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Classified as Murder (Cat in the Stacks #2)

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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. Relying on his cat Diesel to paw around for clues, Charlie has to catch the killer before another victim checks out.

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Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published by Berkley (first published March 26th 2011)
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Catherine I don't think so. Diesel, the cat, is a more realistic companion than Koko and Yum Yum. And, in any case, the books are generally more realistic than…moreI don't think so. Diesel, the cat, is a more realistic companion than Koko and Yum Yum. And, in any case, the books are generally more realistic than the Cat Who books (which I loved, btw).

I think it would be worth your time and energy to try the first one.(less)
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Mark Baker
Jan 28, 2016 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016
Charlie is surprised when James Delacorte asks for his help cataloging his private library since the two hardly know each other. But James fears that someone is stealing his rare books. Returning from his lunch break his first day on the job, Charlie finds James dead. Who killed him? Are there really missing library books?

I let too much time pass before I got back to this series, but I was thrilled to see Charlie and his cat Diesel again. They are great main characters, and I liked how Charlie a
I had heard such good things about this series when I picked up the first book, however, I felt I was left down. But that wasn't the case with this book.

This book was marvelous, the characters were great, especially the new ones, I really hope they come back in the next books. The setting was also good, especially the mansion.

The mystery was mediocre, the killer didn't really surprise me, but it was solid.

Overall a good book. I'll look for more in this series.
El Hodgin
Dec 23, 2015 El Hodgin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With a black woman in charge of the police department, and an openly gay man in this book, how could I not be happy? (Albeit Stewart was a bit stereotypical.) I did appreciate how casual Sean was about the whole situation, and he made it very clear early on that he was comfortable with it all.

Over all, Diesel is still my favorite character, but Charlie and Sean rank up there.

4 out of 5
Karen GoatKeeper
My librarian recommended this book to me and I am glad she did. I had heard of Maine Coon cats but didn't know much about them. Diesel is quite a cat. Picture a thirty pound cat who walks on a leash, chirps instead of meows.
Now for the rest of the book.
The set up to the murder is standard. The setting is interesting. A collection of over 7000 rare books makes the reader's mouth drool.
The murder method is different. I hadn't thought of this possibility before. Sobering.
Red herrings flop through t
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. Relying on his cat Diesel to paw around for clues, Charlie has to catch the killer before another victim checks out.

This is Book 2 in the Cat in the Stacks series. I love this series featuring Charlie and his Maine coon cat, Diesel. In addition, this book also included Charlie's lawyer son, Sean and his dog, Dante. The dev
Jul 09, 2015 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poor Charlie Harris moved back home to Athena, Mississippi, after the death of his wife. He had inherited his dear aunt's home, and he has settled into an interesting routine working part-time in special collections at the local college's library and volunteering to help with coverage at the local public library. He has settled in quite nicely, thanks in part to the constant companionship of Diesel, a giant Maine coon cat. The only problem is that he seems to have taken the habit of finding bodi ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cat is more entertaining than the writing . . .
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just have to say I LOVED THIS BOOK!! as much or more than the last.

Miranda says the Delacorte family "eccentric", I call that an understatement, a few could come right out the same line as members of the Addams Family as they were "creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky". Their butler really started to remind me of Lurch. These characters were spectacular!!

The author also hits your heart with the relationship of Charlie and his son. I too love the way Diesel relates to Dante, the dog entering h
Aug 20, 2011 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book and I do love Diesel. If I didn't already have 3 cats and in the midst of procuring a fourth ... I would get a Maine Coon Cat for the ones I have met were awesome. But my predilection for felines aside, this was a great story even without the cat!

