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The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts

(Cat Who... #10)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  6,699 ratings  ·  229 reviews
Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780515102659

When Mrs. Cobb heard unearthly noises in the antique-filled farmhouse, she called Jim Qwilleran for help. But he was too late. It looked as if his kindly ex-housekeeper had been frightened to death--but by whom? Or what? Now Qwilleran's moved into the historic farmhouse with his two cat companions--and Koko the Siamese is spooke
Mass Market Paperback, 277 pages
Published September 1st 1990 by Jove Books (first published January 30th 1990)
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Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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4 out of 5 stars to The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts, the 10th book in the Cat Who series by Lilian Jackson Braun. Ugh... this was such a sad one to read. I loved the series and read a bunch all in a row. This was mixed in the middle of the long read, towards the early middle part of the entire series... but poor Iris Cobb is killed. It's not a spoiler, as it says so in the book jacket cover. But she was my favor transplant from Down Below... when she came up with her antique business
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In this story, Jim Qwilleran is trying to find out who frightened one of his friends to death. I believe that this is the first story where Qwill is trying to solve a mystery involving the death of someone he considered a close friend. When I first read this I remember being horrified that the author chose this secondary character to die, I absolutely loved them. Re-reading this after so many years, I still remembered the murderer but enjo
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Second Read: In Mackintosh Qwilleran is a newspaper writer for the crime column of the Moose County Something. He writes about crimes. There are lots of crimes in Pickax, 400 miles north of everywhere. Qwilleran is a very rich, kind-hearted man, and when his landlady/ housekeeper calls, saying she hears weird noises, he is determined to go check. But he is already too late. Iris Cobb lies dead on the floor, not moving a muscle, nor breathing the air. He is devastated. The police come, and they p ...more
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Cat lovers, Mystery lovers, Animal detective fans
I always enjoy these books, purely for their simplicity. We learn a lot about Qwill's everyday life, but somehow, that just makes you get to know the character more and doesn't get tiring as it does in other books. He sure eats some nice sounding food!

Koko and Yum Yum were the reason I first read these books. I love books about animals, and had never read any about animal detectives when I first read these. I was pleasantly surprised, and despite reading others like them, Lillian Jackson Braun's
Namitha Varma
I'm a big fan of the Cat Who series. This is a cosy mystery series that is among the best in this genre, even before this genre became mainstream. Despite a slow progress in the mystery and its resolution, I just cannot put down the book for long. Koko is a genius and Qwilleran is a great journalist - together they make an adorable pair. The books are a great blend of the serious and the amusing. It is not mandatory to read the series in the right order, but having a background of the setting (M ...more
N.N. Light
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite mysteries of all time!

A well-written mystery filled with funny antics of Jim Qwilleran and his two Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum. A good friend of Jim’s is hearing noises and calls on Jim for help one late night. By the time Jim arrives, she is lying dead and appears to have been scared to death. Jim decides to move into her place and figure out what happened. A really great mystery and one that had me in stitches. I highly recommend this mystery and the whole series, in fact
Una Tiers
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love the earlier Cat Who books, like this one.
Ange H
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
*** Mild Spoilers ***

The 10th entry in the series has Qwill once again moving temporarily. He seems to be settling back into the vagabond ways that characterized his life in the first few books. This time he and the cats move into the caretaker’s apartment at the Goodwinter museum formerly occupied by Iris Cobb after she sadly passes away from an apparent heart attack.

Unsurprisingly, Qwill soon suspects foul play. His main squeeze, Polly Duncan, has returned from her sabbatical in London and th
Joy Gerbode
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a wonderful cozy mystery ... the mystery seems complete, the characters are wonderful, some of them are new to the series, as Qwill goes to a different (but nearby) town for a while, and of course, the cats are wonderful!
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
OMG, was The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts written by Ms. Braun or George R. R. Martin? Mrs. Cobb, a well-loved and important character in many previous Cat Who novels, is found dead before the story is barely even started! Ms. Braun does make some daring moves with her characters from time to time, but this one quite honestly shocked me. I can imagine that she angered quite a few loyal fans with her decision.

