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The Silence of the Library (Cat in the Stacks Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – January 28, 2014
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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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Yancy. An agent for Mrs C who travels from NY, only to sit and play cards? If Eugene's aim was to portray Mrs C to sell the manuscripts, wouldn't Yancy have found out, after all she was her agent? Murder seems a bit extreme just to get a scrapbook photo from a movie magazine which would have maybe given away Eugene's impersonation. Unsure why he impersonated her anyway, if it was to sell around Mrs C's mental state, Duffy and Betts wound up making arrangements to buy the manuscripts so Mrs C's mentality couldn't have been an issue. The ending just seemed rushed in this book, I would have liked more explanations of motive, and less gossip about another nice-bodied, closeted man in town, which seemed irrelevant. The Yancy Thigpen thing seemed to have no purpose either.
“The Silence of the Library” is the nicely done fifth book in Miranda James’s Cat in the Stacks cozy mystery series (Miranda James is the pseudonym of author Dean James). I’ve come to love Charlie and Diesel, his overweight but very lovable Maine Coon cat. What I liked most about this book is the tribute to Girl Detectives – Veronica Thane is a version of Nancy Drew and James includes a Veronica Thane book within the main mystery that delightfully captures the language of early Girl Detective books (Veronica drives a roadster and refers to her friends as chums). Veronica was created just for this book but her character makes me want to dig out my own Nancy Drew books and reread them. James also does a neat job of tying together the mystery Veronica is trying to solve with the mystery Charlie is trying to solve. As for the mystery Charlie is trying to solve, I did figure out a major plot point halfway through the book but that added to the fun as I watched James cleverly put the plot together.
“The Silence of the Library” is another winning cozy mystery by Miranda James.
And for that reason I cannot recommend this book to those of us who love the books by Richard North Patterson! He gives me a fabulous written novel with a clever ending.
This is one of my favorite books so far in this series. It's really a mystery within a mystery since Charlie Harris, owner of Diesel the Maine Coon cat, begins to read one of Electra Barnes Cartwright's long out-of-print teen series mysteries about Veronica Thane, young girl detective. National Library Week is coming up and when Charlie and others find out that Cartwright is still alive and almost 100 years old, the library invites her to a special exhibit of her Veronica Thane series which will be on display under glass and with lock and key. It is rumored that there are unpublished Thane books somewhere that Cartwright wrote, and when the word gets out, the collectors come out of the woodwork, some with less than good intentions, so it seems.
Diesel is just the best character in this series of books. He patiently, for the most part, sits or lies next to Charlie as Charlie begins to read one of the Veronica Thane mysteries and we get to partake of that story within the main plot of the book, too. When one of the Veronica Thane fans turns up dead, it's time for Charlie to very delicately find and report to police detective Kenesha Berry who is always reluctant to have Charlie involved in any of Athena, Mississippi's crimes. She's tired, overworked and not always in the best mood for citizen's' snooping.
To find the killer and motive among the several characters who could be the one was difficult and I didn't guess correctly this time. This is a good mystery and I thoroughly enjoyed it as light reading and a continuation of this very good series. I'm ready to read the 6th when it arrives.