Series: The Cat Who...

The Cat Who Could Read Backwards

Posted June 8, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Animals, Cats, Comedy, Cozy, Fiction, Murder, Mystery, Review, Series / 0 Comments

The Cat Who Could Read BackwardsThe Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun
Series: The Cat Who... #1
Series Rating: three-stars
Published by Berkley Trade on 1966
Genres: Cozy, Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

Jim Qwilleran is a prizewinning reporter who's been on the skids but is now coming back with a job as feature writer (mostly on the art scene) for the Daily Fluxion. George Bonifield Mountclemens, the paper's credentialed art critic, writes almost invariably scathing, hurtful reviews of local shows; delivers his pieces by messenger; lives with his all-knowing cat Koko in a lushly furnished house in a moldering neighborhood, and has a raft of enemies all over town.
He offers the newcomer a tiny apartment in his building at a nominal rent, and Qwilleran grabs it, surmising the deal will involve lots of cat-sitting. Meanwhile, a gallery whose artists get happier treatment from Mountclemens is owned by Earl Lambreth. The acerbic critic has praised paintings there by a reclusive Italian named Scrano; the junk assemblages of Nino, who calls himself a ``Thingist,'' as well as works by Lambreth's attractive wife Zoe.
It's Zoe who, one night past closing, finds her husband stabbed to death in the vandalized gallery. Days later, Qwilleran, guided by an insistent Koko, finds Mountclemens's knifed corpse on the patio behind his house.


This is my third time trying to read this book and I finally succeeded -does a happy dance-. Again though like the first two times I kept on falling asleep when I was reading it. No most of the times I wasn’t curled up in bed reading it. Let’s just say that I felt like we were droning on and on until the first murder happened. Well even after that it felt like we were droning on.

I didn’t feel like that until after we got to the second murder and then it felt like things were getting better. I only read this book as a recommendation from my aunt, mom, and sister. I still don’t know if I am going to be reading the other ones. I mean the book was good but I also guess it is because I am not used to this type of writing style. I just don’t know if I will be able to get through the other ones. This book is a good one but not great. I am only going to give it three stars. It lost one when I fell asleep while reading it and it lost another one by the great droning on. So it’s left with three stars from me.

I know I probably shouldn’t be this harsh to it but I just didn’t feel all that great with this book really. So yeah please read my other reviews and comment.

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About Lilian Jackson Braun

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, the towns, counties and lifestyles described in the series are generally accepted to be a modeled after Bad Axe, Michigan (located in the “Michigan Thumb”) where she resided with her husband for many years until the mid 1980’s. Many also believe that the culture and history of the Upper peninsula of Michigan are represented in the series as well, which is quite possible as it is indeed a fictitious location.