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Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, are embroiled in a new mystery when a cold case suddenly heats up in the latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series.Charlie Harris has been enjoying some peace and quiet with his new grandson when a mysterious man with a connection to an unsolved murder starts visiting the library......

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Claws for Concern Reviews

  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    2019-03-13 00:17

    This book was a cozy treat and highly enjoyable. I LOVED Charlie and Diesel and their bond. I am a crazy cat lady so love books featuring cats! When I saw this cover I fell in LOVE! Cats and Books!!! Well silly me, I didn’t pay attention to the fact it was the 9th installment so I felt I missed out a tad. This book can still be read as a standalone and was a fun mystery! I always love a mystery with a cold case so was pleased with this title and definitely will be checking out the previous books in this series!

  • Mark Baker
    2019-03-18 23:09

    Charlie’s grandson has been born, and he’s delighted to be spending time with this addition to the family. But he soon begins to get drawn into another mystery. First a true crime writer wants to write about some of Charlie’s past cases. Then there’s the mysterious man in the library asking questions.This is definitely a slower book in the series as it took a while for us to figure out exactly where the mystery might be. There is one in the book, and I enjoyed it once Charlie started investigating. As always, the characters, both new and old, shine. I loved getting to spend more time with the usual gang, and most of them get at least an appearance. We also get to see some characters from the author’s other series, which was a lot of fun.NOTE: I received a copy of this book.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  • Betty
    2019-03-13 05:16

    In the ninth edition of the Cat In The Stack series we Find Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel relaxing and enjoying the presence of Charlie's new grandson. Diesel is fascinated with the baby and is a constant presence when little Charlie's is around. Volunteering at the local library Charlie noticed a stranger and becomes interested in him. Charlie is surprised to learn that the stranger, Bill Delaney is the son of his Uncle Delbert. He is ready to offer him a room when he learns the Bill is the main person of interest in a cold case. Working together with a writer of true crime stories, Charlie research the facts of the case. The twists this tale will retain your involvement in the book. Sean is expecting his first child and Charlie awakes the birth. His affair with Helen Louise continues. I highly recommend this book and series.Disclosure: I received a free copy from Berkeley Publishing through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Tina at A COZY GIRL READS AND WRITES Blog
    2019-03-14 02:18

    Charlie Harris is a Maine Coon Cat owner and librarian. He is kindhearted. Claws for Concern has a unique premise. With Shocking twists and turns. Diesel the cat showing his human-like qualities makes this book beyond enjoyable. A charming cast of characters. Like reconnecting with old friends.Charlie has a good spirit and well-meaning for even the most obscure of a relative when they become a suspect for murder. Charlie sets out to try to find a murderer with someone who wants to write a book about him about his previous crime-solving adventures.Look forward to reading the next book in this favorite of series.

  • LORI CASWELL
    2019-02-24 01:22

    Dollycas’s ThoughtsThis is one of my favorite cozy series. That cat on the cover, Diesel, always makes me smile and now remember my own big kitty Wiley who passed away January 17. Diesel is a little bit more intuitive than Wiley was but he comes darn close.This time Diesel and his person, Charlie Harris, take on a cold case when a man at the library asks for help just after telling Charlie he is the son of his late aunt’s husband. Charlie and Diesel are enjoying a new baby and fielding inquiries from a man that wants to write about all the mysteries Charlie has solved. While not interested in being the feature of a book, Charlie and the author team up to solve one together, even if it means putting his newly found relative behind bars.I loved everything about this story. The mystery really didn’t take hold until about halfway through the book, but this reader was drawn in and entertained from page one. James’ writing style makes it feel like you are having a conversation with Charlie or watching everything right over his shoulder. When the mystery is revealed Charlie takes us along as he visits everyone that could have the answers he needs to solve it. When his daughter and son-in-law observe a crucial “accident” it gives Charlie what he needs to press for even more answers.Miranda James is a fantastic storyteller. Her characters are engaging and feel like friends or neighbors you like to spend a lot of time with. Charlie relationship with Helen Louise is moving along nicely now that she is getting more help at her restaurant. His daughter recently gave birth to his first grandchild and his son’s wife is due soon. Diesel is already a good baby minder, he feels it is his job to watch over that child and alert everyone if the baby barely makes a sound. Charlie’s housemates are also top-notch and of course his housekeeper Azalea is the one who keeps everyone in line.This is a wonderful addition to this series. I do recommend you start at the beginning but this story does stand on its own.If you are looking for a comfortable, cozy mystery to curl up with, look no further than Claws for Concern, or any other Miranda James story.

