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The Cat Who Saw Red (The Cat Who... #4)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  7,638 Ratings  ·  251 Reviews
Something is amiss at Maus Haus. Not just the mystery of an unsolved "suicide" which hangs over the old mansion, but something ominous in the present-day residence. When Qwilleran moves in to work on his new gastronomical assignment, strange things begin to happen. First it's a scream in the night, then a vanishing houseboy. But when his old girlfriend disappears, somethin ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 249 pages
Published April 15th 1986 by Jove Books (first published 1986)
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Jason Caldwell
Aug 09, 2013 Jason Caldwell rated it really liked it
These books are like potato chips; they are not terribly satisfying or substantive but you cannot stop with just one. I don't even know what lead me to read the first one and now here I am a few weeks later finishing the fourth book and I have checked out numbers 5 and 6 from the library. I do enjoy the series and like the way each one (so far) has focused on a different form of art. This book centers on culinary art and pottery. I like how the author introduces a bunch of characters that could ...more
Alice
Sep 05, 2012 Alice rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
3 and 1/2 stars

I was really curious to read this "The Cat Who . . ." book because after Braun wrote the first 3 in the '60's, she picked up the series and continued it in '80's--twenty years later!

I was so surprised that this story picked right up where the last on had left off! I couldn't tell for sure since now the '80's are thirty years ago themselves, but I think it was still set in a '60's world. I do enjoy the appropriate lack of technology and forensics that we use so heavily in today's
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Jessica
Feb 09, 2016 Jessica rated it liked it
I liked this book slightly more than the last few from this series, mainly because it was more suspenseful WITHOUT a body being found. I liked wondering where the missing people were, and the possibility that they were okay after all.

As a comment overall for the series, it is getting a bit silly that the main character literally moves somewhere new every single book to conveniently correspond with what he's working on at the paper.

There were also some blatant spelling/grammatical errors, like
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Monica
Apr 22, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it
Qwill, Koko, and Yum Yum are at it again. This time Qwill is assigned by the Daily Fluxion to review restaurants...much to his dismay, as he’s decided that it’s time to lose a few pounds. Food, however, turns out be the least of Qwill’s concerns...once his mustache starts twitching he knows that murder is afoot. Koko is still as adept at ever at providing clues...and Qwill is getting much better at reading the amazingly smart feline. And I...continue to love this little cozy mystery series! Not ...more
Courtney
Dec 31, 2014 Courtney rated it liked it
This is my second try at The Cat Who series and I found this one much more enjoyable then the first one I read. Even though I had a pretty good idea who was responsible for the crime about half way through, the story line kept me reading and still pertained to the case. My actual rating would be a 3.5 (they really need to put half stars in the rating system). I look forward to reading more in the series.
William
Dec 02, 2013 William rated it it was amazing
Four books in and I am still loving this series about Qwilleran and all the quirky people he meets. Koko and Yum Yum are hysterical.
Dyana
Dec 29, 2015 Dyana rated it liked it
Jim Qwilleran, prize winning feature writer for the Daily Fluxion newspaper, finds himself out of shape after chasing his cat Koko around the vet's office. The vet suggests that Qwilleran get a physical check-up wherein the doctor puts Qwilleran on a strict diet. The problem being that his boss is putting him on a new assignment - the gourmet beat! Mary Duckworth (from book 3 in the series) suggests that he attend a Gourmet Club dinner at Maus Haus in her place and review the owner Robert Maus w ...more
Charlene Vickers
Nov 08, 2010 Charlene Vickers rated it it was ok
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Cindie Harp
Apr 29, 2009 Cindie Harp rated it it was amazing
This was the first in the series that I read and it made me a (so far) lifelong buyer and reader of LJB's books. A couple caveats: I was 22 at the time, I was taking a train 2 hours a day for a job I did not love. I needed a reason to live. These books helped. I believe this book was the first published in the 80's (previously they had all been written in the 60's). It was also before Qwill became very wealthy, which was an interesting turn of events but ultimately led the series to stagnate. I ...more
A.M.
May 06, 2016 A.M. rated it really liked it
I love this quirky mystery series that features two extraordinary Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum, who help newspaper reporter Jim Qwilleran solve mysteries. The Cat Who Saw Red involves gastronomes and potters.
Natalie
Feb 21, 2014 Natalie rated it really liked it
Really liked this one despite myself.
Chris
Nov 04, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-cat-who
Another fun read. I really think these are best read in order.
MK
Jan 17, 2014 MK rated it liked it
These books are silly and easy and yup, gonna read all of them.
Matthew
Feb 07, 2017 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Lillian Jackson Braun composes memorable stories for cat lovers, mystery lovers, and leisure readers that is hard to forget. I did enjoy reading it a great deal, but it was a bit bland for me. I don't say that because Lilian Jackson Braun is a poor writer...she's fantastic. Her characters are adorable, lovable and genuine. The setting is creative and chilling. Even the plot is intriguing. When I read, I like my emotions to be stirred a bit more than this book did.

I admit this is the first I've r
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Dharia Scarab
Oct 22, 2016 Dharia Scarab rated it liked it

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
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Lisa Hall
Mar 17, 2017 Lisa Hall rated it liked it
Jim Qwilleran has found himself with a new gastronomical assignment for the Daily Flux, and with it, a new residence. Maus Haus is an old foundry turned art retreat once owned by the Penniman family, bitter rivals of the Daily Fluxion. But that isn't why Qwill is there. He loves the apartment he's shown, and best of all, it comes with meals prepared by a lawyer-turned-master chef, Robert Maus. How could he pass up on the opportunity?

