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The Cat Who Turned On And Off (Cat Who... #3)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  6,827 Ratings  ·  260 Reviews
The team of Koko, the brilliant Siamese cat, and Qwilleran, the reporter with the perceptive moustache, is back in action--with an adorable female Siamese, Yum Yum, added to the household.When Qwilleran decides to do a feature story on Junktown, he gets more than he bargained for. Not the dope den he anticipated, Junktown is a haven for antique dealers and collectors--as s ...more
Paperback, 265 pages
Published December 1st 1986 by Jove (first published 1968)
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Jan 24, 2017 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute book. This is my first Cat Who book, though it is the third in the series. Didn't have the first one on hand, so went with the closest to the first that I had.

This book was originally published in 1968. My edition is from 1986. It's slightly dated, the MC wears a pork pie hat and he uses a typewriter, but I didn't really notice much that stood out as being antiquated.

The cats were definitely true to life, which I appreciated. I don't know Siamese cats, but I know cats and they were true to
V. Gingerich
Jul 04, 2013 V. Gingerich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I've ran across these cat books over and over through the years and always thought something like How lame. Cat mysteries. I adore cats, just not cat detectives, or cats in books that aren't for children. But Lilian Braun's cats are charming, with personalities, and are not the main characters, really, and don't show up on every page. And they don't talk! Important!

This book reminded me of an Agatha Christie--high praise from me--where you suspect and dislike almost every character at some poin
Jan 21, 2014 Alondra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
**This book is signed and has Koko's paw print**

3.5 Stars

I love these cozy mysteries. Today was a perfect day to finish the bumblings and insights of old Qwill and his intelligent, but finicky cat Koko.

Story takes place in Junktown, when an antiques dealer has an accident that is not so accidental. With a lot of legwork and a mustache that won't quit; Qwill saves the day again. ...or is that Koko??
Una Tiers
Aug 10, 2013 Una Tiers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third Cat Who series introduces Iris Cobb and the story is still great 45 years later! Can you imagine a taxi ride for two people for $1. Braun introduces new characters and blends in the already familiar ones. A pleasant read.
Mar 18, 2009 Kaila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading this series for years and it was one of the set of books that my mom and I read at the same time. When one of us would finish a book then we would trade off and then discuss them. I love these books for light, fluffy reads.

This book in particular is the third in the Cat Who series. I loved going back to the beginning of the series and seeing Qwilleran, Koko and Yum Yum in their more humble origins. I also learned where Qwilleran met Mrs. Cobb who plays a large role later on
For those of you following my feed who are growing concerned and/or bored with my continuing consumption of cat themed murder mysteries, please be aware that I just purchased a three volume omnibus. There is no end in sight. I am reliving my weird 7th grade reading habits and refuse to apologize.
aPriL does feral sometimes
The third book in the Koko/Qwilleran series, 'The Cat who Turned On and Off', is my favorite of the three I've read!

The Qwilleran household now has three residents - Yum Yum, a chocolate Siamese same as Koko except she's a female kitty, having become unwanted in the Tait household when her mistress died in the previous book, was adopted by Jim Qwilleran - so it isn't easy to find a new home after the previous adventures have the trio in need of a roof once again. It's also Christmas, so it's goo
Sam Jones
Feb 22, 2017 Sam Jones rated it liked it
A fun whodunit.
У каждого, даже самого отпетого читаюши есть книги, которые он читает *в метро*. В большинстве случаев это небольшие книжки в стиле прочитать_и_забыть, в основном их читают для отвлечения, разгрузки мозга, и литературой их считать тяжеловато. Вот и я какое-то время назад купила три книжки по смешнючей цене, просто чтобы занять паузы между чем-то более-менее серьезным, и не уснуть в метро. И не прогадала ^^

