Friday, February 7, 2014

MURDER PAST DUE by Miranda James


Miranda James' Murder Past Due (A Cat in the Stacks Mystery) is a quick read.

Athena, Mississippi, librarian Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat Diesel work together to solve a murder.

A famous Athena author comes back to town. He wants to donate his papers to the college library.

Charlie is in charge of cataloging the papers.

Then, someone kills the man, and Charlie solves the murder.

When it comes to suspects, Charlie finds a surfeit of riches. Along the way, the famous author has made a host of enemies. Some of the resentments go back to high school. Some come from his many romantic affairs.

One thing I especially liked about this book is that the Maine Coon cat Diesel is just a friend and comforter. He makes up with several people who need his attention.

This book has no thinking/talking cats. Diesel is a just-plain cat. (As long-term cat owners like me know, each cat has his/her own special qualities. Fictional cats don't need to be endowed with qualities they don't have.)

So this is a simple entertaining cozy. If you are looking for a cat mystery which is quick to read and cozy in its approach, Murder Past Due might be the book for you.

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