Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Beloved Mystery Author Lilian Jackson Braun Dead at 97

The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers
Beloved best-selling author, Lilian Jackson Braun, died Saturday, June 3, at a SC Hospice center at age 97 after several years of failing health.

Braun published her first book in the hugely popular "The Cat Who..." mystery series in 1966 and retired from writing after publishing her 29th book in the series, "The Cat Who Had 60 Wiskers'" in 2007 at age 94.

"The Cat Who..." series delighted and entertained fans with the adventures of Jim Quilleran and his mystery solving Siamese cats, Kesko & Yum Yum, and her books frequented the NY TImes bestseller list and have been translated into 16 languages.

Natalie Rosenstein, Ms. Braun's friend and long-time editor had a deep respect and admiration of Braun. "She ultimately created a whole new chapter in the American mystery, and our wonderful working relationship spanned more than two decades. But most of all, it is Lilian the person I will remember — a strong, dedicated feisty woman who would always speak her mind and not be intimidated by anyone."

Ms. Braun leaves behind her husband of 32 years, Earl Bettinger who resides in Tryon, NC.

No memorial service is being held however, online condolences may be left at http://www.pettyfuneralhome.com/.

Rest in Peace Lilian. You will be me greatly missed.



  1. That is so sad. I've never read her work but I still think it is so sad.

  2. She is a fellow Carolinian and was very popular and well-liked by her community in Tryon. At least we have her delightful mysteries to comfort us and bring us joy for many years, and hopefully many generations to come.