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Careless Whiskers

(Cat in the Stacks #12)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  334 ratings  ·  74 reviews
When librarian Charlie Harris' daughter is falsely accused of murder, he and his faithful feline Diesel must leap forward to crack the case in this all-new installment in the New York Times bestselling series.

Charlie Harris has sworn off investigating murder and mayhem after a recent close call. Instead, he's delighted to cheer on his daughter, Laura, who's starring in a
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Hardcover, 289 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Berkley Books
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James
Careless Whiskers is the 12th book in the Cat in the Stacks cozy mystery series written by Miranda James. I've previously read all of these books plus another full series in the author's canon. It is one of my favorite series, and I'm thrilled to share my thoughts on this latest one. The series revolves around librarian Charlie Harris, who lives in Athena, Mississippi and has two grown children. He's dating a woman who runs a bistro in town, and he works on a college campus. Between his cat ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Miranda James has done it again with this charming cozy series with a cat and librarian as main characters. I read this on a chilly, cloudy day, perfect for a cozy mystery. While I love Charlie, Diesel is at the center for me. I just love how James writes his character. It’s nice to take a break from thrillers and read a mystery every once in a while.

Thank you to the publisher for the complimentary copy.
Mark Baker
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2020
This spring, Athena College’s theater department is debuting a new play from a local playwright. Charlie Harris is looking forward to it since his daughter, Laura, is going to star in it, and her husband, Frank, is the director. While most of the cast and crew are college students, the college is bringing in a big name for Laura’s co-lead – Luke Lombardi. Unfortunately, he is arrogant, rude, and demanding. And those are his good qualities. Soon he is irritating many people in town. He is also ...more
Kristina
Careless Whiskers by Miranda James is the twelfth A Cat in the Stacks Mystery. It can be read as a standalone courtesy of the background information provided by the author. Charlie Harris and Diesel are back along with the adorable Ramses. Charlie has sworn off investigating after a close call, but, when his daughter is in the line of fire, he must dive in once again. Luke Lombardi is the guest actor for the performance of Careless Whispers written by a local playwright using the name Finn ...more
LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Charlie Harris is enjoying his life and is excited that his daughter, Laura, has a starring role in a local play at Athena College. Careless Whispers is a new play written by a young man with a local connection, Finn Zwake. Laura’s husband, Frank is directing the play. The college has brought in an actor of some fame to boost sales for the event. Laura has worked with Luke Lombardi before and she is not looking forward to playing opposite him in this play. He along with his
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Beth
Careless Whiskers is exactly what I expect from a Cat in the Stacks book and still I’m delighted every time! It was packed full of a smart and well-developed plot.

The characters just won’t quit and personalities that make you want to call them friends. They have no problem showing love, morals, protectiveness and a trust in each other that binds, me, the reader to their plight.

And, if that wasn’t enough, Miranda James just writes great mysteries. Mysteries that glue you to the pages and supply
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Christa
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Careless Whiskers is another great Cat in the Stacks book. This series is great because of Diesel, the Main Coon cat. He is a fantastic character. I didn't feel like he was as prominent in this book as some of the others, but he was still there enough to add charm to the story.

In this installment, a costar in a play Laura is in is murdered after they've had some rather nasty run-ins. Charlie has to figure out the identity of the murder before someone he loves is either arrested or targeted by
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Christine
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charlie Harris has sworn off investigating crimes after his last and dangerous encounter. But in Careless Whiskers by Miranda James, he soon lapses especially when his daughter Laura is involved. An egotistical, not very good actor has been hired to star in a play Laura is acting in and her husband is directing. When small incidents turn into a big one, Charlie can't help but get involved.
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This was the 12th book in this series! I haven't read them all but quite a few! I loved this one so much! A great mystery that I enjoyed as a stand alone even though it's in a series! Thank you Berkley Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review! Can't wait to read the next book!
Marlene
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

I’ve generally enjoyed the whole Cat in the Stacks series, starting with Murder Past Due. And I’ve always felt that the amateur detective around whom this series is based, Charlie Harris, is very much, “one of us” librarians. Which seems totally right, because his creator is also a real-life librarian.

So it seemed particularly appropriate to pick up Careless Whiskers while I was attending the recent American Library Association Midwinter Conference in
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Jaymie
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
[I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

I always enjoy time with Charlie and Diesel and the rest of the characters in this fun series! There was a slow build to the mystery this time - I don't think the murder happened until I was 40% or so into the story. The motives for the suspects weren't ultra strong, either, so Charlie had to really dig for nuances. There are - as always - some great animal moments in the
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Daniele
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Charlie and Diesel solve an interesting case with steady pace and challenging puzzle to solve.
Kimberly
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you @netgalley for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Careless Whiskers is book 12 in the Cat in the Stacks cozy mystery series. Release date is set for 1.21.20.

Charlie is definitely not going to sit by quietly when his daughter becomes involved in a suspicious death. Laura and her husband are hard at work on directing and staring in a play. When a well known, pompous, actor joins the cast as a lead role, you know drama will surely follow. Pranks begin occurring on set
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Lesa
Miranda James marks the twelfth book in the Cat in the Stacks series, Careless Whiskers, by bringing in all the beloved characters, including the Ducote sisters, while staging an entire play. A librarian, cats, theater, some humor, and a murder. What more could a cozy mystery reader want?

When Laura Harris, librarian Charlie Harris' daughter, throws a tantrum, she scares Diesel, his Maine Coon cat. Charlie realizes she has a reason to be upset. The star who was to be her leading man in Athena
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Susan Obryan
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Maine coon cat and its inquisitive owner take center stage in “Careless Whiskers,” the latest novel by Miranda James. It is the 12th installment in the New York Times best-selling author’s “Cat in the Stacks” series.

