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Mystery Cats: felonious felines from Ellery Queen's mystery magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's mystery magazine

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  126 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
This murderously entertaining collection assembles sixteen purr-fect tales of crime and cats by some of today's best mystery writers. Lilian Jackson Braun's charming Siamese SuSu is the first to smell a rat in a chilling tale of two spinster sister and an eccentric neighbor. Edward D. Hoch's favorite thief, Nick Velvet, accepts a commission to catnap a pampered pet named s ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 3rd 1991 by Signet
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Chris Meads
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is about cats who either do something to their owners, something with their owners, or something to other people who come to harm their owners, or are just strange. The stories here are by different artists lik Lilian Jackson Braun, Edgar Allan Poe among others.

The story by Brraun is about SuSu, a Siamese that acts strange around 8:30 at night, like she sees a ghost and the two elderly sisters that live with the cat find out through the cat what happens to their neighbor, a strange per
Roxana Dreptu
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I think I made the most out of this book: short stories to keep me focused for a few minutes, while commuting or in between household tasks. That being said, the stories were nowhere near what I expected. There's no feline private eye with a magnifying glass in a front paw - cats are objects or most often victims of various crimes, they are most of the time just plot devices. A lot of the stories are cruel, I'd file the book under animal abuse more often than I'd be putting it on my mystery shel ...more
Dec 10, 2014 rated it liked it
If you can get past the super creepy cover, the stories are decent. Seriously, look at it! It's nightmare-inducing! I thought the cats were going to be the heroes in these stories, but I was surprised by how many of them had the cat as the victim. To be fair, the cat gets revenge in almost all of them, but I still hate to read things where a cat is mistreated, and especially, killed. Presumably cat lovers will be who is reading this book and I don't think any of them would enjoy that. I was also ...more
Miss S J Hennessy
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book, a fun read
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am not a huge fan of mysteries, and only read them when there is something unusual about the writer or the story. In this case, a collection of cat-related mysteries, mostly murder mysteries, was worth picking up, and for the most part a real treat.
One classic was included, Poe's "The Black Cat," which fit the theme nicely. One special treat was a Nick Velvet story by Edward Hoch. The central character is a thief, a bit like The Saint, but he will steal things for a fee, with one odd catch...h
Sep 17, 2015 rated it liked it
As with most anthologies, some of the stories are better than others, a couple greats, a few goods, most just okay, but none are truly bad. A few can be mildly upsetting, even if the handful of wronged cats typically get avenged. But overall it's an enjoyable, fun collection. Fred Hamlin's Arnold, which could be a deleted scene from The Long Goodbye, is hilarious and probably my pick of the litter. It's worth picking up just for that story alone. If I happen to run across any of the subsequent c ...more
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I may not like cats enough to have fully appreciated many ways it was cat stereotype after cat stereotype. Which is ok. They also largely weren't mysteries...they tended more to be a little magical stories about murder - by cats, for cats, and of cats.
May 17, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is a collection of mystery short stories that involve cats. The stories were mostly enjoyable, although I believe I quit reading one after just a few pages. The stories were easy to read and fun.
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
some good short mysteries involving cats. I had read the Rendell before, as well as the Poe. Nice quick read.
Jen Marie
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Easy vacation read, but subject matter could be a little disturbing at times ( E.A. Poe) Just a warning for those that want to pick up something light and cute.
Jan 02, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, shortstories
Some of the stories were incredible. Some were more than mediocre. On the whole it was a likeable book. :)
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I enjoyed this set of feline mysteries. Favorite stories included "The Lady Wore Black" by Hugh B. Cave and "The Theft of the Mafia Cat" by Edward D. Hoch.
Carol Anderson
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read 11 out of 16. very funny to have Ko Ko Kal Koon & Yumm Yumm help solve misteries
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Fun read with a wide range of story types and authors. As with most anthologies story quality varies but none are bad.
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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