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Best Gift Books for Cat Mystery Lovers

Updated on November 10, 2014
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As a retired librarian, Yvonne finally has time to read! She enjoys sharing some of her favorite books and media with friends.

Gift Book Baskets and Bags for Cat Lovers

Cats, books and mysteries are a natural combination. And you heard this straight from the cat's mouth. I am Star Noir, the most beautiful cat on Hummingbird Hill and I'd like to tell you about some of my lady's favorite fiction books. These lovely little mystery series all feature the most pleasing of the 4-legged ones, my species.... the cat. All are just purr-fect for curling up with my lady on a cold winter night to share a light mystery and a warm lap. Your person might enjoy them, too.

My lady, the librarian, says that books are gr-r-reat gifts for Christmas, birthday or any holiday. She likes to make book gift bags for her special family and friends. Wouldn't the cat and mystery lover on your list be surprised to receive a gift basket containing a series of books, a cat mug (for tea or coffee) plus a pretty personalized pillow for the feline member of the family, all in an attractive, reusable cloth book bag?

Star Noir cat and other photos by Y.L. Bordelon, All Rights Reserved

Once my lady and I read one book in a series, we usually want to read them all. Some of her favorite meow-valous mystery series are the works of Lilian Jackson Braun (The Cat Who... books), Miranda James (A Cat in the Stacks Mystery), Sophie Kelly (A Magical Cat Mystery) and Leann Sweeney (A Cat's in Trouble Mystery). When she reads these books (or on the little Kindle computer machine), she stays in one spot for a long time so I can snuggle up next to her for good scratches or long naps.

Cat Mystery Series Book Notes

from the desk of Star Noir, Felis catus

Star Noir likes Cat Who Books
Star Noir likes Cat Who Books

Why are cats so good at solving murders? Well, my little mouse, you must know that cats are curious and we are forever sticking our noses into dark cubbies and crevices. We are adept at solving the mystery of the lost toothbrush or the misplaced mouse. A feline often turns up the clue that solves the mystery. Cat detectives are the cat's meow!

The Cat Who books

by Lilian Jackson Braun

June 20, 1913 - June 4, 2011

Cat Who Series, the First 3 Books

As you can see, I enjoy the Cat Who books of Ms. Lilian Braun. I especially like the antics of that bold and brassy Siamese fellow, KoKo and the demure little, Yum Yum. James Quillerin isn't bad for a human. He's such a down to earth guy, that it's hard to believe he's a multimillionaire. Moose County has never been the same since this crime solving trio moved there.

In my opinon, the earlier books in the Cat Who series are the most entertaining. But when you realize that Lilian Jackson Braun was still writing books in her nineties, you begin to understand why.

The Other Cat Who Books

Lilian Jackson Braun had a long and successful life. She wrote over 30 Cat Who books. We have included some of our favorites below.

Cats 101: Siamese Video - KoKo and Yum Yum's Kin on Animal Planet

Cat Nap Bag on Zazzle


Some Lovely, Reusable Cloth Bags for Your Gift Books Basket

Beautiful, personalized cloth bags are available print on demand at A colorful cloth bag can be used as a gift bag, then later can be used again and again. Personally, Dax and I like to hide in them.

Here are some that my lady designed featuring me (the lovely, long-haired beauty with the white star on her chest) and some of the other members of my tribe. You can add text to any of these or upload your own picture.

Zazzle Bags Designed by naturegirl7

Star Noir Bag on Zazzle

Cat in the Stacks Mystery

by Miranda James

aka Dean James, Honor Hartman, & Jimmie Ruth Evans

Book 1: Murder Past Due

Murder Past Due - Book 1 of Cat in the Stacks Mysteries

Murder Past Due is the first of the Cat in the Stacks series by Miranda James. The cat in question is a very large (and handsome) male named Diesel. He has a purr that sounds like a diesel truck, vroom-vroom. Mr. Charlie, a male librarian, found him when he was scrawny kitten in the public library parking lot. Diesel turned out to be the largest cat (and only Maine Coon) in Athena, Mississippi. He helps Charlie solve murders in this small southern town. In Murder past due, the victim is a hometown hero (sort of) and an author of violent murder mysteries.

Other Cat in the Stacks Mysteries on Amazon

Here are the other books of the series. They come on that Kindle machine, too. The new one, Out of Circulation, can be pre-ordered.

Cats 101: Maine Coon Cats - Diesel's Kin on Animal Planet

Some people have said that they think I am a Maine Coon Cat. I think I am, because I am a big girl with long hair, little ear tufts and padded feet. I also have a lovely high pitched little voice.

Cats 101 - Maine Coon

Cat Eyes Blaze Mug on Zazzle


Some Cat Mugs for Tea While Reading

Sometimes my lady, Naturegirl7, likes a cup of tea when she reads a good book. She has mugs with pictures of us on them. Here are a few that she designed or you may like to design your own on

Zazzle Mugs Designed by by naturegirl7

Cat Mug on Zazzle


Sophie Kelly

Magical Cats Mystery

Book 1 Curiosity Thrilled the Cat

Curiosity Thrilled the Cat Book 1 - Magical Cats Mysteries

Sofie Kelly aka young adult writer and mixed-media artist, Darlene Ryan, is the author of the Magical Cats Mysteries. Now there's no cat more special than moi, Black Star, but the kitties in this mystery series, Hercules and Owen, take special to the next level. All while giving their human companion and librarian, Kathleen Paulson, helpful clues to solve the murders. Hercules and Owen are some funny and mischievous cats. They seem to appear and disappear at will, so Kathleen has decided that they are magical.