  • Lisa Ks Book Review
    2019-03-01 01:03

    Murder in a cozy mystery doesn’t always happen on page four. Author Miranda James offers readers a cold case twenty years old. This made for an even more thrilling case to try and solve for series lead, Charlie Harris, and for readers!With CLAWS FOR CONCERN, there’s not much I can say other than what I say each time I read a book in the Cat in the Stacks mysteries. Author James has created an excellent plot that draws the reader swiftly into the story. With the same consistent style, the author’s writing held me spell bound as I joined Charlie and Diesel in their investigation of the decades old case.A fun addition to the series for readers is the presence of Charlie’s new grandson, and his and Diesel’s interaction with the baby. Charlie is such a proud Grandfather, I could feel the love oozing of the pages. And Diesel’s fascination with the baby brought a smile to my face.A great addition to this series, CLAWS FOR CONCERN is written proof of why readers continuously return to the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries.

  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    2019-02-27 00:09

    This is only the second Cat in the Stacks Mystery I have read, but I really enjoyed it and had no trouble following this story. Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon Cat Diesel are well known for helping the police solve crimes. He receives a letter from Jack Pemberton, a writer of true crime, asking if they can meet to talk about a project. Charlie is not really interested. Meanwhile, Charlie meets a lonely gentleman at the library where he volunteers. It turns out that this man's father was married to Charlie's aunt. As more facts come out, Charlie finds out that he was a suspect in a multiple homicide 20 years earlier. It also occurred in the town where Jack Pemberton is from. When Bill Delaney is the victim of a hit and run that appears to be deliberate, Charlie and Jack begin investigating the cold case to see if they can either clear Charlie, or prove that he did it.Charlie and Diesel are a delightful pair who love people, food, Charlie's grandson and justice. They work well together as Diesel is an excellent judge of character. I have read many cozies where the amateur sleuth is intrusive and often rude putting themselves at risk, but not so with Charlie and his friend Jack. They work well together and both have good intuition. Will they find out who killed the family? Will Bill be guilty? Is Bill in danger? This is a well paced story with a good plot line. The investigation did not occur until about halfway through the book, but I still very much enjoyed this story and the characters in it. I will definitely look for more books in this series and from this author. I received this book from the First To Read Program, the comments and review is my honest opinion.

  • Karen
    2019-03-15 00:14

    This is one of my favorite all time series and as many of you may know my own cat adoptions were because of this book series and how Miranda James helps the reader fall in love with Diesel! In Claws for Concern I was drawn in right away and the mysteries were so intriguing, and almost all consuming. I could not wait to get back to the book when I had to put it down. I found myself at one point trying to draw vendigarms to try to figure out who the killer was and find the connection. This book was better than I could have imagined and I loved the big reveal. It was outstanding, start to finish. If you ever need a series to binge read start with book one and you will never be disappointed, each book gets better and better and feels like you are with friends. Southern Charm, A strong and wonderful Male character, perfect companion and a setting and with heart that will have you wishing you too lived in the South. This one is a Berkeley Mystery and it is out February 20th.

  • Lisa Morin
    2019-03-18 00:15

    Claws for Concern is another wonderful book by the talented Miranda James.Charlie and Diesel are two of my favorite characters in my cozy mystery world.Charlie and Diesel have the best adventures and while I'm always so excited to read another story, I'm sad when it ends. I read these books over and over again, they are some of my comfort zone books and they make me feel like I'm with family.Readers will not be disappointed when they grab their own copy of Claws for Concern.I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.

  • Toni(T.C.) LoTempio
    2019-03-09 04:18

    Another good entry. Even though the killer is pretty obvious, it's always a treat to follow along as Charlie and Diesel investigate! Long time fans will love it.

