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De kat die op niveau woonde (The 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
Jun 05, 2014 Una Tiers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like when Qwilleran goes away from the home base to have an adventure.
Nathalie S
Apr 27, 2014 Nathalie S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 18, 2014 Xinh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 23, 2016 Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book was a gift and was pleasantly surprised with the funny parts even though the cover details otherwise. I was so hoping it was not a mystery because I do love a good ending. I would be interested in reading another "The Cat Who........". Clever details in chapter 13. I so loved this chapter the best!
May 10, 2016 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. The characters are fun and I love the names that LJB used. I will be sad to read the last book, so I am not rushing through them.
Mar 30, 2016 itchy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w
this book is full of fungi

of course qwill would make a killing (view spoiler)
James Qwilleran decides to go back to the big city Down Below where he lived before Pickax. He has been given a business proposition i.e. buying and renovating a historical high rise dwelling that the current city power holders want to tear down. Despite everyones misgivings about him going to an environment that is full of crime that could potentially cause him harm, if not worse, Qwilleran packs up a few belongings and his two Siamese cats, Koko nd Yum Yum, and drives on down in his slightly u ...more
Oct 02, 2014 Gemma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Also posted on my blog at The Humble Book Nerd

Another fun entry in what has got to be the most charming series I’ve ever read!

Journalist Jim Qwilleran packs up and takes his pet Siamese, superintelligetn Koko and glamorous Yum Yum, to a penthouse apartment in the big city for the winter, and it’s definitely an adventure. I missed the happenings in Moose County, not to mention all of Qwill’s quirky neighbors, but there were certainly some characters at the
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
Mar 13, 2014 Sunsettowers rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy

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
Jan 27, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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
The Hobbit
The 11th book in the series. Jim Qwillerin and his 2 feline companions travel to the big city 400 miles south of Pickax. Qwill's friends have enlisted his help in saving the once posh Casablanca Apartment building from the wrecking ball and city developers. Even though it is home to 200 tenants, many elderly, the building is falling apart. When Qwill and his Siamese move into penthouse apartment, Koko begins uncovering clues - a murder/suicide had been committed in the apartment only two months ...more
Jan 26, 2009 Uglyoldwitch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
#11 in The Cat Who ... series.

The Cat Who ... Series - Jim Qwilleran receives a request for help from Amberina, one of the three weird sisters in Junktown, to come back and help save the historic Art Deco Casablanca apartment building from demolition by developers. Accordingly, Jim and the cats rent the penthouse, which turns out to be the scene of an apparent murder-suicide, involving the death of Dianne Bessinger, the head of the committee formed to prevent the demolition of the building. Jim
Roger Verstraete
Jim Qwilleran: A 52 year old retired journalist. He now writes a column for the local newspaper. He has a luxuriant mustache, drooping eyelids and graying temples. Since becoming the richest bachelor in three counties he is a unbridled philanthropist.
Mary Duckworth/Duxbury: a.k.a, The dragon. owns the Blue Dragon antique store in Junktown. She is an officer in SOCK
Mrs. Tuttle: Manager of CB
Rupert: Custodian at CB
Roberto Maus: Has given up his law practice to open a restaurant, officer
M. J.
Dec 01, 2014 M. J. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
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Dec 06, 2014 Sue rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, usa
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
Mar 16, 2008 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  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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Dec 03, 2012 Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 06, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 04, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have loved the Cat Who series since I was in middle school. Jim Qwilleran and his 2 Siamese cats are one of my favorite detective teams in the world of mystery fiction. Lillian Jackson Braun's world of Pickax and its residents are never tiring to read about.
Aug 12, 2014 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 01, 2012 Roni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 07, 2015 Kirsti rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Feb 13, 2015 cbdef rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story, but missed the earlier books in the series, that lay out the particulars of the recurring characters. What I like most - a short read, especially since I didn't have a lot of time.
Jan 19, 2015 Elta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Michelle's Book
Jun 22, 2014 Michelle's Book rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stay in MooseCounty

Stay in MooseCounty

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
Mar 04, 2013 Knit Spirit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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“Enchanté!” said Qwilleran, bending low over her hand in a courtly gesture. Then he drew from his pocket a perfect Bosc pear with bronze skin and long, curved stem, offering it in the palm of his hand like a jewel-encrusted Fabergé bauble. “The perfect complement for your beautiful apartment, Mademoiselle.” The Countess was a trifle slow in responding. “How charming . . . Please be seated . . . Ferdinand, you may bring the tea tray.” She seated herself gracefully on an overstuffed sofa in front of the tortoiseshell tea table. “I trust you are well, Mary?” 0 likes
“He also entered a bookstore called “Books ‘n’ Stuff,” that stocked more videos and greeting cards than books. Furthermore, its supermarket lighting and background music discouraged browsing. Qwilleran had his own ideas about the correct ambiance for a bookstore: dim, quiet, and slightly dusty.” 0 likes
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