When I was a preteen, the Cat Who… books accompanied me everywhere. They were fun, intriguing, and a great escape. If they were full of “sex and violence”, at that age I may never even have gotten the chance to read them.
Lilian Jackson Braun – the author of 29 The Cat Who… books about a crime-solving journalist and cat owner called Jim Qwilleran – has died aged 97.
After her first book, The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, was published in 1966, the New York Times called her “the new detective writer of the year”.
Her husband, Earl Bettinger, told the AP news agency she had parted company with her first publisher in the 1960s because she had refused to add sex and violence to her fourth book.
“A woman from Germany called and said she was coming to America and said she would like to meet Jim Qwilleran,” said Mr Bettinger.
“That’s how real her characters were.”