  • Patty
    2019-03-03 03:11

    Claws For ConcernByMiranda JamesWhat it's all about...Charlie and his much loved Maine Coon Cat...Diesel...are sleuths...they both like being involved in crime solving. This is my first venture into this series. Charlie is sort of semi retired and volunteers with Diesel at his local library. In fact...Charlie and Diesel are mostly always together. When Charlie goes to bed...Diesel is right next to him with his little kitty head on his own pillow. However...I shouldn’t refer to Diesel as little...he is huge for a cat...he weighs nearly 40 pounds and can stretch his kitty body out to almost four feet! Why I wanted to read it...I loved the title of this book and I was in the mood for a nice Southern cozy mystery. I certainly got what I wanted when I read this book. What made me truly enjoy this book...Charlie meets an “almost” relative at his library. This leaves Charlie and the man he meets with lots of unanswered questions. While learning about this relationship an old unsolved crime involving this man comes to light. Events begin to happen based on this...some really dangerous situations and tons of unanswered questions about the past. Charlie...along with Diesel...starts to investigate. Charlie just can’t seem to help himself. Why you should read it, too...Readers who enjoy cozy mysteries should truly enjoy this one. It’s well written and while not exactly a page turner for me...it was a pleasant reading experience. I think I might want to read another book of Charlie and Diesel’s adventures just to get a better feel for them. Although Charlie is really remiss in the way he feeds sweet Diesel. “I received an advance reader’s copy from the publisher and NetGalley through Amazon. These are my honest thoughts.”

  • Kristina
    2019-02-25 23:16

    Claws for Concern by Miranda James is A Cat in the Stacks Mystery. It is July in Athena, Georgia and we find Charlie Harris along with his Maine Coon cat, Diesel volunteering at Athena Public Library. Charlie notices the gentleman, who has been coming into the library for the last week, has returned. The man wants to look at the local phone books to locate Delbert Collins. Delbert was married to Charlie’s Aunt Dottie. Charlie discovers the man is Bill Delaney, and he is the son of Delbert Collins. Del never knew about Bill, and Bill did not find out about his birth father until after his mother passed away three months ago. Charlie wants to get to know Bill better and is going to invite him to stay with him. Then Charlie learns that Bill was entangled in a murder investigation. The multiple homicide investigation went cold and was never solved. Charlie teams up with true crime writer, Jack Pemberton to resolve the twenty-year-old case. Jack wants to write a book about Charlie (and Diesel) regarding a few of his past cases (his sleuthing prowess). Accompany Charlie, Jack and Diesel as they delve into the case and uncover a killer.Claws for Concern may be the ninth book in A Cat in the Stacks Mystery series, but it can be read as a standalone. I like the author’s writing style (conversational and comfortable) and the characters are developed. Diesel is a smart, lovable cat who enhances the book (I enjoy his manner of speaking and interacting). I do not understand, though, why Charlie feels the need to have someone watch Diesel (a catsitter) when he cannot take the cat with him. This happened a couple of times in the book. I thought the pace, though, was a little slow (especially in the first part of the book). The mystery does not start until the halfway mark. The first half of the story is devoted to Charlie’s daily activities (eating, walking, spending time with girlfriend, volunteering at the library, talking with daughter, watching grandson, etc.) as well as meeting Bill Delaney and talking to Jack Pemberton about his book idea. There was a lack of action through the whole book. There is questioning, looking up records and speculation (ho hum). The mystery had some interesting points, but it was not compelling. There was a lack of suspects which made identifying the culprit a simple matter. The wrap up at the end could have used a few tweaks (it was lacking). I had eagerly been anticipating Claws for Concern after reading Twelve Angry Librarians last year. Unfortunately, Claws for Concern was not of the same caliber as its predecessor. If you are new to A Cat in the Stacks Mystery series, then I suggest starting with Murder Past Due. Readers looking for a light, pleasant cozy mystery will be pleased with Claws for Concern.

  • Karen
    2019-03-11 23:08

    This series continues to be the gold standard for me of what a great cozy mystery should be.The genuineness of the characters makes them a delight to return and visit. And that's one of the gifts of this series.The whodunit is always well written and keeps you invested and entertained.The world of Charlie and Diesel is one I love visiting and I cannot wait to read the next one!

  • Norma
    2019-03-21 00:09

    As a reader of the Cat in the Stacks mysteries, I was excited to join Charlie and Diesel on their next adventure. Claws for Concern did not disappoint. I was immediately drawn back into Athena and Charlie and Diesel's world. I kept turning the pages and couldn't put this down. An excellent read, Miranda James did it again.

