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The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (Cat Who... Book 1) Kindle Edition
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“A master of mystery.”—People
“Upbeat prose and amiable characters.”—Publishers Weekly
“The mix of crime and cats [is] catnip to readers who like both.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Braun keeps both paws on the side of charming.”—Los Angeles Times
About the Author
- ASIN : B000OCXJ6Q
- Publisher : Berkley (August 15, 1986)
- Publication date : August 15, 1986
- Language : English
- File size : 538 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #69,266 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In my opinion, the three early novels are the best in the series; while most of her books have tremendous charm, her later books are very loosely written (several of her final books so much so that they are unfortunately weak) and increasingly fanciful; her first novels, however, have a tighter construction and a more forceful narrative. The first novel, THE CAT WHO COULD READ BACKWARDS, was published in 1966, and presents leading character Qwil as a down-on-his-luck newspaper reporter whose battle with the bottle has cost both marriage and career. Now on the road to recovery, he manages to land a job as reporter at the Daily Fluxion, where (much to his annoyance) he is assigned to cover a fine arts beat.
Qwil is surprised to discover that the local arts scene isn’t the frou-frou sort of society he expected. The various artists are extremely competitive, and most of them are outraged by The Fluxion’s elitist art critic George Bonifield Mountclemens III, whose reviews often mix bile with vindictiveness. Even so, Qwil and Mountclemens hit it off, and Qwil rents an apartment from him—and begins to fall in love with Mountclemen’s cat, a Siamese named Kao K'o-Kung. But Qwil is scarely on his new beat when tragedy strikes: a gallery owner is found viciously murdered, and his wife is one of the few artists that Mountclemens admires.
Braun never competed with the likes of Agatha Christie, but she has a light touch, and when she is at her best her novels are compulsively readable. The notion of a cat who helps solve murders is extremely far-fetched, but in this particular title she carries it off with considerable aplomb, and the cast of characters, story, and atmosphere are extremely entertaining. Recommended for flyweight reading.
GFT, Amazon Reviewer
For The first time reading a book by late author, Lillian Jackson Braun. I found a really enjoyed the first mysteries. The characters are great, and it feels like more of a cozy crime mystery, due to the main character being a journalist, I myself have enjoyed cozy and traditional mysteries, because of the lack of profanity and sex scenes, and a lighter tone. So this was great to read. I easily enjoy the characters, the setting, and the mystery itself.
Top reviews from other countries
The author's depiction of her feline star makes it obvious that she knows Siamese cats very well. Although I think other cat owners will agree that the qualities she ascribes to the Siamese breed manifest perfectly often in other breeds as well. Except for the deafening baby cry - they can keep that.
But then, we always think our own cats are the best. Mine actually is, though. She said so.
A modern day Merder she/"he"wrote (as the reporter is "the Man sleuth") has a very enjoyable stoy that takes you along with it.
I am getting the next book now.
I'm not a huge fan of Qwill, I feel he comes across a bit stubborn and pretentious at times, but I do like Koko.