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Murder Past Due (Cat in the Stacks Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – August 3, 2010
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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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The cover of this book hooked me. I mean a cat, books, and well, books in a library! What is not to love?
Murder Past Due is set in a small Mississippi town named Athena. Athena is a small, quiet town where Charlie and Diesel live. Charlie had recently moved back and brought Diesel with him. As they walk the streets they make quite a pair. Charlie and Diesel tag team in the library. Charlie works there, and Diesel sleeps there. The perfect setup for the impending trouble.
Small town gossip flies as Godfrey, the best-selling novelist, slides into town on a book tour. Then things and life become interesting for Charlie & Diesel.
This book is the first in the new (new to me) series, Cat in The Stacks. At first, I found the book sluggish. I believe it was the characters and not the plot. After a period of the time, the characters did develop, and the plot moved sufficiently forward that I could see the characters more clearly in my mind's eye. In saying that, I did not find myself sympathetic to some of the characters as I knew I was supposed to feel. Those few characters had much to do and say in the plot, but I felt they were more two-dimensional than the book needed.
Let me add this, Charlie does an excellent job of sleuthing, and several people have taken notice. I will read the next book in the series. And if you read /follow my reviews you know that I will not complete a set if I do not like the first book I read whether it is the first bok in the series or the last book in a series. So yes, I think 'Cat in The Stacks' books are worth my reading time and dollars.
The story is believable and the solution to the murderer's identities is reasonable.
Diesel is also believable. He's a realistic cat, which is to say, an independent and strong-minded being with his own ideas about everything. It is also to say that he doesn't talk, read minds, or solve the crime all by himself.
The mystery was a good one with plenty of hints and red herrings. I thoroughly enjoyed it, enough to suggest it to my mother. (And that is a strong recommendation!)
Fans of Miss Zukas would probably like this book. Cozy-mystery readers would also probably like it. I intend to binge read until I catch up on the books in this series.
The writing was fantastic. Sometimes it was like reaching a list but instances like thast weren't common. The puzzle pieces came together slowly for me. I definitely want to read more in this series