  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    2019-02-23 03:10

    This series is one I download as fast as it gets published and devour the book as though it is a 5-star entrée with dessert. Charlie and Diesel, what can I say? They are favorite friends that get tossed into solving crimes. Charlie Harris is a Librarian, semi-retired. Diesel is a Maine Coon Cat who warbles his way into my heart.In this episode, Charlie meets a Step-Cousin who appears suddenly. So suddenly that Charlie never knew of his existence. And, what an existence, the Step-Cousin is still the main suspect in a multiple killing from twenty years past. With the eager help of an author and amateur sleuth, Charlie goes off with Diesel to find out the truth once and for all. There is interesting characters, good dialog, and a dramatic ending in this book. All geared to make you want to read the next volume now! Unfortunately, the only downside of this book is that I finish it so quickly and now must be patient until the next tale comes out. Thankfully, Miranda James writes another series and crosses over the characters, to my delight, and perhaps I only have to wait a few months. I hope so!A real cozy murder mystery series not to be overlooked.

  • FangirlNation
    2019-03-10 23:21

    Diesel, the Maine coon cat, and his human, Charlie Harris, return for another adventure in Athena, Mississippi in Claws for Concernby Miranda James. Volunteering at the local library, Charlie gets approached by a man wondering about the entry in an old phone directory for Delbert Collins, which surprises the librarian because Del had been married to Charlie’s Aunt Dottie. Bill Delaney eventually reveals that at the recent death of his mother, Sylvia, he found records naming Del Collins as the father he had never known. Sylvia had been married to Del for six months before the pair split up, and she didn’t discover that she was pregnant until a month after the divorce, so Del never knew about the existence of his son.Read the rest of this review and other fun, geeky articles at Fangirl Nation

  • LilyElement
    2019-03-19 06:11

    Claws for Concern is book 9 in the Cat in the Stacks series. This is my first book I've read in this series but I had no issue figuring out what was going on. I'll be honest, I grabbed this because it's a mystery and I've been enjoying the genre lately and also because it featured a cat quite heavily in the story. I'm a sucker, but I'm glad I tried this book out because I really did enjoy it!We start off meeting Charlie Harris, he's an older gentleman that's semi-retired but helps out at the library each week. He brings his Maine Coon cat, Diesel with him almost everywhere and has a knack at helping solve mysteries. While he's working at the library, a man asks Charlie a few questions and it leads to finding out he's a relative no one knew about. There's a cold case related to Bill Delaney though and it has Charlie questioning if he should offer assistance to his new cousin. While all that is going on we also have a true crime author in contact with Charlie that wants to hear more about the other cases he's helped unravel. Jack Pemberton, the author is intrigued by the cold case and with Charlie's help they're going to figure out who really was behind the murders.Claws For Concern is an entertaining mystery that had me guessing whodunit until it was revealed. The writing style is a bit different than I'm used to but the story flowed well and I was entertained by Diesel (the cat) while reading. If you enjoy mystery novels with male leads, you might love this series!

  • Cheryl
    2019-03-02 22:18

    I really enjoy this series and this book but even though it is a cat in the stacks book, the cat gets to be too much. Taking the cat to the library is one thing but having to find a babysitter for the cat if he is gone even two hours is really odd. In this book Charlie is contacted about writing a true crime book. He agrees to help the author solve an old case of a family being killed. Very interesting.

  • Linda Baker
    2019-03-04 00:26

    I have read several books in this series and always found them to be enjoyable, light reads. Claws for Concern is no exception. Retiree and part-time librarian Charlie Harris discovers an unknown family connection when a man starts showing up at Charlie's library. He seems quiet and unassuming, but somehow familiar to Charlie. It turns out that he is the son of Charlie's uncle Del, a son that no one knew existed. Charlie would like to be of assistance to him but is cautious. In the course of checking him out, Charlie discovers that he was the primary suspect in a multiple murder 20 years before. Charlie and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, need to solve this long-ago mystery. Charlie's family and friends all make an appearance, along with a new character or two. The series is charming, and Diesel is a treat for the cat-lovers like me.Thanks to First to Read for an advance digital copy. The opinions are my own.

  • Homerun2
    2019-02-27 01:30

    3.25 starsThis series has been a favorite, although I wouldn't say this is a strong entry. Retired librarian Charlie and his Maine Coon cat Diesel are affable characters. Charlie's grown children and grandchildren are part of the cast and Charlie's lady friend Helen. You could read this book by itself, but it's usually rewarding to start at the beginning of a cozy series, in my experience.Charlie, who has been involved in several murder investigations before, is contacted by a true crime author who wants to highlight some of his "cases." Charlie is reluctant but after reading one of the author's books and liking it, agrees to meet. At the same time, an unusual library patron wants to talk to Charlie about a possible family connection. These two story threads end up intertwined.This series is beginning to feel a bit fusty to me. Charlie often acts a good 20 years older than he actually is and the author's overly detailed descriptions (instead of just calling someone, we hear how he picks up his phone, finds the contacts, selects the right one, etc. etc.) don't help. The scenes with Diesel present definitely feel repetitive. The plot in this one tended toward the unbelievable as well.I know the author has started a spinoff series with peripheral characters so maybe these are problems of distraction. I have enjoyed Charlie and Diesel's company so I will hope things perk up in the next entry. Thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in return for my honest review.

