Cat Lady Mystery Novels: Yes, It’s a Thing

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QUESTION: What do you get when you combine cats and mystery novels?


ANSWER: A friggin’ boatload of awesome.

I was at Barnes & Noble last Saturday perusing the magazines and young adult sections when I saw a familiar greenish yellow glint out of the corner of my eye.

Cat eyes.

There were probably dozens upon dozens of mystery novels with cats on their covers. I learned that there’s an entire sub-genre of mystery-solving cats. MEOW-ZA!

Did you know about this? I had no idea.

I have so many new books on my wish list now…


Sneaky Pie Brown’s author photo!


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  1. Beth says:

    Sneaky Pie Brown is an awesome cat name!

  2. Heidi says:

    Mom used to be obsessed with “The Cat Who….” series of mystery novels by Lillian Jackson Braun. Each title begins with “The Cat Who…”. There’s a ton of them, so add those to your list as well! So many books, so little time!

    • Jules says:

      I was just coming in to recommend this! The earlier books are better, though – sadly LJB got a bit… Senile in her advanced years (to the point where people suspected she was using a ghost writer).

  3. Chelsea says:

    OMG! I’m already so behind on my reading though!

  4. Erin says:

    I can’t tell if this is cool or utterly frightening.
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  5. Ellabeaute says:

    Ah, I love the concept of cozy cat mysteries.

    I think Tabs would make a captivating protagonist. Better yet, you and Tabs, like Sherlock and Holmes.

  6. Icequeen81 says:

    pretty black cat

  7. Kellyn says:

    I would unironically read these.

  8. Dyan says:

    If I could get back into reading, I would want all of those books! I just can’t seem to get into anymore. 🙁

  9. Kate says:

    Coz ladies who read cozy mysteries love cats, dontcha you know ♥☺

  10. Kim says:

    How cool is that? I had no idea. Sneaky Pie Brown is a great cat name but the winning title for me is Words with Fiends (and I love that it’s a Black Cat Bookshop mystery). It’s like Kitty Noir. 🙂

  11. Kris says:

    I’ve actually read one of the Rita Mae Brown books, and it’s GOOD! That black cat looks just like my Zoe….

  12. Janet S says:

    I love the ‘Cat Who…’ Books, and the Rita Mae & Sneaky Pie Brown ones! I’m a big cozy mystery fan, and a crazy cat lady so it was inevitable that I’d read these I guess!

  13. Shannon says:

    So, I don’t know how into webcomics you are, but you should check out my friend’s tumblr webcomic:

    She’s one of my favorite people in the whole wide world, and she’s periodically posting comics about a little girl solving mysteries with her cat! Tubby Cat and Surly Girl! How could life get better?? 🙂

  14. Sarah says:

    Yes, “The Cat Who…” series is my favorite too! Definitely worth checking out. Also Sofie Kelly’s “Magical Cat” series is really cute. I’m devouring this series at the moment.

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