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File M for Murder by Miranda James
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Feb 21, 2012

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Read on February 21, 2012

Diesel is back! Dean James writing as Miranda James is back with his latest "Cat In The Stacks" mystery featuring a 3 yr old Maine Coon cat as companion to gentle but firm retired librarian, Charlie Harris. Charlie is a widower now living in Athena, Mississippi after retiring from a career as a librarian. He inherited his aunt's home as well as her tart-tongued housekeeper/cook.

As the books have progressed, so have the number of Charlie's house mates. He started out with Justin, a student. Now he has his son, Sean, who has decided to study for the Mississippi bar after a bad experience with a large Houston law firm. Then there's Stewart, a flamboyantly gay (when he chooses to be) science teacher at the local university and also a terrific cook.

In this book, we meet Laura, Charlie's actor daughter who is trying to make it big in LA. The university has a playwright-in-residence, Conner Lawton, who immediately makes a bad impression on Charlie. He is an "Artist" - or so he says! Laura surprises him with news that she is filling in for one of the professors for a semester and will be teaching acting. It turns out she has a history with the playwright. Unfortunately, it doesn't take long for Lawton to be found dead. Laura becomes the chief suspect, and Charlie can't sit back and watch helplessly.

Diesel is a big part of this story. He is more than just the family pet. That makes it even more fun. If you like mysteries and cats, you should like this one. It's a lot of fun and literate - a good combination!


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