Out of Circulation (Cat in the Stacks Series #4)

Out of Circulation (Cat in the Stacks Series #4)

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by Miranda James
     
 

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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…  See more details below

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Librarian Charlie Harris's hometown of Athena, MS, is steeped in the culture of the South, along with old family dramas. With the location of the library's fundraising gala quickly becoming a point of contention between the Ducote sisters and Vera Cassity, Charlie would rather be in the stacks than stuck in the middle. It seems that everyone has had conflicts with Vera, including Charlie's unflappable housekeeper, Azalea. But even though the gala becomes affected by Vera's mean-spirited words, no one expects them to be her last. When Azalea is found with Vera's body, Charlie knows he can't stop sleuthing (along with his cat Diesel) until her name is cleared. VERDICT For Charlie's fourth outing (after File M For Murder) the story delves deeper into the background of some secondary characters. The old southern charm recollects Rita Mae Brown's Sneaky Pie series (without the talking animals), while Charlie's investigative techniques may bring some of Agatha Christie's characters to mind.
Publishers Weekly
Humor and plenty of Southern charm buoy James’s fifth Cat in the Stacks mystery (after 2012’s File M for Murder). At the annual fundraising gala for the Friends of the Library, attended by the cream of Athena, Miss., society and held at the Ducote sisters’ stately antebellum mansion, someone does in Vera Cassity, the least popular belle of the ball. Enter widowed librarian Charlie Harris and Diesel, his Maine coon cat with an attitude. Was there a witness to the murder? Charlie’s maid, Azalea Berry, saw something, but she’s reluctant to say what. And since the sheriff considers Azalea a suspect, the maid’s deputy sheriff daughter, Kanesha, has been warned to stay off the case. Cozy fans will hope James (a pen name of Dean James) will keep Charlie and Diesel in action for years to come. Agent: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary Agency. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
"Humor and plenty of Southern charm buoy James's fifth Cat in the Stacks mystery." —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101619117
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/29/2013
Series:
Cat in the Stacks Series , #4
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
23,480
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Miranda James should soon be on everyone's list of favorite authors."—Leann Sweeney, author of the Cats in Trouble Mysteries

"[A] kind-hearted librarian hero...and a gentle giant of a cat that will steal your heart."—Lorna Barrett, New York Times bestselling author

"Courtly librarian Charlie Harris and his Maine coon cat, Diesel, are an endearing detective duo."—Carolyn Hart, author of the Bailey Ruth Mysteries

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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