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When a beloved mystery author’s visit causes a stir in their small Mississippi town, librarian Charlie Harris and his Main Coon cat Diesel must outwit a fiction fanatic turned real-life killer.

It’s National Library Week, and the Athena Public Library is planning an exhibit to honor the centenary of famous novelist Electra Barnes Cartwright—creator of the beloved Veronica Thane series.

Charlie has a soft spot for Cartwright’s girl detective stories (not to mention an extensive collection of her books!). When the author agrees to make a rare public appearance, the news of her whereabouts goes viral overnight, and series devotees and book collectors converge on Athena.

After all, it’s rumored that Cartwright penned Veronica Thane stories that remain under wraps, and one rabid fan will stop at nothing—not even murder—to get hold of the rare books...
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I just finished the book shown in this puzzle and am starting on the 6th of the series. All of the characters are endearing and the plots, although somewhat predictable, are interesting and fun. Thanks! Dotty


@dotshell, I am allergic to cat dander, I didn't used to be. I
remember when I was in junior highschool, our cat had
kittens, they slept in my room, and I would awaken to them
pulling on the hair rollers in my hair, they would be all over
my bed, but now.........If I weren't allergic, I just know I would
have a houseful, I would be that crazy old lady with all the
cats, more than the city law would allow. Yes, I have read
her books, and it has been years, so I have them on my
wishlist on my e-reader, I am still reading the cat mystery's
that I have, thanks for reminding me of that. Bib


Bibliophile, Although I'm allergic to cats, they do make fun characters. Have you read The Cat Who series by Lilian Jackson Braun? Wonderful fun.


Great, you all will enjoy this series, and after reading just a
few of these books, you will feel like the characters are
neighbors and friends, I have read for of these books and
I find myself wondering, "what am I missing, what is that
cat up to now?" Thanks for the comments. Bib


Bibliophile, I just downloaded the first of this series from my local library. Sounds like a fun series. I love mysteries. Thanks! Dotty


I will be trying this series for sure! grins!☺


I hadn't heard of this series. Sounds interesting. I will have to look into these. Many thanks for introducing me to these.


Thank you !!


Miranda James is the pseudonym of Dean James, a seventh-generation Mississippian recently returned home after over thirty years in Texas. A mystery fan since the age of ten, he wrote his first novel at the ripe old age of twelve. The only copy of The Mystery of the Willow Key vanished years ago, but since it was highly derivative of the Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mystery series, that’s probably a good thing.

Currently a librarian in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Dean has published articles on topics in library science, the history of science/medicine, and mystery fiction. His first book, which he co-wrote with fellow librarian Jean Swanson, was By a Woman’s Hand (Berkley; 1994). Jean and Dean won an Agatha Award for Best Mystery Non-Fiction and were nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for the Edgar for Best Critical-Biographical work for this popular reference book. A second edition followed two years later, and Dean and Jean collaborated on two further projects, Killer Books (Berkley; 1998) and The Dick Francis Companion (Berkley; 2003). In all he has co-authored or co-edited six works of mystery reference and one short story anthology.

His first novel, Cruel as the Grave (Silver Dagger Mysteries) was published in 2000. Since then he has published eighteen more novels, writing under his own name and the pseudonyms Jimmie Ruth Evans and Honor Hartman.
In August 2010 he launched a new series writing as Miranda James.
The first book under this name, Murder Past Due (Berkley Prime Crime; $7.99) spent four weeks on the extended New York Times bestseller list for mass market paperbacks.

The next book in the series, Classified as Murder (Berkley Prime Crime; $7.99), published in May 2011, also hit the NYT list.
The third book, File M for Murder (Berkley Prime Crime; $7.99) is out now.
The fourth book, Out of Circulation (Berkley Prime Crime; $7.99) debuted at no. 11 on the bestseller list.
Book five, The Silence of the Library, debuted at no. 8 on the bestseller list.
Book six, Arsenic and Old Books, is just out.

Dean lives with two young cats, thousands of books, and thinks frequently about killing people – but only in the pages of fiction.

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