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The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare

(Cat Who... #7)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  8,009 ratings  ·  290 reviews
There's something rotten in the small town of Pickax--at least to the sensitive noses of newspaperman Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum. An accident has claimed the life of the local paper's eccentric publisher, but to Qwilleran and his feline friends it smells like murder. They soon sniff out a shocking secret, but Koko's snooping into an unusual edition ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 7th 1996 by Headline (first published June 1st 1988)
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Thing 2 Hello Eileen
You can check my review out too. I am a highschooler and the content didn't really bother me. I think it might be a little too serious for…more
Hello Eileen
You can check my review out too. I am a highschooler and the content didn't really bother me. I think it might be a little too serious for her, but then I am not sure what she likes to read :P
There are references to sex/cheating on boyfriend, "Hell!," "Oh my God," and possibly two references to unmarried people sleeping in bed together.

I hope this helps!

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Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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4 of 5 stars to The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare, the 7th book in the "Cat Who" series, published in 1988 by Lilian Jackson Braun. At this point, the series is well under way. Qwill has been in Pickax, Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere, for almost a year. He's gotten to know several of the town's residents, taken on a part-time column at the local paper and begun dating Polly Duncan, which will turn out to be a very low-key relationship for at least the next ten books in the
Apr 27, 2011 rated it liked it

In this 7th book in the 'Cat Who' series, Jim Qwilleran (Qwill) - formerly a crime reporter in Chicago - is living in a town called Pickax in Moose County....a region that's '400 miles north of everywhere.' The book can be read as a standalone without missing much.

Qwill and his pets moved to the nether regions because he's required to live in Pickax for five years to get his inheritance: the Klingenschoen fortune and the Klingenschoen mansion.

One of Qwill's notable characteristics is his
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have nearly all 32 of Lilian Jackson Brauns books. In cat love kinship, I cherish this beloved authoress, who lived until age 98. I am not partial to breeds but the eldest of our precious babies is a mixed Siamese. They all receive respect and attention, cherished above all relatives because we love them as sons & daughters. I relished how realistically James Mackintosh Qwillerans cats were the centre of his life. They were not decorations, like in the average novel. It was also impressed ...more
Ange H
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: real-books-i-own
This 7th entry of the adventures of former newsman Jim Qwilleran and his amazing siamese cats, Koko and YumYum, finds him settling into life as the wealthiest resident of Moose County.

A key event in the story: Jim has completed his plan to turn the fabulous, treasure-filled Klingenschoen mansion into a part-time museum, available for tours and private events. He still spends days there but prefers the cozy apartment he had created over the four car garage. The museum is soon to be open to the
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good, my only problem is that she keeps killing off 2 or more residents of the town in each book. By the time I get to #30 of her books, there won't be any one left in town.
aPriL does feral sometimes
The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare' by Lilian Jackson Brown concludes in a shocking finale, but there are plenty of mysterious goings-on beforehand in the small town of Pickax City. Koko the Siamese cat tries to communicate what he senses is going to happen to Jim Qwilleran, recent millionaire, by knocking books on the floor - especially the play Macbeth.

A car crash kills a local man. Murder or accident? Heavy snow is predicted. A wedding is apparently going to happen soon, but Qwill dislikes the
Kirsten #takeawalkinaparkday #worldbipolarday
I'm not a cat person, I'm really not. But you just can't not love these cats.

Lilian Jackson Braun really knew how to craft a cozy. Murder and violence happens, but conveniently off-scene. There are lots of lovable and quirky characters in a small town. (Of course, this small town's murder rate must be atrocious!)

This is actually one of the better ones. Very enjoyable.
Sue Smith
Jul 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you've never read any of "The Cat Who...." books, you really should. They are a mindless, easy read...and really fun! I've read them all, and love them!
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is a reread of an audio book that I listened to and loved back in the 1990's, this time I read the ebook. Hardly no mystery but great characters and the series just keeps getting better and better.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this book, Qwill is no longer the only transplant from Down Below. Hixie Rice who we meet in The Cat Who Saw Red and Iris Cobb who we met in The Cat Who Turned On and Off and now living in Pickax and are becoming a part of the community. Qwill a newspaperman at heart starts taking an interest in the Pickax Picayune the local newspaper that seems to be stuck in the 19th century. The book focuses on the owners of the paper the Goodwinters especially the death of the patriarch of part of the ...more
Feb 22, 2010 rated it liked it
The gym I'm a member of has a shelf of free books to take for your workout, if you happen to be one of those folks who can run, bike and read at the same time. I'm not, but noticed this volume of Braun's "The Cat Who" series while waiting for my friend in the foyer. I'd read many of these books as a kid, and liked them. So, wondering if Braun would hold up to twenty years of life including a college and graduate school education, I took home "The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare."