  • Marci
    2019-03-01 01:31

    3.5 Charlie & Diesel are at it again. This time trouble finds Charlie in a long lost son of Charlie's uncle. The only catch is he was suspected of a gruesome murder some 20 years ago. Can Charlie find the killer in this long dead case, or will the mystery remain unsolved. Thanks to Net Galley for the prepub. All the delightful cast of characters is back including a new grandbaby for Charlie to spoil.

  • OpenBookSociety.com
    2019-03-20 04:06

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/cl...Claws for ConcernCat in the Stacks Mystery, Book #9By Miranda JamesISBN#9780425277782Author Website: Catinthestacks(.)comBrought to you by OBS Reviewer DanieleSynopsis:Charlie Harris is busy enjoying his new grandson when a mysterious man with a connection to Charlie’s family starts visiting the library, bringing with him troubling questions about an unsolved murder…Charlie may be a proud new grandfather, but he and Diesel still have work to do at Athena College and the small Mississippi town’s public library. He’s too busy to deal with true-crime writer Jack Pemberton, who wants Charlie as the subject of his latest book–and who won’t take no for an answer.A more appealing proposition for Charlie is spending time helping a kind, elderly man navigate the library’s genealogical database. But he’s shocked when he learns that the visitor’s search is focused on a member of his own family: his late aunt’s husband.Charlie befriends the man and considers inviting him to stay in his home, but he’s soon given reason to question that notion. Jack is certain that Charlie’s new houseguest was involved in a shocking homicide that took place years ago in a small town near Athena. As this cold case heats up, Charlie and Diesel have to uncover a killer who may already be too close to home… (Amazon)Review:Claws for Concern is a light, comfortable read, full of Southern Charm. Diving into the story is akin to sitting on the porch visiting with old friends with an ice cold glass of sweet tee never out of reach.Since Claws for Concern is the ninth book in the Cat in the Stacks Mystery series, the characters are well developed and familiar. I do think it can be read as a standalone but readers benefit from having the history that the previous books provide. In this installment, we find Charlie, with Diesel the cat never far from his side, enamored with his new grandson, going about his daily life with friends and family. Charlie is a bit surprised when true crime writer Jack reaches out to collaborate on a book about Charlie’s previous investigations. Even more surprising, Charlie learns that a new library patron is related to him through marriage. He wants to help Bill but is hesitant when he learns that Bill was the prime suspect in a quadruple homicide that occurred twenty years ago. When Bill is injured in a hit and run, Charlie cannot help but think that the accident is related to the cold case. With the help of Jack and Diesel, Charlie does all that he can to get to the truth.I adore Charlie and Diesel, and I am never unhappy reading their adventures, but Claws for Concern plods along at a slow pace. The mystery is not even brought into the story until halfway through the book. To that point, the book details Charlie’s day to day life, which might be just fine for longtime fans, but new readers might find it tedious. Once Charlie gets into the cold murder case, the pace picks up a bit, but there is no danger or urgency involved in the investigation to make it truly compelling. I had a hard time connecting with Bill, and the suspect pool is quite small, making the culprit rather obvious. I do like the addition of Jack to the investigation. I think he and Charlie collaborate well. Of course, Diesel is always a treat, but I do not remember him not staying at home alone in the past. Why does he need a babysitter? Charlie is in his mid-fifties, but he comes across much older this time around. Granted he is a throwback to a gentler era, which I enjoy, but still.Overall, I liked Claws for Concern. It is not the strongest book in the series but still enjoyable, especially for long time devotees to the series. I recommend it to readers who enjoy the small town Southern setting, a precocious cat, and a male protagonist. *OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

