Thursday, May 30, 2019

Review: The Pawful Truth by: Miranda James

Title: The Pawful Truth
Author: Miranda James
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Cat in The Stacks #11
Pages: 288
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


When Charlie Harris decides to go back to school, he and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, find themselves entangled in a deadly lovers quarrel on campus in the latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

 In addition to his library duties and his role as doting grandad, Charlie has enrolled in  an early medieval history course offered by young, charismatic professor Carey Warriner. Charlie feels a bit out of place- his fellow classmates are half his age- except for Dixie Bell Compton, another ‘mature’ student. When Charlie hears an angry exchange between her and their professor, his interest in piqued. He’s even more intrigued when she shows up at his office asking for a study partner. Charlie turns her down and is saddened to learn just a few days later that Dixie has been killed.

 Charlie wonders if Professor Warriner had anything to do with Dixie’s death. Warriner is married to a fellow professor who happens to be a successful author. There are rumors on campus that their marriage was on the rocks. Was Dixie's death the result of a lovers’ triangle gone bad? Charlie soon discovers that the professor’s wife may have some secrets of her own and his suspect list is only getting longer. 
As he and Diesel step further into the tangled web of relationships, someone else is viciously killed. Whose jealousy finally erupted into murderous rage? Was it a crime of passion or is there another  more sinister motive? Charlie  races to unravel this mystery: and to draw out the culprit, he may just have to put his own life on the line… 

My Thoughts:

Charlie Harris is going back to school not actually as a student but to audit the class. When he witnesses a heated discussion with his professor and another student he wonders what is up with college life?  When the student Dixie Belle, comes to Charlie for a study buddy Charlie is reluctant to work with her.  Charlie also winds up with a new tenant in his house a writer Dan whose house is being remodeled.  Not a long a death occurs which rocks the college Dixie Belle the student from Charlie's class is dead.  Who killed Dixie and why?  Was it the Professor she was having a heated discussion with?  A jilted lover?  Or someone else entirely?

As the investigation heats up Charlie's professor is found dead.  Who killed Dr. Carey Warriner?  Was it his wife?  Or someone who wanted Carey's wife?  There are a few people but like most books who knows?

I love Diesel, Ramses, and Charlie along with their friends and family.  Diesel took the cake in this book.  I have been with Miranda James since this adventure began with the first book and will be there when the last one is done.  There are few great cozy male authors but this one takes the cake!!
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