Light-hearted librarian Charlie Harris is known around his hometown of Athena, Mississippi, for walking his cat, a rescued Maine Coon named Diesel. Read more...
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Light-hearted librarian Charlie Harris is known around his hometown of Athena, Mississippi, for walking his cat, a rescued Maine Coon named Diesel. But he may soon be taken for a walk himself--in handcuffs...
Charlie is stressed out. The Southern Academic Libraries Association is holding this year's annual meeting at Athena College. Since Charlie is the interim library director, he must deliver the welcome speech to all the visiting librarians. And as if that weren't bad enough, the keynote address will be delivered by Charlie's old nemesis from library school.
It's been thirty years since Charlie has seen Gavin Fong, and he's still an insufferable know-it-all capable of getting under everyone's skin. In his keynote, Gavin puts forth a most unpopular opinion: that degreed librarians will be obsolete in the academic libraries of the future. So when Gavin drops dead, no one seems too upset...
But Charlie, who was seen having a heated argument with Gavin the day before, has jumped to the top of the suspect list. Now Charlie and Diesel must check out every clue to refine their search for the real killer among them before the next book Charlie reads comes from a prison library...
- ISBN-13: 9780425277768
- ISBN-10: 0425277763
- Publisher: Berkley Books
- Publish Date: February 2017
- Page Count: 272
- Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.19 pounds
Series: Cat in the Stacks Mysteries #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-01-23
- Reviewer: Staff
Jamess engaging eighth Cat in the Stacks mystery (after 2016s No Cats Allowed) finds affable Charlie Harris, the interim director of the Athena College library in Athena, Miss., looking forward to chairing a discussion panel and giving a short opening speech at the Southern Academic Library Associations conference that his college is hosting. A glance at the list of attendees turns up the names of old friends from his days at library school, but it also reveals someone else from Charlies past: Gavin Fong, one of the most despised men in the SALA. Even the usually mild-mannered Charlie ends up taking a swing at Fong, who has made it clear that hes after the permanent job of library director at Athena College. When Fong is found dead, poisoned with a bottle of water from his private stock, Charlie steps up to investigate, accompanied by his leash-trained Maine Coon cat, Diesel. James (the pen name of Dean James), a Mississippi native, has a real knack for evoking a small Southern town with a strong sense of community. Agent: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary. (Feb.)