat.

The dictionary is Koko's Ouija board and his claws are his planchette. Jim takes the hints from Koko's dictionary suggestions after the murder of a rich woman, whose house was featured in Jim's magazine, and he is soon following up clues. G. Verning Tait, besides the loss of his wife to an apparent heart
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Sheila
The 2nd book of the Cat Who series. I've read 3 of this series so far and just can't get in to them. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I am allergic to cats and just don't think they are all that cute. The story surrounds the very rich and their eccentric interior designers.
Flissy
Jun 05, 2009 Flissy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crazy cat ladies
Recommended to Flissy by: my mother-in-law
Shelves: 2009
These books are quite transparent in that they are obviously neat and tidy detective stories written by a crazy cat lady. Also they are completely addictive! And cute! I'm probably going to end up reading the whole series because they are light and fun reads.
Kaye
Another Qwilleran and his cat Koko mystery. This one has Jack writing for the paper on interior designs. Of burglary and death occurs after a house is featured in the paper. With the help of Koko of course the mystery will be solved.
Una Tiers
Spending a little of the summer with old friends. This is the second Cat Who book, and we are introduced to the third member of the Qwilleran family, Yum Yum. The language is beautiful and the pace is leisurely.
Reese
The 2nd in the series finds Jim Qwilleran in the midst of another murder mystery.

He solves it with help from Koko the magnificent Siamese and in the process acquires a female companion for Koko, named Yum Yum.
Susie
I read this series a few years ago and have all of the books. I was without a "next book" so I picked this up. I enjoy the main character and the cozy mystery style.
Writerlibrarian
Reread. This is where Yum Yum is introduced and where KoKo really becomes a sleuthing cat. This is fluff mystery. Not brain surgery but entertaining fluff.
C.
I treasure books featuring cats. I’m thrilled Lilian Jackson Braun exceeds by far, novels that depict but barely mention them. Better than that, her hero Jim Qwilleran’s routine with them is presented the most realistically I’ve ever seen. You see the minute he arrives home, he checks for his young ones. He may exclaim at evidence of what they’ve done, which is truly the way it goes, sees to their needs, but a real animal person lives with them. You don’t drop off food and forget they communicat ...more
Monica
Once again Koko, the amazing Siamese cat, helps newspaper reporter James Qwilleran solve a crime...not just one, but two murders. This time Qwilleran, having being stuck doing art features, is moved to the decorating department as the editor of “Gracious Abodes”...a supplement magazine in the Fluxion’s Sunday paper intended to bring in more readers and to pull in some big advertising dollars. Koko knows just what clues to send to Qwilleran in order for all to be right once again in his world. Yu ...more
Sophie
Qwilleran is back in this second book in the Cat Who... series with a new assignment at The Daily Fluxion. This time it's interior decorating, and obviously Qwill is just as outraged this time as he was when he got stuck with the art scene reporting last time. I think the plot in this one was slightly more complicated than that of The Cat Who Could Read Backwards because of the number of characters and conspiracies, but it never felt overwhelming. But again, the lack of explicitness of the actio ...more
Dyana
Jim Qwilleran's desire is to be a reporter for the crime beat on a newspaper called The Daily Fluxion. But in this 2nd of the Cat Who series, he is instead assigned to be the editor of a weekly interior design insert called Gracious Abodes. Reluctantly, he begins the assignment by reviewing a house owned the by the Taits and decorated by an interior designer named David Lyke. It is full of precious and expensive jade pieces. After the 1st issue is printed, the jades are stolen and the lady of th ...more
Michelle
Hop in my time machine back to 1967. A place where you don't have cell phones, the internet, and it's perfectly acceptable to smoke a pipe. People still read newspapers to get their news. Meet Jim Qwilleran, old-time investigative reporter now taking on the interior designer beat. Meet Koko, Siamese cat and crime fighter. Together they stick their noses where they don't belong and save the day. And in the end, they bring pretty lady Yum Yum into the family and everyone is happy.

