De kat die op niveau woonde (De kat die... #11)
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De kat die op niveau woonde (Cat Who... #11)

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Verslaggever Jim Qwilleran en zijn twee Siamezen Koko en Yum Yum worden uitgenodigd om hun intrek te nemen in een luxueus penthouse in Daar Beneden. Dit prachtige, monumentale appartementencomplex dreigt gesloopt te worden door een stel gewetenloze projectontwikkelaars. Qwilleran hoopt dat hij de eigenaresse van het pand, een excentrieke dame, ervan kan overtuigen het pand...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published 2002 by Zwarte beertjes (first published 1990)
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Una Tiers
I like when Qwilleran goes away from the home base to have an adventure.
The book opens with the residents of Pickax being notified of Qwill's death in a fiery car crash. Knowing that there are many more books in the series, my thought was "OK, how is THIS one going to be played out?" Essentially the entire book is the background to get you to that piece of information. Qwill had received an invitation from people he knew during his Junktown days Down Below to come south and look into the possibility of restoring the old Casablanca apartment building. Wanting to esc...more
Normally, I give the books in this series a middle rating because they're just okay to me. But this one just bothered me.

First, it's like the author had a stick up her ass about how much better it is to live in the country than the city because the city is a dark and dangerous place. Except that in the books that take place in the country, she's killed off characters left and right.

Second, the author wrote the first 3 books in the late 60s and set the books in that time period. Then she took a...more
Why did I put myself through this? I read these when I was in middle and high school and loved them. I am not sure why. This was awful.

It was full of weird cat stuff--like just total cat person affection way beyond the norm--plus the mystery itself just really never evolved.

The person who was killed died before the story began, the motives of the murder are totally unclear to me, and the manner in which the mystery was solved--by a Siamese cat using scrabble letters to warn his master--was wel...more
Nathalie S
THE CAT WHO LIVED HIGH along with THE CAT WHO READ BACKWARDS and THE CAT WHO ATE DANISH MODERN are my top three favorites of the Koko and Yumyum mysteries and yes, Jim Qwilleran (with that "ridiculous W") too of course. In this one, Jim, as founder of the uber wealthy K-Fund, is called upon by some of his old friends in Junk Town to rescue the ageing and dilapidated Casablanca, a 1920s apartment building previously known as the go-to address of anyone who was anyone and fabulously rich in that h...more
Lisa Kucharski
While the story was amusing, it didn't have the drive that other stories have even though it had all the elements ready. Qwill heads back to his old city to find it greatly changed, both people and place. He goes with the hope of saving an old historic building only to find that a main proponent has been murdered, the owner lost in past and hermetically sealed away, and a hungry firm ready to grab the land and put a new building up to make millions.

While it is interesting to see how old charact...more

The Cat Who... books are the comfort food of books for me. One of my best friends and I used to read these all the time, and trade them back and forth with each other. Every once in a while, I revisit one of them I happen to still have on my shelf. This was a particularly good one. Qwilleran, the former big-city reporter with the epic mustache who now loves his life in the country, returns to the big city to investigate the Casablanca, a historical building (now full of apartments full of very u...more
Ken Montville
The beauty of these books is that they're easy and fast to read. There isn't a lot of fancy gizmos and the violence and sex is kept at a minimum. The names of the characters are cute and the odd twists and turns in the plot lines is just enough to keep you turning the pages without losing sleep.

I like these books. They're pure entertainment and a pleasure to read.
I loved "The Cat Who ..." books for ages, so when one I had never read turned up on our office book swap shelf, I was delighted.

This outing sees Jim Qwilleran and his two clever Siamese cats spending part of the winter at the Casablanca apartments "down below." The old Art Deco building is falling apart, and Qwill's foundation is considering paying for renovation as an investment. For Qwill's part, he's interested in the residents and thinking about writing a book.

Then he learns that the previou...more
J. Ewbank
An apartment building is scheduled for demolition but Qwill is against it so he moves into it with the cats. In the apartment where Qwill moved into an art dealer was murdered and the cats have to save things again.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
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I thoroughly enjoyed this first of the series. I thought the weather reports with the city's crimes and the spelling of weird names throughout the story were funny. And the description of the cats were so cat like and realistic. I will read more.
They're like candy. I can't help myself. Give me a Lilian Jackson Brown book, two hours, and a bathtub -- and I'll have a cavity. I love her writing, I adore the siamese cats, and Qwill is a great character.

