Out of Circulation
By Miranda James
(Berkley, Mass Market Paperback, 9780425257272, 304pp.)
Publication Date: January 29, 2013
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Everyone in Athena, Mississippi, knows Charlie Harris, the librarian with a rescued Maine coon cat named Diesel. He's returned to his hometown to immerse himself in books, but when a feud erupts between the town's richest ladies, the writing on the wall spells murder.
The Ducote sisters are in a tiff with Vera Cassity over the location of this year's library fundraising gala, and Charlie would rather curl up in a corner than get into the fray. It seems everyone--even his housekeeper Azalea--has it in for Vera. And at the gala, she gives them good reason, with a public display of rancor aimed at anyone who gets in her way.
But those bitter words wind up being her last. When Charlie discovers Azalea standing over Vera's dead body, it's up to him--with a little help from Diesel--to clear Azalea's name, and catch a killer before his last chapter is finished.
Miranda James is a pseudonym for Dean James, the Agatha Award-winning author of several works of mystery nonfiction as well as four mystery series including the New York Times bestselling Cat in the Stacks series.
"Miranda James should soon be on everyone's list of favorite authors."--Leann Sweeney, author of the Cats in Trouble Mysteries
"[A] kind-hearted librarian hero...and a gentle giant of a cat that will steal your heart."--Lorna Barrett, New York Times bestselling author
"Courtly librarian Charlie Harris and his Maine coon cat, Diesel, are an endearing detective duo."--Carolyn Hart, author of the Bailey Ruth Mysteries