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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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    • 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 191
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166

    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

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Fixing to Die

    • By: Miranda James
    • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    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
    • Ghosts and Old Houses....Oh My

    • By Nancy on 05-18-19

    Regular price: $19.95

    • 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 131
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116

    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

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Murder Past Due

    • Cat in the Stacks Mystery
    • By: Miranda James
    • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 400
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 357
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 361

    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

    • Bless Her Dead Little Heart

    • By: Miranda James
    • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 232
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 205
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 205

    Author Miranda James returns to Athena, Mississippi, with an all-new mystery featuring Miss An'gel and Miss Dickce Ducote, two snoopy sisters who are always ready to lend a helping hand....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Awful Book With No Ending... Also Not About Animal

    • By GameMaker on 01-11-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • 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 187
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168

    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

    Regular price: $26.59

    • Digging Up the Dirt

    • By: Miranda James
    • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87

    An'gel and Dickce Ducote, busy with plans for the Athena Garden Club's spring tour of grand old homes, are having trouble getting the other club members to help....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Always a pleasure...

    • By Deborah Stephens on 06-23-18

    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 266
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 233
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 230

    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

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Dead with the Wind

    • By: Miranda James
    • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128

    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

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Arsenic and Old Books

    • Cat in the Stacks Mystery, Book 6
    • By: Miranda James
    • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176

    Lucinda Beckwith Long, the mayor of Athena, has donated a set of Civil War-era diaries to the archives of Athena College....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb

    • By Marjorie Dawson on 01-29-15

    Regular price: $26.59

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