Classified as Murder (Cat in the Stacks Series #2)

Classified as Murder (Cat in the Stacks Series #2)

by Miranda James

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Librarian Charlie Harris and his cat Diesel must catalog a killer in this mystery in the New York Times bestselling Cat in the Stacks series.

Suspecting that someone is stealing from him, the aging and eccentric James Delacorte wants Charlie to do an inventory on his rare book collection. Soon after they begin, Delacorte is found dead at his desk, leaving Charlie with the bigger task of solving his murder.
Immediately Charlie is suspicious of Delacorte’s own family, and relies on the help of Diesel to paw around for clues. The cat and mouse game heats up after a highly valued copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tamerlane goes missing and a second murder occurs. Now Charlie and Diesel must solve the case before the killer strikes a third time—and hope curiosity doesn’t kill the cat...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425241578
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/03/2011
Series: Cat in the Stacks Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 57,263
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Miranda James is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries and the Southern Ladies Mysteries.

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Classified as Murder (Cat in the Stacks Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Fricka More than 1 year ago
Readers who enjoyed the first book in this series, Murder Past Due, which introduced Charlie Harris, retired librarian who is a volunteer at the Athena, Mississipi library, and who has adopted a talkative Maine Coon Cat by the name of Diesel, and their sleuthing adventures, will also find this book engaging as well. Charlie has his hands full this time, with his son Sean abruptly showing up at Charlie's, but remaining tight-lipped about why he's suddenly decided to take a hiatus from his job in Houston, and an eccentric library patron asking him to take on the daunting task of cataloging a rare books collection,with the patron, Mr. Delacorte, certain that valuable books have been stolen. Charlie is chagrined when his son and cook, Azalea, both indicate misgivings about dealing with members of the Delacorte clan, and after he finds James Delacorte dead shortly afterwards, Charlie's head is swimming. There's also encounters with Kanesha, the Chief detective who was introduced in the first book, and a father/daughter legal team, the Pendergrasts, to complete a cast of interesting characters. Once again, Charlie's relationship with Diesel provides humor, as the plot takes twists and turns that keep the reader turning the pages until the satisfying conclusion. Cat lovers and those who enjoy well-written cozy mysteries will no doubt find this book an engaging read.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
I just have to say I LOVED THIS BOOK!! as much or more than the last. Miranda says the Delacorte family "eccentric", I call that an understatement, a few could come right out the same line as members of the Addams Family as they were "creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky". Their butler really started to remind me of Lurch. These characters were spectacular!! The author also hits your heart with the relationship of Charlie and his son. I too love the way Diesel relates to Dante, the dog entering his feline domicile, but the way this cat reacts to other people and situations, using his cat sense, I wouldn't have expected any less. This cat is truly special in many ways. The book was a pure joy to read, extremely entertaining and filled with intrigue. This reviewer proclaims it the "purrfect" book to "escape into" as soon as possible. You will be "chirping" about this series to all your friends. 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."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable book.
lovetoread001 More than 1 year ago
For anyone that loves cats and light hearted mysteries, this is a great series. I could not put it down, read this when you don't have to stop to go to work or do laundry. I have read 3 from this series and want to start #4.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good cozy mystery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great new series. If you love cats you will love these books.
Mortycat More than 1 year ago
and have throughly enjoyed the first two books. Light, fun and well written entertainment to wind down the day.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I couldn't put the book down once I started to read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I throughly enjoyed reading this story. Having Diesel in an understanding, intelligent and talkative Maine Coon character with a not so smart dog, Dante, as a friend added a sense of “down-home” that just made you feel all was going to work out in the end, regardless of the villain. Yes I shall spend more to be entertained by the antics and crime fighting techniques of Diesel. After all he is purrfect for the task at hand, or I should say paw! JTH
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked this book very much. Very descriptive lots of characters and a good story! Will be looking forward to reading more in this series(hint,hint) soon.
Laurahen More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this mystery. Likable charcters, good plot kept me guessing till the end. I liked how Charlie and Diesel interact.
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thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
James Delacorte hires librarian Charlie Harris to inventory his rare book collection because he believes members of his family are stealing from him. The work barely begins when Delacorte is found murdered at his own desk. Charlie's son Sean has left his job as an attorney in Texas and assists his dad with the inventory which Chief Deputy Kalesha insists that he complete. She also wants him in the house to make observations on the somewhat nutty family. Diesel the cat plays a big part in the book as well. The characters are endearing, and Athena is a charming town with a very good chief deputy. Time to add book three to my to be read list!
