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No Cats Allowed

(Cat in the Stacks #7)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,888 ratings  ·  316 reviews
In the latest mystery in the New York Times bestselling Cat in the Stacks series, 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, Oscar Reilly, is a
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Berkley (first published January 26th 2016)
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Author Miranda James has done it again with the seventh book, No Cats Allowed, in the 'Cat in the Stacks' series. When you have a ruthless new executive overseeing the library, and this man annoys nearly everyone in town, I can't wait to see him die in a perilous 'accident.' At least in books, of course. I certainly wouldn't wish what happens to Oscar in this book on anyone in reality. I will say... I felt a certain kind of justice to know he was off'd in such a manner. Gone, but not forgotten, ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've never met a cat of any size or type I didn't like (well, except maybe for those pitiful little hairless things) - so one of the annual joys of my life came at the release of a new book in the Cat who series by the late Lilian Jackson Braun. Ah, how I loved reading about the antics of Koko and Yum Yum, the Siamese buddies belonging to journalist "Qwill" Qwilleran. With around 30 in all, they provided a good run.

Until, of course, they came to an end. And since then, I've been hoping to find a
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts
Every time these books arrive I look at the cover and see my cat, Wiley. He is now living with my daughter because we can’t have cats here and I miss him so much. He is just a little bit smaller than Diesel but not by much.

In this installment Charlie’s new boss, Oscar Reilly has decided he is allergic to cats and wants to ban Diesel from coming to the library. He also has the rest of the staff ticked off by some of his other actions. He is a human resources nightmare. I was no
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No Cats Allowed is the 7th book in the A Cat In The Stacks Mystery series.

Another great story in this delightful series. James once again skillfully writes a well plotted and exciting story.

There is turmoil at the library on the campus of Athena College. The former library director has left in disgrace after overspending the budget by some $500,000. Then Oscar Reilly is appointed the interim director and to say he lacks people skills is to put it mildly. He threatens to remove his administrative
Mark Baker
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, mystery
The Athena College Library has a new director, and Oscar Reilly seems determined to drive all the staff away. The heads of the library’s departments hate him and Charlie’s friend Melba is ready to quit. In fact, Charlie’s issue, that Oscar is claiming allergies as a reason that Charlie can’t bring his cat Diesel to work anymore, seems minor. It’s not terribly surprising when Oscar turns up dead, but who actually killed him?

Those who like this series will love this installment. The characters are
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the seventh book in the “A Cat in the Stacks Mystery” series. Charlie Harris and his beloved Maine Coon cat Diesel are back in this new adventure. I just have to start this review with – I’m a big fan of this series and a cat lover. So, this book immediately won me over.

Oscar Reilly, the new library director, is on a mission to cut costs. One of those costs is assistant Melba, who happens to be a dear friend of Charlie’s. Reilly wants to replace her with someone younger and less costly.
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Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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,
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the first Miranda James novel I read and except for a few quirks, I really loved the characters and the setting. And of course I love cats! Charlie's Maine Coon cat Diesel is unique. I wish I knew a cat who would walk on a leash. I've had many and tried it and all they do is lie down on their backs and look up at me and say--Do you think I'm a dog? For more about this series, read my review of the first book in the series, MURDER PAST DUE. If you enjoy a cat cozy mystery, you'll enjoy t ...more
Jessica Wilhoite
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - I wish I had a cat like Diesel. Charlie and his sleuthing skills never disappoint!
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
This is book seven in the “Cat in the Stacks” series. I have previously read book one and two in the series. This appears to be a series one does not have to read in order as each book stands on its own.

Our protagonist is Charlie Harris and his Main Coon cat Diesel. Charlie is a retired librarian who had returned to his hometown Athena, Mississippi, after his wife died. He is working part-time at his alumni, Athena College, as an archivist. Diesel comes to work with Charlie and is enjoyed by fe
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: us-states-2017
Wonderful, wonderful! Using real skills of researching and thinking, murders and mayhem gain their solutions. Main character Charlie has an excellent cast of family, friends, police, and workers to aid him in giving us a good tale. Diesel the Maine coon cat is essential and delightful as always! Diesel is one of my favorite animal cozy characters. I am posting this during National Library Week, so just choose any volume in this Cat in the Stacks series and escape to the library for some reading ...more
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Some students say that Charlie Harris is a eccentric man because he walks his pet cat, a large Maine Coon, Diesel on a leash and brings him to work. Charlie is a librarian that catalogues rare books and maintains the archives at Athena College in Mississippi. When a new library director is brought in after the previous director's sudden departure, Oscar Reilly, he is not met with the warmest welcome.

Oscar soon starts throwing his weight around and targets Charlie and wanting to cut costs in th
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by Mysteries and Crime Thrillers on blogspot.

Everybody at the Athena College Library hates the new Library Interim Director, Oscar Reilly. He’s tyrannical, annoying, and childish. So when Reilly is found dead and Melba, Charlie’s close friend, is framed it’s up to Charlie and his feline companion, Diesel, to figure out who the real killer is. Things only get more complicated when one in the growing list of suspects is also killed. Can Charli
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
No Cats Allowed by Miranda James.

This was the 7th in the Cat in the Stacks Mystery series and my 7th. Just when I think charlie Harris can't top his last encounter with a murder and murderer...he does!

Charlie Harris's director at the library has quit without warning and a new director has been assigned in his stead. The problem is this new interim director is outrageously abusive to not just some of the library staff but all of the staff and it has the library in an uproar about this treatment.
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've read a couple of these in the past, and know to expect an engaging yet fun cozy mystery with an unusually large Maine Coon as a leading character and a more realistic protagonist who does not try to poke his nose in everywhere for everything, who acts reasonably and without gossping, and generally appears normal. I was not disappointed!

