Author: Miranda James
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Cat in The Stacks #5
Format: Nook e-book
Everyone in Athena, Mississippi, knows Charlie Harris, the librarian with a rescued Maine coon cat named Diesel. He’s returned to his hometown to immerse himself in books, but a celebrated author’s visit draws an unruly swarm of fanatic mystery buffs…and one devious 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…
This book follows Charlie Harris and his beloved Maine Coon Cat Diesel in the latest Cat in the Stacks mystery in this book the workers at the local library are getting ready to celebrate a famous novelist Electra Barnes Cartwright also called EBC as part of National Library Week. We meet Ms. Cartwright and learn a bit about her stories featuring a young girl named Veronica Thane and learn about her through the stories Charlie finds himself rereading. Ones he had read as a youngster and is sharing with the library.
Not long into the book a murder takes place and Charlie is determined to figure out who killed Carrie Taylor who ran a fan newsletter about EBC. Was it a fan that was so desperate they killed Carrie? Or was it someone Carrie knew? And why was she killed?
I love this series especially reading about the connection so many have to Diesel this series also offers something others don't a male amateur detective Charlie Harris, most books that are cozies offer up female lead characters I also enjoy how he connects with his son and daughter in these books. Such a great book can't wait to see what is next for Charlie, Diesel and the rest of the people in Athena!