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

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  8,128 Ratings  ·  342 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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James
Background
The summer after I graduated from college, I started missing regular reading... during school, I had less personal choice and recreational reads, as all the college textbooks and novels were the priority. I was an English major and rarely had time for adding in my own particular interests. The last course I had taken was an independent study that one of my professors and I had built the curriculum on together: Murder Mysteries. I learned all about the genres and sub-genres, authors
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Anna
Jan 19, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2011
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
C.
Apr 17, 2014 C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Charlene Vickers
Nov 08, 2010 Charlene Vickers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
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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Kirsti
Jan 12, 2012 Kirsti rated it it was amazing  ·  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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Alex
Aug 11, 2010 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Carole
Dec 07, 2011 Carole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessica
Oct 30, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoying this cute new mystery series! That's probably a good thing, seeing as there's about a hundred books in the series! :)
Mandaray
Jan 23, 2016 Mandaray rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Once again, I'd been on the hunt for a murder mystery that would be engaging, but lighthearted; as soon as I saw the title of the series, I thought This has got to be it. A retired detective who solves mysteries with his cat? My imagination was already whirling with the possibilities for whimsy and mischief. Does the cat talk? Maybe paw at crime-scene photos? Will the protagonist wander around with the cat trailing behind him, watching his flexible little tail for signs of vibration to indicate ...more
Michelle
Mar 03, 2013 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, reviewed, 2015
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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Sue
Jun 28, 2010 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, usa
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
Monica
Apr 07, 2014 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Becky
Feb 20, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Willow Brook
Jan 27, 2017 Willow Brook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The paperback I read said the original publish date was 1967, which I either didn't know or forgot since I first came across this series in the 80's. Fifty years ago is a world away and would explain the genial Qwilleran's casual chauvinism and the references to Orientals, Negroes and girls. Anyway, I enjoyed these books for many years and as I am going through knee replacement rehab, I am finding them a sort of comfort food. The story is cute and when Qwill isn't being too smug or commenting on ...more
Becky
Mar 02, 2011 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Close to the end of the book, I found out that it was a Danish Modern Chair which Koko was 'snacking' on. It was upholstered with Danish wool.

I had to keep remembering that this took place in the late '60s while reading it. A lot of artsy people were making their mark through furniture making and interior design. And threw some wild parties!

I wanted to read this, and the next, to find out when Qwilleran & Koko welcome Yum Yum to their family.

Another great mystery, another crime solved by an
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Sam Jones
Dec 30, 2016 Sam Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. I'm on my second read through - in order this time. This book is one of my favourites. As with all the others it is a simple fun read. Just love the characters - such a colourful bunch. Especially love the authors descriptions of the cats - they come alive in your minds eye. If you're looking for a bit of relaxed reading pick up this series and spend some time with Jim Qwilleran (without the u) and his two siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum.
Nancy
Aug 10, 2015 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very early book in this series. The characters had not been developed very much at this point. There was only one cat at the beginning of the book, and Yum Yum was added at the end of the book. I have read many of these books, and so I missed a lot of the things that were added in later books. I'm glad I found this early book, just to see the beginnings of the series.
Una Tiers
Aug 05, 2013 Una Tiers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sheila
Jun 18, 2010 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Flissy
Jun 02, 2009 Flissy rated it liked it  ·  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.
Reese
Sep 26, 2011 Reese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alondra
Jan 21, 2014 Alondra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
**This book is signed and imprinted with KoKo's paw print**

3.5 Stars

What fun! I am really liking this little series. I know I am only 2 books in; but they are cute, cozy, little mysteries that don't hurt your brain too much.

Best part, it has cats. Next best part, we now have 2 cats... :D
Lucy Somerhalder
It was good. I did enjoy it. But The first one was just such a tough act to follow...
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.
Susie
Jun 01, 2012 Susie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Diana S
Mar 08, 2014 Diana S rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
I give this book 3.5 stars***
Catherine
Feb 17, 2017 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book.
Jim Qwilleran is not exactly overwhelmed by his new assignment for the Daily Fluxion. Interior design has never been one of his specialties and now he's supposed to turn out an entire magazine on the subject every week! But the first issue of Gracious Abodes is barely off the presses when Qwilleran finds himself back on more familiar territory -- the exclusive residence featured on the cover has been burglarized and the lady of the house found dead...now Qwilleran and
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