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File M for Murder (Cat in the Stacks Series #3)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

A fine, charming book to cozy up with.

If you love cats, you will love this third book in the Cat in the stacks Mystery series. A compelling mystery with a lovable cat thrown into the mix. What more could you ask for? I loved it.

posted by Lucilly on January 10, 2012

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Yikes.

Yikes. I picked this up because of the Humane Reading tag; I'm a huge cat (animal) lover, and this was an inexpensive little trifle to read in one evening. I finished--but b...
Yikes. I picked this up because of the Humane Reading tag; I'm a huge cat (animal) lover, and this was an inexpensive little trifle to read in one evening. I finished--but barely. While I have not read the other books in this series, it does not seem necessary to follow the wafer-thin plot or undeveloped characters. I have no intention of picking up the others. While I realize this is not supposed to be heavy literature, I was rather stunned that a publishing house like Penguin didn't use more editing on this. Characters are stereotyped and cardboard cut outs; the victim is obvious on the first page; the suspects pretty much scream "I am a suspect.' Charlie, the narrator, is apparently only 50--52 years old but comes across as 150. It is supposed to take place in a small Mississippi town so why do Charlie and his son often fall into British references like 'bloody this' and 'bloody that' or 'I say....' Then, sometimes in the next few lines, they'll revert to 'yal'll reckon' or some similar 'southern' dialect. Language and descriptions are incredibly repetitive. One that drove me especially crazy is Charlie using the phrase 'my daughter' over and over again when talking about Lauren, yes; his daughter--but good grief has the author never heard of a pronoun, sentence combining or revision? When a doctor is introduced 'the doc' seemingly becomes the person name--and it sounds almost ridiculous coming from the mouth of a narrator who has just used something British or quite frankly, old feeble lady-sounding. While I am one of the great animal, especially cat, fanatics, the descriptions of petting Diesel, putting Diesel into the harness, Diesel 'chirping' and other sounds--takes up pages and pages. Some of the places the characters take the cat--to a theatre??--seem off the wall even for someone like me. I LOVE the idea of Humane reading; I LOVE the idea of animals treated in beautifully compassionate and kind ways--so give the entire book to the cat and make him the narrator. It would be worlds better than his human counterparts.

posted by irishclaireKG on June 6, 2013

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

    If you like this series

    Although I'm fond of Charlie Harris and his enormous Maine coon cat, Diesel, this third book would have been better, in my opinion, if it had less petting of Diesel, and Diesel's warbling. Then it would have been an excellent long short story. The plot is good and the characters amusing.

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