The Cat Who Could Read Backwards
  • # of Books:
  • First Book:
    January 1966
  • Latest Book:
    January 2007
  • Genres:
    Cozy Amateur Sleuth Mystery
  • Setting:
    Moose County, North Central U.S.A.
  • Characters:
    Jim Qwilleran, prize-winning reporter / Koko, Siamese cat
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The Cat Who... Series in Order (31 Books)

Order Book Date Rating
1 4.5
2 5
3 5
4 5
5 5
6 5
7 4.5
8 5
9 5

10 4.5
11 5
12 4.5
13 5
14 5
15 5
16 4.5
17 4.5
18 5
19 5
20 5
21 5
22 4.5
23 5
24 5
25 5
25.5 4
26 4.5
27 4.5
28 4

29 4

Book Descriptions for series: The Cat Who...

  • Book - 1

    The world of modern art is a mystery to many. But for Jim Qwilleran it turns into a mystery of another sort when his assignment to cover the art beat for the Daily Fluxion leads down the path to murder A stabbing in an art gallery, vandalized paintin...

  • Book - 2

    Jim Qwilleran is not exactly overwhelmed by his new assignment for the Daily Fluxion. Interior design has never been one of his specialties and now he's supposed to turn out an entire magazine on the subject every week! But the first issue of Graciou...

  • Book - 3

    The team of Koko, the brilliant Siamese cat, and Qwilleran, the reporter with the perceptive moustache, is back in action--with an adorable female Siamese, Yum Yum, added to the household. When Qwilleran decides to do a feature series on Junktown,...

  • Book - 4

    Something is amiss at Maus Haus. Not just the mystery of an unsolved "suicide" which hangs over the old mansion, but something ominous in the present-day residence. When Qwilleran moves in to work on his new gastronomical assignment, strange things b...

  • Book - 5

    Is it just a case of summertime blues or a full-blown career crisis? Newspaper reporter Jim Qwilleran isn't sure, but he's hoping a few days in the country will help him sort out his life. With cats Koko and Yum Yum for company Qwilleran heads for...

  • Book - 6

    Inheriting unexpected millions has left reporter Jim Qwilleran looking like the cat who swallowed the canary. While his two Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum, adjust to being fat cats in an enormous mansion, Qwilleran samples the life-styles of the rich...

  • Book - 7

    There's something rotten in the small town of Pickax--at least to the sensitive noses of newspaperman Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum. An accident has claimed the life of the local paper's eccentric publisher, but to Qwilleran an...

  • Book - 8

    Living in the peaceful city of Pickax may be restful, but it certainly isn't dull. At least not for one of the most eligible bachelors in town, veteran newspaperman Jim Qwilleran. Having inherited millions, Qwilleran and his two feline companions,...

  • Book - 9

    Jim Qwilleran packs up his old kit bag and his two Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum, for a sun-and-fun summer at his log cabin in Moose County. Their vacation starts off ominously with the disappearance of a handyman hired to patch up Qwilleran's cabin...

  • Book - 10

    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 th...

  • Book - 11

    The colorful Casablanca apartment building is in danger of demolition--but not if Jim Qwilleran can help it. He's determined to restore the building to its original grandeur So he- moves in with Koko and Yum Yum--and discovers that the Casablanca is ...

  • Book - 12

    All the world's a stage--and now Jim Qwilleran's apple orchard has become the stage for a real-life murder scene. The much-disliked director of the Pickax Theatre Club's Shakespeare production, Hilary VanBrook, is found dead after the closing-night c...

  • Book - 13

    Qwill's on top of the world when he rents a house on Big Potato Mountain. The owner, J.J. Hawkinfield, brought real estate development to the once-peaceful Potatoes. But Hawkinfield paid a steep price for his enterprise: He was pushed off a cliff by ...

  • Book - 14

    Qwill's on his way to Scotland--and on his way to solving another purr-plexing mystery. But this time Kokds nowhere near the scene of the crime. He and Yum Yum are back in Pickax being coddled by a catsitter...but Koko wont sit still once Qwill's tra...

  • Book - 15

    Qwill's moved into the old Gage mansion--and the cats are on a treasure hunt! The house's fifty closets are crammed with several generations of junk, and while Qwill investigates two recent deaths--those of the mansion's former occupant and a local p...

