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The Silence of the Library
Cat in the Stacks Mystery #5
Miranda James

publisher Berkley Prime Crime
February 2014/ ISBN 978-0-425-25728-9
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Please allow me to preface this review by telling you that before I came to put my thoughts together, I decided it would be a good idea to read my reviews of some the previous books in this series, Classified as Murder, File M for Murder, and Out of Circulation. It’s a good thing I did, because I found my thoughts about The Silence in the Library echoing my sentiments about the previous books, and I didn’t want to be redundant.

As stated in said previous reviews, I love Charlie and Diesel. I love that Charlie works at a library. I adore the fact that Charlie and Diesel can communicate so well despite being of different species. I could go on and on, but I won’t. Let's give "The Silence of the Library" a fresh perspective.

“The Silence of the Library” had me purring from start to finish. Once again, I feel right at home in Diesel’s world. Athena, Mississippi is such an inviting small town, that readers will feel welcomed to visit. Charlie Harris is an appealing 50-something man, with a pleasant manner, and a quiet demeanor. Still waters run deep, however, and Charlie’s wheels are always turning as he uses his reference seeking abilities to help solve a murder.

The victim in this book is one Carrie Taylor, the president of the EBC fan club. EBC stands for Electra Barnes Cartwright, the nearly 100-year-old author of the Veronica Thane teen-girl amateur sleuth series, along similar lines as the famous Nancy Drew books. Finding the killer isn’t an easy job, but with the sheriff’s department to help Charlie (oops- Charlie helping the sheriff’s department!), the truth will out.

Of course, Diesel is right by Charlie’s side to add his two-cents while offering comfort and support to everyone upset by Carrie’s murder.

Cleverly woven clues are in evidence, both within the story and within a mystery novel within this mystery novel. You’ll have to read this book yourself to find out what I mean. You won’t be disappointed, and in fact, will be delighted with an extra bonus surprise at the end of the book.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Classified as Murder #2
File M for Murder #3
Out of Circulation #4
The Silence of the Library #5
Arsenic and Old Books #6
No Cats Allowed #7
Twelve Angry Librarians #8
Claws for Concern #9


Reviewed 2014