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Tersten Okuyan Kedi (The Cat Who... #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  23,130 Ratings  ·  837 Reviews
Yirmi yıldır, adıyla dizgicilerin ve düzeltmenlerin
kafasını karıştıran Jim Qwilleran, Daily
Fluxion'ın yayın yönetmeniyle randevusuna 15
dakika erken gitmişti.
Bekleme odasında gazetenin ilk baskısından bir
tane alıp baş sayfayı incelemeye koyuldu. Hava
raporunu (mevsim normallerinin üstünde), o
günkü tirajı (427.463) ve yayıncıların züppelik
edip Latince yazdığı sloganlarını (Fi
Paperback, 197 pages
Published 1997 by Oğlak Yayınları (first published 1966)
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Mike (the Paladin)
I am surprised in a way at finding myself giving a "series mystery" book four stars (since I make it a point to hand out very few "5s" that's a big score for me). I don't read a lot of mysteries and only ran across MS. Braun because I was looking for audio books for my wife. She was in ill health for a long time and had trouble holding and later seeing to read text, so I was constantly scouring the public library shelves and used book stores for audio books. Sometimes I would take them to work w ...more
Tonile {My Cup and Chaucer}
Written in 1966, Lilian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who Could Read Backwards is certainly not the oldest book I’ve ever read, nor is it one of the best books I’ve ever read, but it was unique because of one of the main characters. Koko the Siamese cat, who can read a freshly published newspaper backwards by tracing the letters and who has a knack for uncovering clues that piece together difficult crimes. This book in a way reminded me of an Alfred Hitchcock film – a lot of build up to a brief yet ex ...more
Aug 20, 2015 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first exposure to Lilian Jackson Braun's cozy Qwilleran and Koko (the Siamese cat) mysteries. I had previously avoided them as the concept of the reporter, aided by a cat, solving mysteries didn't really appeal to me. However as I've begun to explore the mystery genre more and more and due to recommendations from a number of Goodreads friends, I finally bit the bullet and took the plunge (how's that for mixed metaphors). And I have to say, this introduction to Qwilleran, the new repor ...more
Jimmy Hanson
Apr 27, 2011 Jimmy Hanson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other, 2011
"5" For feline entertainment, about a "3" for mystery technique.

I used to love these novels when I was in high school [some 13 years ago] and decided to rent them from the library again from sheer nostalgia. It was as entertaining as I remember it being, from the point of view of an openly excited reader and a cat-lover to boot.

The introduction of Qwill to KoKo is more poignant than I remember it being, simply because he [KoKo] is a bit more of a snob, being with his previous owner - a rather se
Jul 20, 2010 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fine 1st entree in long running series for cat/mystery fans...

With nearly two dozen novels in "The Cat Who..." series, Braun has obviously struck a chord with mystery and cat lovers. Almost a classic yarn in the ilk of Elliot Queen, there's no sex and no profanity in this nice clean straightforward story of three murders -- a puzzling whodunit. Jim Qwilleran is introduced as the leading man; an accomplished journalist, he takes an "Art Beat" job with a small paper for which he's hardly qualifie
Apr 14, 2011 Sally906 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This the first in the “Cat Who…” series. It is were we meet Jim Qwilleran, prize winning newspaper reporter. He has had a bit of a rough time in the past few years – not much is said as to what the problem was, but he only drinks tomato juice, his wife has left him, and all he can hope for is a job reporting on the art scene for the Daily Fluxion. There is a mysterious art critic, George Bonifield Mountclemens, already commenting on the actual art – Jim is expected to work on the human interest ...more
Clare O'Beara
Oct 08, 2014 Clare O'Beara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cats, america-crime
I thoroughly enjoyed this story of how gruff cynical reporter Jim Qwilleran acquires his detecting sidekick, Koko the Siamese cat.

Qwill at this point is a hardworking, gone-sober reporter in a city, with little money and no love interest. He's definitely not looking for a snooty cat. A crime intervenes and Koko is left without an owner.

I liked these early books better than the ones where Qwill comes into a lot of money and lives a rural life just below the Canadian border. Qwill is presented w
An intriguing start to a new (for me) cozy mystery series. I enjoyed the characters and the unfolding of the plot. The murders happened later in the book than usual, with a quick resolution. I'm interested to see how things will pan out with the apartment now in the next book.
Jun 03, 2013 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
The mystery plot is decent but it took awhile to get going. The resolution felt extremely rushed and was a bit out of left field, which I don't enjoy in a murder mystery.

