Everyone in Athena, Mississippi, knows Charlie Harris, the librarian with a rescued Maine coon cat named Diesel. He's returned to his hometown to immerse himself in books, but when a feud erupts between the town's richest ladies, the writing on the wall spells murder.
The Ducote sisters are in a tiff with Vera Cassity over the location of this year's library fundraising gala, and Charlie would rather curl up in a corner than get into the fray. It seems everyone--even his housekeeper Azalea--has it in for Vera. And at the gala, she gives them good reason, with a public display of rancor aimed at anyone who gets in her way.
But those bitter words wind up being her last. When Charlie discovers Azalea standing over Vera's dead body, it's up to him--with a little help from Diesel--to clear Azalea's name, and catch a killer before his last chapter is finished.
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I've enjoyed these mysteries because I just happen to like the characters. For once, we have Charlie, a middle aged widower with adult children and a regular type job as the main character. I have become tired of the single women who always seem to inherit cute little stores from elderly relatives and then end up having a relationship with someone in the police force.. This format is getting old, so for me, this made the Cat in the Stacks books more interesting and as a cat lover, I enjoy the Maine Coon who follows Charlie everywhere he goes. There is nothing overly heavy about these books, but they are enjoyable to read.
I believe this is Miranda James (Dean James) best book in this series. The writing is superb and the plot moves along quickly with many surprises and twists. The characters are familiar and comforting, like your own friends and neighbors. The author has written these characters so well that you root for the good guys/girls and you want to smack the bad guys/girls with intense emotion and with enjoyment! Spending time with likeable and interesting characters is a joy! I loved this book! The author announced that the Ducote Sisters will have their own book series.....a spin off! So, now readers can look forward to another series by Miranda James to keep them entertained for many books to come! The Ducote Sisters may be my favorite new book characters in a long time. I will admit that I may be a bit biased; I know the real Ducote Sisters the characters were based on quite well.
As a cat lover, I enjoy reading Miranda James' novels about Charlie Harris in his 35 pound Maine coon cat, Diesel. Set in the fictional Mississippi town of Athena. As in all of the "Cat in the Stacks" mysteries, much of the action takes place in the library where Charlie Harris volunteers. "Out of Circulation," is the fourth book in the series. Central to the plot of "Out of Circulation," is the community's dislike of Vera Cassity, a wealthy, elderly member of "Friends of the Library" who takes great pride in supporting good causes (and being recognized for it). James succeeds in getting readers to despise Vera as much as do most of the book's characters, by portraying the woman as so entirely despicable that we are unable to imagine how anyone could like her.
As in all of these books, complexities of race, class, sexual orientation, and family life provide an interesting backdrop to the main action. Charlie's two adult children, a...
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