  • Book - 16

    Qwilleran and the cats are visiting an island known by many names. Qwill has always called it Breakfast Island, but to the taciturn natives, its Providence Island. To the rich summer residents it's Grand Island--and to the developers and tourists who...

  • Book - 17

    Floyd Trevelyan's historic steam locomotive, newly restored, is the newest attraction in Moose County. But the excitement is eclipsed by shock when Trevelyan disappears ... along with millions of investors' dollars. Puzzled and suspicious, Qwill's tr...

  • Book - 18

    With the approaching Great Food Explo, there's lots of delicious activity in Moose County-restaurant openings, a cheese-tasting, and a bake-off are planned, among other events. But there's nothing as tasty as a morsel of gossip, so when a mysterious ...

  • Book - 19

    There's been a rash of petty thievery in Pickax--ever since banker Willard Carmichael and his flashy young wife, Danielle, moved in. But now Willard's been killed in a mugging Down Below...or so it seems. Qwill's suspicious, especially when Willard's...

  • Book - 20

    As early spring comes to Moose County, Jim Qwilleran is looking forward to the peaceful beauty of nature's rebirth. What he gets instead is a chorus of noisy birds that constantly wakes him from a sound sleep ... especially when Koko insists on joini...

  • Book - 21

    UFOs in Mooseville? Rumors abound that a missing backpacker has been abducted and it looks like Jim Qwilleran's sedate summer may be interrupted by an investigation--with the help of his own little aliens, Koko and Yum Yum. And when the backpacker's ...

  • Book - 22

    As the Highland Games approach, Jim Qwilleran and the citizens of Pickax prepare to celebrate their Scottish heritage with such events as bagpipe skirling and tossing the caber. But the traditional revelry is marred by troublesome rumors when a visit...

  • Book - 23

    The way Jim Qwilleran sees it, there's nothing worse than being left high and dry. But that's exactly where he's been ever since a record-breaking drought hit Moose County. He's bedraggled. Beleaguered. And, following a rash of fires at local histori...

  • Book - 24

    Jim Qwilleran is enjoying his stay at the Nutcracker Inn in Black Creek. His two Siamese, Koko and Yum Yum, don't seem quite as pleased with the accommodations... though Koko does enjoy keeping a keen eye on the squirrels and other local wildlife. Th...

  • Book - 25

    Dear Reader, Twenty-five years ago, Jim Qwilleran walked into my life...huffing into his large moustache, spelling his name oddly, drinking black coffee at the Press Club bar. He was tall but seemed world-weary. His entire earthly possessions fit ...

  • Book - 25.5

    What could be more purrfect for fans of the Cat Who series than an intimate look at the private lives of those extraordinary Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum--the most unlikely, most unusual, most delightful team in detective fiction! In this charming ...

  • Book - 26

    The good people of Moose County are in a fever of excitement. It's almost time for the gala groundbreaking of the Pickax bookstore--and the town of Brrr is preparing for its bicentennial celebration. All the festivities, however, are spoiled by the d...

  • Book - 27

    Somehow, prizewinning reporter Jim Qwilleran and his extraordinary Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum always land on their feet in the beloved bestselling series... With the opening night of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest fast approachin...

  • Book - 28

    Good thing prizewinning reporter Jim Qwilleran has his extraordinary Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum to smell trouble from a mile away... The town of Pickax is buzzing with excitement: its residents are about to celebrate the 150th anniversary of it...

  • Book - 29

    Times are a-changin' in Pickax, giving Jim Qwilleran some newsworthy notes for the Qwill Pen. A new senior center is in the works as well as a frisky production of Cats. And a local mansion is being converted into a charitable museum. Good thing ther...

  • A courageous Siamese bags a cunning cat burglar...a country kitty proves a stumbling block in a violent murder...and an intuitive feline's premonition helps solve the case of the missing antique dealer....

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

There are 31 books in The Cat Who... series.

The Cat Who... series does not have a new book coming out soon. The latest book, The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers (Book 29), was published in January 2007.

The first book in The Cat Who... series, The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, was published in January 1966.

The Cat Who... series primarily falls into the Cozy Amateur Sleuth Mystery genre.