Murder Past Due (Cat in the Stacks Series #1)

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Overview

There's a cat in the stacks...

...and he makes the purr-fect partner for a librarian-turned-sleuth.

Everyone in Athena, Mississippi, knows librarian Charlie Harris-and his Maine coon cat named Diesel that he walks on a leash. They also know his former classmate-turned-famous bestselling novelist, Godfrey Priest.

But someone in Athena took Godfrey off the bestseller lists- ...

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Overview

There's a cat in the stacks...

...and he makes the purr-fect partner for a librarian-turned-sleuth.

Everyone in Athena, Mississippi, knows librarian Charlie Harris-and his Maine coon cat named Diesel that he walks on a leash. They also know his former classmate-turned-famous bestselling novelist, Godfrey Priest.

But someone in Athena took Godfrey off the bestseller lists- permanently, and with extreme prejudice. Now, Charlie and Diesel must browse through the history section of the town's past to find a killer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425236031
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Series: Cat in the Stacks Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 80,559
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (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 July 29, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    A PURR-FECT MYSTERY!!

    A CAT IN THE STACKS MYSTERY
    RELEASE DATE AUGUST3, 2010
    BERKLEY PRIME CRIME

    This is a brand new series featuring Diesel, a Maine coon cat rescued by Charlie Harris, the kindly librarian, who takes Diesel almost everywhere he goes in a halter with a leash. Maine coon cats are huge, they can weigh as much as 25 pounds and it is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America, specifically native to the state of Maine, where it is the official State Cat. They are known for their intelligence and gentle personalities.

    Diesel and his owner reside in Athena, Mississippi where Charlie, who has recently lost his wife to cancer returns to his hometown to live in a home left to him by his aunt. He works in the Archive Department of the college library and Diesel is well known at the library but stays pretty close to Charlie. Charlie also rents out rooms in his home to college students just as his aunt did. Diesel has a unique trait, in that he knows when people around him need a paw, a head bump or a cuddle, and is especially close to Justin, a freshman at the college who is rooming with Charlie.

    Charlie is immersed in his work when he learns that famous author and former classmate, Godfrey Priest, is returning to Athena to promote his current book and take care of some personal business. Charlie remembers his classmate as an arrogant jerk would thought he was better than anyone else and there are quite a few people who agree with that assessment. His homecoming is very eventful, by lunch he had put one man in the hospital, turned some of the town's residents lives upside down, and by dinner he is found dead in his hotel room.

    Charlie finds himself pawing through all the information he can find to determine who killed a man not very many people liked, most of whom are his friends and co-workers. It is quite a "purr-plexing" mystery.

    I LOVED IT!!!!!

    This book had me from page one, I fell in love with this cat and the rest of the story very quickly. I was at a high school basketball tournament and couldn't put it down. Charlie and Diesel make a formidable detective team in their purr-suit of the truth. The characters are so well developed you become invested in their lives without any effort at all. This is a wonderful debut to what I know will be a paws down successful series.


    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Berkley Prime Crime, a division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


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    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2010

    Great new series!

    I love this new series! Charlie & Diesel are a perfect pair. Charlie is a 50 yr old widower who works in the archives of a college library & volunteers at the local public library. His Maine Coon Cat, Diesel, goes everywhere with him. Diesel's size and personality get him attention everywhere he goes. I also like how Diesel comforts anyone who needs it, especially Justin, Charlie's college-age boarder. Each of the characters was interesting in his/her own way---Azalea & Kanesha are two of my favorites.

    I can't wait for the next Cat In The Stacks Mystery to come out!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2010

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    Fun cozy mystery for cat & book lovers!

    This cozy mystery has an irresistibly attractive cover, and I'm happy to report that the story inside is just as good! I liked the characters, including the good-natured, compassionate librarian Charlie Harris, the delightful small-town Southern setting, the way all the supporting characters were so well portrayed, and the clever whodunit plot. Most of all, I loved Diesel, Charlie's friendly Maine coon cat, who loves attention, walks on a leash, and chirps and warbles rather than meowing. A fun read for anyone who loves mysteries, cats and books.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2013

    The book is told from the perspective of Charlie, who works with

    The book is told from the perspective of Charlie, who works with rare books at the local college. He inherited a house and always has a couple of college boarders living there. He is also the friend and provider for a wonderful Maine Coon cat named Diesel.

