Murder Past Due
FIRST IN THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING CAT IN THE STACKS MYSTERY SERIES! Everyone in Athena, Mississippi, knows Charlie Harris, the good-natured librarian with a rescued Maine coon cat named Diesel that he walks on a leash. He's returned to his hometown to immerse himself in books, but soon enough he's entangled in a real-life thriller... A famous author of gory bestsellers and a former classmate of Charlie's, Godfrey Priest may be the pride of Athena, but Charlie remembers him as an arrogant, manipulative jerk--and he's not the only one. Godfrey's homecoming as a distinguished alumnus couldn't possibly go worse: by lunch, he's put a man in the hospital. By dinner, Godfrey's dead. Now it's up to Charlie, with some help from Diesel, to paw through the town's grudges and find the killer before an impatient deputy throws the book at the wrong person. But every last one of Charlie's friends and co-workers had a score to settle with the nasty novelist. As if the murder wasn't already purr-plexing enough...
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- Paperback | 294 pages
- 104 x 168 x 23mm | 136g
- 03 Aug 2010
- Berkley Books
- New York, NY, United States
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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.'"--MyShelf.com
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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Is it a coincidence '<b>James</b>' has twice been a pseudonym for males posing as female? '<i>Rebecca James</i>' was another. If it is to stop readers from overlooking them: it worked and I'm glad. I don't often read male authors, especially 50 year-old male protagonists but <b>DEAN James</b> (as per copyright credits) is talented and his character <i>'Charlie',</i> a delight. I adore cats, libraries, and mysteries and am rewarded threefold. Widowed, with a grown son & daughter out-of-state, <i>Charlie</i> works part-time in an archives department. His leash-walking cat, <i>'Diesel'</i> joins him everywhere. With involved, intelligent cats in my life; I like obliterating stereotypes of feline aloofness and limitation perceived by us. Mine rode in cars more than any dogs I know and all of our cats 'sit' when asked. Letting rooms in a house bequeathed by his aunt, supplies interesting storylines. A student tenant in this first novel becomes associated with murder. He and his Mom, known since high school, give <i>Charlie</i> reason to look into the situation. I say four stars because the victim is disliked and has no personal poignancy for <i>Charlie</i>, nor we readers. Acclimatization to a setting in a series début takes time to gear up as it is. '<b>Miranda James</b>' is a pleasure to read. His wonderful, vibrant, black culture names like <i>'Kanesha'</i> and <i>'Azalea'</i> resonate strikingly. The strong-willed dignity is astutely conveyed and so too, a man content in his middle-age.show moreby C. Riedel