Sad news. Lilian Jackson Braun, the author of the bestselling "The Cat Who ..." mystery series, has died. She was 97.
Her first book in the series, The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, was published in 1966, and introduced Jim Quilleran, a journalist living in an unnamed Midwestern city, who solves crimes with his Siamese cats Koko and Yum-Yum. A total of 29 books in the series were published; she was working on the 30th, when she died.
Author Lilian Jackson Braun died with one regret, her husband of 33 years said Monday. Because of her failing health, she was unable to finish her last novel, “The Cat Who Smelled Smoke.”
“She regretted it most of all because so many fans wanted another book,” Earl Bettinger said.