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

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Athena College's new writer in residence is native son and playwright Connor Lawton, known for his sharp writing-and sharper tongue. After an unpleasant encounter, librarian Charlie Harris heads home to a nice surprise: his daughter Laura is subbing for another Athena professor. Unfortunately her old flame Connor Lawton got her the job.

But before Connor finishes his newest play, he's murdered-and Laura is the prime suspect. Charlie and his faithful cat, Diesel, follow Connor's ...

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Overview

Athena College's new writer in residence is native son and playwright Connor Lawton, known for his sharp writing-and sharper tongue. After an unpleasant encounter, librarian Charlie Harris heads home to a nice surprise: his daughter Laura is subbing for another Athena professor. Unfortunately her old flame Connor Lawton got her the job.

But before Connor finishes his newest play, he's murdered-and Laura is the prime suspect. Charlie and his faithful cat, Diesel, follow Connor's cluttered trail to find the true killer before his daughter is forever catalogued under M...for murderer.

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Librarian Charlie's daughter is accused of murdering her old boyfriend, a famous playwright. Charlie and his detecting Maine coon cat settle in for serious research in James's third charming Southern cozy (after Classified as Murder).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425268452
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Series: Cat in the Stacks Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 132,202
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Miranda James is a pseudonym for Dean James, the Agatha Award-winning author of several works of mystery nonfiction as well as four mystery series including the New York Times bestselling Cat in the Stacks series.

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  • Posted January 10, 2012

    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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

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    Twist and turn, a killer revealed

    This third in the Cat in the Stacks mysteries is full of twists and turns. The characters are even more interesting this time around. The murder mystery twines in and around the story with the final revelation bursting open my conclusions.

    Definitely worth more than a single reading.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    this is another fascinating mystery in the ' cat in the stacks'

    this is another fascinating mystery in the ' cat in the stacks' books. charlie's daughter comes home to work at the local college, and in a turn of events is accused of murder. charlie and his eclectic band of roommates work to prove she is not guilty. i had a hard time putting this story down. interesting and mysterious... perfect.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Entertaining

    Charlie & Diesel at it again. Always too many secrets in small town America. The more Miranda James puts the human element in it the better.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2013

    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 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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Diesel doesn't talk (to other animals or his humans), doesn't do

    Diesel doesn't talk (to other animals or his humans), doesn't do mysterious stunts; he's simply a big lovable cat. His human family are fun to read about as they try to solve mysteries with Diesel providing emotional encouragement.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    a charming read

    What a happy surprise for Charlie as his daughter, Laura, arrives for a visit that includes teaching at the local college. Laura’s visit is later marred when her ex-boyfriend is found dead and her life is threatened. This was a good read and I love the pace of this well-written story. I adore the relationship that Charlie has with his family and friends in this character-driven tale. I look forward to the next book in this enjoyably charming series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    check it out

    recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    Highly recommended -you must check it out

    Ever since I read the first book of this serie s, I look for more. I enjoy the relationship between
    man and his Maine Coon cat. In this book, I was introduced to his daughter and discovered his son was still with him as introduced in the second book. The relationship between siblings and parent is respectful and loving, unlike what is reflected in todays world. He does stumble onto some murders and has an unusual relationship with the top cop who is his housekeepers' daughter. I hope there is a fourth book out there as I look forward to the inter-relationships between the cat and dog and humans...reminds me of mine!

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    I love this series!! Is excellent murder mystery. I love the cat!!

    Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    The Original Pact Code

    A light gray tabby shecat pads in and announces, "The five clans, Horseclan, Ashclan, Sandclan, Northclan, and Rainclan have agreed to a pact that states that we will only rp with each other in accordance to the framework laid down by the Warrior Cat books. The Warrior Code established there will be the ground work for our new clans but we will also have our own pact code to try to make sure our clans are all on the same page. I will list our code here. <br>
    THE ORIGINAL PACT CODE: <br>
    1. THE WARRIOR CODE WILL BE UPHELD BY ALL. <br>
    2. WE WILL ONLY RP REALISTICALLY - Anything impossible in the books is impossible in the pact clans. Examples include: wings, shapeshifting, superpowers, animals other than cats talking or joining the pact clans... <br>
    3. WE WILL NOT RP WITH ANY NON-PACTED CLANS OR EVIL GROUPS - this includes Bloodclan. <br>
    4. A WEEK EQUALS THREE MOONS - one season. <br>
    5. GATHERINGS AND MEDICINE CAT MEETINGS ARE HELD ON ALTERNATE SUNDAYS AND ARE ALL DAY EVENTS - leaders should plan to either be on for gatherings or give permission to their deputy to represent the clan. Bring your Starclan cats to the moonpool for med. cat meetings! <br>
    6. DISPUTES FOR LEADERSHIP MUST BE SETTLED BETWEEN THE DISPUTORS - violence should be refrained from. Voting, visiting Starclan, or fighting all have their flaws so it is up to the disputors. <br>
    7. ONLY 5 CLANS, A TRIBE, AND A ROGUE GROUP ARE ALLOWED IN THE PACT CLAN SYSTEM - please keep in mind that if more pact clans are created it will destroy the pact clan goal, which is to provide a central place where people can come together to rp like the books. <br>
    This covers the basic of The Original Pact Code. Please do not post here. If you have any questions or disagreements, contact me in Horseclan's camp. Now I will also list some tips for realistic rp which I feel will help make this system the best it can be! <br>
    REALISTIC RP TIPS: <br>
    •Only medicine cats can heal! This is extremely important and I know medicine cats get annoyed when other cats do their job. It makes them feel unneed. There should be a max of 3 medicine cats in a clan and even this is excessive. <br>
    •Apprentices need to actually train! Even if your mentor isn't on, ask another warrior. Cats should be apprentices for at least a week. Otherwise it feels like an apprentice one moment, warrior the next. <br>
    •Kits should not attend gatherings, fight, or fall in love. They are KITS! <br>
    •Queens could realistically have kits without birthing problems at about a month old (1 year). <br>
    •Deputies should send out regular hunting and border patrols to keep warriors and apprentices engaged. <br>
    •Remember a clan is only as active as its leader! So leaders keep in mind if your clan is dying, it is only right that you pass on your leadership to someone else. <br>
    •Keep in mind what season it is. It is weird to chase a butterfly in leafbare. <br>
    •Just for people's convience, I have made the following timeline: <br>
    -Kit for two weeks. <br>
    -Apprentice for at least a week. <br>
    -Shecats can have a healthy pregnancy by 1 month. <br>
    -Queen pregnancy 4 days to a week. <br>
    Please keep all of this in mind! All important pact clan information is located in the "cat in the stacks" results and all important pact clan locations are located at the "discover cats" results. Thank you for reading! Together we can make this a fun realistic rp for everyone! ~ Lilywolf, Original Pact Clan Organizer

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Enjoyable read

    Good cozy mystery

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    I love mysteries with cats and books so that makes this a pretty

    I love mysteries with cats and books so that makes this a pretty good read in the first place. Miranda James brings all of the family together this time which was a nice change. I mean the human family of course; not the feline one. Diesel is still the &quot;aplha cat&quot;. However, he sure was &quot;uncomfortable&quot; and had to be petted on the head a lot. Almost began to seem like filler. Maybe that's why I felt like this was sort of a slow read. I was looking for the next book before I finished the last page though (won't be out until January 2013) so it had to have been a pretty good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Classified as murder

    I accidently read the secind book first but... i LOVED IT! I totally want the others and im only ten!

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

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    Charlie Harris is back to work and meeting interesting people at

    Charlie Harris is back to work and meeting interesting people at the library enter Connor Lawton a pain in the rear playwright. Charlie also discovers his lovely daughter Laura is home to teach a semester at Athena College. When not long into her teaching career she finds Connor dead and herself the prime suspect, and the hidden secret to what is going on all sitting on a thumb drive. Will Charlie solve it in time or will his house go up in smoke.

    With everything from attacks on Laura Harris to letter bombs and attempted fires on the Harris household it&rsquo;s up to the Harris Kid&rsquo;s and boarders Stewart and Justin along with Dante, Diesel and Charlie to find out who&rsquo;s out to get the Harris&rsquo;s. I enjoyed this so much. Seeing Charlie with a new relationship starting and getting to see how the kids interact with their father and how they all show love to Dante and Diesel. A great cozy mystery I have fallen in love with. I especially love reading about Athena!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    Love Diesel

    Diesel does not solve mysteries but he is essential to his master and family. Quite charming mysteries.

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    Posted October 9, 2012

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    Posted March 28, 2014

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