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Twelve Angry Librarians

(Cat in the Stacks #8)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,800 ratings  ·  328 reviews
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
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Berkley Books (first published February 21st 2017)
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Roberta You're right. Randi breaking her arm wasn't part of the story line. It wasn't just your audio book that skips Randi's mishap. That scene wasn't in the…moreYou're right. Randi breaking her arm wasn't part of the story line. It wasn't just your audio book that skips Randi's mishap. That scene wasn't in the book either. In the book, Charlie texts Mary Sue and she responds with something like "just left the er" and when she talks to him later, she tells him that Randi broke her arm. I think it's a little drastic for the author to break a character's arm just to explain why her friend didn't answer her cell phone right away. Some of us simply don't have our cell phone in our hand every single minute 24/7. Does Charlie go to the toilet no hands? (less)
Linda Lassman I recently read "6 Cats a-Slaying", which was #10. #11, The Pawful Truth, is due to be released in July, 2019. Don't know if there are plans for…moreI recently read "6 Cats a-Slaying", which was #10. #11, The Pawful Truth, is due to be released in July, 2019. Don't know if there are plans for more--I hope so, though! I checked James' web page, but it doesn't seem to have been updated for 3-4 years. :-((less)
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Fiona MacDonald
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
An utterly charming first trip into Miranda James's cosy crime mysteries. What really entranced me however, was the main character- a large, adorable and attention seeking Maine Coon cat named Diesel.
His owner Charlie is a librarian who has the misfortune during an academic conference of bumping into an old colleague named Gavin Fong. Gavin is a foul individual who treads over anyone and everyone he can to get the jobs he wants. Unfortunately, by the end of the conference he will be dead, murder
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Seeing that kitty on the cover always makes me smile. I can’t believe this it the 8th Cat in the Stacks Mystery. This time we find Charlie running into some people he attended college with. Two he is very happy to see, one he wants to avoid. Knowing the one he wants to avoid is giving a keynote speech means they are going to meet face to face because Charlie’s library is hosting the event. The meeting does not go well but when the man drops dead during his address all eyes tur
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, cozy-mystery
Listening to this audiobook, 'Twelve Angry Librarians' by Miranda James was a comforting read for me. Having recently lost one of my beloved cats, I felt the need to immerse myself in the world of Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon Cat, Diesel. To me, there is no better combination than books and cats.

In this, the 8th installment in the 'Cat in the Stacks' series, Charlie Harris remains the interim library director at Athena College and this year the college will be hosting the meeting of the So
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Athena College is hosting the annual meeting of southern Association of Libraries and this stressing out Charlie Harris. Diesel, Maine coon is spending his days with Melba. Charlie is delight he will see old friends. However, one Gaven Fong, he would prefer to not meet again. His luck does not hold and Charlie has an altercation with Haven the first night. The next morning he meets up with old friends and sits with them instead of the Speaker's table. Along with entire conference, Charlie watche ...more
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Feb 18
Twelve Angry Librarians by Miranda James.

Charlie Harris is giving the welcoming speech for the commencement for the Southern Academic Libraries Association. He is definitely not looking forward to that and developments just get worse when he finds that a royal pain from his college days will be in attendance and deliver the keynote address.
Things fly into high gear when Gavin Fong (that royal pain) sends an inappropriate email to Charlie followed by an obnoxious confrontation prior to the annua
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
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 dif
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Twelve Angry Librarians is the eighth book in the A Cat In The Stacks Mystery series.

Another wonderful book in this great series. This is one of my favorite series and I just love Diesel and Charlie Harris, actually all the characters.

Charlie is interim library director and the Southern Academic Library Association is holding their annual meeting at Athena College. Charlie is rather upset when he sees that Gavin Fong, a nemesis from his college days, will be the keynote speaker at the meeting. A
I'll admit I'm prejudiced because I am a librarian, but anyone who has attended a conference, or worked in a job where gossip swirls, will appreciate the conversations in Miranda James' latest Cat in the Stacks mystery, Twelve Angry Librarians. James easily entwines two facets of Charlie Harris' life, personal and professional, in this entertaining story. And, for all of us who love cats, of course there's Diesel, the Maine Coon cat with his own personality.

As interim director of the library at
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing honor it was to binge read Miranda James' Twelve Angry Librarians last night. Waiting on the arrival of this one with baited breath, officially is releases on February 21st . It seems that Charlie and Diesel can not seem to keep there noses out of trouble! Boy do I love it. This was a really interesting mystery. I feel so many emotions when I read anything by Miranda James, by page 12 I was already in tears, a few chapters later filled with rage, anxiety gripped a few more chapte ...more
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
I read this just because I thought the title is hilarious. Haven't read any of the rest of the series. I almost liked this book. ALMOST. But I couldn't get over the methodical descriptions of our lead's everyday life. If he got a cup of water, we heard about it. If he went to the bathroom, we went with him. I appreciate an attempt to insert realism into storytelling, but this was a tad bit excessive.
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was another of the books I ordered while sick last week, and it was the one I wanted most. I love Charlie and Diesel, but it is hard to get their books close to the release date in Australia- they are always ridiculously expensive! This was the most reasonably priced one however, and the pretty hardcover will look great in my collection.

