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File M for Murder (Cat in the Stacks Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – January 31, 2012
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In File M for Murder, Charlie is surprised when his daughter, Laura, returns home from Hollywood to fill in for another professor at the local college. Charlie, Sean and Diesel are thrilled to have her home.
He then learns that her old boyfriend, Connor Lawton, a playwright, is also at the college as a writer-in-residence, working on his new play and helped her get the job. Charlie in not at all impressed with the man who is just plain rude. Connor is also followed to Athena by an old girlfriend who believes she is the only woman good enough for Connor.
Before the sharp tongued writer can finish his play he is murdered and Charlie's daughter becomes the prime suspect. Charlie and Diesel are on the case. He soon finds many other viable suspects but can he find the real killer before any of his family or friends end up filed under M for murder.
Yes, Diesel is one of the shining stars of this series. His meows, warbles, chirrups, and head bumps are priceless. He is so in tune to human's feelings. If you are a cat person like me you will truly understand. But without Charlie there is no story so together they make a great team of shining stars. We also know that Charlie is not the only human who talks to their pets like they understand exactly what we are saying. I know Azalea is shaking her head at me.Read more ›
Just as Charlie is getting reacquainted and use to having his grown son around, his daughter Laura surprising him to come home too. Laura, an actress living in LA, will teaching a couple basic courses in the theatre department. She got the job with the help of Connor Lawton. Lawton is an arrogant playwright and is at Athena for two semester as writer-in-residence.
Laura had been in a relationship with Connor, but for her it is over, Connor is not ready to concede the loss of Laura. Then Damitra Vane arrives in town, making it clear that she is Connor's girlfriend and will do anything to make sure she remains that way. Laura goes to Connor's apartment in hopes of explaining her feelings for him and hoping to work with Connor solely on a professional basis, only to find him dead.
Quite naturally being the one that found the body, she quickly becomes a person of interest. Especially once the police learn that she has Connor thumb drive for his missing computer. But soon Laura is attacked in her office and a fire is started at her dad's house. Then Damitra is found murdered too.
The pressure is now on Charlie, Sean and Laura to find if there are any clues on the thumb drive that would help find the murderer before they are able to strike again.
This a very delightful series and an easy read. James is a great story teller.
I'm not much of a cat person, but I must say that Diesel, Charlie's rescue Maine Coon cat does put a smile on my face.
So looking forward to the next book in the series.
The Harris family is an idealized family that is delightful to read about because they are close to each other, supportive, helpful and always there when needed. Charlie is a widower and has stayed in the home and has a couple of boarders in addition to his son who is a lawyer. When his daughter, Laura, returns home to take a job teaching at the local college in Athena, Mississippi, things start to go bad as far as murders occuring and his daughter being a suspect. Since Diesel, the cat, walks on a leash with a harness, he goes everywhere with Charlie and is very protective of the whole family and helps sniff out a few clues.
Although few families are this perfect, it's a delight to read about them. The next book will be released in January, 2014 and I'll be reading it.
Highly recommended for cozy mystery readers and cat mystery readers.
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