Magical Cat Mystery Series on Amazon

The list below provides links to the rest of the Magical Cat Mystery Series. Cat Trick, the new book, can be pre-ordered.

Pepper Cat Likes Reading Time... - She enjoys snuggling, too.

Pepper Cat likes Reading
Pepper Cat likes Reading

Pepper Cat photo by Y.L. Bordelon, All Rights Reserved.

Cats in Trouble Mysteries

by Leeann Sweeney

Book 1 The Cat, The Quilt and the Corpse

The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse - Book 1 - Cats in Trouble Mysteries

Jillian Hart, the human, is a recent widow who makes quilts for cats. She's a nice lady and she shares her home with three cats that she rescued after Hurricane Katrina. I found my lady when I was alone and hungry after Hurricane Katrina and so did Pepper.

Merlot is a red tabby Maine coon cat who is the Ninja protector of the group. Syrah is a sorrel Abyssinian (with chocolate ticking). He's Jillian's quiet and smart top cat. Chablis is a sable point Himalayan who is allergic to humans. She always wants to be in Jillian's lap.

In the first of the series, The Cat, the Quilt and the Corpse, Jillian comes home after an out of town quilt show to find that her house has been broken into and her beautiful Syrah is missing. How scary for Syrah and for his lady.

Cats in Trouble Mystery Series on Amazon

My lady loves to make quilts and she loves those of the feline persuasion, too. If you know someone like her, then he/she would like to read more of the Cats in Trouble series.

Cats 101: Himalayan Cats - Chablis' Relatives on Animal Planet

Star Noir Pillow on Zazzle


Fluffy Pillows for Humans and Cats

I don't know about you, but I enjoy a soft pillow for my naps. My lady also likes to put one behind her head when she reads. Here are some of our cat tribe that she designed on Zazzle. As with all the pretty things there, you can upload pictures and create your own.

Zazzle Pillows Designed by by naturegirl7

Back Support Reading Pillow

Sometimes my human likes to read in bed. This pillow would help make her comfortable... and it would leave a hand free so she could pet me.

Curl Up With a Good Book!

Curl Up With a Good Book!
Curl Up With a Good Book!

Other Good Cat Mystery Series Gift Ideas

More Favorite Cat Mystery Series on Amazon

Here are some more good mystery series, that the cat lover on your list may enjoy.

Lydia Adamson, An Alice Nestleton Mystery

Rita Mae Brown, Mrs. Murphy Mysteries

Carol Nelson Douglas, Midnight Louie Mysteries

Rebecca M. Hale, Cats and Curios Mysteries

Catty Christmas Cards

If the gift basket is a Christmas present, she likes to include a Christmas card. Here are some featuring cats.

Cats Christmas Chorus Christmas Cards

Winter Bliss Christmas Cards

Dax Cat Reads

Dax Cat Reads
Dax Cat Reads

Dax is the only male cat in our tribe. He can be a bother, but I keep him in line. He also enjoys a good book, though his tastes are more... shall we say, juvenile.

© 2012 Yvonne L. B.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for the cat mystery books, I must look for it in the bookstore, voted up

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      Karen Kay 3 years ago from Jackson, MS

      My mom used to read the "cat who" books. I've read a few too Fun reading! Thanks for a great collection!

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      gradientcat 5 years ago

      I love The Cat Who series.

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      gradientcat 5 years ago

      I love The Cat Who series.

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      RaintreeAnnie 5 years ago from UK

      Congratulations on your purple star! Lovely page, these would make wonderful gifts:)

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      Coreena Jolene 5 years ago

      What a wonderful collection of cat mystery books. Your lens is beautiful too. Congrats on your purple star! Well deserved :)

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      Trisha Cornelius 5 years ago from Gauteng, South Africa

      Loved this lens, great perspective and some fantastic recommendations.

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      tamjo5 5 years ago

      I loved everyone of the Cat Who Books. Thanks to your lens I get to try some new mysteries. I think I will try the Cat in the Stacks first. Thank You!

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      AnnaleeBlysse 5 years ago

      I haven't read cat mysteries, but I'd enjoy them I'm sure.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      I love both cats and cat mysteries. Some great choices for anyone wanting to give me a gift!!!!

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Great pictures, you have some pretty clever cats there.

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      KarenTBTEN 5 years ago

      There are more cat mystery series than I was aware of. Funny pictures!

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      Yvonne L. B. 5 years ago from Covington, LA

      @anonymous: Thank you, kind lady. You truly understand the ways of our kind. I, Star Noir, believe that you must be a cat friend.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Cat has the element of mystery attached to it, hence it is the perfect subject matter for stories associated with suspense and mystery.