Luck O' The Cozies

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

I'm so excited to join Berkley Mystery in celebrating the January 2 paperback release of 
by author
Miranda James

is book 8 in the Cat In The Stacks Mysteries

The author of the New York Times bestselling Cat in the Stacks series is back with more Southern charm and beguiling mystery as Charlie Harris and his cat Diesel must find a killer in a room full of librarians...
Charlie is stressed out. The Southern Academic Libraries Association is holding this year’s annual meeting at Athena College. Since Charlie is the interim library director, he must deliver the welcome speech to all the visiting librarians. And as if that weren’t bad enough, the keynote address will be delivered by Charlie’s old nemesis from library school.
It’s been thirty years since Charlie has seen Gavin Fong, and he’s still an insufferable know-it-all capable of getting under everyone’s skin. In his keynote, Gavin puts forth a most unpopular opinion: that degreed librarians will be obsolete in the academic libraries of the future. So when Gavin drops dead, no one seems too upset...
But Charlie, who was seen having a heated argument with Gavin the day before, has jumped to the top of the suspect list. Now Charlie and Diesel must check out every clue to refine their search for the real killer among them before the next book Charlie reads comes from a prison library...


Based on the Hardcover edition from 2016

Fans of Miranda James will not want to miss this excellent installment of the Cat in the Stacks Mystery series!

While TWELVE ANGRY LIBRARIANS is the eighth book in this series, it is only the third I have read. With each new title I am becoming more emotionally involved with its characters. Author Miranda James has imbued them with qualities that make it hard to not enjoy them.

I found the librarian convention featured in this story to be fascinating. I enjoyed reading the personalities of the different librarians, and indeed the one who is killed in the book, I’m sad to say, very much acted like one of the ones I have met (only mine is the female version).

As the title suggests, there were plenty of suspects is this story. There were so many that couldn’t stand the murder victim at all. Our own Charlie didn’t like him from over three decades before. So, it was tricky trying to figure out the killer. I suspected right at first, but author James did a great job of throwing me off the scent and leading me astray.

TWELVE ANGRY LIBRARIANS is written with the same consistent style and talent that has come to be expected of Miranda James. It’s this kind of writing that keeps us coming back for more.

Miranda James is the pseudonym of Dean James, a seventh-generation Mississippian recently returned home after over thirty years in Texas. A mystery fan since the age of ten, he wrote his first novel at the ripe old age of twelve. The only copy of The Mystery of the Willow Key vanished years ago, but since it was highly derivative of the Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mystery series, that’s probably a good thing.

His first novel, Cruel as the Grave (Silver Dagger Mysteries) was published in 2000. Since then he has published eighteen more novels, writing under his own name and the pseudonyms Jimmie Ruth Evans and Honor Hartman. In August 2010 he launched a new series writing as Miranda James. The first book under this name, Murder Past Due (Berkley Prime Crime; $7.99) spent four weeks on the extended New York Times bestseller list for mass market paperbacks.

Dean lives with two young cats, thousands of books, and thinks frequently about killing people – but only in the pages of fiction.

Paperback edition
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  1. Thanks, Lisa. I love this series! Happy Wednesday, to you.

  2. TWELVE ANGRY LIBRARIANS sounds like a fun and very interesting book to read. Thanks for the information and the review!