  • Laura
    2019-03-01 00:31

    DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Penguin First to Read in exchange for a fair and honest review.Retiree and amateur gumshoe Charlie Harris and his famous Maine Coon cat Diesel are back in the ninth episode of their adventures. Harris is minding his own business as a volunteer at the library when he notices a stranger. It is not unusual for people to seek shelter from the heat in the public library, but this fellow seems different.As it turns out he is a distant relative of Harris with a shady past. Why has he felt the need to make contact now? Harris feels a tenuous connection as well as an obligation to help the stranger. But the more he finds out about him, the more uneasy Harris becomes.Coincidently, an author of true crime books contacts Harris requesting to write about some of the crimes he has helped solve in the past. Reluctant at first, he is unsure about returning the author’s calls. Eventually, his curiosity gets the better of him, so he agrees as long as the author gives credit to the police department as the real heros. This arrangement with the author pulls Harris into a new investigation of an old crime that may have a big connection to the newly found relative.James’ characters are delightful. How could you not love a Maine Coon cat that is as big as a bobcat and a perfect judge of character? It amuses me that Harris has to find a cat sitter because Diesel did not like to be home alone. The entire Harris family weaves in and out of the story adding depth, emotion and humor. I can’t wait to see how little Charlie grows in the next book. Harris’ friends and love interest pop on and off of the pages as well as his delightful house keeper Azalea.The plot is interesting and holds a few surprises, ticking all the boxes of a great cozy mystery, Claw for Concern has a super supporting cast as well as interesting main characters. This is the first book I have read in the series, even though it is the ninth in the series. I was not confused or lost at any point during the tale as it works well as a stand-alone cozy mystery.Copyright © 2018 Laura Hartman

  • Wendy
    2019-02-28 05:23

    Review originally published on Musings of a Bookish Kitty: http://www.literaryfeline.com/2018/02...Claws for Concern (Cat in the Stacks, #9) by Miranda JamesBerkley Books, 2018Crime Fiction (Cozy); 288 pgsSource: Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.This is the ninth book in the Cat in the Stacks series, but my first by Miranda James. Charlie Harris is a retired librarian who volunteers at the local library. He also enjoys every minute he is able to spend with his infant grandson. Charlie is well known about town, probably most notably because of his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, who goes just about everywhere with him.Claws for Concern was a nice break from the more intense thrillers I have been reading lately, although it was not without its own suspenseful moments. The author takes his time setting up the story. A familiar looking stranger who frequents the library approaches Charlie and asks him about an address that just happens to be Charlie’s. In addition, a true crime author reaches out to Charlie in a roundabout sort of way to see if he would like to be a part of his latest project.Charlie has a good head on his shoulders and is a very thoughtful man. I liked that he doesn’t rush into anything, something I see all too often in mystery novels. He takes his safety and that of those he loves seriously. He is reluctant about meeting with the true crime author, not wanting to be in the limelight. And, as for the stranger, he knows nothing about him or what exactly it is he wants. Of course, Charlie does make up his mind about both situations, and soon he is digging into a cold case of a triple homicide from years before.I have read a number of cozy mysteries recently that have really knocked my socks off, and I was hoping this one would too. It didn’t quite, unfortunately, but I did enjoy it just the same. The novel took a little too long to get off the ground for me, and there were day to day details, which I read more like a checklist than naturally occurring events. That was not enough, however, to pull me out of the story. It’s a good solid book overall.I adored Charlie’s cat, Diesel. Diesel may or may not understand everything going on around him (although it seems like he does), but he clearly is a smart cat. I loved that Charlie takes Diesel just about everywhere—on a leash, even! Talk about a good icebreaker when questioning folks about a murder! Charlie has a great support network from his family to his tenants to his friends, and I appreciated that he took their opinions into consideration.I would consider reading another book by the author and in this series, although it isn’t at the top of my list. I liked getting to spend time with Charlie and Diesel and am curious to know how they got their start as amateur detectives.

  • Katie
    2019-03-07 23:28

    Charlie and his 40lb Maine Coon, Diesel, have become quite the well-known amateur sleuths around the Athena, Georgia parts. So much in fact that Charlie receives communication from a true crime author, wanting to include him in his latest book. Charlie is hesitant at first, but after making an unusual discovery at the library he and Diesel volunteer at, Charlie and Jack (the author) team up to investigate. It becomes a mystery within a mystery as more detail slowly unfold. Why is this unfamiliar older man inquiring about who lives at Charlie's house? Was the hit and run really an accident? Whose side is anyone even on anymore?!This was my first Miranda James read, and I felt it was a little tough to get started, but after the first 50 pages or so it began rolling smoothly, and the timing between events and clues was just right. I am in love with Diesel's character as he reminds me of one of my cats; I just want to snuggle the fluffy giant cat and wished he worked at my library!Thank you NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for allowing me an advanced review copy of this book. I should go back and read some of the previous mysteries that Charlie and Diesel have solved together.#NetGalley #ClawsForConcern #MirandaJames

