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Twelve Angry Librarians (Cat in the Stacks Series #8)

Twelve Angry Librarians (Cat in the Stacks Series #8)

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by Miranda James

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The New York Times bestselling author of No Cats Allowed and Arsenic and Old Books is back with more Southern charm and beguiling mystery as Charlie and Diesel must find a killer in a room full of librarians...
Light-hearted librarian Charlie Harris is known around his hometown of Athena, Mississippi, for walking his cat,


The New York Times bestselling author of No Cats Allowed and Arsenic and Old Books is back with more Southern charm and beguiling mystery as Charlie and Diesel must find a killer in a room full of librarians...
Light-hearted librarian Charlie Harris is known around his hometown of Athena, Mississippi, for walking his cat, a rescued Maine Coon named Diesel. But he may soon be taken for a walk himself—in handcuffs...
Charlie is stressed out. The Southern Academic Libraries Association is holding this year’s annual meeting at Athena College. Since Charlie is the interim library director, he must deliver the welcome speech to all the visiting librarians. And as if that weren’t bad enough, the keynote address will be delivered by Charlie’s old nemesis from library school.
It’s been thirty years since Charlie has seen Gavin Fong, and he’s still an insufferable know-it-all capable of getting under everyone’s skin. In his keynote, Gavin puts forth a most unpopular opinion: that degreed librarians will be obsolete in the academic libraries of the future. So when Gavin drops dead, no one seems too upset...
But Charlie, who was seen having a heated argument with Gavin the day before, has jumped to the top of the suspect list. Now Charlie and Diesel must check out every clue to refine their search for the real killer among them before the next book Charlie reads comes from a prison library...

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Publishers Weekly
James’s engaging eighth Cat in the Stacks mystery (after 2016’s No Cats Allowed) finds affable Charlie Harris, the interim director of the Athena College library in Athena, Miss., looking forward to chairing a discussion panel and giving a short opening speech at the Southern Academic Library Association’s conference that his college is hosting. A glance at the list of attendees turns up the names of old friends from his days at library school, but it also reveals someone else from Charlie’s past: Gavin Fong, one of the most despised men in the SALA. Even the usually mild-mannered Charlie ends up taking a swing at Fong, who has made it clear that he’s after the permanent job of library director at Athena College. When Fong is found dead, poisoned with a bottle of water from his private stock, Charlie steps up to investigate, accompanied by his leash-trained Maine Coon cat, Diesel. James (the pen name of Dean James), a Mississippi native, has a real knack for evoking a small Southern town with a strong sense of community. Agent: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary. (Feb.)
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Praise for the New York Times bestselling Cat in the Stacks Mysteries
“Courtly librarian Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, are an endearing detective duo. Warm, charming, and Southern as the tastiest grits.”—Carolyn Hart, New York Times bestselling author of the Death on Demand Mysteries
“Combines a kindhearted librarian hero, family secrets in a sleepy Southern town, and a gentle giant of a cat that will steal your heart.”—Lorna Barrett, New York Times bestselling author of the Booktown Mysteries
“Ideal for Christie fans who enjoy a good puzzle.”—Library Journal
“[A] pleasing blend of crime and charm.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“James just keeps getting better and better...It's an intelligent read, so well-written that I couldn't stop reading it. Every single time I turned out my light for the night, I found myself thinking about the story, flipping the light switch again and reading just ‘one more chapter.’”—MyShelf.com

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Cat in the Stacks Series , #8
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Miranda James is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries, including No Cats Allowed, Arsenic and Old Books, and The Silence of the Library, as well as the Southern Ladies Mysteries, including Digging Up the Dirt, Dead with the Wind, and Bless Her Dead Little Heart. James lives in Mississippi.

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Twelve Angry Librarians (Cat in the Stacks Series #8) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 5 days ago
Ii love this series. Kept me guessing also. Most of all i like the characters and am happy to have visited with them again.
Dollycas 2 days ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Seeing that kitty on the cover always makes me smile. I can’t believe this it the 8th Cat in the Stacks Mystery. This time we find Charlie running into some people he attended college with. Two he is very happy to see, one he wants to avoid. Knowing the one he wants to avoid is giving a keynote speech means they are going to meet face to face because Charlie’s library is hosting the event. The meeting does not go well but when the man drops dead during his address all eyes turn to Charlie as the prime suspect. Charlie quickly finds out there are several other librarians angry with Mr. Gavin Fong, he just needs to figure out which one permanently checked him out. This is one of my favorite series of all time. I reviewed the first book, Murder Past Due, back in 2010 and absolutely loved it. Each story continues to build on that first one and always draws me in at page 1. Miranda James writes us another excellent mystery this time. One I read all in one sitting. It was like curling up with some old friends. Charlie and his wonderful feline sidekick, Diesel, make a fantastic team and they work together so well in their “purr – suit” to find the guilty party. This time there are so many suspects it was fun to parry them down one by one and even circle back to a few that I had already written off. This Gavin Fong sure rubbed people the wrong way. Charlie also has some things happening in his private life as well. Some great things, some that will take some thought, and one that has him a little worried. Diesel is such a calming presence in his life and one I understand so well myself. This story is the epitome of what a cozy mystery is supposed to be with the exception that our amateur sleuth is a man, but a very lovable man. It is set in a small college town, we have a victim that has plenty of faults, and we are given a great mystery to solve. All the books in this series are outstanding. A Cat-ivating Cozy !! A Purr-fect Escape!! 5 Paws!!
LisaKsBooksReviews 6 days ago
Fans of Miranda James will not want to miss this excellent installment of the Cat in the Stacks Mystery series! While TWELVE ANGRY LIBRARIANS is the eighth book in this series, it is only the third I have read. With each new title I am becoming more emotionally involved with its characters. Author Miranda James has imbued them with qualities that make it hard to not enjoy them. I found the librarian convention featured in this story to be fascinating. I enjoyed reading the personalities of the different librarians, and indeed the one who is killed in the book, I’m sad to say, very much acted like one of the ones I have met (only mine is the female version). As the title suggests, there were plenty of suspects is this story. There were so many that couldn’t stand the murder victim at all. Our own Charlie didn’t like him from over three decades before. So, it was tricky trying to figure out the killer. I suspected right at first, but author James did a great job of throwing me off the scent and leading me astray. TWELVE ANGRY LIBRARIANS is written with the same consistent style and talent that has come to be expected of Miranda James. It’s this kind of writing that keeps us coming back for more.