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The Cat Who Saw Red

(The Cat Who... #4)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  9,929 ratings  ·  405 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
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Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Qwill, KoKo and YumYum are at it again in The Cat Who Saw Red, the 4th book in Lilian Jackson Braun's "Cat Who" cozy mystery series. The interesting thing about this novel, besides my 3 star review (ha!), is that this is the first novel she published after taking a 20+ year hiatus from the series. The last ones were written in the 1960s and this was published in 1986. While she was busy writing it, I believe I was watching the NY Mets with the season championship. But I digress
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Terrific read. Interesting and fun interactions between the newsman & his two cats. Nifty mystery, too. Relaxing read, just what I was looking for.
Jason Caldwell
Aug 09, 2013 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
aPriL does feral sometimes
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
Ange H
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
18 years passed between the publication of the previous book in the series and this one. Released in 1986, The Cat Who Saw Red still has kind of a 70's vibe to it.

This time, Qwill's beat was ... gourmet food. Although he's gained some weight and is trying to diet, he is given the plumb assignment of sampling the best restaurants in the area, with the newspaper footing the bill. For his first article, Qwill visits Maus Haus, which is a kind of rooming house/commune for people involved with food;
Sep 05, 2012 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
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
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
Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, cozy-mystery
4 Stars
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This is book four in a delightful cozy mystery series starring newspaper reporter Jim Qwilleran and his two Siamese - Koko and Yum Yum. As the novel opens, Qwill has started a new diet, which is complicated when he’s assigned to write a new gourmet column for the paper. He starts by attending a gourmet club meeting at Maus Haus, the home of an attorney, where he meets an old flame.

This is an entertaining series with a very likeable main character who is appropr
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cats
I think the series really hit it's stride with this one. ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Cat Who Saw Red is the 4th book in the Qwilleran and his Siamese cats mysteries by [author:Lilian Jackson Braun|21625, the 3rd that I've enjoyed and so far I think my favorite. For those unfamiliar with the stories, Qwilleran is a reporter for The Daily Fluxion and in the course of his assignments gets involved with a variety of mysteries. Over the course of the stories he acquires to Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum, both of whom assist him in solving mysteries an also keep him from getting t ...more
Christopher Hicks
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read. This is the fourth book in this series and so far I’ve enjoyed them all. Not a lot of substance but highly entertaining. I figured out who the murderer was quite early but it did have a surprise twist at the end that was fascinating.
Shira Glassman
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cis-hetero
A really neatly constructed mystery with a perfectly ingenious, clever climactic scene — to be honest, that final resolution was the reason I felt compelled to come on here and comment. These books are overall a good time but they're not equally well built, and this is one of the good ones so if you're picking and choosing since there are over two dozen, this at least would be my personal pick for one of the better ones.

Braun is not a romance writer and Qwill's relationship with Polly in the bul
Apr 22, 2014 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
Alondra Miller
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, books-i-own
3 Stars

Another cozy mystery with our favorite cats, and Qwilleran, of course. Qwill and felines move to an new apartment full of eccentrics and artists (of one sort or another); and happens upon a mystery. Again.

He meets an old flame, and now new neighbor (married), that settles him into this new place. She quickly "disappears" with his money and maybe, his heart. As he starts to question her disappearance, another neighbor disappears, and the cats are in jeopardy. Is this part of the old curse
1st time read - hardcover
2nd time read - kindle
Dec 02, 2013 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.
Lady Delacour
Jim Qwilleran and his mustache,
along with Siamese cats,
Koko and Yum Yum,
unravel another mystery.
Listened with TTS
Clean except for
some mild Foul Language.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was at least my third time through this book. Sequentially it was before Qwilleran inherited. It was like visiting an old friend. The end was a little rushed, but still a very good read.
Jennifer Girard

I'm not sure if I will continue the series. Yes I absolutely love the two cats but I don't know if it's enough to keep me invested in the mysteries.
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Before the K Fund, before he moved 400 miles north of everywhere, Jim Qwilleran was in the Midwest. This is the story at the center of this book. An unsolved "suicide" leads Qwilleran and his Siamese sleuth Koko to investigate the past history of the Maus House, a gourmet boarding house where Qwilleran moves to. Along the way, he meets an old flame and tries unsuccessfully to rekindle an old relationship. Also featured in the book is Yum Yum, Koko's companion Siamese. If you've never read Braun' ...more
Una Tiers
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was at least my third time through this book. Sequentially it was before Qwilleran inherited. It was like visiting an old friend. The end was a little rushed, but still a very good read.
Dec 29, 2015 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
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Cat lovers, Mystery lovers, Animal detective fans
An early title in the series, but nevertheless Koko is just as switched one as ever, as Qwilleran deciphers the clues he is leaving in their new residence, Maus House. Something shifty is going on in the pottery area of the house, and Koko suspects murder and more. Poor Qwill is on a diet, and has just received a new beat; that of a food critic, much to his dismay. Together, and with a little help from the food industry, they will solve the crime and Koko will catch the villain.

I enjoyed reading
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I love the Cat Who. books, but is was my least favorite.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, mystery
This is an amusing book. I appreciated that it aged better than the earlier two books in the series I read. (Mostly the other two books seemed to be more outdated as regards gender roles and stereotypes. This one seemed better.) I was also amused by the fact that the murder in this murder mystery, while it happens pretty early on in the novel, isn't truly announced until the end.

This is a solid installment in a fun series. Not a keeper book for me, but worth the read. For such a short novel, how
Cindie Harp
Apr 29, 2009 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
Dec 31, 2014 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.
✨ Gramy ✨
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: c-mystery-cozy
I like the main character in this series and his hometown characteristics. It's fun to tag along and experience his quirky lifestyle. I don't care for cats, but his don't demand too much attention.

Happily reading along through these adventures.
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-cat-who
Another fun read. I really think these are best read in order.
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