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Careless Whiskers

(Cat in the Stacks #12)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,200 ratings  ·  181 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
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Berkley Books
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Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 Dies ...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: 2020, mystery
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 th ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Careless Whiskers (Cat in the Stacks #12) by Miranda James.

This latest addition to the Cat in the Stacks series exemplifies my cheerful return in reading this book. Miranda James' (Dean James) technique has delighted readers with Charlie Harris and Deisel in each mystery. I, being chief among them. The pattern may appear to be repetitious at the start but the manner of approach is unique as one reads on. The characters play an important role in solving this whodunnit and are a most welcome part
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 Zwake ...more
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 en
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
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 forgot details she(he) had previously mentioned. The mystery itself was fairly obvious. The motive seemed to come out of left field. ...more
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Charlie's daughter, Laura, and her husband, Frank, are staging a play called Careless Whispers for the Athena University, and have hired a Broadway actor to play the lead. Luke Lombardi is a pompous idiot and has a two person entourage, a male dresser and his ex-wife, now Luke's girlfriend. Charlie meets him at the reception upon his arrival and dislikes him immediately.

During rehearsals for the play, tricks are played on Luke, the worst being the addition of hot peppers into a drink he swiftly
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 t
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. ...more
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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! ...more
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies
A great new adventure for Charlie and Diesel. A murder in front of a theater full of witnesses.. Too many people to consider.. Who is the real author of the play. That and many other issues will hold you enthralled till the very end..
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 Phila
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
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Charlie once again is involved in solving a murder, and this time it's personal. He refuses to believe his daughter Laura had anything to do with the death of her fellow actor, but he needs the key to solving the case. With people in disguise, lies and intrigue, will he an d Diesel ever catch the real culprit and clear Laura's name?

I love how these books are evolving, so that the characters change and their life circumstances do too. Charlie isn't just a father now, he has two grandchildren to t
Susan Moxley
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A book filled with lots of twists and turns while trying to figure out who the murder is.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was my least favorite of the 12 books in the series. I don’t know if it was too much theater and not enough home life/library but it just wasn’t as good as the first 11.
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.
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another intriguing mystery with Charlie Harris, his cat Diesel and all the other characters in Athena, MS. As is often true, one can pick out the candidate for murder fairly easily. In fact, as a reader I feel a bit guilty as I wait to see who will knock the so and so off and quickly too!

Usually mystery writers choose sympathetic victims--not Miranda James. As usual, Charlie Harris who ought to be concentrating on his job archiving books at the college, gets caught up in the mystery surrounding
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I may have enjoyed this book better if I had read it rather than listened to it. Although the main character is male, the narrator on this audio version is female and that kept throwing me a curve with the character. This is my first book in this mystery series and I probably won't be seeking out others. I always loved Lillian Jackson Braun's "The Cat Wh0..." series. The two cats in those books were part of the process of solving the crime. The cats in Ms James book are treated more like a dogs. ...more
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
Lena H.
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I know this book is brand new but I swear I’ve read it before. I’m thinking there’s some other cozy out there somewhere that’s the exact same story. Nevertheless it was pretty good.
Diana Petty-stone
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Diesel the main coon cat is on the case!
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 Col
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 anything for 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
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cozy, cats
Charlie’s enjoyment of the college play that his daughter Laura is starring in is ruined when a fellow cast member is murdered. Not only could Laura have been killed, too, she becomes a suspect in the murder. Now Charlie must clear her and find the real killer. Unfortunately, the list of people who disliked the murdered actor is not a short one: he was uniformly disliked, even hated, for his arrogant personality. There are many twists along the way, and things get rather complicated before the f ...more
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
There isn't too much of a role in this for the owners of the whiskers--namely Maine Coon cat Diesel and his housemate, the little orange cat named Ramses, who share a house with librarian Charlie Harris and his two lodgers. There isn't even too much for Charlie to do when an actor dies in a performance of an exciting new play called "Careless Whispers," as the police have the matter well in hand. But since his daughter was on stage at the time and is both a potential suspect (she disliked the ar ...more
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 serie ...more
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.
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