The book was written in the 1960's so parts of it are predictably dated. An electric pencil sharpener is a shocking piece of cutting edge technology. There's a very casual attitude to smoking and getting on a plane involves a lot less security. Also, I was very confused about a clue until I remembered that an electric clock is
May 07, 2010 Jarrod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the things that has stuck out to me over the course of my life, is that wherever I go.. there will always be a "Cat Who...." book on the shelf of the local bookstore. So recently I decided to sit down with the first of the series to give it a gander.

I was taken completely by surprise by the fact that the first three books of this series were written in the 1960s. It seems that she wrote the first three, and then came back to the series over twenty years later. Having been a fan of Crime
The first in the series originally written in 1968. I enjoyed some of the unintended dating (typewriters, phone booths etc.) Reporter Jim Qwilleran starts a new beat as a feature writer for an arts section of the local newspaper. Murder soon happens in the art world and he becomes involved. Along the way he meets the Siamese cat KoKo who is bright and helps the investigation along. I can't say it left me wanting to immediately pick up the next book (of 30) in the series but I probably will. A ni ...more
This is the first book of "The Cat Who" series. I've read the series previously and enjoyed it, my kind of mind-candy. It's fun and relatively light but gives you the opportunity to stretch your brain just a little over the whodunit.

These are less complex than Agatha Christie's mysteries but Braun does paint an interesting community of characters, not only in the protagonist and his cats but in the townsfolk as well. Seeing that unfold throughout the series is probably one of the biggest draws
Jan 09, 2014 Alondra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cozy mystery lovers
Shelves: books-i-own
4 Stars

What a fun piece of fluff. This was just enjoyable and the main character Qwilleran is not irritating or over the top. Koko or should I say Kao K'o-Kung; the Siamese cat. Qwillerans descriptions of his interactions with the cat were hilarious; you have to be a cat owner to understand (maybe). I like his easy manner, unapologetic honesty and dry sense of humor. Just fun reading.

Need a cozy mystery while it is cold?? This book is for you.
Una Tiers
Aug 05, 2013 Una Tiers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first Cat Who book introduces Qwilleran and Koko and Arch Riker. The language is lovely: "even his mustache seemed was easy to suspect that he might be behaving in some unspeakable way."

Sam Jones
Jun 07, 2016 Sam Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Decided to re-read the Cat Who series in order this time. I just love these books, not for the action or plot but for the characters - colouful, eclectic bunch... especially the cats, Koko and Yumyum.
Namitha Varma
So I finally got around to the first of this series :P

Like others in the series, the story is exciting, with a well-developed plot, and I get to know how Kao K'o Kung (Koko) came to be with James Mackintosh (Jim) Qwilleran. (I so badly want to get a Siamese cat now!) The mystery is set in the art world of an unknown city that houses the newspaper The Daily Fluxion, where art-related persons - a gallery operator, an artist, a critic - start dying one after another. Qwill has his doubts and his q
Oct 23, 2015 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, humor
Perhaps I’m being sentimental in my generous rating of 5 stars for this light and amusing mystery, the first in Braun’s “The Cat Who…” series. I picked it out of my mother’s collection after her funeral to have something to read on the plane home, and was surprised at how well it entertained me. I enjoyed it enough to read the entire series, though most books don’t quite measure up to this one, in my opinion. Published in 1966, this book gives us a now-nostalgic look at both the newspaper indust ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Angel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some days you just want a light novel, something you don't have to get into to deeply. Sometimes you want to meet with old friends, and not worry about heavy duty mystery or murders but can go from murder to solving it in a few hours.. some days you need "the Cat Who.." books.

the series has 28 books, I have read all at least twice, they are quickly engrossing, the characters likable and you are always surprised by the ending.

the first books, "the Cat who read Backwards" the cat who ate Danish
C.C. Thomas
Feb 05, 2014 C.C. Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the book that started it all. It's not as good as some of the later titles, but I still loved it.

Jim Qwilleran is an old newspaper fogey who needs a job. The only one available at a local newspaper is for an art correspondent. Qwilleran thinks beggars can't be choosers and how different could it be than reporting on real news? Qwill used to be a big-time news reporter and it's a little unclear why the step down from grace; apparently, he had a drinking problem that ruined his career and
Katie/Doing Dewey
Although I started listening to the Cat Who series with The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern, The Cat Who Could Read Backwards is actually the first in this series of cozy mysteries. The narration was just as good as in the other book. Sadly, I couldn't say the same for the story itself.

