- Series: Cat in the Stacks Mystery (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; a edition (May 3, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425241572
- ISBN-13: 978-0425241578
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 200 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Classified as Murder (Cat in the Stacks Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – May 3, 2011
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About the Author
Miranda James is a pseudonym for Dean James, the Agatha Award-winning author of several works of mystery nonfiction as well as four mystery series including the New York Times bestselling Cat in the Stacks series.
Top customer reviews
What did I love? Well that the title tied into the storyline of the novel so well. It was about a private collection having to be classified. There were murders, of two of the characters I liked so it impacted me more harshly.
Then, there was the introduction and better understanding of the main Character's son, Sean. I enjoyed that the relationship was one that needed time and effort. I was greatly pleased in the outcome. In addition, the local policewoman is drawn deeper and we begin to see a working relationship bloom.
Charlie, the sleuth, being a male, also gives a different perspective and I find myself enjoying it. There may be a romance blooming. I enjoyed the male vantage point.
Then, there is "Diesel" who also develops and finds a new 'friend.' I love how Ms. James draws the personality and fullness of her best friend, whom happens to be a Maine Coon Cat. The inter-relationship of Diesel and Charlie is very realistic and welcoming to the reader, whom is a lover of 4-footed babies.
I actually would have given this book 7 stars. It really pleased me and I pray there will be more coming.
Charlie Harris, as a part-time reference/rare book librarian working at a small college in a small town, can take his rescued Maine cat, Diesel, with him to work (in fact just about everywhere). I'm jealous of it all!
In this particular book he gets the opportunity to inventory a rich man's rare book collection in an antebellum mansion filled with an assortment of strange family members. He barely begins his work when the man is murdered. The plot continues with more murder, missing books, twists and turns, family and friends all in very interesting and descriptive settings.
Miranda James does not make Diesel into a super cat nor does she make Charlie into Sherlock Holmes but they both are very likeable and enjoyable. I also enjoy becoming more acquainted with the people in their lives and town