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Praise for the New York Times bestselling Cat in the Stacks Mysteries
“Courtly librarian Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, are an endearing detective duo. Warm, charming, and Southern as the tastiest grits.”—Carolyn Hart, New York Times bestselling author of the Death on Demand Mysteries
“Combines a kindhearted librarian hero, family secrets in a sleepy Southern town, and a gentle giant of a cat that will steal your heart.”—Lorna Barrett, New York Times bestselling author of the Booktown Mysteries
“Ideal for Christie fans who enjoy a good puzzle.”—Library Journal
“[A] pleasing blend of crime and charm.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“James just keeps getting better and better...It's an intelligent read, so well-written that I couldn't stop reading it. Every single time I turned out my light for the night, I found myself thinking about the story, flipping the light switch again and reading just ‘one more chapter.’”—MyShelf.com
About the Author
Miranda James is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries and the Southern Ladies Mysteries.
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But when Charlie's daughter Laura arrives, it's a welcome surprise. Laura is conducting a semester at the college teaching acting, and it's an unfortunate occurrence when Charlie discovers that Connor and Laura once dated. Everything he knows of the man screams Horrible Human Being. But it's an even bigger surprise when he discovers that Laura has kept a secret about the true relationship she had with Connor.
Then Laura finds Connor's body and things change. She's high on the suspect list, and Charlie now has a personal interest in finding the killer. Once he saw Connor's body for himself, he knew it wasn't an accidental death, and he's also sure Laura is innocent. But with so many people who disliked the man, there isn't going to be an easy path finding out the truth. When things escalate and Charlie's very household comes into danger, the stakes are raised and Charlie will do anything to keep his family safe..
This is the third book in the series, and I would have liked to enjoy it more. I did like the second one better than the first, but it seems Charlie is in a rut. We've never really learned much about him except that he's barely over fifty and has a bit of a paunch. There's no descriptions, not only of Charlie, but really of anyone else, sans hair color (black). We're told his kids are attractive, but that's a relative term (especially since he's their father). I would have liked to have seen more personality traits. (We do get height - maybe the author doesn't like short people - everyone seems to be nearly six feet tall or taller). There are also no descriptions of the town, so there's no connection of it to the story. This place could be Anywhere, USA.
Then there's Deputy Berry...who's the most unlikable person in the book. She has no humanness about her - she's cold, standoffish, always professional. She's also never available when Charlie wants to reach her. I realize she's a police officer, but surely at some point she can show that she's also a human? Unbend a little? Do her employees even like her? Because I see nothing in her that shows she has any empathy for anyone else, nothing that shows she has a sense of humor, has a social life. She's colder than my freezer.
Then there's Diesel. I'm a lifelong cat owner, and I talk to them, play with them, etc. But they don't act like humans. Most times, cats do their own thing and are cats. Diesel is practically a furry person. It doesn't make sense (nor does the fact that Charlie talks to him like Charlie's a woman, not a man - I've never heard a guy call a cat 'sweet baby'). While Maine Coons do trill (I've owned one), they don't act like human beings.
As you can see, the book didn't impress me much - I've begun to wonder if I liked book #2 better because of the secondary characters in that book, since it obviously wasn't Charlie's family. It makes you wonder what his late wife was like - was she as boring as everyone else? They sit around brooding most of the time or sleeping. A barrel of fun indeed.
As far as the plot goes, it was quite similar to the first - a writer comes to town, nasty and unlikable, and is murdered, and someone Charlie cares about is suspected of the crime. This is only the third book. Surely there could have been a different plot available? And the ending - I don't know how I can put this without giving anything away, but I'll do my best: it would have been nice to see something of a certain person who was heavily involved. There was no indication why, no indication of the person even existing. No reason why anything happened or a certain person was targeted. No. Reason. At. All. So it didn't make sense.
Hopefully the next book in the series will be better, and we'll actually get to see why on earth Helen is interested in Charlie - unless she spends her off time sleeping, too.
Connor makes it clear he wants his former fiancée Laura back in his life while another female Damitra Vane makes it clear she wants him back in her life. After alienating everyone including Diesel the Maine coon cat, someone murders Connor. Athena County's Sheriff Department Chief Deputy Berry investigates the homicide. Laura is a prime suspect as she found the corpse and stole a thumb drive from the crime scene. With her brother Sean, her father and the cat trying to protect her from an adversary's dangerous assaults, the clues to the author's murder lies on the thumb drive, if the Harris family can figure what they mean.
The latest A Cat In The Stacks mystery (see Murder Past Due) is an engaging regional cozy in which the murder occurs off page about a quarter of the way into the whodunit. The leisurely paced storyline is fun to follow as someone wants to insure that the secret that Connor uncovered remains interred with him. Mindful of Alexander McCall Smith's Corduroy Mansions though a different setting, fans will enjoy this tale of the Harris family that sleuths together stays together.
That said I only have a couple of quibbles about the series. One is almost a bit too much detail in some of the more mundane aspects of the story, such as preparation of meals that they are going to eat. Explaining what each member of the family is responsible for at each meal is fine once, but almost every time gets a bit tedious. I understand it's showing their closeness as a family and teamwork, but I get that more from other aspects of the story. It just gets tedious when every single meal. Talks about what is the fridge and who is warming something up and who is making the salad and who is brewing the iced tea and who is setting the table.
Some of the characters are a little one-dimensional, such as Kenesha Berry who is the law enforcement officer who has to deal with the protagonist's constantly trying to solve the mysteries. However, I have seen some growth in this character over the series, so I hope she continues to be fleshed out and become a a bit more human.
However, these are all small flaws for me, and easy enough to skim over when necessary. As with most cozy mysteries you are spared salty language and gratuitous sex scenes that try to make up for a lack of imagination on the part of many.writers these days. Which is why cozy mysteries have become so popular. They don't insult your intelligence and give one a chance to enjoy a good mystery without being made uncomfortable by language or sex scenes that leave nothing to the imagination. I appreciate that in the writings of Miranda James and others like her.