Thursday, February 6, 2014

Silence of the Library review

The Silence of the Library (Cat in the Stacks Mystery, #5)

I received an ARC of The Silence of the Library by Miranda James in exchange for a review. The Silence of the Library is the fifth book in the Cat in the Stacks series and is pretty consistent with the previous books.

Beloved characters Charlie and Diesel find themselves entangled in yet another murder mystery when the Athena Public Library’s planned exhibit of children’s books for National Library Week - yes, that’s a real thing - leads to a murder. The plot is well-written and flows quite well. I enjoyed the interspersing of excerpts from a fictional children’s mystery book and the secondary characters have the same love of books that I do.

As for the mystery, unfortunately, it wasn’t very mysterious. I had figured out what was going on by the time I had read a third of the book. That didn’t stop me from enjoying the rest of the book but if you are looking for a true mystery, this might not be for you. 

The things I’ve enjoyed the most about this series - wonderful main characters, colorful and entertaining secondary characters, solid police work by the local authorities, and book references galore - continue in The Silence of the Library making it a solid addition. 


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 a celebrated author’s visit draws an unruly swarm of fanatic mystery buffs…and one devious 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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