First, I think the story is beginning to show its age in an entirely unacceptable way, as we deal with a woman the book somewhat subtly indicates is a lesbian and than very un-subtly names "Butchy". The plot than goes o
Zach Montague
Jan 27, 2013 Zach Montague rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I work at a public library and had laughed at what I considered to be soft-boiled mysteries for old women. Turns out I was right but I loved it so much specifically for that reason. The protagonist being a mustachioed down-to-earth guy surprised me as the lead in a mystery involving a cat. I really wanted to see how a felid would go about solving a crime and I was satisfied with the Siamese's involvement being kept ambiguous so we can wonder if James, the main character, is reading into the anim ...more
James Cudney IV
5 stars to Lilian Jackson Braun's The Cat Who Could Read Backwards. The cozy mystery is a major fan favorite, but who would think it could rate a full 5 stars! To me, I only compare books for ratings in their own genre, so among cozies, I think this is a top notch read.

I am very intrigued with this series. I loved the introduction of the cat. And the city backdrop was very fun. I was surprised to see the author had a 20 year span between the first few books and the remainder of the series, but I
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
The first book in a long, light mystery series, The Cat Who Could Read Backwards is extremely dated and has not aged well in my opinion. A book written 50+ years ago could simply feel like a period piece or better reflect the time and place it was written, but this book lacks any sort of plot or character depth and instead relies on shallow over-the-top caricature with an absurdity of situation whose humor doesn't translate well through time. Some examples: one character who is overtly meant to ...more
Quick reread. I vaguely remembered this opening book of Lilian Jackson Braun. There is a break in this series. The first three were written in the mid 1960's, Braun stopped and twenty years after publishing The Cat Who Could Read Backwards she wrote The Cat Who Saw Red and it relaunched the series.

This is KoKo's bow, where Siamese Cat and newspaper reporter Jim Qwilleran meet. Qwilleran returns to journalism after years battling drinking abuse. The Art beat is strange but Qwilleran soon finds h
Nov 21, 2008 Jonathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: your knitting group
Shelves: mystery
Years ago my mother gave me about five of these mysteries, and I finally got around to reading this one, which is the first one in the seemingly inexhaustible "The Cat Who" series. I really wanted to hate this book, mostly because anyone who shits out thirty-some-odd books in the same series obviously has no integrity as a serious author. That being said, I didn't think this was a bad book. It was a quick little mystery and it was entertaining. The Siamese cat's preternatural intelligence was pr ...more
Feb 07, 2009 Darla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all but the most recent of this series, though it has been several years ago when I first started. I just finished rereading this one for this month's Meridian column on funny "series" and was reminded what I loved about it. Great characters, funny circumstances, nicely crafted plot & dialogue... & the most endearing cat!

Sadly, Braun lost her touch with the last few books- but then again she's in her 90s & still writing. Going senile? Possibly...but it was a great run wh
This was okay. It was written in 1966 and that shows, as expected. A side character is pretty sexist (referring to a woman's measurements - ugh), but Qwilleran, the main character, does not seem to be. I liked the cat and how he grew on Qwilleran, but then I'm a cat person. :) The mystery was not incredibly compelling and I felt that the reveal of the killer was a bit manipulative. I don't know if I've ever read a cozy mystery, so maybe this is typical.

I'll be reading the next book in the serie
Sarah Apsey-Barres
I just finished rereading this book. It was so good the first time! But that was about 15 years ago. Even better the second time around. I work in broadcast television news and the photographer character, the editor character, all the newsroom and police characters are dead on! But none so as much as the star of the show, the title character. I love Braun's writing style. And I'm looking forward to reading the rest of The Cat Who series, with her hilarious characters!
Jul 27, 2016 Bert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so good! The (awesomely outdated, even for then) modern art stuff was so great and kinda reminded me of the Columbo where the smug art connoisseur guy says stuff like 'notice how even the most abstract artist signs their name realistically?' - there's even a 'Happening', which is obvs superb. And the kitty descriptions are seriously the best i've ever read. Oh, and tomato-juice drinking Qwilleran and his intuitive moustache, also great. Who knew?
Marybeth Mank
May 06, 2011 Marybeth Mank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first time I read this book, I laughed my head off. Anyone who knows cats will be charmed by this series of books. The remarkable Koko, the wily though charming YumYum, and their beloved owner Jim Qwilleran (that's right-with a W) with his super-sensitive luxuriant mustache and penchant for solving mysteries as well as giving out tons grants from the Q Fund. I think I have read just about every book in this series and there wasn't a bad one in the bunch. Happy Reading!
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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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