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Silence of the Library, The: A Cat in the Stacks Mystery (Cat in the Stacks Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 20 Mar 2014

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: PRIME CRIME (20 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425257282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425257289
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.2 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By anne bennett on 15 July 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
really enjoyable cosy mystery
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Great books and a great read. The characters are likeable, plots good and there is a cat in it, what's not to like.
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By Jacquie Woodhouse on 26 July 2014
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Book Nerd Review - Jeanie 1 Feb 2014
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You won’t want to miss this latest book in the delightful “Cat in the Stacks Mystery” series! Charlie, a librarian and the owner of Diesel, a Maine Coon cat that he had rescued, are well-known in their little town of Athena, Mississippi. Charlie doesn’t often go anywhere without Diesel, whose chatter, affection, and protection for his owner continues to charm the hearts of readers and steal more than his share of the scenes.
Charlie, his son, and his daughter have grown together into wonderful relationship with each other as well as each having found love and potential life partners. His son, Sean, practices law in Athena and the two of them often work together when mysteries seem to find Charlie to be solved.
Charlie and Teresa, Director of the Athena Public Library where he volunteers one of the days that he is not at the college library, are preparing displays for National Library Week when Teresa learns that Electra Barnes Cartright, the 100 year old author of the Veronica Thane mystery series is still alive. Teresa convinces Electra to speak at the library during the celebration week even as Charlie is preparing several early-edition mysteries written for teen boys and girls in decades past.
It was such a treat to be reminded of the mystery series that I loved when growing up – Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, Trixie Beldon! Included in this novel are excerpts from ‘The Mystery at Spellwood Mansion’, first of the series of books about Veronica Thane, was reminiscent of Nancy Drew as Charlie re-read the mystery in the novel and spent time with Electra Barnes Cartwright. The terms “roadster” and “chum”, while little-used today, bring fond memories of mysteries past.
Mysteries abound as the date for Electra’s appearance nears – including the publisher who was trying to purchase the rumored Veronica Thane stories yet unpublished until they were stolen, then the purloined pages were found in his hotel room. Collectors were coming out of the woodwork when fans learned she was still alive, some of whom want her to autograph their entire collection. A local collector of the Thane Chronicles claims to have more of the rare books and papers than others, then she was murdered for apparently no reason in their quiet little town.
Surprises are afoot as Charlie, with Diesel’s help, tries to help solve the mysteries for the safety of Mrs. Cartright and her family. Family secrets are uncovered as Charlie reads and relates events of the present to those in the fictional Spellwood Mansion novel. You can read this as a stand-alone novel, or if you have read only one or two books in the series – but after reading this, don’t be surprised if you want to read them all!
This book was given to me for purposes of enjoyment and an honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Cat in the Stacks Mystery 5 28 Jan 2014
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Famous author and almost-centenarian Electra Barnes Cartwright has agreed to appear at the Athena Public Library during National Library Week. Almost as soon as the announcement is made, rabid fans start to arrive - all of them eager to obtain one last autograph before the elderly author passes on. Tempers among book collectors run high and soon the president of Mrs. Cartwright's fan club is found murdered. Librarian Charlie Harris is pulled into the investigation and helps the police solve the crime.

This is a cozy mystery in the truest sense of the word. There is very little action but lots of interesting characters and a neat little mystery. Add an entertaining Maine Coon cat and you've got a great book for relaxing on a rainy day.
One of the reasons I like the `Cat in the Stacks' mysteries so much is that the author manages to avoid all of my pet peeves: The main character doesn't keep secrets from the police. Neither does he resort to illegal means (like breaking and entering) in order to dig up information on his suspects. It's always refreshing to have a main character who isn't stupid. Identify the killer and go off to confront him/her without telling anyone about it? Not Mr. Charlie Harris, librarian.

You don't need to read the previous books in the series to understand this one. However, I'd still recommend doing so, because they add a lot of background to many of the characters.
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A really good read - The Silence of the Library 2 Feb 2014
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This was my first Miranda James book and while this is the fifth book in the series, I wasn’t confused that much. There were some relationship issues that I didn’t understand, but overall it didn’t have any effect on reading and enjoying the book.

Charlie Harris is a fifty something year old man living in his family home in Athena, Mississippi with his two adult children, a boarder, and his ever present, extremely large Maine Coon cat, Diesel. What’s interesting about these two is that Charlie takes Diesel everywhere he goes. Diesel is like a little person and gives the impression that he understands situations and talks to everyone.

Told in first person, The Silence of the Library is a mystery inside of a mystery, with Charlie reading a mystery from his childhood. It’s National Library Week and Charlie and Teresa Farmer, the director of the Athena Public Library are planning to feature Electra Barnes Cartwright, the author of the Veronica Thane juvenile mystery series. While doing research, Teresa discovers Electra is still alive, living nearby and nearing the age of a hundred. With this discovery, Charlie is more than happy to accompany Teresa when she goes to meet the author.

With everything set for the exhibit and word getting out that Electra is still alive and will appear at the library, things start to get a little strange and crazy. I loved that each chapter ended with me wanting to turn the page and continue reading. I was surprised as to who the murder victim was and why they were murdered. The whodunit kept me guessing up until the end and tied up nicely.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful and fun! 11 Feb 2014
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I really love this series Charlie and Diesel are awesome!!! The fact that this book mentioned some of my favorite girl and boy detectives from my youth made it just that much more interesting. I also love the relationship between Charlie and Helen Louise there is nothing like a little romance.

A very well written story, a great plot and wonderful characters. I highly recommend it.

I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not the best of the series, but still recommended for lovers of the series 28 April 2014
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Daniele

With National Library Week quickly approaching, the Athena librarians and Charlie, who volunteers at the library, have put together an exhibit and retrospective honoring girl detectives in young adult literature. During their preparations, they discover that Charlie’s favorite author of the bunch, Electra Barnes Cartwright, is still alive at almost one hundred years of age, living nearby, and willing to make an appearance. Trouble quickly comes knocking when news of her visit goes viral, and a slew of dedicated fans and collectors arrive at the library. Add to them a slippery publisher who is lacking funds, a literary agent who goes missing, and rare copies of Cartwright’s first book containing an error, and it is no surprise that someone ends up murdered. The president of Cartwright’s fan club is found strangled in her home. When Cartwright’s unpublished manuscripts are stolen, Charlie is urged to help the police determine if the crimes are related and who committed them. He solves the crime by doing what he does best – research.

This is the fifth Cat in the Stacks mystery, and the series has become one of my favorites. I enjoy the mature sleuth, Charlie, and his Maine coon cat, Diesel. This installment, however, is not the strongest of the books. I found that it dragged a bit throughout. I appreciate that the author weaved one of Cartwright’s detective stories into the narrative of the book, and that it played a role in Charlie solving the crime, but I must admit I found these bits a little boring. Perhaps I did not enjoy Nancy Drew enough as a child to appreciate the homage to her here. For those who are interested, the author has made the entire story available on his website.

I missed many of the recurring characters, such as Charlie’s housekeeper and his boarders, in this venture and hope they return in further installments…because, even though this fell a tad flat for me, I still enjoyed this quick, light mystery and look forward to many more adventures with Charlie and Diesel. I would recommend this book to current fans of the series and lovers of Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and Trixie Beldon.

*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

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