Lilian Jackson Braun (1913-2011) was an American author of cozy mystery novels. Her series is The Cat Who (aka the Jim Qwilleran Feline Whodunnit series) books featuring a pair of feline sleuths and their rich and eccentric owner Jim Qwilleran. Braun wrote sports poetry as a teenager for the Detroit News and wrote some copy for department stores. She also worked for the Detroit Free Press as the editor of the Good Living section. Lilian never wrote on a computer or even a word processor, sticking to writing using a typewriter.

Lilian Jackson Braun made her debut as a published novelist in 1966 with The Cat Who Read Backwards. After two critically acclaimed follow-ups, she would leave the publishing industry for nearly 20 years, returning in 1986 with The Cat Who Saw Red. She also wrote three collections of short stories in her The Cat Who series. Below is a list of Lilian Jackson Braun’s books in order of when they were originally published (and in chronological order):

Publication Order of The Cat Who… Books


The Cat Who Could Read Backwards(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Turned On and Off(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Saw Red(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Played Brahms(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Played Post Office(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Sniffed Glue(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Went Underground(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Lived High(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Moved a Mountain(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Wasn't There(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Went Into the Closet(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Came to Breakfast(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Blew the Whistle(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Said Cheese(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Tailed a Thief(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Sang for the Birds(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Saw Stars(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Robbed a Bank(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Smelled a Rat(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Went Up a Creek(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Brought Down the House(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Talked Turkey(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Went Bananas(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


The Cat Who Had 14 Tales(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Qwilleran's Short and Tall Tales(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Private Life of the Cat Who...(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Mystery Cats Anthologies


Mystery Cats(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
More Mystery Cats(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mystery Cats 3: More Feline Felonies(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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  • Shari

    What about the Mystery Cat Series of 3?

    • Brandon

      At the time we added Lilian, we did not include anthologies. I’ll have those added soon!