The Silence of the Library (Cat in the Stacks Series #5)

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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 a celebrated author’s visit draws an unruly swarm of fanatic mystery buffs…and one devious killer.

It’s National Library Week, and the Athena Public Library is planning an exhibit to honor the centenary of famous novelist Electra Barnes Cartwright—creator of the beloved ...

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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 a celebrated author’s visit draws an unruly swarm of fanatic mystery buffs…and one devious killer.

It’s National Library Week, and the Athena Public Library is planning an exhibit to honor the centenary of famous novelist Electra Barnes Cartwright—creator of the beloved Veronica Thane series.

Charlie has a soft spot for Cartwright’s girl detective stories (not to mention an extensive collection of her books!). When the author agrees to make a rare public appearance, the news of her whereabouts goes viral overnight, and series devotees and book collectors converge on Athena.

After all, it’s rumored that Cartwright penned Veronica Thane stories that remain under wraps, and one rabid fan will stop at nothing—not even murder—to get hold of the rare books…

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Library Journal
02/01/2014
National Library Week festivities go haywire when the planned visit by a centenarian author of a well-known girl detective mystery series (think: Nancy Drew) is disrupted by fans. Mississippi academic librarian Charlie has to watch his back when murder strikes again. This is case number five for Charlie and Diesel, his Maine Coon cat (after Out of Circulation).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425257289
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Series: Cat in the Stacks Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 23,133
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (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 February 2, 2014

    As a person growing up in the era of all the detective book seri

    As a person growing up in the era of all the detective book series mentioned in the book, ex. Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Cherry Ames, etc.), I really enjoyed the book. Even though it was the fifth in the series of Cat in the Stacks Mysteries, it could be read and enjoyed as a stand alone. The story revolves around a library who is having a display of old mystery series. One of the writers is going to appear as a guest speaker but problems arise with finances and then of course a murder occurs. It was an enjoyable, entertaining read. I intend to read the first four books in the series and continue to follow Miranda James.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2014

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    A really good read - The Silence of the Library

    Reviewed by Kim
    for Read Your Writes Book Reviews

    This was my first Miranda James book and while this is the fifth book in the series, I wasn’t confused that much. There were some relationship issues that I didn’t understand, but overall it didn’t have any effect on reading and enjoying the book.

    Charlie Harris is a fifty something year old man living in his family home in Athena, Mississippi with his two adult children, a boarder, and his ever present, extremely large Maine Coon cat, Diesel. What’s interesting about these two is that Charlie takes Diesel everywhere he goes. Diesel is like a little person and gives the impression that he understands situations and talks to everyone.

    Told in first person, The Silence of the Library is a mystery inside of a mystery, with Charlie reading a mystery from his childhood. It’s National Library Week and Charlie and Teresa Farmer, the director of the Athena Public Library are planning to feature Electra Barnes Cartwright, the author of the Veronica Thane juvenile mystery series. While doing research, Teresa discovers Electra is still alive, living nearby and nearing the age of a hundred. With this discovery, Charlie is more than happy to accompany Teresa when she goes to meet the author.

    With everything set for the exhibit and word getting out that Electra is still alive and will appear at the library, things start to get a little strange and crazy. I loved that each chapter ended with me wanting to turn the page and continue reading. I was surprised as to who the murder victim was and why they were murdered. The whodunit kept me guessing up until the end and tied up nicely.

    Source: Author

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    As always with "A Cat in the Stacks Mystery" series, D

    As always with "A Cat in the Stacks Mystery" series, Diesel is once again wonderful and delightful. And Charlie Harris is involved in another mystery. I have to say when I first started reading this series I was a bit worried. I dont normally enjoy male main characters. So I was surprised when I came to love Charlie and the cast of characters in the town of Athena, MS. This has to be one of my favorites. With the added excerpts of  The Mystery  of Spellwood  Mansion thrown in, this book really flowed and intrigued. Five Stars for a truly delightful Cozy!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2014