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Librarian Charlie Harris and cat Diesel have snagged a prime cataloging a private collection of rare books owned by James Delacorte, a local elderly gentleman. Unfortunately the assignment comes with having to deal with Delacorte and his nutty, possible homicidal, family. And Charlie's son, Joel, has come to stay, having quit his job in a law firm bringing all his bagage, physical and psychological, with him. When James Delacorte turns up dead in his private library, father, son and cat are on the case.I think I enjoyed this book more than the first. I love the characters and the town. These books feel like old style cozies, with a super observant amateur detective but Charlie is not annoying or interferring like some of the newer style cozy folks. I really enjoyed all the talk about the books in this one. Must be the librarian in me. I like the addition of Joel. I am looking forward to seeing father and son work together in the future.
bgknighton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A thoroughly enjoyable cozy of a mystery. No surprises here, but a nice set up for the rest of the series. A nice, light read.
LMHTWB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Cat in the Stacks Mystery Series is Classified as Murder. Once again, librarian Charlie Harris finds himself involved in a murder. This time, a wealthy man who hire Charlie to inventory his rare book collection is found dead of poisoning. The man's family -- an assorted lot of failures -- all are prime suspects.Compared to the first book in the series, the characters are much more complete and interesting. Charlie's son, Sean, who has moved in with Dad, adds a lot to the story and helps make Charlie more believable. And the characters that make up the victims family -- wonderfully screwed up! Again the deputy is great. The plot moved a long well and the ending was a surprise.I have two complaints about the book. First, much of the story is told with dialog which naturally leads to short paragraphs. But then all the descriptive paragraphs in between are also very short. In some areas, longer more descriptive passages would make the story a more balance read. Second, Diesel, while there, needs a bit more involvement in the story. The introduction of Dante helped, but other than purring, putting on his harness, and going outside, Diesel didn't do much.Overall, this was much better than the first book and I'm glad I read it. Things could improve but I will definitely read the next in the series.
VictorTrevor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Light reading in the "cozy" genre. One for the bibliomystery completist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series .
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Why Did I Wait So Long to Return to This Series? It’s been almost two years since I read the first book in the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries. I loved it, and I fully did intend to read Classified as Murder before now. (Although in my defense, I did read the two books in the spin off series.) I was very happy to return to revisit librarian Charlie Harris and his cat Diesel in this charming sequel. In addition to his work at the Athena College in the rare book room, Charlie also volunteers at the local public library. It’s through his work at the library that he’s come to know James Delacorte. They are on a friendly basis, but nothing more, which is why Charlie is a bit surprised when James asks for his help. It seems that James is a private collector who has amassed a huge collection of rare books. However, he thinks someone has stolen something from his collection, and he wants Charlie’s expertise to help find if something was stolen and what it is. As a result of this request, Charlie meets James’s family, an odd and greedy lot who seem to constantly be at each other’s throats. However, Charlie doesn’t expect to return from lunch on his first day to find James murdered. With a possible motive for the murder being a theft from James’s private library, Charlie has to keep on the job. Had someone stolen a rare book? It’s actually funny. In reading the authors two Southern Ladies Mysteries, I commented on how both felt like modern day Agatha Christie stories. In this book, Charlie himself, our narrator and a huge mystery fan, beat me to the punch. That comparison is definitely true and that’s not a bad thing at all. I will say the mystery started out a little slowly. We needed time to get Charlie involved with the Delacorte family and meet the possible suspects. There is also a sub-plot introduced involving Charlie’s grown son Sean, who has arrived unexpectedly for a visit. There is tension here, but not as much as I would have liked. That changes once the murder takes place. At this point, we are in for a great ride as Charlie starts looking for clues in addition to any missing books. The twists and red herrings kept me guessing until the killer was revealed at the end, and the climax was wonderful. The cast of characters is strong. We don’t have too many returning characters from the previous book, but that gives us more page time to get to know the suspects. They are all memorable characters, and that makes it much harder to figure out who done it. Charlie gets some great character development in this book, and I also liked seeing his relationship with the police grow here. While I was expecting the tension that developed once the murder happened, I wasn’t expecting the laughs. We got a couple of them over the course of the book, and some of that came from the antics of the animals. Charlie owns a Maine Coons cat named Diesel, and Sean shows up with his dog Dante. Both steal any scene they are in and will completely steal your heart. They did mine, and I’m not much of an animal person. My goal for this year is to read several books in this series, so I need to build on this great start. I’m expecting all of them to be as enjoyable as Classified as Murder.
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