Лилиан Джексон Браун — удивительно плодовитая писательница, она с 1966 (!) года успела на
Roger Verstraete
Jim Qwilleran: A divorced journalist with luxurious mustache with a bent to solving murder mysteries. Lives with two Siamese cats. His mustache resembles Mark Twain's
Koko: Male Siamese cat with 60 whiskers, who helps Qwill solve mysteries
Yum Yum: Dainty female Siamese cat
Andy Glanz: Antique dealer who "fell" from a ladder, impaling himself on a roof finial - or was it murder?
Mary Duckworth: also called The Dragon - owner of a very up-scale antique shop in Junktown. Former girl friend o
Feb 14, 2011 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2010
I've read a bunch of The Cat Who... in the order I've found them or they have happened in my eyes.
Only after I recently read The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern, did I discover that the oldest ones are very different.
The first 3 were published between 1966 and 1968, and the rest of the books 20+ years after that.

The world in which Qwill lives is rather different. A small town newspaper - even the physical phones have changed so much since the book was written. The main tool was typewriter, and no one
Jun 11, 2010 Lorraine rated it liked it
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A solid 3 stars. This is a good, solid plot for a cozy mystery. Qwill is smart and funny. The antique/junk plot is interesting and the villain is not telegraph as much. The fauna of characters is fun and not paper thin. We meet Iris Cobbs for the first time. Love her. So yeah, 3 solid stars.
Murder among antique dealers and much shenanigans ensue when Jim moves in.
Feb 23, 2012 Pam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
How delightful to read a story without too many plot twists or sordid sex scenes. A pleasure to be taken back to a time when language was used appropriately and people had manners.
Nov 18, 2016 Misti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Qwilleran, a newspaper reporter in a northern city, takes on an assignment in the antiques district in the weeks leading up to Christmas. With the help of his cats, he investigates the mysterious death of an antiques dealer. This is one of the early entries in the Cat Who series, and one of my favorites, so I chose to read it now as it's seasonal and a comfort book for me. Though it's not the first book, it's a decent entry point into the series if you're not familiar with it: early enough that ...more
When someone asks me - "how do you see yourself in five years", I say to them most politely - go fuck yourself and then show them a picture like this


(or a penis picture, depends who's asking, i'm not totally insane).

The mystery was good, characters were weird, but in a good way, and cats were purfect.
Racheal Paquette
Jan 21, 2017 Racheal Paquette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book for our Book discussion and I'm glad that we picked this! Not a book I would pick off the shelves but it was a quick, cozy mystery! So if your looking for something light, quick and with likeable characters give this a try!
Lisa Hall
Mar 06, 2017 Lisa Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In case you haven't guessed, I'm working my way through The Cat Who... books. Written by Lillian Jackson Braun beginning in 1966, this is a cozy mystery series featuring Jim Qwilleran, our steadfast journalistic hero, and Koko, his intuitive Siamese cat. Along with Koko's companion Yum Yum, Qwill and Koko solve the murders encountered on Qwill's beat.

This is the 3rd book in the series. In this book Jim Qwilleran is still writing about design and fabric for the Daily Fluxion, but a contest has co
Taylor Ruhoff

In the book The Cat Who Turned On and Off, Qwilleran, a journalist for the Daily Fluxion, moves into the upstairs apartment of an antique store in Junktown with his two Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum. Junktown a rundown part of the city is filled to the brim with antique shops in old Victorian style houses. Qwilleran who mistakenly thinks he is going to do a piece on narcotics is assigned to cover the antiques, the antique dealers, and all their glory during Christmas. An ex-c
Dec 01, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Cat Who fans
Shelves: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
A Review of The Cat Who Turned On and Off by Lilian Jackson Braun

Rating: Five Stars

Edition: Mass Market Paperback

Genre: Cozy Mystery

The Cat Who Turned On and Off is the third book in the Cat Who Series. It is the first book that Yum Yum has a full part. If you are not familiar with the series, it follows journalist Jim Qwilleran and his two Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum. Koko is a psychic cat and helps Qwilleran solve mysteries that come up by sniffing and scratching in the right places.

