There's a cat in the stacks...and he makes the purr-fect partner for a librarian-turned-sleuth. Everyone in Athena, Mississippi, knows librarian Charlie Harris - and his Maine coon cat named Diesel that he walks on a leash. They also know his former classmate-turned-famous best-selling novelist, Godfrey Priest. But someone in Athena took Godfrey off the best seller lists - permanently, and with extreme prejudice. Now, Charlie and Diesel must browse through the history section of the town's past to find a killer.
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Charlie Harris is a part time collage librarian in Mississippi. He's a recent widower with a pet Maine Coon Cat named, Diesel, who walks on a leash everywhere with Charlie. Charlie also boards a couple of students from the college.
When a former classmate, Godfrey Priest, comes to town to promote his latest bestselling book, not everyone is pleased with his visit. Godfrey is a bit of an arrogant bastard who has hurt and angered a number of people. He's also coming to claim a son who is rooming with Charlie. But someone has killed Godfrey in his hotel before he can give his talk. Now Charlie finds himself researching more than old college documents so he can help find the killer before his friends become the prime suspects.
This story revolves a great deal around the cat, who seems a bit like a recovery service cat. Diesel seemed to always know when someone needed extra attention and love. This aspect of the story was very subtle and well done, which I really liked. On the other hand, I found it a bit difficult to believer that everyone, and all places, appreciated having a cat around, especially food places. That being said, this story was captivating and intriguing. The well developed characters and theme of book writing made this a fun mystery.
The narration was well done, but since the story was written in a first person male voice, I might have preferred a male narration. Though I liked this audio version well enough that I definitely plan to listen to the next book in this fun series too.
No, I would not say the plot kept me on the edge of my seat. The book is well written but it is an easy read/listen. I like books like this when I am quilting or doing something else while listening to a book.
This would make a good tv series...not necessarily a movie.
I want to start out by saying that Erin Bennett is a very good narrator. My only issue with her is the primary/main character is male and to have a female narrate this book is a little offsetting sometimes. It is the first time I have experienced this in an audio book.
I Loved it.., I am ready for book number two!!!!!!!!! Only pet peeve is if main character is a guy the narrator should be a guy
I had listen to book two I believe I got it as backup to book, I enjoyed it and decided to get book one. Was not disappointed. It is a murder mystery with several suspects but had a couple of surprises at the end. I have rest is series on my wish list. A good book to listen to.
This is the first book in an ongoing series, and I enjoyed it enough that I am going to get the following books as well. I have already downloaded Book #2 (Classified as Murder) and I look forward to more adventures with Charlie and Diesel. I am a devoted cat person, and I fell in love with Diesel. Cats can be so healing and I liked how this story showed that side of our feline friends. Many books show how smart cats are, but not as many stress their emotional support. I also like that Charlie is a caring person and not a know-it-all. He admits when he makes poor judgment calls, but still does what he can to help. He is the kind of person I would like to have as a friend.
The voice artist is very talented, but I have to admit that it takes time to get used to a female narrator when the primary character is a male. I was able to adjust, but I thought it was a strange choice. However, Erin Bennett is a very talent voice artist.
Interesting, entertaining, whimsical
Yes it needs to be read by a male or a female who can perform with a more male voice.
I really enjoyed the story and of course the Maine Coon.
I was attracted by the premises of this series -- a small southern college town, a boarding house featuring a house-cat in a prominent role and the hope of a diverting and intriguing mystery emphasizing local color and character-development. Although I persevered doggedly to the end, the experience was similar to eating my way through an over-sized pizza, which, though tantalizingly portrayed on the packaging of the frozen-food aisle, turned out to be peculiarly lacking in flavor when brought to the table. To my taste, the characters were bland and the writing weak in powers of description and imagination.
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
This is a pretty good mystery, about a man who is a college librarian who keeps a huge Maine coon cat named Diesel. Unlike another well-known series where the cat itself always solves,the mysteries, Diesel provides a loving companionship to Charlie and the young man who is a boarder at his house. He is always present everywhere, but you don't have to suspend belief here, because it is the humans who are solving the crime. Though the characters are a bit stilted in some,ways, and seem too "good" to be believable, it was a fun read. The narrator was okay for the most part, but for some reason this series appears to keep a female voice for a male protagonist. Looking ahead, I noticed they switched narrators for some reason, and still don't have a man reading it. Takes some getting used to. I intend to listen to the next one, but with expectations altered. Characters are a bit too "nice," which left them a bit one-sided. But if you are looking for a comfortable read, without unnecessary sex and violence (which can be refreshing), this is a good book. Despite all that I felt about the lack of character complexity, the plot was delightfully absorbing. I listened to it almost non-stop. And had a good surprise at the end.
This is a cute mystery. You have to love Diesel, the cat. I just wish the reader was a man since the main character is Charlie. And, although the author is using a female name, it's actually Dean James writing the story. The story is good and it is a fun mystery read.
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