    This is the second book of a cat in the stacks mystery series th

    This is the second book of a cat in the stacks mystery series that I have read. I whole-heartedly enjoyed this reading, as opposed to the first book of the series, Murder Past Due. Charlie Harris is a loving, gentle soul that comes across as blasé in the first novel. In this book, Charlie has a little more gumption and flair. The story highlights the syndicate of mystery series writers for children. The casual information about the authors of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys books has prompted me to revisit these early treasures. The old, forgotten, and quaint mystery writer, Electra Barnes Cartwright resembles the actual Mildred Wirt Benson, and gives the readers a glimpse into the life of earlier mystery writers. I enjoy the furor in the midst of an appearance by Electra and the hope of new manuscripts. I felt that Miranda James left a few loose strings such as the natural parents of Carrie Taylor. The information slips that Carrie is adopted and hints that this might be the cause of her death, but I guess this was just a red herring. I am pleased that I had the fortitude to attempt to read Miranda James after the first disappointment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    This was the first book I read in the Cat in the Stacks Mystery.

    This was the first book I read in the Cat in the Stacks Mystery. It was a little slow at the beginning, but I enjoyed it when I got further into the story. I don't think it is necessary to have read the earlier books in order to enjoy this one, but it would have helped me to know the characters better. Having an older central character was different from most of the cozy mysteries I've read in the past and gave the story a bit different tone. I liked Diesel, the cat. The outcome (who committed the murder), wasn't obvious from early in the story, which made the book more enjoyable. I think I would like to read the earlier books in this series and I will watch for more to come out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Highly recommend

    Love this series! Wonderful characters, good cozy mystery; can't wait for the next installment!

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  • Posted May 29, 2014

    I loved this book.  It is the first one I read in the series but

    I loved this book.  It is the first one I read in the series but I will definitely read the other books in this series!

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  • Posted May 29, 2014

    I really enjoyed this continuation of the Cat in the Stacks myst

    I really enjoyed this continuation of the Cat in the Stacks mysteries.  Charlie is a very likable character and Diesel is just awesome.  Thanks for a great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2014

    This is a great installment in a great series. Charlie and Diese

    This is a great installment in a great series. Charlie and Diesel are wonderful characters, and the plot of this particular installment, involving the elderly author of a much-loved girl detective series just adds to the fun. Highly recommended for a fun, quick read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Good combo mystery cozy

    Cozy is usa classic english e.g small town and cast of characters plus a murder and coffee instead of a tea break. Like cats in story but having one in library is a no no though one in a book store is classic . its the food factor now that keeps them out who likes hair in a cup?

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

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    Read the complete series!

    Cat in the Stacks is a charming series that gets more interesting with each new book. The gentle librarian Charlie and his intelligent cat companion Diesel live in a quite Southern town with a variety of characters, each of them a bit like someone you may know. If you like to relax with a cozy mystery, then visit Athena, Mississippi and follow Charlie Harris as he unravels another crime. You won't want to leave Athena.

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

    Enjoyable Series

    This latest book in the Cat In The Stacks series is just as good as the earlier ones. The books are well written and characters well developed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Office one

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    A Triumph for Charlie and Diesel! Check it out!

    A great addition to the series. Charlie and his cat Diesel take on a problem involving a series writer, while trying to keep the library going. Lots of plot twists, and a very satisfying ending. The characters are believable, and at their best in this book. Highly Recommended!

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

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    Easy but good read.

    This is my 1st Miranda James novel and I would definitely read her again. I'm a mystery/detective buff anyway, so this was just up my alley. Only with that "cozy" effect. The characters were likable and realistic. And the story/plot was pretty good. I must say I was surprised at the ending. Nice to have a pleasant 1st time read. Always assures me of returning to her next publish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Highly recommended

    This is one of the best series for mystery fans, my friend and I share books and we both love this series. The charters are likeable and the stories are great. We have read all of the books in this series and look foreward to more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    That irrepressible librarian, Charlie Harris and his gentle gian

    That irrepressible librarian, Charlie Harris and his gentle giant of a Maine Coon Cat, Diesel are back in their fifth adventure. Pardon me if I say THE SILENCE OF THE LIBRARY is their best so far. The plot centers around a library exhibit centering on YA mysteries – most prominently the Veronica Thane series, of which Charlie himself is an avid fan. When it’s learned that the author who penned the tomes is still alive – and close to a hundred – Charlie and Theresa immediately engage her for a personal appearance. Suffice it to say when news of said author’s appearance goes viral, series devotees and collectors alike converge on Athena with one objective in mind – signed copies! And then there is the matter of the five additional, unpublished Veronica Thane manuscripts that someone will just KILL to get their hands on….

