Thursday, 9 June 2011

Lilian Jackson Braun Has Died

Mystery writer Lilian Jackson Braun has passed away. She was 97-years-old.

Braun (pictured) created the popular The Cat Who… mystery series. Her first book, The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, was released in 1966. She wrote two sequels and then she took an 18-year-break before resuming her prolific career. Writing fiction was not Braun’s primary occupation; for most of her life she served as a full-time journalist for the Detroit Free Press until her retirement in 1984.

Here’s more from “In 1986, the Berkley Publishing Group published the novel [The Cat Who Saw Red] and Braun continued writing after that. Within two years, Berkeley released four more novels and reprinted the three mysteries from the ’60s. G.P. Putnam’s Sons has since published 21 “The Cat Who” novels, one each year through 2007.” (via Publisher’s Weekly),

Braun, who also published two short story collections, retired in 2007 after the publication of The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers.

Her longtime editor, Natalee Rosenstein, said Braun - whose books were translated into 16 languages - had "ultimately created a whole new chapter in the American mystery".

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