Classified as Murder: a Cat in the Stacks Mystery by Miranda James ISBN 9780425241578
This was a great book and I do love Diesel. If I didn’t already have 3 cats and in the midst of procuring a fourth … I would get a Maine Coon Cat for the ones I have met were awesome. But my predilection for felines aside, this was a great story even without the cat!
Charlie lives in the house he inherited from his favorite aunt. He has lived there since the aunt died which happened shortly after his wife died and this move was one of trying to overcome his grief and move on with his life. In this story, his son moves back home and though he doesn’t speak about why until the end of the book, we all know that something went wrong at work — a corporate law office. Sean has brought his dog Dante, a small poodle.
Charlie has been approached by a local eccentric to help him inventory his rare book collection for the wealthy eccentric feels that items are missing — Charlie goes to have tea with the family and meets a handful of true fruitcakes. However, Charlie gets along with the eccentric who is willing to pay him handsomely for his time and so he willing returns to work on the collection. Charlie works all morning and goes home for lunch, upon his return he finds his employer dead.
We see Azalea, the housekeeper, Regina Berry, her daughter who is also the Police Chief of Athena, Mississippi. There is a fair amount of father and son time and lots of rare book talk. It is a great story and one I would recommend for readers who enjoy light mysteries in the Southern realm.
Aging eccentric James Delacorte asks Charlie the librarian to do an inventory of his rare book collection-but the job goes from tedious to terrifying when James turns up dead. Relying on his cat Diesel to paw around for clues, Charlie has to catch the killer before another victim checks out.