Murder Past Due (Cat in the Stacks Series #1)

Murder Past Due (Cat in the Stacks Series #1)

by Miranda James

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ISBN-13: 9780425236031
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/03/2010
Series: Cat in the Stacks Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 59,050
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(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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Murder Past Due (Cat in the Stacks Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 117 reviews.
KJMSC More than 1 year ago
I love this new series! Charlie & Diesel are a perfect pair. Charlie is a 50 yr old widower who works in the archives of a college library & volunteers at the local public library. His Maine Coon Cat, Diesel, goes everywhere with him. Diesel's size and personality get him attention everywhere he goes. I also like how Diesel comforts anyone who needs it, especially Justin, Charlie's college-age boarder. Each of the characters was interesting in his/her own way---Azalea & Kanesha are two of my favorites. I can't wait for the next Cat In The Stacks Mystery to come out!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
A CAT IN THE STACKS MYSTERY RELEASE DATE AUGUST3, 2010 BERKLEY PRIME CRIME This is a brand new series featuring Diesel, a Maine coon cat rescued by Charlie Harris, the kindly librarian, who takes Diesel almost everywhere he goes in a halter with a leash. Maine coon cats are huge, they can weigh as much as 25 pounds and it is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America, specifically native to the state of Maine, where it is the official State Cat. They are known for their intelligence and gentle personalities. Diesel and his owner reside in Athena, Mississippi where Charlie, who has recently lost his wife to cancer returns to his hometown to live in a home left to him by his aunt. He works in the Archive Department of the college library and Diesel is well known at the library but stays pretty close to Charlie. Charlie also rents out rooms in his home to college students just as his aunt did. Diesel has a unique trait, in that he knows when people around him need a paw, a head bump or a cuddle, and is especially close to Justin, a freshman at the college who is rooming with Charlie. Charlie is immersed in his work when he learns that famous author and former classmate, Godfrey Priest, is returning to Athena to promote his current book and take care of some personal business. Charlie remembers his classmate as an arrogant jerk would thought he was better than anyone else and there are quite a few people who agree with that assessment. His homecoming is very eventful, by lunch he had put one man in the hospital, turned some of the town's residents lives upside down, and by dinner he is found dead in his hotel room. Charlie finds himself pawing through all the information he can find to determine who killed a man not very many people liked, most of whom are his friends and co-workers. It is quite a "purr-plexing" mystery. I LOVED IT!!!!! This book had me from page one, I fell in love with this cat and the rest of the story very quickly. I was at a high school basketball tournament and couldn't put it down. Charlie and Diesel make a formidable detective team in their purr-suit of the truth. The characters are so well developed you become invested in their lives without any effort at all. This is a wonderful debut to what I know will be a paws down successful series. 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." Some Thoughts
HappyreaderSB More than 1 year ago
This cozy mystery has an irresistibly attractive cover, and I'm happy to report that the story inside is just as good! I liked the characters, including the good-natured, compassionate librarian Charlie Harris, the delightful small-town Southern setting, the way all the supporting characters were so well portrayed, and the clever whodunit plot. Most of all, I loved Diesel, Charlie's friendly Maine coon cat, who loves attention, walks on a leash, and chirps and warbles rather than meowing. A fun read for anyone who loves mysteries, cats and books.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
The book is told from the perspective of Charlie, who works with rare books at the local college. He inherited a house and always has a couple of college boarders living there. He is also the friend and provider for a wonderful Maine Coon cat named Diesel. I loved the way the author wrote about Diesel and how he has charmed most all of the town. Charlie takes him almost everywhere and it is fun to read about how Diesel interacts with others. I found the mystery that needed to be solved in this book to be very interesting. It is a murder and there are so many suspects because the person murdered really had a lot of enemies. I thought I had it figured out, but I didn’t. The author truly surprised me at the end when the murderer was arrested and even added another twist to the story that I didn’t anticipate. I am glad to have found out about this series. Murder Past Due was a fun read.
sopranoIN More than 1 year ago
This was my first "Diesel" the cat book and I liked the cat as well as the human characters. This isn't deep, but it is humorous (mostly at society which is on the mark to me) and has intelligent characters. that makes a fun mystery to me.
MCHEATH More than 1 year ago
You will love Diesel. Makes me want a cat. Good writing and a plausible story.
lovetoread001 More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately I read # 3 of the series before I read # 1 and #2, suggest reading them in order, they make a log more sense. This is a great series; I wanted to see who did it, but did not want the book to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is good reading if you enjoy books about cats and mystery, I'm a cat lover and mysteries are the favorite books on my shelf. I would read more of this author's books if they have the same ideas. Hope there will be more in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book as I also have a big Maine Coon cat named Gibson. The book gave me info about him that I did not know. Thanks, Miranda! Keep them coming.
McDr More than 1 year ago
They remind me of "The Cat Who" books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Miranda James offers us a refreshing new series staring Charlie a college librarian and his maine coon cat Diesel. As an old school classmate arrives in town causing a stir, Diesel helps Charlie solve his murder. A fresh whiff of southern manners and the dust of old books sets the scene of new characters in this mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The read was fast, intriqing, and delightful. Cant wait to read more about Diesel.
jennieg on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A fairly pedestrian little mystery. Ok for a plane ride, I suppose, but I have no interest in pursuing the series.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Librarian Charlie Harris has returned to his hometown of Athena, Mississippi, for his retirement. Since his wife has died and his two grown children live far away, his main companion is cat, Diesel. Charlie keeps to himself, although he does have a boarder who is attending the local college. But when an old nemesis, Godfrey Priest, a popular novelist, come to town, Charlie can't help but get involved. After all, he is the one who finds Godfrey's body.This is the first book in the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries. It is a classic style cozy. I really like Charlie and Diesel is a fun addition. The mystery is good and kept me on my toes. I look forward to the next book in the series.