What I loved about this mystery was the completely different aspect of who ends up being the killer- you literally will never guess it! I haven't come acros
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-animals
With Charlie Harris being the interim library director he needs to get involved in a Library Association annual meeting, this year being help at Athena College.  His heart sinks though when he sees that one of the main speakers will be his nemesis from when they were training (Gavin Fong), but Charlie didn't expect to get into a physical fight with him! The problem is that 24 hours later Gavin is dramatically dead and people at the meeting are starting to look at Charlie rather askance, so Charl ...more
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the last Cat in the Stacks, Charlie is helping host a librarian's convention in Athena.

All hell breaks lose when the keynote speaker is poisoned at the podium... the day after he had a brawl with Charlie! However it soon becomes clear that it's not so much a case of who wanted to kill Gavin Fong, but who DIDN'T.

Another delightful novel loaded with fun.

Highly recommended.
Dawn Michelle
Well. I never saw THAT coming. This is one of the first times with this series that I had no idea who the killer was -OR- the why. How delightful!!!
Mark Baker
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, mystery
Athena College is playing host to the Southern Academic Libraries Association convention and Charlie Harris’s old grad school classmate Gavin Fong is giving the keynote address. Charlie doesn’t have fond memories of Gavin, and an encounter opening night proves that Gavin is still as arrogant as ever. But when Gavin collapses and dies in the middle of his speech, Charlie is surprised. Yes, Gavin was a jerk, but who hated him enough to kill him?

As always, this is a strong mystery, with conflict an
Lynne Tull
All I can say this is a 'really' cozy mystery. I like 'cozy's', like cats, and love the library. It was okay. I didn't start at the beginning of this series so I didn't have a lot of investment in the characters. I did get tired of patting the Maine Coon cat on the head. Don't think I'll get into this series. (note: not sure about the '12' angry librarians. I didn't count them and Charlie didn't count them for me.)
Katherine P
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, mystery-read
I don't really consider myself a cat person but I really want a cat like Diesel! I love his personality and how he interacts with Charlie. I really just want to snuggle him though I'm not sure how happy Diesel would be about that!

This series is a little unusual in that the main character is a man and at retirement age. He's a true Southern gentleman in the best possible of ways and of the kind you don't see much anymore. He's unfailingly polite, quick to open the door, pull out a chair or make
Darn it. I normally enjoy this series, but in this one, Charlie's indecisiveness about various things was just annoying.

Also, it loses a star for BAD EDITING: from being repetitive to glaring howlers like his friends Marisue and Randi say they're sharing a room in Chapter Eight, but when Charlie visits them in the book, but in Chapter Twenty-Seven they're suddenly in separate rooms
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a little bit too dry for me. I've read other fun mysteries with pets involved. Both the cat and the protagonist seemed to take more of a relaxed role. The cat was a conversation piece and the protagonist was very self deprecating about his ability to solve the mystery.
Apr 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another cozy mystery that makes for nice weekend read. Loved the setting of a Library conference & that most of characters were librarians. This mystery has a great twist on "who done it"
This was super funny to me -- all the nuances of the library world, conferences etc. Good mystery too!
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Miranda James, the pseudonym of Dean James, has just released book eight,  Twelve Angry Librarians, in the Cat in the Stacks series, about the life of a librarian at Athena College in Georgia. Charlie Harris, the acting director of the college's library, has a lot to deal with as the Southern Academic Library Association holds its annual conference at Athena College, and Charlie recognizes its keynote speaker as being a former library school classmate who was particularly unfriendly. Then Charli ...more
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-2018-may
Book #8. What is better a meeting full of librarians? A murder. Of course, it is sure to be solved with Charlie and Diesel on the case. 4 stars
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The worst part of this book was realizing that it was the very last of the wonderful "Cat in the Stacks" books by Miranda James that I hadn't read yet. I can already feel myself going into withdrawal. :(

Please write more books about Diesel and Charlie, Miranda. Quickly!!
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, library
Delightful and charming. Excellent narration. Looking forward to the entire series.
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, cozy-mysteries
Twelve Angry Librarians by Miranda James is the eighth A Cat in the Stacks Mystery novel. Charlie Harris in is the interim library director at Athena College in Athena, Mississippi. Charlie must prepare a short speech to welcome the librarians to the Southern Academic Library Association Annual Conference. Charlie is shocked when he finds out that the keynote speaker is Gavin Fong. Charlie went to graduate school with Gavin over twenty-five years ago. There was an altercation between the two men ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlie Harris, the acting director of the library at Athena College in Mississippi, is about to find his life getting much more interesting as his school is hosting the annual Southern Academic Libraries Association. He is not particularly excited about the fact that he will have to help deliver the welcome speech to the conference goers. While preparing for that and the rest of the conference he notices that the keynote address was going to be give by Gavin Fong. This is not something that mak ...more
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

This series has been on my TBR pile for quite a while, but a couple of relatively recent events got me to finally pick it up. Last year I updated an “Author Read Alike” article for Novelist about the late Lilian Jackson Braun and her Cat Who mysteries. Miranda James’ Cat in the Stacks series came up as a strong read alike. A couple of months ago this particular title came up as I was interviewed for NetGalley’s Reader Spotlight feature. I was asked about bo
Mary Ann
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlie is working as the interim director for the University Library and it is the weekend of the Library Convention. He has to attend as the University is the Hosting Library and one of his employees (Lisa) has been working hard on the event. As he is looking over the list of things that are going to be happening, he sees the name of his nemesis from his days getting his Master Degree, Gavin Fong. The man has not gotten better with age, if nothing else, he is worse. He sends a threatening emai ...more
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