Classified as Murder

Classified as Murder

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Librarian Charlie Harris and his cat Diesel must catalog a killer in this mystery in the New York Times bestselling Cat in the Stacks series. Suspecting that someone is stealing from him, the aging and eccentric James Delacorte wants Charlie to do an inventory on his rare book collection. Soon after they begin, Delacorte is found dead at his desk, leaving Charlie with the bigger task of solving his murder. Immediately Charlie is suspicious of Delacorte's own family, and relies on the help of Diesel to paw around for clues. The cat and mouse game heats up after a highly valued copy of Edgar Allan Poe's Tamerlane goes missing and a second murder occurs. Now Charlie and Diesel must solve the case before the killer strikes a third time--and hope curiosity doesn't kill the cat...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 104 x 173 x 25mm | 136g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0425241572
  • 9780425241578
  • 152,279

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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.'"
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About Miranda James

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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2,728 ratings
4.05 out of 5 stars
5 34% (936)
4 40% (1,092)
3 23% (622)
2 2% (58)
1 1% (20)

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Admittedly favouring heroines to male-driven plots, <i>Dean James'</i> pseudonym <b>'Rebecca James'</b> and protagonist <i>Charlie</i> are positive discoveries. Aiding a connection with a middle-aged widower is the intelligent cat, <i>Diesel</i> as his accomplice and the frequent setting of an archives library. When I like the characters and premise, great stories do the rest to make novels captivating and this title is superior to the first. I was less dazzled by volume one partly because one must naturally, test and acquaint everything about a début. Largely, the murder of a disliked man at a motel laid no personal weight on <i>Charlie</i>. It somewhat affecting a local friend. He investigated for her son, who boarded with him. We had no investment in any of those tertiary players. We were propelled by sweet <i>Diesel</i> and long-distance calls to <i>Charlie's</i> son and daughter. I lapped up "<b>Classified As Murder</b>" with more fervour. The tone I like about the series remains and unrolling a story in the mansion of an old family, is far more exciting. Simultaneously <i>Charlie's</i> lawyer son moves home with a problem, revealed sparingly; their collaboration filling in our portrait of their immediate family. <i>Charlie</i> is hired by an elderly townsman of means and repute, to cross reference his very rare book collection. They need to establish if anything was stolen, as he suspects. A death on the premises plausibly urges <i>Charlie</i> and his son to pursue the identities of a thief and a murderer; who might be the same household relative. It's entertaining when a gay nephew wants to flee and rent a room with the pair. You wonder if they've brought a killer under their roof, or if he's an unlikely suspect. There are well-woven twists; tamer personalities casting doubt and sour relatives, who might be more noble than they more
by C. Riedel
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