Lilian Jackson Braun Message Board
Kathy Z. posts on 6/15/2012 7:09:41 PM
Thank you for all your kind sentiments re: my mom's passing. I'm back, though I've continued to read all of your comments.
I think we can safely say that the books take place in Detroit and Bad Axe, Michigan in the "thumb" area of Michigan. Hmm?
I have only read the first 12 books, but having been born and raised in the area, and being a kid in the late 60s when the first books take place, I can tell you I recognized my hometown instantly.
Regarding the first 4 books (before Quill gets "Roseanne-itis" and comes into money), Zwinger Street is certainly Hamilton Avenue. The ritzy suburb near the river is obviously Grosse Pointe; Happy View is neighboring Harper Woods, etc.
However, Detroit and Bax Axe are a little over an hour's drive apart. The books make the trek between "Down Below" and Pick Axe seem like a longer drive.
Any other past or present Detroiters that can add to this list?
JeffJ posts on 6/14/2012 12:09:34 AM
Unofficial ghost writing here! =]
If you google 'cat who grinned fiction' you will find it.
Grandma Wyn posts on 6/13/2012 7:45:05 PM
I haven't heard of anyone else writing. Has anyone else heard of a new ghost writer?
KarenB posts on 6/13/2012 5:55:40 PM
I thought someone had already tried the Ghost writing.
Grandma Wyn posts on 6/13/2012 5:42:59 PM
My librarian has said that she heard that there may be a ghost writer that is going to take over and continue The Cat Who series.
Eileen Carlan posts on 6/9/2012 10:55:18 PM
There is a general consensus among The Cat Who... readers formed from clues gleaned from the books (for example, the late night news is aired at 11:00, putting it in the Eastern time zone) that Moose County is located somewhere in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Some readers have even said that they have been to the real-life version of Breakfast/Pear/Providence Island on school field trips. LJB spent her non-novelist years working as a journalist in Detroit, so that fits. It is also interesting that Hough was the name of a temporary character in several books in the middle of the series.
Robert Stevens posts on 6/9/2012 10:49:34 AM
I would like to share some further background about LJB and Moose County-
An acquaintance and his wife both are from Houghton, MI and she has read several of the books - Moose County (according to her) is the area around Houghton.
Also - there are references scattered thruout the series of the "large lake" to the north and "100 miles of cold open water until the Canadian shore..."
Does anyone also suspect Qwil is somewhat based on Lilian's own experiences? The 17 year gap in writing...the "black period"?
Think about it!
Eileen Carlan posts on 6/6/2012 8:05:15 PM
I'd suggest stopping even sooner than that, with The Cat Who Tailed a Thief. That book was the first one that hinted at the decline that was to begin. The cats weren't in the book as much as they had been before, and there wasn't as much interaction between them and Qwilleran as usual. The story and the writing were still good, though, and Koko still helped solve the crime.
B. Matson posts on 6/4/2012 7:45:40 PM
If you like the "The Cat Who ..." series stop at The Cat Who Talked Turkey. The Cat Who Went Bananas left so much hanging it was not at all like her previous ones. People just "disappeared" without reason or even a later reference as to why. Who did what at the end ? You'll never know with this "Banana" book. Too bad. Enjoy the series up to that point and you'll love it. She was great - thank you LJB.
Robert Stevens posts on 5/7/2012 10:21:26 AM
I have been a long time fan of Lilian Jackson Braun. Sorry to learn of her passing - in the obit I learned she was born in Willamansett, MA. a few miles from where I grew up.
I have two letters from Lilian - one hand written and one typed but signed along with the original envelopes.
Would anyone be interested in purchasing either/or both?
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