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The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern (The Cat Who... #2)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,238 Ratings  ·  283 Reviews
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Jim Qwilleran is not exactly overwhelmed by his new assignment for the Daily Fluxion. Interior design has never been one of his specialties and now he's supposed to turn out an entire magazine on the subject every week! But the first issue of Gracious Abodes is barely off the presses when Qwillera
Mass Market Paperback, 247 pages
Published October 1st 1986 by Jove Books (first published 1967)
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Jan 19, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2011
Half way thru the book I realized there was only Koko, and then I realized (after some googling) that this was the second book of The Cat Who series. Now I'll want to read the other two old ones too (already on the queue, and will probably read next). Three of the books were written in 1960s, (.. could read backwards in '66, this one in '67, and ..who turned on and off in '68). Then they resumed in 1980s with a lot of new ones. (Lilian Jackson Brown was apparently born in 1913, still lives and p ...more
Charlene Vickers
Nov 08, 2010 Charlene Vickers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second of the Cat Who books is as satisfying as the first and third, with a real plot, a real mystery, and real heroics. Enjoy the first three books and then ask yourself: what happened with the rest of the series?
Sep 06, 2010 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat entertaining, but the book began to lose my interest half way through. I was expecting more humor/wit at that point, and noticed that the reading just seemed to present a similar tone throught. The climax for me just wasn't so climatic; it's been under a month and I must say, the ending was not interesting enough to have stuck with me, I can't for the life of me recall it, but I do recall it was nothing quite catching or humorous.

After reading other ratings, perhaps these books are bett
Dec 06, 2014 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, usa
This installment finds Jim Qwilleran taking over the interior design beat at the Daily Fluxion. The paper wants to publish a weekly supplement with feature stories and lots of photos. Jim had done such a good job on the Art beat (previous book) that the Editor promotes Jim from Senior Writer to Junior Editor for this assignment. The trouble starts right after the release of the first edition. The house they had featured reports a burglary and the wife is dead. Jim smells something fishy but pre ...more
Oct 30, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoying this cute new mystery series! That's probably a good thing, seeing as there's about a hundred books in the series! :)
Dec 31, 2011 Carole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was one passage in this book where Qwilleran sees a couple decorative eggs in a shop and notes how expensive they are. Each one costs $5. For some people, that may still be a great deal of money, but you couldn't buy a new copy of this book in paperback for $5 now. In 1967, the average paperback was about 75 cents. I wasn't alive when the book was written, but it sure does remind me of just how much things have changed since I was little, and in some ways, it just really amuses me. It make ...more
Jan 25, 2016 Mandaray rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Once again, I'd been on the hunt for a murder mystery that would be engaging, but lighthearted; as soon as I saw the title of the series, I thought This has got to be it. A retired detective who solves mysteries with his cat? My imagination was already whirling with the possibilities for whimsy and mischief. Does the cat talk? Maybe paw at crime-scene photos? Will the protagonist wander around with the cat trailing behind him, watching his flexible little tail for signs of vibration to indicate ...more
Jun 20, 2010 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 2nd book of the Cat Who series. I've read 3 of this series so far and just can't get in to them. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I am allergic to cats and just don't think they are all that cute. The story surrounds the very rich and their eccentric interior designers.
Jun 05, 2009 Flissy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crazy cat ladies
Recommended to Flissy by: my mother-in-law
Shelves: 2009
These books are quite transparent in that they are obviously neat and tidy detective stories written by a crazy cat lady. Also they are completely addictive! And cute! I'm probably going to end up reading the whole series because they are light and fun reads.
Another Qwilleran and his cat Koko mystery. This one has Jack writing for the paper on interior designs. Of burglary and death occurs after a house is featured in the paper. With the help of Koko of course the mystery will be solved.
Una Tiers
Aug 10, 2013 Una Tiers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spending a little of the summer with old friends. This is the second Cat Who book, and we are introduced to the third member of the Qwilleran family, Yum Yum. The language is beautiful and the pace is leisurely.
Sep 26, 2011 Reese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 2nd in the series finds Jim Qwilleran in the midst of another murder mystery.