These books are d
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Louise
I was hesitant to begin re-reading this series again, as I had first read several of them (out of order) as a young teen at my grandmother's home as a way to get to sleep. I was afraid that my fond memories of the books were colored by hazy recollections of benign disinterest after a coworker caught me thumbing through a couple of LJB's books and warned me that they were "tame" and "a bit boring" in her opinion. I'm glad I ignored her. I found this book to be a charming, easy read. I must say I ...more
Becky
Another fun flashback read... now Qwilleran has a girlfriend (half his age) and both Koko and Yum Yum. Such clever cats - always catching the criminal. The stories are great and the characters are enjoyable, likable people. I love the little old-fashioned bits. When Qwill comes home to see the red light on the phone is lit up - he has to call the operator for a message! He also complains about how computers are ruining the newspaper profession, but then his big beef with the young journalists do ...more
Lorraine
In this second book of the series, Qwill is given a new assignment - to publish a weekly decorating magazine for the Daily Fluxion. He meets a couple of designers and attends a great party where he meets some wealthy people who have designer homes. After a house is featured in the first edition, the owner's valuable jade collection is robbed, and the owner's wife dies of a heart attack. After the second week's spread on a boarding house for working women, it is revealed that this is a bordello - ...more
Kirsti
Jan 13, 2012 Kirsti rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat lovers, Mystery lovers, Animal detective fans
Poor Koko's eating wool, and Qwill's at his wit's end. A Pyscatricist recommends a female companion, but first the pair have to solve a murder and a theft. In traditional Lilian Jackson Braun style, all the clues add up and the finger is pointed at the character you least suspect.

I enjoy this one because YumYum is first introduced, and she is in need of rescuing, in a way. I like that he's still writing for the Fluxion, and going to the press club. He hasn't inherited his millions yet, and Koko
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Doina
I'm afraid that I did not enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the first one. The story line was still interesting, but I felt that the dialogue in places dragged on a little too much, and the story was hard for me to follow sometimes. Jim Qwilleran has a new assignment with the Daily Fluxion. Even though he doesn't know anything about interior design, he is supposed to put out an entire magazine about it. If that's not bad enough, the first residence he features gets burglarized, and the lady o ...more
Brenda Mengeling
Jim Qwilleran and Koko, his Siamese cat, end up house sitting in a lavish apartment building. Jim is working on a new Sunday decorating magazine for the newspaper, and he is finding it a tough row to hoe. And then the jade collection is stolen from a house featured in the paper, and then the second house is revealed to be a tastefully decorated brothel and not a boarding house for young, single, professional women. And then there's a murder. Both Jim and Koko are having a rough go of it in this ...more
Julie
This is the second book in The Cat Who series. I have to start off by saying that I did enjoy this book better than the first one. The characters seemed to be written a bit better. That is one of the reasons why I enjoy series books so much; I like to see how the characters develop over time. Since this book was written in the '60s, some of the slang that was used made me laugh (I think the word jive was actually used)!

The mystery still was a bit boring, but who knows? Maybe this was an edge-of
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Maurean
Qwilleran's new assignment, to be junior editor of a new interior design mag called "Gracious Abodes", is barely off the presses when the feature resident of the cover story is burglarized and the lady of the house is found dead. The next cover story is found to be a house of ill repute and Qwilleran and Koko find themselves doing a feature on a very clever murder..Koko is acting strangely, and Qwill adopts a second cat, YumYum, to join the detective team.
This was entertaining; I enjoyed it bet
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Danielle
Jim assigned to a new assignment a magazine on Interior Design. Fresh off the press and a new story breaks and Jim and Koko both get there whiskers twitching to solve the story.

To say I loved the book is going to far tho I did like it more then the first. While not rushed it could of added a tad more to the story. Once again I did not know who to point my finger at until the end. Koko was full of it again and took a rather odd way of asking for a companion in walks Yum Yum. I look forward to rea
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Penny McGill
Does it make sense to re-read a mystery when you already know who "did it"? When it is a story with Jim Qwilleran and an early one at that, it is worth reading again. This is just the second of Lillian Jackson Braun's wonderful The-Cat-Who series and you'll even get to find out how Yum Yum is introduced to Ko Ko. Dive in, there is a world of great reading ahead. Ms. Jackson Braun died at age 97 after writing over 25 great stories with Jim Qwilleran at the lead and I regret not sending her my tha ...more
Lisa Kucharski
I love the books before Qwilleran moved to Moose County. Mostly because of the incredibly zany situations he got put into, and because he was right in the thick of exploring bad guys while trying to write about art, antiques etc...

In this book we find Koko and Qwill have hooked up and Qwill has to now write for a special section about luxury home design! Of course, murder and theft and all that gossip keeps Qwill going until he unearths all the sordid details. A fun and quick read.
Cláudia
Here we go following Qwill and Koko and their adventures, and they solve another mistery :)
As in the 1st book, there's no bloody details or forensic stuff, and it's nice to just have a book where you learn a lot about Siamese cats (specially if you love cats...) while the 2 main caracters try to solve a crime.
I felt, as in the 1st book, that the plot is a little thin/weak, but we aren't suposed to be expecting a great work of literature, just a cozy reading!

I'm anxious for the 3rd book where we
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