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Have you ever watched a play or a movie and wondered what it would be like to be an actor amidst the drama and action on stage? I’m normally a pretty quiet person, but I’ve thought occasionally that it would be fun to step into a character and be someone else for a while. I even tried out for a play in college but, alas, I didn’t get the part. Probably just as well, because most likely I would have frozen the first time I stepped in front of an audience.

What is really fun to me, however, is reading a mystery with a theatrical background and seeing how the writer orchestrates not only the rehearsals and the performances but also the murder or murders. I wanted to try my hand at it, and the result was Careless Whiskers, the twelfth in the “Cat in the Stacks” series. I had a lot of fun with it, and I hope readers will enjoy it also.

If you’re looking for other theatrical mysteries, here are some of my favorites:

The Renewable Virgin by Barbara Paul (Isn’t this a great title?)

First Hit of the Season by Jane Dentinger

The Skull Beneath the Skin by P.D. James

Killer Dolphin and Overture to Death by Ngaio Marsh

Dancers in Mourning by Margery Allingham

Reel Murder by Marian Babson (first in a series of four)

Death and the Chaste Apprentice by Robert Barnard

Cast, In Order of Disappearance by Simon Brett

Death of a Hollow Man by Caroline Graham

Something Wicked by Carolyn Hart

Death on the Aisle by Richard & Frances Lockridge

About the Author

Miranda James is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries, including Twelve Angry Librarians, No Cats Allowed, and Arsenic and Old Books, as well as the Southern Ladies Mysteries, including Fixing to Die, Digging Up the Dirt, and Dead with the Wind. James lives in Mississippi. Visit the author at catinthestacks.com and facebook.com/mirandajamesauthor.


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