Though not a work of
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Maybe 2.5 stars if I'm being generous. I'm starting to wonder why I've been continuing with these series. The protagonist is still a selfish, chauvinist pig; the murders are not interesting or of emotionally invested characters; and the suspense in the mystery does not manage to be compelling at all. The only slightly redeeming qualities of these books are the involvement of the cats and reading about the old mansions and antiques. If this series doesn't start getting better like the first few ...more
Joy Gerbode
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whether just in the mood for a "cat who" book, or just in the mood for a good cozy, I really enjoyed this one. After reading a number of the books, this one filled in a few gaps, since I've not read them in order. And I do love Qwill, and the antics of his kitties.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another good book in the installment though the ending left me a little sad (and there are a lot of deaths in this one).
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another set of adventures featuring Koko and YumYum. Thrilling mystery in a little town, where everyone knows everyone, where old stories dictate everyday life. Definitely worth reading!
Tomi Alger
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The books of plays by Shakespeare that Koko knocks down are a hint of what is to come. For example, the first one, The Tempest, comes just before the death of Senior Goodwinter, the owner of the local paper. Plus, there are plenty of Hamlet connections with the characters these Cat Who books are always fun to read.
J.M. Brister
Feb 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat Who fans
Recommended to J.M. by: Catlovers, Cozy mystery fans
Shelves: 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014
A Quick Review of The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare by Lilian Jackson Braun

Rating: Five Stars

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Date Published: 1988

Series: The Cat Who Series #7

General: This book is a cute cozy mystery about a man who has a psychic cat that helps him solve mysteries.

Plot: The pace is slower than normal mysteries and has a lot of small-town aspects interwoven into the book. It is definitely a "light" read.

Character: The cats are very memorable, and Qwilleran is a fun character. If the reader is
Laura-Anne Wright
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this to be a charming little mystery. My only complaint is I have no idea why Qwill is a millionaire and why he is living in Pickax. I guess I will have to go back and read the others in this very long running series. I love the quirky characters and Koko and Yum Yum although I think there should be more of the cats and less of Polly or Hixie as they were very irritating characters. Also I was a little put out by how nonplussed Qwill was when his friend Harry was killed, I mean Qwill ...more
Rachel Grepke
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Score another one for the crime solving trio! This one was the oddest of the series so far, but wonderful none the less. Relationships, snow, music and plays are just the tips of the iceberg. And it concludes with a ending I didn't see coming.
✨ Gramy ✨
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 reviewing these adventures.
Amy Miller
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this series! Ive read them all and rate them all a 5. If you like quirky mysteries this is one you should cover. Jim Qwilleran is my kind of detective ... add in a couple of clever cats & what you have is involved, funny and interesting. ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a fun little tale, although it jumps around so much, with so many red herrings, that it's difficult to figure out exactly what the mystery is, let alone whodunit. But it has cats and Shakespeare; all it needs now is Vader and bacon.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it

Shakespeare performed by cats:
To meow or not to meow, dumb question, feed me now.

Loved it.

Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Yes I am really into this series right now. Each book has a great new mystery to be solved by two highly intelligent cats and their inquisitive owner
Melissa Miller
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love the Cat Who series. Good, entertaining, light reading.
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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koko trying to (view spoiler) is by far the funniest thing to happen
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Wouldnt classify as a mystery although multiple mysteries are set up throughout, the plot didnt advance until quite suddenly within the last two pages. The resolution is...weird. The cat hinting at mystical knowledge of danger through Shakespeare titles vague at best. Thoroughly unsatisfying read. ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
When the Koko speaks through the bard, one better listen. Loved the Shakespeare references and the characters. When Lillian is in the zone this series is so enjoyable.
Brenda H
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars. review to come
M. J.
Aug 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
Sometimes when I re-read a mystery I'm way ahead of the story, and sometimes I'm way behind; this time I was somewhere in the middle. I did not anticipate any of the major events, but I was suspicious of the right people.

This book is one after the transition. It seems that Braun wrote several books starring Qwilleran and Koko (and adding Yum-yum at the end of the second), in which he was a starving newspaper reporter; then she took a decade or so off and returned with the same characters having
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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, ...more

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