Charlie lives in the house he inherited from his favorite aunt. He has lived there since the aunt died which happened shortly after his wife died and this move was one of trying to overcome his grief and move on with his life. In t
Oct 15, 2012 C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: up-to-2012
Admittedly favouring heroines to male-driven plots, Dean James' pseudonym 'Rebecca James' and protagonist Charlie are positive discoveries. Aiding a connection with a middle-aged widower is the intelligent cat, Diesel 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 acqua
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
This is the first "books, cats and murder" detective yarn I've ever read. Charlie is a retired librarian who specialises in rare books, and loves his work so much he can't resist volunteering several days a week at the local library. He knows a lot about special editions etc...but he doesn't seem to have a very wide vocabulary, which seems rather odd. I guess imagination can't give a character what the authoress herself doesn't have, when it comes to language and its use. How many times were we ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Once I stopped staring at "Diesel" on the cover of the book, and it did take me a long time, I found myself loving "Classified as Murder" by Miranda James.

What did I love? Well that the title tied into the storyline of the novel so well. It was about a private collection having to be classified. There were murders, of two of the characters I liked so it impacted me more harshly.

Then, there was the introduction and better understanding of the main Character's son, Sean. I enjoyed that the relati
Nov 02, 2015 Kirsti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although probably not as good as the first, I still enjoyed my time with Charlie and Diesel as they investigated the murder. Probably shouldn't say who gets murdered, in case you're the kind of person who reads reviews but not blurbs ;) but all in all, I loved the book references, but just didn't connect with all of the 'cozy' in this one. There is a lot of discussion about breakfast, lunch and dinner that made me both bored and starving at the same time. However, I still love a good cat cozy my ...more
Denise Zendel
In book 2 of the series, Charlie and his Maine coon cat, Diesel, are called to do an inventory of an aging eccentric’s book library. Day two of the job, Charlie arrives to find the man dead in his library. Charlie and Diesel set out to find who killed the man, and are assisted by Charlie’s attorney son who has come home to lick his wounds from some miserable occurrence he refuses to talk about.

There is a lot of good information about books and how to determine if they are real collectibles or fa
James Delacourt is a very wealthy octogenarian. He is a fastidious man with impeccable manners, a thirst for knowledge, a talent for business and a spine of steel. A closeted homosexual, Delacourt has sublimated his physical passions into an intellectual passion for collecting rare books. Computer illiterate by choice, he has relied on our protagonist, Charlie Harris, to help him with his research ever since Charlie returned to Athena nearly four years ago.

As an archival and research librarian
Linda C
Jan 04, 2016 Linda C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Charlie Harris, librarian, is asked by a regular library patron, to do an inventory of his rare book collection. James Delacorte has an extensive and valuable collection which he thinks is being pilfered by one of his family members. The inventory will determine what is missing. Charlie meets the family members who are definitely unusual, basically a group of eccentrics. Charlie no sooner begins his work than James is found dead in the library. Charlie is asked to continue with the inventory bec ...more
Mar 10, 2015 Lorraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in this series, The Cat in the Stacks, was better than the first. Charlie Harris is hired by wealthy James Delacorte, a man in his eighties, to do an inventory of his very valuable rare books collection. Mr. Delacorte fears that some of the books have been stolen, and will pay Charlie $300 an hour (!) to check for discrepancies and missing books. When Charlie returns to work after lunch on his first day, he finds Mr. Delacorte dead at his desk. Again, he is asked to assist the po ...more
Richard Ward
Perhaps slightly better than Book One of the series. The hero, Charlie Harris, is still likable and, maybe, a tiny bit more interesting this time, but still not nearly interesting enough. Once again, he is less like Sherlock Holmes than is a local Deputy Sherrif, whose jurisdiction over the crimes at hand made no sense to me. Charlie's adult son comes to live with him, and if Charlie had been the book's Holmes than perhaps the son might have been the Watson. Still, the son and his dog do their p ...more
Jun 03, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very fun and entertaining read.
Jan 23, 2015 Eva rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just can't get into Miranda James' "Cat in the Stacks" cozy mystery series. I suffered through the first book because I paid good money for it. I suffered as much through the second for the same reason. I only need to be told ONCE that Diesel is a Maine Coon and is large. I don't need to be told in every chapter. Please don't insult your readers by assuming we are all either feeble with memory skills or just plain stupid. Cats neither chirp nor warble. Really annoying! And I just hate when an ...more
Nov 09, 2014 Lois rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second encounter with amiable rare book librarian Charlie Harris and his glorious Maine Coon cat has an even better quick sketches of memorable characters than his first excellent book.