  • Paula Ratcliffe
    2019-02-27 02:19

    This book follows our beloved Charlie Harris and his cat Diesel. While working at the library they meet a man who has interest in Charlie's family. Also Charlie is being contacted by Jack Pemberton a true crime writer who seems fascinated by Charlie's solving murders. Charlie is hesitant to work with Jack until his long lost relative Bill Delaney ends up almost killed in a car accident. After Laura and her husband witness the accident Charlie becomes determined to help Bill whether he wants it or not. This case leads back to a 20 year old crime that happened. With Jack determined to find out who killed a family that Bill was the prime suspect for could Bill be the killer or was it someone else?I love Cat in the Stacks. I have been such a fan since I picked up the first book and these books never disappoint. It's like going back to Athena to see all sorts of people that we've come to know and love and see Diesel and Charlie and see what they are involved with now. I can't wait to see where the next journey will lead and hopefully with a new baby whose very due soon!

  • Kathleen
    2019-03-08 03:12

    I am very on the fence with this rating. This book is the ninth in the series but the first that I have read. I immediately liked it. The writing was really comfortable and the characters felt easy and familiar. My problem, which almost made me give up around 70 pages, is that nothing happened in that first third of the book except the main character's wanderings through his everyday life. The murder, in this case an old one from 20 years ago, didn't come out in the story until almost the halfway point. This is a pet peeve of mine. Cozies are short and I want my murder right up front. My other pet peeve is when the murder to be solved is in the past. I like my dead bodies fresh :) But, I forged on, and in the end, I wound up really liking this. The mystery was actually very solid and the outcome surprised me. Thank you to Berkley books for providing me with an advanced copy to read in exchange for an honest review.

  • Book
    2019-03-03 22:14

    Charlie Harris and Diesel, his Maine Coon companion, are a charming amateur sleuthing duo. The fact that Miranda James skillfully creates realistic interaction between the semi-retired librarian and his feline partner makes these cozy mysteries terrific stories and engaging adventures. In this book Charlie finds himself involved in a cold case, possibly involving a new found relative, he agreed to investigate with a true crime writer. What’s so nice about following a series, like Cat in the Stacks, is how comfortable you become catching up with the community of characters the author has created. And it is especially rewarding when the writer is as proficient as Ms. James in developing interesting characters and relationships, balancing dialogue with narration, and keeping the pace moving. I don’t think Ms. James will run out of ideas for plotlines, so I hope she doesn’t get tired of writing about Charlie and Diesel. I, for one, would really miss their adventures.

  • Mary
    2019-03-12 05:14

    I really enjoyed this installment. I was a couple of stories behind so I read those first prior to reading this one. Really did not need to as each story stands alone. I liked the addition of Jack Pemberton and that they join forces to solve a cold case versus a new murder. Jack and Charlie work well together to solve the old case. Charlie is working at the Athena Public Library when he notices a gentlemen and he seems familiar and cannot quite place him. Charlie is always curious. When this man Bill Delaney asks for assistance for old phone books and is looking for his Uncle Del then he really becomes intrigued. Cousins by marriage only it is nice to know Charlie feels some family responsibility to help Bill who was a suspect in this 20 year old cold case. I like that Diesel is a good barometer of whether someone can be trusted or not and that is helpful in weeding out suspects. Good entry in this series. Maybe Jack and Charlie will continue to work together .

  • Gail
    2019-02-28 03:11

    Having been owned by a cat for five years now, I decided it was time to read a book in the popular pet fiction genre. I enjoyed the presence of Diesel, an overweight but personable Maine Coon cat, whose language of chirps, twitters, and warbles was more like a bird than a cat. Diesel accompanies his owner Charlie Harris, a retired librarian, almost everywhere he goes. When a mysterious stranger visits the library where Charlie volunteers, he is drawn into an unsolved murder case. He teams up with an author of real crime books to solve the mystery and bring the killer to justice. It wasn't as suspenseful or twisty as others, but it was a nice cozy mystery which I needed after a string of deep, depressing novels.**I've written this honest review as thanks to firsttoread.com and the publisher for the ARC.**