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review 2017-07-30 15:55
The Silence of the Library - Miranda James

The library where Charlie volunteers is setting up a classic girl detective display when they discover that the author of the Veronica Thane series is not dead. They visit her to see if she is able and willing to come to the library to give a talk. She agrees and collectors of her books are coming out of the woodwork to meet her. Then the president of her fan club is found dead. Why?

I love Charlie and Diesel as they solve mysteries. I, once again, failed to discover the murderer before Charlie explained it. I enjoyed the story and would love to see what Diesel looks like. Everyone has an opinion. The characters are an interesting lot. The side mystery was fun especially when solved. I like the recurring characters as well as the new ones brought in for this book. I learned a lot about the girl detectives series of the past.

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review 2016-06-21 21:25
No Cats Allowed (Cat in the Stacks Mystery) - Miranda James

 always know when I pick up a book written by Miranda James I'm in for a cozy, good time that can be read on a dark and dreary night as well as a bright sunny day. There really is nothing more comforting than a smart, solid mystery that is light on the violence and heavy on the problem solving who-done-it. And let's face it, Diesel is absolutely charming as Charlie's empathetic Moon Cain cat and side kick.

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review 2014-05-05 00:47
Out of Circulation by Miranda James
Out of Circulation - Miranda James
  This time Diesel and Charlie have to find out who murdered Vera Cassity when Azalea, Charlie's housekeeper, becomes the prime suspect.  I liked how Charlie becomes the one that Kanesha turns to for help when she is taken off the investigation because her mother is the chief suspect.  She always has gotten mad with Charlie in the past but now she needs his skills to help keep her mother from being arrested.  Once again I did not figure out the murderer.  I love these characters.  I also like seeing how Charlie and his children are relearning each other and living together.  I loved the Ducote Sisters and their plan to negate someone who is constantly behaving badly.  I look forward to the next installment
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review 2014-03-27 18:14
I love Diesel, but...
Out of Circulation - Miranda James

...sometimes one cat, as adorable as he is, is not enough to carry the book.


The mystery was okay. I figured out some of the little "gotchas" before they were revealed, but the more I read this series (this is the fourth book), the more it is apparent that it's a man writing under a woman's pen name.


This is a cozy mystery, not a romance novel, I totally get that. But a lot of the phrasing is awkward. And that just constantly pulled me out of the story.


For example, when Charlie is out on a date with his lady friend Helen Louise (at her house, where she made dinner), the book reads, "I pulled her into my arms, and we spent several satisfying minutes before I released her."


Who says that or even thinks that? We spent several satisfying minutes? Doing what? Just holding each other? Kissing? Gazing into each other's eyes? Chatting? It was just awkward, and little things like that just get in the way of the story. If you're going to make it that vague, maybe just don't include it at all. I'd be fine with that.


It took a long time to get back to reading this one. Too long. Not sure I'll continue with the series, even though I love the glimpses of Diesel, the Maine Coon who doesn't really have anything to do with the mysteries, he's just a cool cat fairly prominently featured.

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text 2014-01-02 22:09
January New Releases, Week 5 (Jan. 26-31)
Up From the Grave - Jeaniene Frost
Tiger Shrimp Tango - Tim Dorsey
The Silence of the Library - Miranda James
The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe - David I. Kertzer
Into the Still Blue - Veronica Rossi
The Bride Says No - Cathy Maxwell
Shadow Ops: Breach Zone - Myke Cole
At the River's Edge - Mariah Stewart
Breakaway - Jeff Hirsch
An Officer and a Spy - Robert Harris

Sources:  Fictfact,  Dear Author, and Bookreporter.


Monday, January 27:


Convincing Rowena by Tara Rose (#6 in Passion Peak, Colorado)
Death Defying by Nina Croft (#3 in Blood Hunter)


Tuesday, January 28:


A Case of Possession by KJ Charles (#2 in Charm of Magpies)
At the River's Edge by Mariah Stewart (#7 in Chesapeake Diaries)
Blindfolded Innocence by Alessandra Torre (#1 in Innocence)
Breach Zone by Myke Cole (#3 in Shadow Ops)
Breakaway by Jeff Hirsch (#2 in 39 Clues: Unstoppable)

The Bride Says No by Cathy Maxwell (#1 in Brides of Wishmore)
Burn for Me by Cynthia Eden (#1 in Phoenix Fire)

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