Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Classified as Murder - 2nd in the Cat in the Stacks Mystery series
Author: Miranda James
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: May 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Athena, Mississippi
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Miranda's Website/Blog: www.catinthestacks.com
Charlie Harris is a librarian with a rescued Maine coon cat named Diesel. Everyone knows Charlie and Diesel—especially since a Maine coon cat can be as large as a small dog. Diesel goes everywhere with Charlie, on his leash, and enjoys spending time at the library with the people.
One of the regular patrons at the library, James Delacorte, is a delightful elderly gentleman who has an unquenchable thirst for learning. When James approaches Charlie to inventory his rare book collection, Charlie is very interested in the chance to see all the rare books James has. But when James is found dead at his desk, Charlie gets the even bigger job of solving the murder.
Everyone who knows the Delacorte family agrees with Charlie’s theories. He believes a member of James’ own family killed him. Diesel and Charlie go about finishing the inventory and trying to figure out which relative is the guilty one. When a second murder occurs, Charlie knows time is of the essence before the killer strikes a third time.
This cozy will be a delight to an assortment of fans. I see it appealing to those wanting a strong storyline. I see it appealing to animal lovers, because Diesel is a very lovable cat. I see it appealing to those who love books not only because Charlie is a librarian, but also because of James’ collection of rare books. If you enjoy a good cozy mystery, you’ve found one to curl up with and read through the night.
I enjoyed the story because I was constantly being thrown off-guard. The murderer does an excellent job of covering his/her tracks and I was kept on my toes guessing. There are some moments of great humor sprinkled throughout which made the story even more enjoyable to me. I was laughing, I was trying to figure out who the murder was and I was very engaged with the story. A wonderful addition to your cozy bookshelf.
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