There are a couple of plot holes ((view spoiler)
Ruthie Jones
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
How cute are these books! These Southern mysteries by Miranda James are easy and fun and just plain fabulous. When I first started this series, I had my doubts that such quaint mysteries would hold my attention, but now I'm hooked. This author's style is not complex or overblown, and these cozy reads are often what I need when life gets too hectic.

No Cats Allowed isn't meant to be a complicated, hard-to-solve mystery. Just enjoy Charlie Harris and his faithful cat Diesel as they try to go about
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cats, cozy
Charlie Harris and his cat Diesel are much loved by everyone, that is, by everyone but the new library director, Oscar Dillard. Oscar seems to attract enemies like a hound attracts fleas. When his body is discovered in library’s basement, the problem isn’t finding a suspect; the problem is narrowing down the long list of people he has wronged. This well-plotted mystery is filled with twists and turns, and peopled with likable characters, including Diesel, of course, and is fine example of a fasc ...more
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This are really cute books. Love the characters, animals, and the writing. Have enjoyed all that I've read so far.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Charlie and Diesel are back again for another fantastic cozy mystery, but this time they're going to have to solve a murder case where almost no one even liked the victim. Everyone is a suspect, even Charlie himself! But with some good Southern charm, a helping of good lunches and dinners, and of course Diesel to warble his answers we all know Charlie will solve the case!

I hope the new position Charlie occupies becomes a focus in the next book. It is an interesting one, and brings him closer to
Dawn Michelle
Ooooooooo, this one was good. I had the murderer figured out, but I think it is only because I read a lot of mysteries and this one seemed "right" to me - the why didn't become evident until closer until the end and then the rest of the reveal was like O M GOSH and made it all come together.

I really enjoy this series - things have smoothed out and it feels much more like a southern mystery than the first few did and I am starting to really enjoy the characters quite a bit.

Looking forward to th
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charlie and Diesel are involved in investigating the mysterious death of the interim library director - who, with his not so winning personality - had several people wanting to see him gone. Another good read in the series!
Judith Post
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good, solid cozy mystery. The author's repetition got to me a little. I enjoy cats in mysteries, but she used the same scenario every time she mentioned Diesel, and her language was a little stiff for me, but it was nice having a woman write a male protagonist, and the clues and plot were well paced. A good read.
Anyone who thinks of libraries as quiet safe refuges will think again after reading Miranda James' latest Cat in the Stacks mystery, No Cats Allowed. Libraries can be tough political worlds. Librarian Charlie Harris discovers how dangerous they can be in this engrossing story.

The library director at Athena College disappeared in January after apologizing that he overspent the budget by a half million dollars. It almost made sense for the college to put an assistant vice president of finance in p
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: obs
I love this series, and this mystery in the series in particular!

In each novel I have watched the interactions between Diesel and Charlie, and Diesel and everyone else, and think it is so wonderful it would be to have a cat such as he! And Charlie, such a loyal friend, co-worker, and the one Diesel chose to be his person. There are only a few such exceptional cat / cat person duos in the cozy mystery series I've read, so I always look forward to the next in series.

This mystery has its own unique
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2016
No Cats Allowed by Miranda James is the seventh book in A Cat in the Stacks Mystery series. There is a new interim director at the Athena College Library. Unfortunately, Oscar Reilly is going out of his way to alienate everyone on the staff including Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel. When Charlie is asked to leave Diesel at home, Charlie decides to take a leave of absence. But then Oscar Reilly turns up dead in the basement (crushed with shelving). When Charlie's friend and co-worke ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Right off the start, I will tell you I truly feel that each volume in this series (The Cat in the Stacks Mysteries) is improving in quality, depth, and excitement each and every time. If only we needn't wait a year between stories. Ah, well.

Back in Athena College Library, our favorite employee (in the rare books section,) realizes his dislike of the Interim Director to be shared by the entire library staff! And, rightly first glance, or perhaps many glances. Oscar Reilly is openly vindic
Susan Johnston
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Princess Fuzzypants here to review one of my absolutely favourite series. The fact that I am crazy about Diesel, the Maine Coon star of the series, does not cloud my judgement at all.
I've enjoyed all the books and worried when a mean man tried to stop Diesel from going to work with Charlie. Harrumph!
How dare he? Of course, he may not have deserved to be murdered for his poor judgement but I will not say that he didn't. It seems there is a lot more behind the sudden departure of Charlie's boss an
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this series. Diesel is probably one of my favorite cats in the mystery world right now. His antics and his personality is just a riot to read and I love his almost dog like actions. He's a great mystery solving assistant.

As for the mystery itself, Charlie is stellar in this story. When the murder victim is the new library director who immediately fires Melba and says no Diesel allowed, the first suspect is of course, Melba. Charlie knows the fiery Melba wouldn't kill Reilly, n
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have read all the Cats In The Stack series and found one each gets better ending with this one as the best yet. Charlie gets a letter from HR that a complaint had been made about bringing Diesel to work. The person "feels" he is allergic to cats. Before Charlie can reply the complainant is found horribly murdered. Charlie finds himself the administrator of the library. He must cut costs. Charlie needs to find an answer before the killer is able to succeed in killing him. Diesel again plays an ...more
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Librarian, Charlie Harris and his “feline family member”, Diesel were content with their routine. Monday through Thursday working in the Archives at the local college and Fridays were volunteering at the public library.

So what do the college, library Director, interim Director, former brother-in-law, library staff and the accounting staff all have in common?

Ask Charlie and Diesel. Best in the series thus far! A MUST read!!!
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