Sep 16, 2016 Athimar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lilian Jackson Braun's amazing characters shine once again in her third Cat Who novel, The Cat Who Turned On and Off. This time, Daily Fluxion newsman Jim Qwilleran (Qwill) mistakenly gets himself an assignment covering the antiques beat for the holiday. He and his two feline companions, Koko and Yum Yum, move into an apartment in the aptly named Junk Town where he begins interviewing the many unique individuals who sell various types of antiques in the area... and where, with the help of clues ...more
Apr 20, 2014 C. rated it it was amazing
People who passed on these books because they look too cute for good mysteries, must try them. Elements of an excellent novel are numerous: techniques, the story’s quality, connectivity. I swept aside the funny titles and made one attribute my gauge: enjoyment. This is the third Lilian Jackson Braun novel that held my interest from stem to stern and that says something! It isn’t about attaining ‘classic’ status. Academy Award films are seldom anything I watch; why hesitate to rate mainstream lit ...more
Jul 10, 2014 Dyana rated it really liked it
A week before Christmas Jim Qwilleran's editor asks him (in this third of the series) to compete in a story writing contest. He is assigned to write an article on Junktown which Qwilleran mistakenly thinks is a place where narcotics are bought and sold. It turns out that Junktown, which the city has ignored, is a shabby part of town on Zwinger street full of antique shops in old run-down Victorian houses. Of course Qwilleran doesn't like antiques; but while attending an auction, he discovers an ...more
Nov 02, 2016 Gloria rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone over 18; detective; mystery stories; who done it?; cats
Jim Qwilleran near Christmas time, in a hotel with two cats. He has been taken off the magazine, which was presumably given to the Women's Department, and now he's looking to win a challenge in writing articles.

He thinks he has a lead on some human interest stories in Junktown - but Arch Riker talks him out of it. His wife, Rosie, is interested in antiques and frequently goes to Junktown. Qwilleran finds a suspicious accident, and an apartment that allows cats - furnished liberally with stock f
Steve Chaput
Nov 05, 2014 Steve Chaput rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Qwill and his two feline companions are on the move. Deciding to try for a first place monetary prize in the newspaper's Christmas contest for staff writers the former police reporter gets a room in the city's notorious "Junk Town" section. Unfamiliar with the local Qwill himself mistakes this to be a term referring to a crime-ridden area full of drug dealers, but comes to discover that it actually refers to the numerous 'junk dealers' who have taken up so many of the older stores in the area. I ...more
Another of the early books in the series, and one before Qwill has received his inheritence and is the poor bachelor we came to love long before Pickax. Koko and Yum Yum are disappearing from his new apartment above Iris Cobb and her husband's antique store, and coming back with all kinds of clues to the recent murder of a successful antique dealer nearby. This book introduces 'Junktown', an area of the city Qwill is living in mainly funded for Antique stores. It has a bad reputation around the ...more
Jun 28, 2010 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, usa
It's about a week before Christmas and the editor of the Features dept. at the Daily Fluxion is reminding the staff about the annual writing contest. Jim Qwilleran has just heard about an area called Junktown and offers that idea for a series of articles. He thinks it's a narcotics district - turns out it's a shopping district for antiques. During Jim's first afternoon in the area, he attends an auction and hears about the tragic accident suffered by one of the dealers. It is reported that he f ...more
Apr 03, 2010 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, series, 2010
The third installment of The Cat Who series is much like the first two. These books were written in the late '60s, so the vocabulary and dialogue is a little outdated. That is one of the reasons these are such amusing little mysteries.

There was a nice assortment of supporting characters in this story. As usual, Qwilleran has an eye for the ladies and they seem to like him too. It is hard for me to envision what "a perceptive moustache" looks like, but I am thinking along the lines of Tom Selleck
Aug 17, 2013 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I'm browsing the library for an audio book and don't see anything that jumps out at me, I usually will grab a "Cat Who" book. I'm not a "cat person" and for some reason I don't usually click with women authors, but I really enjoy these books. I usually just grab one off of the shelves at my main library, but this book was an early one that I had not enjoyed yet, so I actually requested it from a different library.

It was another classic book in the collection, but was in the big city. I
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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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