Arsenic and Old Books – Book Review

Arsenic and Old Books by Miranda JamesMom read another really good book this week. It’s titled Arsenic and Old Books  and it’s the 6th (and newest) book in Miranda James’ A Cat in the Stacks Mystery series.

Mom likes Miranda James’ writing style. It’s easy to read and flows well. Unlike most other cozy mystery series, the main character is a man, Charlie Harris. Most books of this genre have female lead characters, and it’s nice to get away from “girl stuff” and read about a guy – actually, a southern gentleman. Charlie and his Maine Coon cat Diesel make a wonderful pair, and Diesel is seamlessly woven into Charlie’s daily life.  It’s easy to tell that the author knows her kitties. Diesel has a charming personality and I won’t be spoiling anything by saying that the author does not let Diesel eat chicken that’s been cooked with onions or cookies that contain raisins.

There was one minor element of the story line that was fairly obvious to us, but it didn’t detract from the story as a whole, which kept our attention until the end.

The book concludes with a short story When Charlie Met Diesel . Like all perfect human-cat matches, Diesel chose Charlie! 🙂

We give this book 4 paws up.

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16 Responses to Arsenic and Old Books – Book Review

  1. Grace says:

    Sounds like these are fun books – I just checked and my library doesn’t have these – Poo!

  2. pilch92 says:

    Good to know Diesel is woven into the story. It drives me crazy when I get a book with a cat on the cover and it is hardly mentioned. Sounds like a good book.

  3. Sounds like a good book.
    Cozy mysteries(even though they do contain murder)
    are a good read. At least mum thinks so 🙂

    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

  4. The mom needs to start reading this series. Thanks for the review.

  5. Brian says:

    That does sound good that the cover is terrific!

  6. Sounds like a good book, and M said she’d look into getting a copy. Thanks for the good review.

  7. Summer says:

    This sounds like a really cool book!

  8. I think the Staff is going to get this!!! Great review!!

  9. Jan K says:

    This sounds great! I’ve read some other mystery series with male lead characters and enjoyed them – it is nice to have something a little different.

  10. Deziz World says:

    Y Dat sounds like a pawsum book Raven. Glad your mommy liked it.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi

  11. BZ Dogs says:

    I think the pups should choose the peeps as well. 🙂

  12. Sounds like a great read!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  13. That sounds wonderful. A good mystery book and a cat – what’s not to like?

  14. Thanks for the book review!

  15. Pumpkin says:

    I love these books. I just wish they were available through Kindle Unlimited or from the library. Mom won’t let me buy any books that cost green papers since we have the subscription.

  16. William says:

    My mom is usually an avid reader but has slacked off this year. Maybe this will get her started again!

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