A Cat in the Stacks Mystery

By Miranda James

Berkley Prime Crime


288 pages/$26.00

On Sale Date: Feb. 23, 2016


This is what it’s about…

In the latest mystery in the New York Times bestselling Cat in the Stacks series, librarian Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat Diesel must clear a friend when the evidence is stacked against her…

Springtime in Mississippi is abloom with beauty, but the library’s employees are too busy worrying to stop and smell the flowers. The new library director, Elwyn Dillard, is a brash, unfriendly Yankee who’s on a mission to cut costs—and his first targets are the archive and the rare book collection.

As annoying as a long-overdue book, Dillard quickly raises the hackles of everyone on staff, including Charlie’s fiery friend Melba—whom Dillard wants to replace with someone younger. But his biggest offense is declaring all four-legged creatures banned from the stacks.

With enemies aplenty, the suspect list is long when Dillard’s body is discovered in the library. But things take a turn for the worse when a threatening e-mail throws suspicion on Melba.

Charlie is convinced that his friend is no murderer, especially when he catches sight of a menacing stranger lurking around the library. Now he and Diesel will have to read between the lines, before Melba is shelved under “G” for guilty…

About the author

Miranda James is the New York bestselling author of the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries, including Arsenic and Old Books, The Silence of the Library, Out of Circulation, File M for Murder, Classified as Murder, and Murder Past Due, as well as the Southern Ladies Mysteries, including Dead with the Wind and Bless Her Dead Little Heart.