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

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

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by Miranda James
     
 

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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

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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Library Journal
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).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101554364
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/31/2012
Series:
Cat in the Stacks Series , #3
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
23,523
File size:
439 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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File M for Murder 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Alwzreading More than 1 year ago
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.
Lucilly More than 1 year ago
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.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
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.
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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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jackiestone More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
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irishclaireKG More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good cozy mystery
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sopranoIN More than 1 year ago
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 "aplha cat". However, he sure was "uncomfortable" 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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I accidently read the secind book first but... i LOVED IT! I totally want the others and im only ten!
DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
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’s up to the Harris Kid’s and boarders Stewart and Justin along with Dante, Diesel and Charlie to find out who’s out to get the Harris’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!