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

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

by Miranda James

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When a beloved mystery author’s visit causes a stir in their small Mississippi town, librarian Charlie Harris and his cat Diesel must outwit a fiction fanatic turned real-life 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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425257289
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Series: Cat in the Stacks Series , #5
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 58,792
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(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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"Miranda James should soon be on everyone's list of favorite authors."—Leann Sweeney, author of the Cats in Trouble Mysteries

"[A] kind-hearted librarian hero...and a gentle giant of a cat that will steal your heart."—Lorna Barrett, New York Times bestselling author

"Courtly librarian Charlie Harris and his Maine coon cat, Diesel, are an endearing detective duo."—Carolyn Hart, author of the Bailey Ruth Mysteries

"Humor and plenty of Southern charm buoy James’s fifth Cat in the Stacks mystery...Cozy fans will hope James (a pen name of Dean James) will keep Charlie and Diesel in action for years to come." —Publisher's Weekly

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The Silence of the Library 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
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.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
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
kayteerufus More than 1 year ago
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!!
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
The library where Charlie volunteers is setting up a classic girl detective display when they discover that the author of the Veronica Thane series is not dead. They visit her to see if she is able and willing to come to the library to give a talk. She agrees and collectors of her books are coming out of the woodwork to meet her. Then the president of her fan club is found dead. Why? I love Charlie and Diesel as they solve mysteries. I, once again, failed to discover the murderer before Charlie explained it. I enjoyed the story and would love to see what Diesel looks like. Everyone has an opinion. The characters are an interesting lot. The side mystery was fun especially when solved. I like the recurring characters as well as the new ones brought in for this book. I learned a lot about the girl detectives series of the past.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Iliked this one of the series the least. I skipped over the teen mystery that is embedded in the plot. It dragged and i simply wanted the story to end. But i will continue to read all of the books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm in the minority here when I say I found this uninteresting. The premise was good but the dialogue was stilted and the character development was shallow - very. The main character is a man but came across to me as feminine. I never felt drawn by any of the characters - I felt this was poorly written and unsatisfactory.
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Love this series! Wonderful characters, good cozy mystery; can't wait for the next installment!
Deb1973 More than 1 year ago
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!
CozyLoverJess More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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102Sue More than 1 year ago
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.
showssetters More than 1 year ago
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.
kpet More than 1 year ago
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!
Lady-Lexie More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Amanda84 More than 1 year ago
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.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
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!!!
jwalbring More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book.  Easy and quick read that includes some of my favorite things-cats, books and libraries.