Saturday, January 21, 2017

Book 7 in the Cat In The Stacks Mysteries 
by Miranda James

Librarian Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat Diesel must clear a friend when the evidence is stacked against her…
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, Elwyn Dillard, is a brash, unfriendly Yankee who’s on a mission to cut costs—and his first targets are the archive and the rare book collection.
As annoying as a long-overdue book, Dillard quickly raises the hackles of everyone on staff, including Charlie’s fiery friend Melba—whom Dillard wants to replace with someone younger. But his biggest offense is declaring all four-legged creatures banned from the stacks. 
With enemies aplenty, the suspect list is long when Dillard’s body is discovered in the library. But things take a turn for the worse when a threatening e-mail throws suspicion on Melba.
Charlie is convinced that his friend is no murderer, especially when he catches sight of a menacing stranger lurking around the library. Now he and Diesel will have to read between the lines, before Melba is shelved under “G” for guilty…

(The following review is from my 2016 review of the 
hardcover release of this title)

Charlie and Diesel are back with a new murder. This time it looks like murder is stacked against one of the libraries own!

I’m still rather new to the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries. The thing that has surprised me most with the ones I have read, has been the lack of action during the reveals in the books. However, in reading NO CATS ALLOWED, it occurred to me that an action packed ending doesn’t make or break a story. It’s the writing that is important, and the writing in this series is superb. So, please forgive me Maranda James for searching out something that didn’t need to be found.

Enjoyable characters, both human and feline, an excellent plot, and writing that draws a reader in are all present and accounted for in NO CATS ALLOWED. Author James captures the imagination with this clever tale of murder, making it a real page turner. A true mystery in every sense of the word, I was reminded of classic mystery heroes who use brain power, observation, and deduction to solve the crime.

Fans of this series are sure to be delighted with this newest installment!

Available for pre-order now.
Paperback release date is
February 7!

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Lisa. Love this series! Happy Saturday, to you.