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The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers (Cat Who... #29)

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  3,073 ratings  ·  284 reviews
After dropping a bombshell that was a bestseller, Lilian Jackson Braun brings back James Qwilleran and his famous felines, Koko and Yum Yum, for the twenty-ninth installment of the beloved, bestselling Cat Who . . . series.

Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere, is in an uproar (good and bad) following vast inheritances from wealthy old families. Only "Cool Koko" kno
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 12th 2007 by Headline (first published January 2nd 2007)
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I hate having to give any book such a low rating. I really do. But this one was... basically incomprehensible, I guess. I started reading this series when I was twelve, and even though I don't read as many cozies in general anymore, this is one series that I always read, out of loyalty, or nostalgia, or something. Some of the earlier ones really were quite good. Unfortunately, I think Mrs. Braun is overdue for retirement. Or at least needs a serious editor. Was there even a mystery in this myste ...more
That poor woman, she should have left this one on the drawing board. Obviously she was struggling for a title, because the 60 whiskers tie-ins seem jotted into the margins of the useful dialogue, and comes to nothing in the end.
While no one seemed to be acting in character, what really bothered me about this edition is the fact that Qwill's reactions were not only odd for him, but odd for any one of us. Not wanting to go into spoilers, he has no reaction to any of the entirely bizarre (read: bad
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Tosha Sisler
This is the worst Cat Who book and murder mystery that I have ever read. I usually enjoy the series as a light-fun-read, but this book definitely disappointed. Braun seemed more occupied with developing the town that she has created, than developing the murder mystery, its investigation, or even the story's characters. The writing style seemed fragmented and incomplete. In the novel, Braun continually refers to Qwilleran's drawer full of partial ideas. This book felt like Braun grabbed a handful ...more
I have read various "Cat Who" books over the years, but recently decided to read the entire series from start to finish. I shared them with two elderly ladies from my church and then passed them on to a 17-year-old young lady from church. We all love the series, which is sweet, light-weight, and appropriate for all age groups. I dubbed our book group "The Old Ladies Book Club - + 1." Some of the novels are much better than others and the later books in the series stray away from mystery solving ...more

There is a huge concensus by LJB fans that she either did not write this book or has gone completely senile if she did.
It is so disjointed and disconnected from the other Cat Who books that in places it makes NO sense at all.
A HUGE disappointment.
Rich Meyer
This was a seriously unsatisfying end to what was a very charming and occasionally enthralling sleuth series. It was like the dregs or basic ideas of about six books were thrown together to make one very poor novel, not even following the general formula that was a staple for the Qwilleran books.

I had first thought I had missed a volume, as a major-minor character was mentioned as having died (No spoiler here: He was a hundred years old and a good friend of main character Jim Qwilleran). Many o
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JG (The Introverted Reader)
It is time for this series to die. I have obviously loved it, but it has outlived its originality and needs to be put down.

Koko's whiskers still quiver, and he still does his best to give clues and solve the murder, but Qwill is too busy being the eligible-bachelor-about-town to notice, at least until after someone else has solved the murder. Then he thinks, "So that's why Koko freaked out whenever so-and-so walked into the room. Hmmm. I wonder what [insert female character's name here:] is doi
Wow... and I used to love this series. :(

What has happened here? I am dead serious when I ask this: Has Braun lost some of her faculties? This was the most disjointed, unclear, frustrating book to read! It was choppy and terribly put-together, and there is no way in hell that a publisher would have considered this if it had been Braun's first submission. I can only feel for her editor, who must've been thinking, "What do I DO to make this workable??"

***SPOILER ALERT*** Polly turns suddenly col
Jun 27, 2008 Emily rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one.
Say it with me, really loudly: "UGH". I actually did that a couple of times while reading. I'm not even sure why I finished the book, except that maybe that I'm a masochist. It was disjointed, tired and uninspired. There were actually some lines and conversations that were noticeable repeated within a few pages. Where was the mystery? I didn't spot one. I also didn't spot any real content about the cats. The whole book was one long comment about who he had dinner with, what they ordered and the ...more
Sep 15, 2007 George rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Readers
It is August and Qwill and Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum are living in the converted apple barn home in Pickax. This story is a bit a typical of the series in that there is less emphasis upon the Moose County regulars and more on Qwill and things he is doing. He does more community benefiting things as well as personal things than he normamally does in a novel. There is also a developing mystery: mysterious death by bee sting and possible embezzlement. However, there isn't a real solution to the ...more
I don't know what happened to this series! There hit a point where the books really started going down hill, but this one really takes the cake. The plot was kind of all over the place and was never really resolved.The descriptions of the characters seemed to be regurgitated from other books. Koko's unique talent seemed to be too obvious, and some of the cat behaviors seemed to hit the reader over the head too many times. The syntax didn't even seem like Braun's. The length of the book itself wa ...more
The stories about Qwill, Koko and Yum Yum have been a treat to read. The relationship between Qwill and Polly, the architectural marvel of the barn where Qwill and the cats live in the summer, and Qwill's inability to let a mystery go are the basic building blocks of all of these stories.

That is why this book was such a disappointment. None of these elements were developed, several were let go without even a whimper, and the story ends so abruptly that I went back and re-read the last chapter t
Andre Dumas
All my Goodreads friends can finally rejoiced--I've finished all the Cat Who books! Now you can stop getting notifications that I'm reading them/finished with them. Now that I've finished these I figure I owe it to Mr. Qwerillan to write a final review. First of all, these books span decades and it's fascinating to see how things changed! Secondly, if you enjoy cats and mysteries you should seriously think about devoting your free reading time to reading these. Charming doesn't begin to explain ...more
This series has been going down hill for years. I'm on page 59 now, and I may force my way through to the end, but I strongly suspect that this will be the last one I read.