It had nothing to do with running into an old flame currently r
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Shea Stinson
Mar 13, 2017 Shea Stinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

The plot continues to thicken with Koko and Yum Yum up to their detective capers. Great twists and turns along the way.
Violet
Feb 23, 2017 Violet rated it really liked it
Cozy mystery or a dark thriller? Because - gosh, this story is dark. Serial killer and pottery. Koko, Yum Yum and Qwilleran are at it again.

Leslie
Oct 26, 2016 Leslie rated it it was amazing
My absolute favorite of all of "The Cat Who...." books!
Janice
Feb 03, 2017 Janice rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I like this one the best of the first four. Fun to read.
Athimar
Sep 19, 2016 Athimar rated it liked it
I have read through this series several times, but I always struggle getting through this novel. It's not that it's bad - it's actually pretty good. (view spoiler)

Although the cast of characters isn't as good as the one in the last novel, The Cat Who Turned On and Off, the characters in this novel are still quite good. Robert Maus, the layer who had a cameo appearance in the last novel, becom
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Cheryl
Oct 09, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery and cat lovers
Love this series,and even though I've read through the series several times I still have the need to revisit Koko , Yum Yum and Qwilleran. Owilleran is a newspaper reporter with two cats. Loveable Yum Yum and Koko who helps Qwill solve murders.
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Jim Qwilleran is on a diet. He discovered he could not catch his breath while chasing Koko, his chocolate brown Siamese cat, at the veterinarian clinic. Once the irritated Koko finally settled and got his teeth cleaned, the vet recommended Jim see Doc Beane, so Jim, taking Beane's recommendation to lose 30 pounds, started the new diet.

After a day of near starving, Jim weighs himself. He is dismayed to find he is 3 pounds heavier after dieting all day! Appalled, he becomes more determined to los
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Jessica
Apr 15, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Cozy mystery fans, Cat lovers
Shelves: 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017
A Review of The Cat Who Saw Red by Lilian Jackson Braun

Rating: Five Stars

Edition: Mass Market Paperback

Genre: Cozy Mystery

The Cat Who Saw Red by Lilian Jackson Braun is cozy mystery highlighting Siamese cats. It is the fourth book in the Cat Who series. It is also one of my three favorite Cat Who books (The Cat Who Played Brahms and The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare are the other two). This is the last of the books primarily set "Down Below," but I think it's the best one of the batch.

If you are no
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Bev
May 21, 2012 Bev rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy, mcpl-book
The Cat Who Saw Red is the fourth book in Lilian Jackson Braun's popular "Cat Who..." series. Once upon a time I read one of these books (The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern, the second book)--I got it through the Mystery Guild book club--and thought it a decent read. But I never really bothered to go on with the series. It's an interesting concept. You have Jim Qwilleran, a news reporter for the The Daily Fluxion, and his two Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum. Qwilleran used to be a crime reporter--quit ...more
Diana
Sep 20, 2016 Diana rated it really liked it
3.5/5. It's good for what it is, one of the original "cozy" mysteries. Fun but simplistic. Probably my 3rd time reading. Although each book in the series is fine as a stand-alone, the main characters are on-going, and frequently refer to past plots or characters. So I go back to the beginning to remind myself of the main characters, without ever getting through the entire series. The book is very dated and while the author is a woman, sometimes her characters come across as a bit sexist. The mai ...more
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Characters
Mr. James "Qwill" Qwilleran: Journalist for the Daily Fluction - newly the food and wine columnist - has two Siamese cats.
Koko & YumYum: Qwill's Siamese cats: Koko is a male with a flair for solving mysteries and YumYum, a delicate, loving, slightly cross-eyed female
William Vitello: Houseboy and odd-jobs man at Maus House and art student - good natured, noisy and considers himself a sleuth
Mrs. Marron: Maus House cook and Housekeeper
Hixie Rice: Plump husband-hunting copywriter for a
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C.
Apr 23, 2014 C. rated it really liked it
‘Mainstream’ doesn’t mean mediocre. I’m invested. Each mystery is outstandingly creative. The ‘cozy’ label does fit tempered sex (if any) and no active violence. However, the logistics of murder(s) discussed later are gross. This resumption of Lilian’s work has a tone matching the reason she cited for stopping: a trend in violence. She may have been concerned about covering both bases - this once. Otherwise: the chronological continuity from “The Cat Who Turned On And Off” (1968) to “The Cat Who ...more
Julie
Apr 03, 2010 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, series, 2010
The fourth installment in The Cat Who series is pretty similar to the first three. However, the author took a 20-year hiatus in between the 3rd and 4th books! This installment picks up right where the previous one left off. It refers to him spending prize money that he won from a contest in book three.

I was interested in seeing how the author was going to handle this huge passing of time. Qwilleran is described as a little older, but still has the same personality. And Koko and Yum Yum his crime
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Chazzi
Jan 22, 2017 Chazzi rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Qwill and his two Fur People move into new digs at Maus Haus. A strange old mansion originally built to provide work space for painters, potters and other artists. There are also a couple of 'unsolved' murders to go with the history of the building.

Qwill's newest assignment is to write a food column about various restaurants around town. Not a bad gig, except he has just been put on a diet by his doctor so his allowed menu is nothing like what these restaurants put out.

When he moves in he discov
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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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“...if you've never been cussed out by a Siamese, you don't know what profanity is all about!” 19 likes
“Mickey Maus,” William was saying, “is a nut about butter. The only time he ever lost his cool was when we were having a small brunch and we were down to our last three pounds of butter. He panicked.” 0 likes
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