Monday, August 7, 2017

Review: Twelve Angry Librarians by: Miranda James

Title: Twelve Angry Librarians
Author: Miranda James
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Cat in The Stacks #8
Pages: 259
Format: Hardcover
Source: Personal Purchase


The "New York Times" bestselling author of "No Cats Allowed "and "Arsenic and Old Books" is back with more Southern charm and beguiling mystery as Charlie and Diesel must find a killer in a room full of librarians... 

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 is found dead, no one seems too upset... 

But Charlie, who was seen having a heated argument with Gavin after the speech, 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..."

My Thoughts:

Our beloved Charlie Harris and his cat Diesel are back along with everyone else in Athena Mississippi.  Laura and her husband are deciding whether to move to Virginia or stay in Athena.  Which of course has Charlie on pins and needles waiting to see what they decide.  The college is still looking for Dean to take over at the college.  And of course they are getting ready for SALA convention in town for librarians.  With it includes Charlie's nemesis Gavin Fong who went to college with Charlie and his wife.  Gavin made advances at Jackie Charlie's wife after one time to many Charlie gets in a fight and knocks Gavin on his butt of course this happens again in the present.

Gavin has applied to work at the college as the Dean and Charlie can't in good concience take it seriously and tells the board he isn't supporting Gavin.  Gavin even goes so far as to threaten Charlie with exposing the fight from years ago.  Of course Charlie won't give into blackmail.  When Gavin winds up collapsing at the convention after drinking out of his water bottle the heat gets put on Charlie for another fight between the two the previous day. Now Charlie and Diesel have to hunt out the real killer in a convention of librarians who all seem to have bad blood with Gavin will Diesel and Charlie figure it out in time?  Will Laura and her husband relocate to Virginia?  Who will be the Dean of the college?

I love Charlie and Diesel I would love to go to their house and visit them.  While I know in reality I can't I jump at any chance to read these books they are my go to for a great mystery and great characters. I also love the cover art for these books with the big ole cat on the cover.  This story didn't disappoint while we saw a side of Charlie I'm sure he wished would stay hidden in my eyes it made him more real and genuine some times guys have tempers and act rash but doesn't make him out to be a horrible guy just a guy who cares and wants to protect those close to them. I loved how this one was totally different then previous mysteries there were so many secrets and yet the ending was totally surprising.  What was also nice was seeing what Laura and her husband decide on relocating for better job and pay.  It was definitely a will they move or won't they and I was wondering like Charlie what they would choose!  Can't wait to see what is next in this series!
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