Monday, February 9, 2015

Book Review/Giveaway: Arsenic and Old Books by Miranda James

Title: Arsenic and Old Books
Author: Miranda James
Series: Book 6 A Cat in the Stacks Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Source: Received from Review from Publisher
Format: Paperback
Star Rating: 5 stars
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reviewed by: Tina


There's nothing more endearing than venturing into Librarian, Charlie Harris's and his Maine Cook cat, Diesel's world. A true southern gentleman in every sense of the word, Charlie is thrilled when mayor of Athena, Mississippi Lucinda Beckwith Long donates four volumes that turn into five of her husband's ansestor diaries to the archive at Athena College.

The word of the diaries on campus is soon out and a history professor who really wants tenure and a newspaper reporter who is looking to add fuel to the fire  for a political race between two men running for the state senate. The two men are Beck Long and Jasper Singletary and since the diaries belong to an ancestor of Beck Long, there could be hidden family secrets hidden within the diaries as opponent, Jasper Singletary is hoping for.

As Charlie starts to explore the diaries for cataloging  for the archive and they are suddenly stolen from Charlie's office. He is horrified of the discovery and history professor is found dead from a hit and run driver. Charlie starts to wonder if this is a coincidence and fighting to acquire these diaries turns deadly and Charlie begins to wonder what will become of him but he soon is helping out Kanesha Berry Chief of the Athena Police department of finding the diaries and and a murderer.

I loved having a first hand looking into life in civil war times with entries from the diaries, It made for an interesting story. In the heat of politics also made this book a fast moving story. People fighting for what they want and think they deserve could sometimes not be a good thing if theft and  murder is the result but it did make for a dynamic installment the Cat in the Stacks mysteries.

We mustn't forget Charlie's Maine Coon Cat, Diesel, who is loyally by Charlie's side in all of the Cat in the Stacks mysteries. More human like as Charlie admits too. Reading about Charlie and Diesel's life in all of this series always stirs up warm and cozy feelings within me but I always know this dynamic crime fighting duo will catch their killer. Also a great addition was the short story included of "When Charlie met Diesel" about how they came together

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35 comments:

  1. Thank you for a great review! This book sounds terrific! Thank you for the contest!
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  2. Can't wait for this one!
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  4. I love Miranda James's work—thanks for the chance to win a copy of her latest book!

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  6. Wow! I love Maine Coons, they are so big and huggable. Great there is one in this cozy!!!
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  8. Love this series. Can't wait t get to read this newest book.
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  10. Yes please, I'd love to win this Hard Cover Edition of Miranda's book. I own the first four and the Southern Ladies book. I'm a book collector/hoarder and want to add this to my library.

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  12. Arsenic and Old Books sounds like a great book. Thank you for the giveaway.
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  14. A great, great series and I'd love to win this one.
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  15. What a great review. Makes me want to read this for sure. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  16. Haven't read this series yet. Thanks for the chance
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  17. Let me try this again and if it posts twice, forgive me!

    I love this series, one of my favorites. Diesel is so much fun. Wish my four could be more like him.
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  23. I love Charlie and Diesel. This is a wonderful series. Thanks for the review. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  25. Looks like a great cozy mystery.

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  27. You had me at Civil War diary entries. I'm intrigued!

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  28. This is one of my favorite series.
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  29. Love this series! Can't wait to read the latest on Diesel! Thank you for the chance to win! Jeaniedannheim ( at ) ymail ( dot ) com

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