He solves it with help from Koko the magnificent Siamese and in the process acquires a female companion for Koko, named Yum Yum.
Jun 01, 2012 Susie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this series a few years ago and have all of the books. I was without a "next book" so I picked this up. I enjoy the main character and the cozy mystery style.
Reread. This is where Yum Yum is introduced and where KoKo really becomes a sleuthing cat. This is fluff mystery. Not brain surgery but entertaining fluff.
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'Gracious Abodes', the newspaper Daily Fluxion's new interior design magazine, opens up a new horizon and a new assignment for Jim Quilleran, and a new mystery for fans of Koko the psychic cat.

The dictionary is Koko's Ouija board and his claws are his planchette. Jim takes the hints from Koko's dictionary suggestions after the murder of a rich woman, whose house was featured in Jim's magazine, and he is soon following up clues. G. Verning Tait, besides the loss of his wife to an apparent heart
May 29, 2014 C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I treasure books featuring cats. I’m thrilled Lilian Jackson Braun exceeds by far, novels that depict but barely mention them. Better than that, her hero Jim Qwilleran’s routine with them is presented the most realistically I’ve ever seen. You see the minute he arrives home, he checks for his young ones. He may exclaim at evidence of what they’ve done, which is truly the way it goes, sees to their needs, but a real animal person lives with them. You don’t drop off food and forget they communicat ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again Koko, the amazing Siamese cat, helps newspaper reporter James Qwilleran solve a crime...not just one, but two murders. This time Qwilleran, having being stuck doing art features, is moved to the decorating department as the editor of “Gracious Abodes”...a supplement magazine in the Fluxion’s Sunday paper intended to bring in more readers and to pull in some big advertising dollars. Koko knows just what clues to send to Qwilleran in order for all to be right once again in his world. Yu ...more
Jul 30, 2015 Sophie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
Qwilleran is back in this second book in the Cat Who... series with a new assignment at The Daily Fluxion. This time it's interior decorating, and obviously Qwill is just as outraged this time as he was when he got stuck with the art scene reporting last time. I think the plot in this one was slightly more complicated than that of The Cat Who Could Read Backwards because of the number of characters and conspiracies, but it never felt overwhelming. But again, the lack of explicitness of the actio ...more
Jan 02, 2016 Dyana rated it really liked it
Jim Qwilleran's desire is to be a reporter for the crime beat on a newspaper called The Daily Fluxion. But in this 2nd of the Cat Who series, he is instead assigned to be the editor of a weekly interior design insert called Gracious Abodes. Reluctantly, he begins the assignment by reviewing a house owned by the Taits and decorated by an interior designer named David Lyke. It is full of precious and expensive jade pieces. After the 1st issue is printed, the jades are stolen and the lady of the ho ...more
Apr 16, 2015 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, reviewed, 2015
Hop in my time machine back to 1967. A place where you don't have cell phones, the internet, and it's perfectly acceptable to smoke a pipe. People still read newspapers to get their news. Meet Jim Qwilleran, old-time investigative reporter now taking on the interior designer beat. Meet Koko, Siamese cat and crime fighter. Together they stick their noses where they don't belong and save the day. And in the end, they bring pretty lady Yum Yum into the family and everyone is happy.