An elderly patron of the library where Charlie volunteers asks Charlie to help him catalog an extensive collection of rare books. Charlie meets the man's seriously eccentric and dreadful family before the man is murdered. Asked to carry on cataloguing, Charlie eventually unravels whodunnit.

On the home front,
Jan 30, 2016 Doris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miranda-james
Diesel Adventure #2
Am really getting into this series about one middle-aged librarian sleuth and his furry companion. And their continued involvement in solving crimes is equally well described and plausible as are the happenings preceding the case – this time round, even the aftermath and explanation as to the happenings are most satisfying.
While the reader was also made aware of the fact that Charlie Harris – the hero of these adventures – is a widower with two grown children, this time round,
Classified as Murder by Miranda James is a cozy mystery that features a librarian and his Maine Coon cat. Charlie Harris is a librarian who works part time in nearby college. He owns a cat named Diesel, a Maine Coon cat. Diesel and Charlie are familiar figures through out town as Charlie brings Diesel (on his leash) everywhere in town.

Charlie is on vacation for a week while the summer is on break. His son, Sean comes home unexpectedly and Charlie has been asked to review a private library where
May 17, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love this endearing little series. Simple, relaxing mysteries with twists and turns and a great panel of characters.
Linda Rawlins
Feb 14, 2014 Linda Rawlins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classified as Murder is the second book of the Cat in the Stacks Series - Charlie and his Maine Coon cat solve another murder, that of his temporary employer who hired him to inventory his rare book collection. I feel the author has nicely advanced the characters bringing back family members and their pets as we find out more of how and why Charlie is living his life as a widower in the home he inherited from his aunt. We also meet Charlie's housekeeper who cares for him as a good aunt would do ...more
Jan 22, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must say that I usually avoid books with animals that star along with the person but I've heard good things about this series. First of all, the cat acts like a cat in this book for the most part, and not like a super-hero. The series is called Cat in the Stacks. I really enjoyed this book. It's a nice cozy and I learned a lot about first editions of valuable books. The main character, Charlie, is a librarian with a specialty in rare books. In this story an elderly eccentric man, James Delacor ...more
Jan 20, 2014 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A nice second installment in the "Cat in the Stacks" series that manages to be fresh and natural-feeling continuation of Charlie's and Diesel's life without falling into a rut. Obviously there is still a murder involved, but the manner, focus, approach, and result are different. Charlie the Librarian's personal life and his involvement with the murder all twine together nicely. My only complaint is that the dialogue between Charlie and his broody son Sean is a little too on-the-nose when they ha ...more
May 09, 2015 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second book in the series with Athena Mississippi's amateur librarian, Charlie Harris. Once again Charlie gets involved in a suspicious death. Charlie is asked by an eccentric but collector, James Delacorte, to inventory his rare book collection so that the collection can eventually be given to the college library after his death. Of course, James, dies under suspicious circumstances before the cataloging begins. Charlie gets involved with the heirs to the will of James Delacorte. Also, Charlie' ...more
Apr 02, 2015 Marti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
An older gentleman who is a regular patron in a small southern town library makes a request of Charlie Harris, retired librarian. Charlie is also the archivist for a local college and a few months back had assisted in solving a murder mystery in the town. The gentleman, John Delacourt, has his own collection of antique and rare books but he is convinced that one of the many sponging relatives who lives with him has been stealing some of the most valuable of the books. While this job starts out w ...more
Rebecca Wilhelm
I enjoyed it for the most part, but I don't like being treated like an idiot. The author repeats certain details multiple times (like the fact that Diesel is in tune with people's emotions). Show don't tell!
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