The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal (The Cat Who... Series #12)

The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal (The Cat Who... Series #12)

by Lilian Jackson Braun, Nye

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The stage is set for Jim Qwilleran and his cats, Koko and Yum Yum, to solve a puzzling mystery in this New York Times bestseller in the Cat Who series.

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, has been found dead after the closing-night cast party. With the help of his super-smart Siamese, Qwill must cast a suspicious eye on all the players—especially the ones pussyfooting around behind the scenes...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515107869
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1992
Series: Cat Who... Series , #12
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 95,154
Product dimensions: 6.72(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.76(d)
Lexile: 880L (what's this?)

About the Author

The history of Lilian Jackson Braun is perhaps as exciting and mysterious as her novels. Between 1966 and 1968, she published three novels to critical acclaim: The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern, and The Cat Who Turned On and Off.  In 1966, the New York Times labeled Braun, “the new detective of the year.” Then, for reasons unknown, the rising mystery author disappeared from the publishing scene. It wasn’t until 1986 that Berkley Publishing Group reintroduced Braun to the public with the publication of an original paperback, The Cat Who Saw Red. Within two years, Berkley released four new novels in paperback and reprinted the three mysteries from the sixties. Since then, G.P. Putnam’s Sons has published seventeen additional novels in the Cat Who series. Braun passed away in 2011.


North Carolina

Date of Birth:


Date of Death:

June 4, 2011

Place of Birth:


Place of Death:

South Carolina


Graduated from high school at age 16

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The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal (The Cat Who... Series #12) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
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AngieBrooke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As usual another great story featuring Qwilleran and his lovely siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum. I never tire of these stories. This is one of my favorite series.
universehall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Largely an enjoyable book. I got stuck somewhere half way through during a dry part... But I think I actually enjoyed this book more than I enjoyed the last couple. I felt there was more interaction with the main characters -- which is, after all, the reason one reads these books. And the finish was pretty good.
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this up as my entry point to the series, which given it is twelve books in porbably doesn't help, but found it plesaingly understandable anyway. There are several references to previous events, which I assume happened in the other books, but they don't effect the plot of this one at all.Qwill a semi-retired jounalist ex-police officer has recently moved into a large barn conversion with his two cats, and is new arrangements are part of the talk of hte town. Following the sucessful close of the local Am Dram production of HenryVIII, the actors descend upon him for a late night party. In the morning the cats discover that the producer - the unliked school headmaster - never made it home. Although Qeill doesn't investigate as such, in the manner of a male Miss Marple, or a non-smoking Columbo he quickly turns up a few odd facts about the deceased, and by the time of the second body he is quite curious. Although there are two bodies, not much actually happens. The Cardinal in question is both a bird in Qwill's newfound garden, and Cardinal Worsley who was played by the school master.The quiet pace and gently engaging chats and antics of the cats make this a perfectly enjoyable though hardly remarkable cosy. There is plenty of backstory interaction with characters presumably known from previous books.
Fernandame on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Audiobook - I really enjoy this series and even though there was less about the cats in this one the story was good.
dele2451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another adorable story in the tried and true Lilian Jackson Braun formula. It's not particularly weighty reading, but it was just the perfect thing to pass the time while I waited out a snowstorm. One Warning: If you are a serious cardinal lover, you might want to pick something else.
bluesalamanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Qwill moves into his remodeled apple barn, he hosts a party after the latest theater production. After everyone leaves, he finds the unpopular director murdered outside.Qwill and Poly have some problems in this book, and it's kind of frustrating and sad. Not my favorite of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy, fun reads. If you enjoy cats you can't help but identify with Qwill .
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Wonderful ending
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Interesting mystery with a twist.
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All of Lilian Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who..." books are great light summer reading. I have enjoyed them as I am reading them in the order they were written - 20 years ago.
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carlosmock More than 1 year ago
The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal by Lillian Jackson Braun The 12th book of this series starts with Qwilleran settled into his new home in the town of Pickax City, in an old apple barn that has been restored and turned into living quarters. Jim Qwileran has inherited a fortune but must live in Moose county for several years before he can collect it. He writes a column for the local Paper: "The Qwill Pen." With the money from his inheritance, Qwilleran has formed a foundation and sponsors several projects. One of those projects is building a community theater, which has completed and a successful run of "Henry VIII." When the director, school principal Hilary VanBrook, had proposed this play nobody thought it would fly, but the unpopular director had pulled it off in high fashion. Following the final performance the cast and crew descended on Qwilleran's barn for the cast party. As was normal, the much-maligned VanBrook kept pretty much to himself but for some reason Koko found him very interesting. Once the party guests had all departed, Koko called Qwilleran's attention to a single car that was still outside. Going out to investigate, Qwilleran found a body with a very fresh gunshot wound inside the abandoned car. Determined to mind his own business this time the former reporter called the police and tried to stay out of the investigation. Koko however would have none of that and started leaving clues. Despite Koko's clues however, Qwilleran continued his hands off approach except for sniffing around the victim's house looking for an old book. Finally though, Qwilleran gave in and started to sniff around because Dennis Hough (pronounced Huff), his friend and builder of the barn, commits suicide in Qwilleran's barn and everyone is falsely accusing Mr. Hough of killing Mr. VanBrook. Along the road to solving this murder Qwilleran runs into several sub-plots that add a great deal to the story: a cat beauty pageant that turns into a riot and a horse race down in Lockmaster. On top of everything else, Qwilleran and Polly seem to be on the outs and Qwilleran is sure that the librarian has a new love interest. Like the previous books in this series, this book is filled with quirky and fun characters and features the wonderful backdrop of Moose County. The interaction between the characters is cleaver and imaginative and the cats are superbly portrayed. The mystery, while not always the center of the plot, is interesting and it is solvable. The clues are all there and if the reader pays close attention he/she can solve the mystery before Qwilleran.
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Daisycat More than 1 year ago
Koko continues to remind us all "What fool these mortals be". Despite his uncanny perception, he is indeed a sensitive cat. Do no tell him I said that.
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