These books are d
Jul 27, 2011 Louise rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction, cats, cozy
I was hesitant to begin re-reading this series again, as I had first read several of them (out of order) as a young teen at my grandmother's home as a way to get to sleep. I was afraid that my fond memories of the books were colored by hazy recollections of benign disinterest after a coworker caught me thumbing through a couple of LJB's books and warned me that they were "tame" and "a bit boring" in her opinion. I'm glad I ignored her. I found this book to be a charming, easy read. I must say I ...more
Aug 11, 2015 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very early book in this series. The characters had not been developed very much at this point. There was only one cat at the beginning of the book, and Yum Yum was added at the end of the book. I have read many of these books, and so I missed a lot of the things that were added in later books. I'm glad I found this early book, just to see the beginnings of the series.
Feb 22, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun flashback read... now Qwilleran has a girlfriend (half his age) and both Koko and Yum Yum. Such clever cats - always catching the criminal. The stories are great and the characters are enjoyable, likable people. I love the little old-fashioned bits. When Qwill comes home to see the red light on the phone is lit up - he has to call the operator for a message! He also complains about how computers are ruining the newspaper profession, but then his big beef with the young journalists do ...more
Jun 15, 2010 Lorraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this second book of the series, Qwill is given a new assignment - to publish a weekly decorating magazine for the Daily Fluxion. He meets a couple of designers and attends a great party where he meets some wealthy people who have designer homes. After a house is featured in the first edition, the owner's valuable jade collection is robbed, and the owner's wife dies of a heart attack. After the second week's spread on a boarding house for working women, it is revealed that this is a bordello - ...more
Sep 07, 2015 Kirsti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat lovers, Mystery lovers, Animal detective fans
Poor Koko's eating wool, and Qwill's at his wit's end. A Pyscatricist recommends a female companion, but first the pair have to solve a murder and a theft. In traditional Lilian Jackson Braun style, all the clues add up and the finger is pointed at the character you least suspect.

I enjoy this one because YumYum is first introduced, and she is in need of rescuing, in a way. I like that he's still writing for the Fluxion, and going to the press club. He hasn't inherited his millions yet, and Koko
Sep 19, 2007 Doina rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I'm afraid that I did not enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the first one. The story line was still interesting, but I felt that the dialogue in places dragged on a little too much, and the story was hard for me to follow sometimes. Jim Qwilleran has a new assignment with the Daily Fluxion. Even though he doesn't know anything about interior design, he is supposed to put out an entire magazine about it. If that's not bad enough, the first residence he features gets burglarized, and the lady o ...more
Brenda Mengeling
Feb 04, 2014 Brenda Mengeling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fiction, ebook, 50
Jim Qwilleran and Koko, his Siamese cat, end up house sitting in a lavish apartment building. Jim is working on a new Sunday decorating magazine for the newspaper, and he is finding it a tough row to hoe. And then the jade collection is stolen from a house featured in the paper, and then the second house is revealed to be a tastefully decorated brothel and not a boarding house for young, single, professional women. And then there's a murder. Both Jim and Koko are having a rough go of it in this ...more
May 15, 2010 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, series, 2010
This is the second book in The Cat Who series. I have to start off by saying that I did enjoy this book better than the first one. The characters seemed to be written a bit better. That is one of the reasons why I enjoy series books so much; I like to see how the characters develop over time. Since this book was written in the '60s, some of the slang that was used made me laugh (I think the word jive was actually used)!

The mystery still was a bit boring, but who knows? Maybe this was an edge-of
Qwilleran's new assignment, to be junior editor of a new interior design mag called "Gracious Abodes", is barely off the presses when the feature resident of the cover story is burglarized and the lady of the house is found dead. The next cover story is found to be a house of ill repute and Qwilleran and Koko find themselves doing a feature on a very clever murder..Koko is acting strangely, and Qwill adopts a second cat, YumYum, to join the detective team.
This was entertaining; I enjoyed it bet
Jan 15, 2013 Danielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Jim assigned to a new assignment a magazine on Interior Design. Fresh off the press and a new story breaks and Jim and Koko both get there whiskers twitching to solve the story.

To say I loved the book is going to far tho I did like it more then the first. While not rushed it could of added a tad more to the story. Once again I did not know who to point my finger at until the end. Koko was full of it again and took a rather odd way of asking for a companion in walks Yum Yum. I look forward to rea
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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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