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Miranda James

I am a native of Mississippi and recently returned to live in Jackson after spending thirty-three years in Houston, Texas. I have loved mysteries since I discovered Nancy Drew at the age of ten. At twelve or thirteen I wrote a mystery and even submitted it to a publisher -- and promptly received a form rejection letter. That dashed my hopes for a writing career for a while, but I went back to writing mysteries while I was in graduate school in Rice. My first published adult mystery was actually the second one I wrote: CRUEL AS THE GRAVE was published in 2000.

Since then I have published twenty additional mysteries, the latest of which is ARSENIC AND OLD BOOKS, the sixth in the Cat in the Stacks series. In my day-to-day life I am a librarian like Charlie (except my specialty is medical libraries) and I have two cats, neither of whom is a Maine Coon. I love reading and writing mysteries and taking care of two spoiled cats (that's probably redundant--all cats are spoiled because they generally accept no less). I write mysteries to entertain readers and help them relax and get away from the pressures of daily life. That's why I read them myself.

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    • Murder Past Due

    • Cat in the Stacks Mystery
    • By: Miranda James
    • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Everyone in Athena, Mississippi, knows librarian Charlie Harris - and his Maine coon cat named Diesel that he walks on a leash....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A cat and his librarian

    • By Byron on 06-08-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Classified as Murder

    • By: Miranda James
    • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 249
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    Aging eccentric James Delacorte asks Charlie the librarian to do an inventory of his rare book collection - but the job goes from tedious to terrifying when James turns up dead....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun murer mystery. Realistic cat involvement.

    • By Kindle Customer on 11-19-14

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    • Out of Circulation

    • Cat in the Stacks, Book 4
    • By: Miranda James
    • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
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    The Ducote sisters are in a tiff with Vera Cassity over the location of this year's library fundraising gala, and Charlie would rather curl up in a corner than get into the fray....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A successful writer makes you care deeply about their characters...and I do!

    • By Jhbdesign on 09-11-17

    Regular price: $26.59

    • Six Cats a Slayin'

    • Cat in the Stacks Mystery Series, Book 10
    • By: Miranda James
    • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123
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    December 25 is right around the corner. Charlie's neighbor Gerry decides it is time to throw a lavish holiday party. Determined to make her mark on Athena, Gerry instead winds up dead at her very own party....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I always enjoy a new addition

    • By Dawn on 10-25-18

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    • Twelve Angry Librarians

    • Cat in the Stacks Mysteries, Book 8
    • By: Miranda James
    • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146
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    Charlie Harris is stressed out. The Southern Academic Libraries Association is holding this year's annual meeting at Athena College....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful book production problems

    • By Kimberly on 02-28-17

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    • Claws for Concern

    • Cat in the Stacks Mystery Series, Book 9
    • By: Miranda James
    • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
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      5 out of 5 stars 107
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    Charlie Harris is busy enjoying his new grandson when a mysterious man with a connection to Charlie's family starts visiting the library, bringing with him troubling questions about an unsolved murder....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A clever mystery with new styles of detection

    • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 02-22-18

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    • Dead with the Wind

    • By: Miranda James
    • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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    An’gel and Dickce Ducote tend to stay put in Athena, Mississippi, but a wedding is a good reason to say a temporary farewell to Charlie Harris' cat, Diesel, and go visit relatives....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Painful to listen to

    • By Oh Good Grief on 05-13-18

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    • No Cats Allowed

    • Cat in the Stacks Mystery Series, Book 7
    • By: Miranda James
    • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 156

    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....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A fun book to listen to.

    • By Jean on 08-18-16

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    • The Silence of the Library

    • Cat in the Stacks, Book 5
    • By: Miranda James
    • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 152
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    It's National Library Week, and the Athena Public Library is planning an exhibit to honor the centenary of famous novelist Electra Barnes Cartwright....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Keeps getting better with each book!

    • By racer33 on 05-24-16

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    • Fixing to Die

    • By: Miranda James
    • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
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    It's autumn down south, and An'gel and Dickce Ducote are in Natchez, Mississippi, at the request of Mary Turner Catlin, the granddaughter of an old friend....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best Ducote sisters book so far

    • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 04-25-18

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