Mom 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.