The Cat Who is a series of cozy mystery novels by American author Lilian Jackson Braun. The series is also known as the Jim Qwilleran Feline Whodunnits. Lilian created the series when her own cat suddenly fell to its death. The main character is Jim “Qwill” Qwilleran, a reporter who owns two Siamese cats named Koko and Yum-Yum. Koko has a “sixth sense,” which enables him to assist Qwill in solving mysteries.

The Cat Who series began with The Cat Who Could Read Backwards in 1966. After the third installment, there would not be another novel in the series until 1986. Even with the break, there ended up being 29 books (plus three collections) in the series, ending with The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers. There was supposedly going to be a 30th book, The Cat Who Smelled Smoke, but it was cancelled. Below is a list of Lillian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who books in order of when they were originally released (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

  • Patti J. McCann

    I have read everyone of the cat who series and also owned everything from the series, it is my all time favorite series and i sure do miss not having new ones to read