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

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

4.4 47
by Miranda James
 

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Aging eccentric James Delacorte asks Charlie the librarian to do an inventory of his rare book collection-but the job goes from tedious to terrifying when James turns up dead. Relying on his cat Diesel to paw around for clues, Charlie has to catch the killer before another victim checks out.

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Aging eccentric James Delacorte asks Charlie the librarian to do an inventory of his rare book collection-but the job goes from tedious to terrifying when James turns up dead. Relying on his cat Diesel to paw around for clues, Charlie has to catch the killer before another victim checks out.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Bringing local color to life, this second entry in the series (Murder Past Due) featuring librarian Charlie Harris and his cat, Diesel, is a gentle, closed-room drama set in Mississippi. Charlie is hired by James Delacorte to inventory his rare books collection with the understanding that the local college will eventually inherit it. But almost immediately, James is poisoned, and Charlie is suddenly in the midst of solving the murder. Charlie has to deal with James's eccentric family while he's perplexed by the return home of his own adult son, lawyer Sean. And what to make of yet another cat detective? Well, Diesel, a huge Maine coon, is no ordinary cat. VERDICT You just never know who you're going to meet on the reference desk, do you? A slow start, but James picks up the pace and the humor as Sean's character thaws. Ideal for Christie fans who enjoy a good puzzle.

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:
55,974
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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Classified as Murder (Cat in the Stacks Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 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.
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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Loved the pets and Charlie is an interesting investigator
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Diesel and Dante were a lot of fun. The story line was good but a tad slow....
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akwoman86 More than 1 year ago
While Diesel isn't as wiley as Joe Grey these are still entertaining stories.
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Great who done it. I'm still reading the book and I can not wait to finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Addicting. I read the first book and now I can not get enough. Great characters. Absolutely love Diesel, the cat! Kept me wondering until the end.
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DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
Charlie Harris and his beloved Maine Coon Cat Diesel are up to the stacks in murder when a local resident is found poisoned in his library full of rare collection books. It’s up to Charlie and Diesel to sniff out the murderer. Also along for the ride is Charlie’s son Sean. Early on all we know is Sean quit his job and is living with his father. He doesn’t speak about what happened in Texas and Charlie is cautious not to push it too hard. The family Charlie is investigating via the Chief Deputy Barry’s request is the most eccentric family, everything from women dressed as Scarlett O’Hara to conniving ones that are the rudest Charlie has encountered. She has him working on the collection of rare books and collecting silent information he may over hear along with his son Sean and Sean’s pet Dante a french poodle. Charlie also learns he is excutor to the will of the late Mr. James Delacorte which surprises Charlie not to mention the fact of where the rare books go once they are cataloged The Athena College, which end up in Charlie’s lap twice as he is the person in charge at the college of rare books. I love going back to this author and visiting with Charlie, Diesel and all their friends. Especially love reading about the Maine Coon cat as I have never met one but they sound adorable.
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