Miranda James is the pseudonym of Dean James, a seventh-generation Mississippian who recently returned to his home state after 30 years in Texas, according to his website (catinthstacks.com). Whether writing under the pen name or his own, Dean James has fans eager for mystery and
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Rebecca
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another really fun and enjoyable mystery in the Cat in the Stacks series. This is another great example of a typical cozy mystery. Charlie Harris is such a lovely amateur sleuth to follow. He's smart and loving and will do anythingfor his family. Including insert himself into the murder investigation when he fears for his daughter's safety. His Maine Coon cat Diesel is a wonderful sidekick and makes me wish I had a furry friend that I could take everywhere with me and who had good sense of ...more
TC
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are many reasons I really like this cozy series. Set in a small university town, the “regulars” remain part of each book but the ever changing university atmosphere introduces us to different groups within the university. This time the action centers on the theater department. While sleuth Charlie Harris is occasionally called Jessica Fletcher, I enjoy that the cozy sleuth in this series is a man with a Maine Coon cat named Diesel. I also like the Old South, small town setting of the ...more
Debra
As much as I love my dog, Diesel cat would make a great addition to the household.(or even a Ramses cat) Or to my library.

The Cat in the Stacks cozy mysteries make wonderful entertainment to animal loving librarians. Careless Whispers is no exception.

This installment adds college theater to Charlie's life.

Erin Bennett did a nice job if narrating the audiobook.
Lady Galaxy
I always enjoy a visit with Charley and Diesel and the Ducote sisters, but this book just didn't quite come together for me. There were a couple of weird continuity errors in this book, almost as if the author rushed to finish it and changed or for forgot details she(he) had previously mentioned. The mystery itself was fairly obvious. The motive seemed to come out of left field.
Homerun2
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
3.5 stars

Another appealing adventure with Charlie, the mostly retired librarian and his Maine Coon cat Diesel. Fans of the series know these are mostly light-hearted adventures with a familiar supporting cast: Charlie's lodgers, his grown son and daughter and families, his lady friend Helen, his work friend Melba, and his housekeeper Azalea and her daughter Kanesha (who happens to be the chief of police).

In this outing, Charlie's actress daughter Laura is starring in a local play. The leading
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Patricia Tucker
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m never disappointed with Cat in the Stacks mysteries! Love this series.
Laura Chase
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I love this series of books. Love the main/ reoccurring characters both human and feline. However this novel seemed to be forced and the secondary characters not as "true to life" as the others
Marci
If you like your cozies with a cast of eccentric characters in a charming small Southern town, than the Cat in the Stacks series is for you. This latest mystery focuses on a a college production of an unknown playwright. The lead actor, Luke is brought in from NYC, and he is not a likeable guy. Trouble ensues for Charlie, his daughter Laura who is playing opposite Luke, and Charlie's son-in-law directing the play. Of course, Diesel must play an important role in the book. Thanks Netgalley for ...more
Jacque
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After Charlie’s recent dangerous encounter with a murderer, he has no intention of doing any investigating. But when his daughter is both close to being a victim and one of the suspects, nothing is going to stop Charlie from finding the murderer. His involvement is more low-key, but the characters (human and feline) are as charming as ever. The mystery revolves around a play his son-in-law is directing and his daughter is starring in, being produced at the local college. The lead actor dies on ...more
Krista
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
James delivers another charming installment of his long-running Cat in the Stacks series. This time the unfortunate victim is a semi-famous actor coming to grace Charlie Harris’s small town with his presence on stage for the debut of a new play. The best part of long series is spending time with characters one has known for several years, and this series is no exception. A truly cozy mystery, this is a sure bet for fans of Berkeley’s other cozy offerings.

Netgalley provided me with an arc in
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Pam Walker
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series and have read all the previous ones. When I had a chance to get an ARC from NetGalley, I jumped at the chance and was not disappointed. The main characters, as well as the secondary characters, continue to be developed with a surprise happy ending.

Charlie is delighted to cheer on his daughter, Laura, who's starring in a production of Careless Whispers in the theater department at Athena College. The play written by a fledgling playwright with local connections and Charlie's
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Brenda
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm glad that Charlie isn't focusing too much on Diesel and is able to leave him alone now. I do like the characters. I thought Laura came off a little rude at times. I liked the mystery and it did keep me guessing until the end. I look forward to the next book in this series!
Anna Fox
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great read for a Charlie and Diesel adventure. The characters are interesting and people you'd like to know. This is book 12 in a series and seems like it would be fine as a stand alone as the author doesn't refer too much to prior happening. That being said, it is a fantastic series and is well worth getting the previous books and reading in order. .

Thank you to the publisher, the author and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review. - Please keep these books coming! Just
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Katie
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy
I enjoyed this cozy mystery. If you like cozies, I would recommend this series. The main characters are people you'd like to call friends, especially Charlie. They are genuinely nice, caring people who love one another. It's a relaxing and soothing read.

The mystery itself was quite well plotted and planned.

I will look for more in this series as I haven't read them but found this one fine as a stand alone.

I'd like to thank the publisher for an advance copy. It's great to be able to honestly
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Jean Utley
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is nothing like family and Charlie Harris and his daughter find themselves plunged into another mystery on the Athena college campus. Their sleuthing at the production of a new play bring all the characters together again, including Diesel, Charlie's Maine Coon Cat. Lots of fun and a surprise ending.
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