I've finished it now, and I'd like to know where to send the bill for the time I wasted in reading it. I'm not even sure where to start in explaining what was wrong with this book...

There was no "mystery." The death was mentioned infrequently, and none of the characters' involvement in solving it, which was slight at most, was
Love Ms, Braun's books. Qwill is quite a character and, of course, I adore Koko and Yum Yum! Koko is an amazing cat, but Yum Yum is special in her own right. I actually felt offended that everyone kept asking Qwill, "How's Koko?" What about Yum Yum? Just because she doesn't seem to give any hints or clues about crimes doesn't mean she's unimportant.I enjoyed the book very much and would have given it 4 stars if not for a few things; A.)I felt there were some loose ends to the case( did they catc ...more
 Gigi Ann
I thought this week-end I would take a break from reading and listen to an audio book. So I chose this "Cat Who" book to listen to. I'm very glad I chose to listen to it instead of reading it. I have read quite a few of Ms. Braun's "Cat Who" books and found them fun week-end reads. However......

I was very disappointed in what I thought was going to be a cozy mystery. I found no mystery, cozy or otherwise at all in this story. The real mystery was trying to figure out what WAS the mystery. And an
Whoever is writing these, pretending to be Lilian Jackson Braun, is doing a really poor job of it. The style is all wrong. This and the previous outing bear no resemblance to her previous work.

The only thing I can figure is that her publishers don't want to admit she isn't writing these books. But it's so obvious, they may as well just admit it and be done with it. Actually, I think they need to just cut their losses and quit publishing these rip-offs under the Cat Who titles.

This isn't a story
I'm sad to give this book such a low rating. Though quirky, full of eccentric characters, and definitely written with the cat lover in mind, I've enjoyed these book in the past. They're a good audio read for me. This one was a big old mess though and even somewhat incomprehensable. Was there a mystery? I couldn't really find one. Was there a conclusion? I couldn't find that either. Quill, the main character, while he always has somewhat had the "Michael Landon Syndrome" (meaning everything he do ...more
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I started reading The cat who series 9 years ago. I quickly read all of Lillian Braun's book and thoroughly enjoyed all of them.

This one left me a little sad as Polly took a job in Paris for 3 years and Quill's barn burnt down. I was wondering if Lillian was bringing an end to her stories.

I researched online and discovered that she is getting up in years and her health may be taking a toll on. Her books are good, clean mysteries without the blood and gore and the cat Koko always help solve the
Oct 14, 2007 Stephanie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who's already read the first 27 of these
Despite having read all of The Cat Who... books, I have to admit that I don't like them all that much (OK, OK, I liked the ones published in the sixties when Qwilleran was poor and lived "down below"); however, the stories make great audiotapes for driving because you can be distracted for 30 minutes but not actually miss anything crucial to the plot.

This particular book is perhaps the worst of the entire series. It has no plot to speak of, and the there may be a reference to this story if you
Lynne Tull
I had read all of "The Cat Who..." books three times and listened to them once. In 2010 I read them for the fourth time...except "The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell" and this one. I decided that someone...Ms. Braun or the publisher...decided to end the series. She/They commenced to make the most horrific decisions about how to exit the characters. It was not at all fun like the first of the series. I decided to stop at #27 and imagine my own ending. You might want to try this or not. If not, be for ...more
The library in my city marked this book as a "Mystery." The only mystery about it is why Lilian Jackson Braun's agent and editor ever allowed the book to be published. The only "crime" is never fully delineated, let alone solved. The main character's lady love goes to England on vacation and decides, with no warning, to stay. When the barn that has been his long time home burns down, Qwilleran's only comment is: "I'm only thankful that the cats are safe. . . ." "The Cat Who. . . " series has nev ...more
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Lisa Kucharski
Ah, the end of the series. Over the last 5 or 6 books I've been feeling a building to a big change and sadly it comes at the end before the author could really use the big twist. But here we see many personal changes for Qwill. There is a mystery, lightly observed and then figured out. But in many ways, I felt the changes she made while drastic were good. The one thing that kept Qwill in the area was due to a requirement of his inheritance. I think he enjoyed it and since he had traveled widely ...more
Steve Chaput
One of the shorter books in the series, but things happen that will bring about changes in the lives of Jim Qwilleran (known as Qwill) and his two feline companions, Koko and Yumyum.

Qwill's romantic interest, Polly Duncan, is off to Paris for a few weeks and he is wondering if it's time to move out of his summer residence in the renovated barn to his winter condo in Pickaxe. Naturally things are always lively in town and Jim is right in the middle of much of it. As usual in the series there is a
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The entire crew is back, sort of...Polly is in Paris... But everyone else is trying to figure out what in Pickax is voting on, and can someone really die from a bee-sting? Evidently ! Piano playing cat alert? This was fun to read ? I know is a formula...but heck it's got Siamese cats I refuse to complain.
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Lilian Jackson Braun was an American writer. She is well-known for her light-hearted series of The Cat Who... mystery novels. The Cat Who books center around the life of former newspaper reporter James Qwilleran, and his two Siamese cats, KoKo and Yum Yum in the fictitious small town of Pickax located in Moose County, "400 miles north of everywhere." Although never formally stated in the books, th ...more
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