LMHTWB on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Murder Past Due is a mystery with a librarian detective named Charlie Harris and his cat Diesel, a Maine Coon. In this first in the series book, an author is killed and Charlie's boarder is one of the suspects. So, naturally, Charlie works to find the true killer (and there are plenty of other suspects) while not obstructing the law in the form of one Deputy Kanesha Berry.This book has several things going for it. The ending of the mystery was interesting and I only began to suspect the conclusion in the last 30+ pages. Charlie interactions with his cat were believable and a bit unique. The deputy was perhaps the most interesting character -- tough, yet answered to her mother!Unfortunately, Charlie and many of the other characters were flat. They needed more depth in most scenes. The plot was slow in spots.Overall, this was a so-so book. Had I not already purchased the other books in the series, I might give them a pass, but I bought them, so I'll read the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story line and the ending there were number of suspects and I wasn't really sure which way to go
TheCaramelFiles More than 1 year ago
Athena, Mississippi, an idyllic Southern college town, is the perfect setting for murder - of a world-famous author! Like I've said in a few previous reviews, I'm all up in the cozy mystery genre - what have I been reading all this time?! Another cozy with a bookish setting and super bookish killing? Plus, throw a Maine coon cat in, stir it up and I say, yes, please! Charlie and his constant feline companion - seriously constant; the cat walks on a leash, goes to work, and even goes to a funeral - Diesel, live an amazing - in my eyes - existence in small town Athena, where Charlie is a big deal college library employee, when the rotten stench of death practically falls into their laps. Charlie is living life, renting out a room to a young college kid in his bed-and-breakfast-style home, left to him by a beloved aunt, hanging out with Diesel, and diligently putting in hours at his library-based dream job. Charlie's world takes a turn for the exciting when his childhood frenemy, Godfrey Priest [isn't that name perfect?!], comes back into the picture. Godfrey is one of Athena's hometown heroes, a now-famous author returning to his humble home for a lovely event in his honor. Naturally, Godfrey is kind enough to bestow bundles of his work onto Charlie's library - where Charlie has the utter privilege of archiving everything donated. Who gets killed, you ask? Well, with a name like Godfrey Priest, I seriously doubt you would live out your life into old age, come on! :D So, yes, Godfrey is discovered murdered in cold blood - suspicions, accusations, and investigations ensue. Charlie, being the librarian responsible for handling Godfrey's donated work, unwittingly stumbles across a clue to Godfrey's killing and goes on his own vigilante crime solving mission, with Diesel at his heels, of course. As he searches, questions, and uncovers Godfrey's secrets, Charlie ultimately arrives at the stunning answer to the query of Godfrey's murder - and it's not someone I predicted as being the culprit, which thrills me to no end. I love that Charlie squeaks around the police investigation and arrives at his own, correct, conclusions. A cozy mystery with a huge dose of perfection, Murder Past Due would be a purrfect beach read or one to peruse on a road trip. I, of course, read it on my Kindle on my bed; however, my location certainly didn't spoil the delightfully page-turning mystery; I devoured every single word and my heart may have pounded throughout my reading of the tale [probably not, but the book is so good!].
bwilhoite More than 1 year ago
I liked it but it was just ok for me. There were parts I enjoyed more than others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adore Diesel the cat!
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Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Author’s Death Equals New Bestseller? Of all the people from his past Charlie Harris never wanted to see again, Godfrey Priest topped the list. The guy was a complete jerk when they knew each other in high school and college, and his status as a best selling thriller author has done nothing to deflate his raging ego. Yet Godfrey is back in town and appearing at the local college where Charlie works part time in the library achieves. But with Godfrey’s return, secrets start coming out of the wood work. Then, Charlie finds Godfrey dead in his hotel room. With the investigation circling around Charlie’s boarder, the son of an old friend, Charlie starts poking around. Still, it won’t be easy to find the killer of a guy no one seems to have liked. Can Charlie do it? While this is a first in a series, it is obviously not the first by the author. The plot starts strongly with plenty of twists early on. While things slow down a little later on, they still move along at a quick pace. There are clues buried throughout, and the ultimate solution makes sense. Likewise, the characters are so strong and developed I was feeling for them by just a few chapters into the story. I can see why this series is so popular, and I wish I hadn’t waited so long to start it. This book is a strong start to what promises to be a fun series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book. Fell in love with Charlie and his cat. Off to read the next book in the series. Found a new favorie author.
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RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Charlie Harris is a part time collage librarian in Mississippi.  He's a recent widower with a pet Maine Coon Cat named, Diesel, who walks on a leash everywhere with Charlie.  Charlie also boards a couple of students from the college.   When a former classmate, Godfrey Priest, comes to town to promote his latest bestselling book, not everyone is pleased with his visit.  Godfrey is a bit of an arrogant bastard who has hurt and angered a number of people. He's also coming to claim a son who is rooming with Charlie.  But someone has killed Godfrey in his hotel before he can give his talk.  Now Charlie finds himself researching more than old college documents so he can help find the killer before his friends become the prime suspects.  This story revolves a great deal around the cat, who seems a bit like a recovery service cat.  Diesel seemed to always know when someone needed extra attention and love.  This aspect of the story was very subtle and well done, which I really liked.  On the other hand, I found it a bit difficult to believer that everyone, and all places, appreciated having a cat around, especially food places.  That being said, this story was captivating and intriguing.  The well developed characters and theme of book writing made this a fun mystery.  The narration was well done, but since the story was written in a first person male voice, I might have preferred a male narration.  Though I liked this audio version well enough that I definitely plan to listen to the next book in this fun series too.