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

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  3,531 Ratings  ·  327 Reviews
Polly Duncan is off to Paris, temporarily leaving Jim Qwilleran without his lady companion. Good thing there's lots to keep Jim busy. Like a mysterious death from a bee sting that leaves everyone but Koko the Siamese in a state of confusion. If only the kitty with sixty whiskers would stop pussyfooting around and let Jim in on the deadly secret
Paperback, 228 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Jove (first published January 2nd 2007)
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Apr 26, 2007 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 24, 2012 Jamie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've read the entire The Cat Who... series, you should know. They were my favorite books and I've reread them until every last paperback was falling apart. They were my fallback books from middle school through college.

It was all about a newspaper writer named James Qwilleran who'd inherited millions from an old friend of his mother and was enjoying small town life in Pickax (Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere) with his crime-solving Siamese cats Koko and Yum-Yum. The series was funny,
Jul 12, 2008 Joseph rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Aug 30, 2009 C-shaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 30, 2008 Karen added it

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
Dec 07, 2011 Rich Meyer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
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
Feb 11, 2008 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 05, 2007 Mauri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 100in2007
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May 05, 2008 Emily rated it did not like it
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 it was ok  ·  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
Jul 27, 2009 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, 2014
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
Apr 26, 2010 Carol rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Benjamin Thomas
Sep 16, 2016 Benjamin Thomas rated it did not like it
I had very low expectations for this book based on the trend of the last 5 or 6 in the series and, unfortunately, my expectations have been proven prophetic. This novel is a complete mess with no actual plot, characters that frequently break with how they would be expected to act based on previous books, and very little mystery at all (for a novel marketed as “mystery”). Just as in the last several books in the series, it’s far more about the day-to-day happenings of the quirky characters of the ...more
Feb 16, 2017 Karrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Apr 03, 2008 Deena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Apr 03, 2013 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
 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
Apr 08, 2010 Deborah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Oct 21, 2011 Tiffeny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 14, 2007 Stephanie rated it did not like it  ·  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
Sep 07, 2009 Frances rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lynne Tull
Dec 08, 2010 Lynne Tull rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Feb 27, 2013 Eyehavenofilter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-cat-who
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.
Aug 07, 2016 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you want to read this series...start at the beginning because this final volume quite honestly needed a better editor. I've enjoyed so many of this series of mysteries....just right for a weekend read and not grisly like so many murder mysteries. But this one totally disappointed. The earlier ones are far, far better.
Jan 21, 2009 Coralee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Braun's Siamese mysteries have sold for over 50 years. She writes cat-cozy mysteries. Her recent work is showing its age, but is still marginally enjoyable. She choose this novel to create a major plot twist that will cause new behavior for her lead, Qwill.
Yulande Lindsay
Aug 10, 2013 Yulande Lindsay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Laziest piece of writing I've come across in a long long while. Not worth reviewing. Avoid at all costs.
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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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