    I loved the way the author wrote about Diesel and how he has charmed most all of the town. Charlie takes him almost everywhere and it is fun to read about how Diesel interacts with others.

    I found the mystery that needed to be solved in this book to be very interesting. It is a murder and there are so many suspects because the person murdered really had a lot of enemies. I thought I had it figured out, but I didn’t. The author truly surprised me at the end when the murderer was arrested and even added another twist to the story that I didn’t anticipate.

    I am glad to have found out about this series. Murder Past Due was a fun read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2012

    Fun, sweet and an easy read

    This was my first "Diesel" the cat book and I liked the cat as well as the human characters. This isn't deep, but it is humorous (mostly at society which is on the mark to me) and has intelligent characters. that makes a fun mystery to me.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

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    do you like cats

    You will love Diesel. Makes me want a cat. Good writing and a plausible story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2013

    couldn't stop reading it

    Unfortunately I read # 3 of the series before I read # 1 and #2, suggest reading them in order, they make a log more sense. This is a great series; I wanted to see who did it, but did not want the book to end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Recoommended

    This is good reading if you enjoy books about cats and mystery, I'm
    a cat lover and mysteries are the favorite books on my shelf. I would read more of this author's books if they have the same ideas. Hope there will be more in this series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2011

    Great Book!

    I loved this book as I also have a big Maine Coon cat named Gibson. The book gave me info about him that I did not know. Thanks, Miranda! Keep them coming.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    I love reading cozy detective stories and this one was absolutel

    I love reading cozy detective stories and this one was absolutely great. Charlie and his cat, Diesel, are inseparable companions who end up solving a murder mystery along the way. Very fun read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    Great book series!

    They remind me of "The Cat Who" books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    New Series with a very special Library Cat

    Miranda James offers us a refreshing new series staring Charlie a college librarian and his maine coon cat Diesel. As an old school classmate arrives in town causing a stir, Diesel helps Charlie solve his murder. A fresh whiff of southern manners and the dust of old books sets the scene of new characters in this mystery.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Loved this book

    The read was fast, intriqing, and delightful. Cant wait to read more about Diesel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2010

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    fine regional amateur sleut

    College librarian architect Charlie Harris and his Maine coon cat Diesel live in Athena, Mississippi. Charlie walks the larger than normal sized cat on a leash as the feline is his friend and books are his only companions since his aunt died. However, recently Charlie has found he cares for his boarder Julian Wardlaw, a student at the school.

    A former classmate of Charlie arrives at his house. Charlie never liked arrogant Godfrey Priest, Athena's favorite son as a noted author of gore. Julie Wardlaw informs Godfrey that Julian is his son and the man who raised him is dying. Godfrey gets into a fight with Ezra who thinks of Julian as his son. Soon after their tussle that sent Ezra to the hospital, someone kills Godfrey. Charlie realizes everyone in town seemed to hate haughty Godfrey with several having strong motives, but he ponders who had the opportunity and the ultimate desire as he and Diesel try to help the police who want no help from him or his cat.

    Eighteen year old Justin finds the key that opens up Charlie's heart, which makes him feel again as they empathize with one another encouraged by Diesel. Great characterizations make for a fine regional amateur sleuth whodunit; as Charlie fears the cops are going after the wrong person in this entertaining small southern college town murder mystery.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Training hollow

    Crystalclan

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Would definitely recommend

    Very readable, characters are delightful and quirky, great read for a cold snowy winter day. Will probably read the whole series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Was a good quick read, kind of like an episode of "Murder S

    Was a good quick read, kind of like an episode of "Murder She Wrote". But I did enjoy it very much.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    Skip this one

    This story just failed to keep my interest. Also, I expected the cat to be somehow instrumental in solving the murder but he was simply a constant companion to the main character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Very entering read!

    For anyone who likes a mystery with a cat thrown in that adds humor to the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    A good read, intrigue and mystery yet lighthearted.

    A very enjoyable book. An easy read. Diesel is a real kick.

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