    Dean (Miranda) James once again gives us a pleasing blend of crime and charm. Particularly enjoyable for me, as a series book collector myself, were the many facts thrown in about actual series books such as Nancy Drew, Judy Bolton, the Stratemeyer Syndicate et al. Fans of the series will find this an interesting sidebar to a series that just keeps getting better and better with each successive volume. Five Paws! – ROCCO LOTEMPIO


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  • Posted February 13, 2014

    The cat in the stacks has become one of my favorite cozy mystery

    The cat in the stacks has become one of my favorite cozy mystery series.
    It's always great to spend sometime with Charlie, Diesel and the rest of the great cast in the series. Loved the story plot based around children's mystery books like Nancy Drew and Hardy boys. It made me think of some of the young children's books I read as a child, one of my favorites was The Boxcar Children series. The over all mystery was great, I loved how the mystery was revealed and solved at the end. Looking forward to book six in the series.

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

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    Everyone in Athena, Mississippi, knows Charlie Harris, the libra

    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 a celebrated author’s visit draws an unruly swarm of fanatic mystery buffs…and one devious killer.

    To celebrate National Library Week the Athena Public Library plans to feature amateur sleuths we loved as kids, Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and Veronica Thane. It was quite a surprise to find out the author of the Veronica Thane mysteries was about to celebrate her 100th birthday and was living very close to Athena. When the author agrees to make a special appearance at the library the news goes viral. Fans start to flock to town, many with copies of her books to sign and a few with hundreds, some of them very rare editions. There is even a rumor that there are several stories still unpublished. How far would a fan go to get their hands on these manuscripts? Would they commit murder??

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    I absolutely love this series! Diesel stole my heart the first time I saw him on the cover of the first book. I also appreciate a story with a male protagonist. Charlie is a true gentleman with very clever insight and a different perspective than the cozy readers are used to. His relationship with Diesel just warms my heart. I can easily see them walking down the streets of Athena, Diesel in his halter and Charlie stopping to visit with everyone he meets. Diesel is very intuitive himself. He senses when people need a little chin bob or just a paw on their knee. He also understands the words “treat” and “chicken” very clearly.

    James outdid herself in this book because she wrote not just one story but two. She created a new young sleuth named Veronica Thane and wrote a mystery for her. It is the story Charlie is reading as the library will be featuring the author. The book was one his favorite childhood mysteries. As Charlie reads it leads him to think about the current crime trying to be solved in Athena. It helps all the pieces of the puzzle come together.

    The author has written a wonderful story with true to life characters including a very special feline. It makes me really miss my feline companion that looks and acts a lot like Diesel. He is now living with my son and it my granddaughter’s buddy. There are plenty of plot twists and secrets revealed. Charlie works hard to keep Chief Deputy Kanesha Berry apprised of each new development he uncovers because he knows what will happen if he doesn’t. Charlie, Diesel and Kanesha make an excellent investigative team. She is not a lady to mess with.

    The book is dedicated to those authors like Mildred Wirt Benson, Margaret Sutton, and Julie Campbell Tatham who wrote the first mysteries most of us read. I had a bookshelf full of them way back when. James plans to have The Mystery at Spellwood Mansion, in its entirety up on the website soon.

    Another fun and entertaining read from this author. A perfect way to take a step back in time to the “girl detective” stories of our past. You may be ready to reread a few Nancy Drew or Judy Bolton mysteries when you finish this one.

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  • Posted February 12, 2014

    another wonderful story with charlie and diesel, his maine coon

    another wonderful story with charlie and diesel, his maine coon cat. a display of children's books is planed for the library, and suddenly discovered is one of the authors living nearby. arrangements are made for her to appear during the display. E.B. cartwright agrees tp appear but then things go kinda wonky.teresa, a worker at the library, makes a comment that puts danger in motion. she is found murdered, and charlie starts to sleuth. thhis is a book inside a book. mrs cartwright's story, 'the mystery at spellwood mansion" is being reread by charlie. this is a story with many twists and turns, and the characters are very interesting and lovable. it's a pleasure to see a middle-aged man in a cozy mystery, and having a romance. charlie will grab your attentionand not let go, also diesel will capture your heart. i love this series, and can hardly wait for charlie and diesel to return in the next story!!!

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