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

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  8,821 Ratings  ·  391 Reviews
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 Qwilleran finds himself back on more familiar territory -- the exclusive residence fe ...more
Paperback, New Ed edition, 224 pages
Published May 4th 1995 by Headline (first published 1967)
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Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
The summer after I graduated from college, I started missing regular reading... during school, I had less personal choice and recreational reads, as all the college textbooks and novels were the priority. I was an English major and rarely had time for adding in my own particular interests. The last course I had taken was an independent study that one of my professors and I had built the curriculum on together: Murder Mysteries. I learned all about the genres and sub-genres, authors
Ange H
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: real-books-i-own
In this second book, Qwilleran is back, now the official owner of the amazing Siamese cat named Koko, whose owner was murdered. This time Jim's beat is...interior design. Tasked with producing a weekly insert for The Daily Fluxion called, obnoxiously, "Gracious Abodes," Jim attacks the assignment with reluctance - he knows nothing about interior design. But he is soon immersed in design-world intrigue that includes, of course, murder. Again, the mystery here is almost beside the point.

This book
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, bookcrossing
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
Lady Delacour
The cat along with
Qwillerans moustache,
continue to solve crimes.
Found the second book
even better than the first.
Listened with text to speech app.
Apr 17, 2014 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
Charlene Vickers
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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?
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lilian Jackson Braun's "Cat Who..." series is a perennial favorite of mine. I read my first ones at about age twenty five or thirty years ago, and have been hooked on them since. My Mom and I read them at the same time and thoroughly enjoyed them. She's gone now, but she was an amazing reader and it was fun to share things we both liked together. In fact, the day she died, she had been to the library that morning. Came home and she was gone. My poor dad. They're all fairly quick reads, nicely pa ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
'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
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really enjoying this cute new mystery series! That's probably a good thing, seeing as there's about a hundred books in the series! :)
4 Stars

I just love this series so much! This was a cute book and I even though I knew whodunit, it was still very enjoyable.
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
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
Ken Heard
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The mystery "cozy" is a departure from my normal reading fare, but I found The Cat Who... good enough to hold my interest to the end. It's simple and the who-did-it is pretty easy to figure out (of course hindsight is 20-20). And, it's a cute story.

Simple innocence thrives. Lillian Jackson Braun doesn't have to rely on violence, gore and mayhem to tell a story. Instead, she writes well enough to convey her ideas at a nice pace. One reviewer here made a good point. This is a good series to read a
S Dizzy
Qwill is "promoted" to head of a new magazine focusing on interior decorating. After featuring the 1st mansion, there is a theft; after the 2nd feature of an upscale apartment, there is a murder. Qwill and Koko investigate. Also, Koko gets a female playmate named Yum Yum. It was entertaining and sometimes laugh out loud funny. will enjoy meeting Natalie Noyton, She has all the gagging appeal of a marshmallow sundae."

...Koko arrived at the his entrance, the noise swelled to a cre
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Connie N.
#2 in The Cat Who... mystery series

With this 2nd book in the series, it was much more enjoyable, probably because we can begin to see the dynamic between Qwill and Koko (the cat) now that they're getting to know each other better. Now that Qwill's art beat has been completed, he has been asked to take over the paper's interior design supplement. Although this seems completely unsuited to him, he begins to like the subject and warms to the friendly and creative people involved. But when the suppl
Aaron Loeffelbein
Lilian Jackson Braun's "Cat Who..." series is a perennial favorite of mine. I read my first one at about age ten or eleven, and have been hooked on them since. It's been a while since I last cracked the cover of any of them, but the Library I work for recently purchased some new copies of many of the titles in the series due to an upsurge in interest among our patrons, so I thought I'd read a few again. They're all fairly quick reads, nicely paced whodunnits featuring a mustachioed former crime ...more
Willow Brook
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The paperback I read said the original publish date was 1967, which I either didn't know or forgot since I first came across this series in the 80's. Fifty years ago is a world away and would explain the genial Qwilleran's casual chauvinism and the references to Orientals, Negroes and girls. Anyway, I enjoyed these books for many years and as I am going through knee replacement rehab, I am finding them a sort of comfort food. The story is cute and when Qwill isn't being too smug or commenting on ...more
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Close to the end of the book, I found out that it was a Danish Modern Chair which Koko was 'snacking' on. It was upholstered with Danish wool.

I had to keep remembering that this took place in the late '60s while reading it. A lot of artsy people were making their mark through furniture making and interior design. And threw some wild parties!

I wanted to read this, and the next, to find out when Qwilleran & Koko welcome Yum Yum to their family.

Another great mystery, another crime solved by an
Aug 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Sam Jones
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. I'm on my second read through - in order this time. This book is one of my favourites. As with all the others it is a simple fun read. Just love the characters - such a colourful bunch. Especially love the authors descriptions of the cats - they come alive in your minds eye. If you're looking for a bit of relaxed reading pick up this series and spend some time with Jim Qwilleran (without the u) and his two siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum.
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
probably a 3 1/2 star, but a comforting follow-up to the debut book in this series. unpretentious and doesn't try to stretch beyond it's limits, and I found it to be a little better written than I was expecting. some character development sacrificed for the sake of plot but so what, Christie built a legendary career using the same technique.a perfectly acceptable form of the cozy mystery.
Aug 10, 2015 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.
Una Tiers
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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.
Lucy Somerhalder
Nov 25, 2014 rated it liked it
It was good. I did enjoy it. But The first one was just such a tough act to follow...
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.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Very enjoyable as an audio book.
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