Still, I can think of few other characters whose murders Jim Qwilleran (Qwill) and his ingen
Robyn Porter
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm re-reading the cat who series which I enjoy. I'd forgotten how obnoxious Polly Duncan is- what does Qwill see in her?!
Garrison Kelly
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
After a series of mysterious events cause a museum owner named Iris Cobb to have a heart attack, Jim “Qwill” Qwilleran and his two Siamese cats Koko and Yum-Yum move into the office to try to solve her indirect murder. As the mystery progresses, Qwill uncovers a conspiracy almost a century in the making that involves a lynching of a mine tycoon that could be interpreted as either suicide or murder depending on who’s talking. The two deaths don’t seem connected at first, but Qwill begins to wonde ...more
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
I really liked this book; I liked the mystery, I liked Qwill, I liked the cats. What I didn't like:

Qwill, who is a billionaire, is Morally Cheap. By that, I mean the guy has money, but he doesn't want to spend it. He has to buy a suit for a funeral, and doesn't want to pay the tailor. Does he think the tailor is free? Does he think the tailor has no employees to pay? He has the money, he should at least not begrudge the guy a living. I sure hope he's not this cheap in the rest of his books (I'm
Lisa Kucharski
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
In this story, Qwill gets a call in the dead of night from a terrified Iris Cobb. By the time Qwill arrives to help her, he finds her dead and suspects foul play with good reason. It's a sad point in the series as Iris Cobb was a good soul and has appeared in a couple of the books. Without her help, Qwill would have not have had a place to live, help with his move up north, and a good all round friend.

The story has Qwill investigating the present and the past and finds answers to various myths t
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lillian Jackson Braun is one of my favorite authors. Unfortunately, I only have a few more of her books left to enjoy for the first time (I will reread most of them again eventually!) which makes me very sad. I have loved being drawn into the intrigue and excitement of Moose County with Qwill and his two lovable Siamese cats. They are so relistic that they feel like old friends and I will miss their stories very much.
If you want straight-forward mysteries without all the political and internatio
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
In this book the beloved Iris Cobb dies...was she seeing ghosts or is there some other deviousness afoot in the Goodwinter museum? Qwill moves into the farmhouse...of course taking Koko and Yum Yum with him...and things start to go bump in the night. A lot of questions about the history of the Goodwinter familly are revealed in this book.

Braun continues to keep me reading and wanting more. Simple mysteries with quirky characters who I've come to love.

And two adorable and wise cats.
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
This is cute. The man with the sensitive mustache, the endless fortune and the two sleuthing Siamese cats is at it again. This time his former landlady calls him frightened as she hears scary noises at night. By the time he gets there she is dead on her kitchen floor. Looks like she died of fright, she did have a heart condition.
But more investigation turns up some nefarious doings.
The most enjoyable part of this book is Polly's new kitten, very funny.
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any Cat Who book is always a Good Read. Lilian Jackson Braun's series about 2 Siamese & their beloved reporter has been my comfort read for years. Sadly, The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts sees the demise of one of the most beloved characters of the early part of the series.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm actually a little disappointed - I remember listening to bits of this series in the car with my mum when I was younger, and I really don't remember Qwilleran being nearly so misanthropic as he is in this book.
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
Jim Qwilleran is such an unassuming detective, and this story was a good one.
Marilyn Fontane
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy, mystery
The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts by Lilian Jackson Braun was a lot of fun to re-read. I had earlier read nearly all of the series, and by chance noticed someone nominated this book as one of the best Halloween cozies. Yes, it is nearing Halloween and I didn't remember this as associated with this holiday--or really remember the plot, although I of course do remember the characters, and much of the series. So I pulled it down from the shelf and thoroughly enjoyed reading it again--I had forgotten muc ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
When Mrs. Cobb is found dead in the apartment she lives in at the historic Goodwinter farmhouse, Jim Qwilleran and his two housemates, Koko and Yum Yum move in until someone can be found to take Mrs. Cobb's place.

