Springtime in Mississippi is abloom with beauty, but the library's employees are too busy worrying to stop and smell the flowers. The new library director, Oscar Reilly, is a brash, unfriendly Yankee who's on a mission to cut costs - and his first targets are the archive and the rare book collection.
As annoying as a long-overdue book, Reilly quickly raises the hackles of everyone on staff, including Charlie's fiery friend Melba, whom Reilly wants to replace with someone younger. But his biggest offense is declaring all four-legged creatures banned from the stacks.
With enemies aplenty, the suspect list is long when Reilly's body is discovered in the library. But things take a turn for the worse when a threatening e-mail throws suspicion on Melba.
Charlie is convinced that his friend is no murderer, especially when he catches sight of a menacing stranger lurking around the library. Now he and Diesel will have to read between the lines, before Melba is shelved under "G" for guilty...
©2016 Dean James (P)2016 Tantor
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is book seven in the “Cat in the Stacks” series. I have previously read book one and two in the series. This appears to be a series one does not have to read in order as each book stands on its own.
Our protagonist is Charlie Harris and his Main Coon cat Diesel. Charlie is a retired librarian who had returned to his hometown Athena, Mississippi, after his wife died. He is working part-time at his alumni, Athena College, as an archivist. Diesel comes to work with Charlie and is enjoyed by fellow workers and students. The library director suddenly quits and an interim director is appointed from the accounting department. Oscar Reilly proceeds to alienate everyone including Charlie after he bans Diesel from the library. Then Reilly and others are murdered and Diesel and Charlie are on the hunt for the killer or killers. The college president appoints Charlie the new interim library director and now someone is trying to kill him.
The book is well written. The author does a great job of weaving the story and characters into an exciting story. James is a gifted storyteller. I picked up on one piece of information, that Mississippi does not register guns. Have not yet checked this out to see if it is a true fact or not. But in the story a gun could not be traced to the owner because there was no registration required. I am always on the lookout for bits of unusual information. This is a fun read and I learn more about Maine Coon cats with each book.
Erin Bennett does a great job narrating the book. She is a well known voice over artists and audiobook narrator.
Charlie is unlike the majority of cozy mystery sleuths. Besides having an oversized, lovable sidekick who's a Maine Coon, Charlie has brains and a good sense of self preservation. He solves the mystery but relies on Kenesha and the police to bring the culprit to justice. It's so refreshing to not have the main character not put himself into unnecessary harm's way by stupidly confronting the villain by himself. The other characters in the series - Melba, Azalea, and Stuart are quite enjoyable too.
The narrator for this series does a good job of bring Charlie, Diesel and the other characters to life.
Cant't wait for the next adventure of Charlie and Diesel!
This author delivers another terrific book i,n this delightful series. Somehow each book gets me more involved with these characters, an amazing feat in any series. I want more and more stories from this crew... Diesel is as charming as always, although the idea of trying to put a harness on one of my cats is frightening. The narrator is wonderful, not overdoing the southern accents and her meiws are purrfect.
Currently live in Florida..believe it or not I miss the changing seasons..even the snow and ice.
I knew l missed some of the clues when I reached the finale. The plot was so well laid out that I went back at least twice to try to unsnarl it. Well done ms. James!!
This book was not as good as the previous books in the series. It was still an above average book but sometimes hard to follow. I'm still looking forward to the next book.
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