Candy. M&M's in book-form.
Mar 16, 2008 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat fans, "Cat Who" fans, mystery fans, and anyone who lenjoys a good read!
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I've read and re-read and re-re-read these books dozens of times. This one falls somewhere in the middle of the series - Jim Qwilleran is newly(ish) established in Pickax, but he's not as settled in as he is towards the end of the series. (Really, the last 10 or so books were Same Shit, Different Day - glorious apple barn! Outsider who doesn't belong gets what's coming to them! Condo in Indian Village! Andy Brody has swagger! Amanda Goodwinter crabs about everything! He feels genial towards old...more
Amanda Hendsbee
My biggest gripe about these books has always been that they end SO abruptly, and this one is not an exception. Despite that, though, they're always a really fun read, and the characters are endearing and nostalgic. I have always enjoyed this series, and this is one of the earlier books, so it was fun to go back closer to where it started. Lilian Jackson Braun remains one of my favorite authors because of this series.
Another great cat book! Another good mystery...this time it’s back to Down Under for Qwill, Koko, and Yum Yum. And up to the top floor of the old Casablanca, home to all kinds of quirky characters. And where once again Koko uses his keen feline senses to flush out murder. I am in love with these cats.
I became addicted to read "The Cat Who.." series after discovering it by accidentally reading it registered under With this particular book, it is good to get a new perspective by moving it out of the Moose County for a while which allowing me to recapture some of reading enjoyment. The ending was quite interesting as it was left open and left the case not completely resolved. In some senses, that gave us, the readers, a glimpse to true to life ways of how some of the cases are...more
Jan 14, 2012 Kirsti rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat lovers, Mystery lovers, Animal detective fans
Another excellent example of Lilian Jackson Braun's work, 'The cat who lived high' sees Qwilleran, Koko and Yumyum leave Pickax before the snow flies and take refuge in the city. He's there to scout the possibilities of returning a sky rise to it's former glory for the Klingenscheon fund, and he meets up with some old friends and characters from previous books along the way. Koko is spot on as always, rolling his way to solving the mystery, but Yumyum just wants to take a nap.

I enjoyed the chang...more
Michelle's Book
Stay in MooseCounty

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I liked it but I wish they had stayed in moose lake. the story wasn't the same and I don't k n ow what happen to everyone.
I finished this off a few days ago and can remember nothing, though looking at the cover I suddenly have visions of a very weird return Down Under in which nothing happens. Not my favorite so far.
Knit Spirit
C’est avec plaisir qu’une fois de plus j’ai retrouvé notre très cher Qwill et ses deux chats siamois.
J’ai préféré cet épisode au dernier que j’avais lu (Le chat qui jetait des peaux de banane).
Le ton est toujours égal : léger, sans prise de tête et très agréable. Les personnages toujours aussi bien décrits et avec la bonne dose de suspens.
Je sèche un peu sur cette chronique mais ce qui est sûr, c’est que j’ai beaucoup aimé ce livre et que je vous le conseille !
J’avais dit que je lirai les autres...more
This is my last reread of this series for quite a while. This was the remaining title in my to-read pile from the time I started to reread two years ago.

Qwilleran is even more sexist in thoughts and actions then before. How I didn't see that before is quite bizarre. His return to the big city to save an historical building reads like a shopping list of news, restaurant reviews and looking for clues to the murder of the last tenant of the penthouse he's renting. Still a few things were interesti...more
Let me preface this by saying in gradeschool I read a lot of books from this series and really enjoyed them. Reading this one, I recaptured some of that enjoyment but also saw the books from a new perspective. I really enjoyed that the ending was left very open and not everything was resolved and, in some rather true to life ways, the bad guys even won. In this case the 'bad guys' were real estate developers and city planners trying to tear down a run down historical building, going so far as to...more
Qwilleran's project of restoring a classic apartment building gives Koko the opportunity to point the way to the solution of a double murder.
The ending was rather rushed through but overall still entertaining as usual.
Sep 25, 2007 George rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Readers
Another Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum mystery. Leaving Pickax for the first time in three yeras, Qwill returns Down Below to the city he lived in previously while working on the Daily Fluxion. A friend from those days calls and asks him to use his foundation to buy an aging condominium and save it from being torn down by developers. He agrees to check things out as well as giving him an excuse to avoid the coming Moose County winter. As usual, the adventure turns into a mur...more
For some reason, I had imagined this one as being better. Maybe the nostalgia of this series is wearing off? Meh.
Read this a long time ago--I was satisfying my new addiction to the "Cat Who" books after discovering them. Taking it for what it for what these books offer: an easy read, delightful characters (especially the cats), etc., it just ranks right up there as pleasant and fullfilling exactly what it is supposed to be. I'm glad she moved Qwilleran out of his habitat for this one--a good variation. I do think the earlier books were a bit tighter drawn in the mystery aspects, but these are still fun to...more
The Visual
Even though I'm not a pet-lover...i find the series a fun read and something to pass the time...
Loved it! One of the best of all "The Cat Who" books.
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