Qwill feels that Mrs. Cobb did not die a natural death or that she may have been frightened to death! Maybe because he received a phone call from her asking him to come over as she was frightened by the strange noises she was hearing. When he arrived, he found her already dead.

Qwill is
Sue Jackson
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm normally a mystery reader so this is outside of my norm. This is the first book in the Cat Who Talked series that I've read and I was pleasantly surprised.

When Iris Cobb calls Qwilleran in a panic, he knows something is odd. When she dies allegedly of a heart attack that same day, he knows something is not right. He and his two cats KoKo and YumYum move into her historic farmhouse with an attached antique museum. It is to be a temporary solution until her role as a housekeeper can be filled
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In most series, as the books are written, the storytelling dwindles. That's not the case with Lilian Jackson Braun's The Cat Who series. The writing becomes better, the mysteries much more involving. This entry deals with a close friend of Jim Qwilleran being murdered. Jim and the cats investigate and uncover a historical fraud perpetrated on the county since the turn of the last century.

Braun peoples her books with entertaining people who become pretty much regulars in the series. Of course. al
Ultimate Reading Challenge 2018. A book set on Halloween (in part).

I have wondered about this particular series for some time and though this isn't the first in the series, it is the first I have read. Since it is a series, I assume you have to continue reading to find answers to many questions which this book left unanswered. What happened to Kristi, her house, and her goats? What will happen with the relationship between Qwill and the librarian? Do the cats actually have "supernatural" powers
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: For all who love cats and solving mysteries!
I love reading time spent with characters Jim Qwilleran with Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum.

Mrs. Iris Cobb, Qwill's former housekeeper, calls him for help but by the time he arrives Mrs. Cobb has died of an apparent heart attack. Knowing the series, the reader can project that her death might not have been due to her ill health. There's definitely many elements to investigate even with Moose County's gossip mill in high gear.

One of the funniest parts of this novel is reading about Qwill, Koko, a
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
An engaging tale in the Cat Who series with Jim Qwilleran taking over temporarily as the caretaker of an historical museum after the woman who has been running it dies mysteriously, seemingly having been frightened to death. We get a lot of history of Moose County, and the deaths involved are to a certain explained by an old family Bible, which reveals relationships among some of the old families in town, not always in good ways. The history museum is featuring a special exhibit on disasters in ...more
Veronica Wellington
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I wanted to try one of LIlian Jackson Braun's books, because when I was growing up, my mother loved this series. She would get so excited when a new book was released and instantly go buy it. Though I enjoyed this story, I do think that probably half of the book was unnecessary dialog. Because there was so much filler, it moved slowly for me. I find Qwilleran to be a bit of a "grumpus" as well, though I understand that's just his character. I do like the overall story, and the ending, I just wis ...more
diana romano
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Cat who talked to ghosts book 10

This is another winner. I used to read this series and then stoped. Found book 10 and starting to read it and found I had not read it before. So now can get book 11. I highly recommend this series to everyone who loves cats, and cozy mysteries. Diana Romano
Ann Marie
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first "The Cat Who" book. I really enjoyed it. It was an easy read. I figured the person who did it for a slimey person just not necessarily the person who did it. I knew they were up to something, just not sure what. I was a little annoyed with the way that Qwill treated Baby and Polly was just all around annoying but all in all I liked the book.
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“I'm beginning to be skeptical of my own skepticism.” 9 likes
“Amanda raised her glass in a toast. “Here’s a wet one to Saint Iris of the Hummocks!” Then she winced and scowled at Riker, who had kicked her under the table. Polly raised her glass and quoted from Hamlet: “And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” 1 likes
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