Claws for Concern by Miranda James

Claws for Concern

Miranda James

The latest book in the Cat in the Stacks Mystery series follows Charlie Harris and his cat, Diesel, as they investigate an unsolved murder.

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Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, are embroiled in a new mystery when a cold case suddenly heats up in the latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

Charlie Harris is busy enjoying his new grandson when a mysterious man with a connection to Charlie's family starts visiting the library, bringing with him troubling questions about an unsolved murder...

Charlie may be a proud new grandfather, but he and Diesel still have work to do at Athena College and the small Mississippi town's public library. He's too busy to deal with true-crime writer Jack Pemberton, who wants Charlie as the subject of his latest book--and who won't take no for an answer.
A more appealing proposition for Charlie is spending time helping a kind, elderly man navigate the library's genealogical database. But he's shocked when he learns that the visitor's search is focused on a member of his own family: his late aunt's husband.

Charlie befriends the man and considers inviting him to stay in his home, but he's soon given reason to question that notion. Jack is certain that Charlie's new houseguest was involved in a shocking homicide that took place years ago in a small town near Athena. As this cold case heats up, Charlie and Diesel have to uncover a killer who may already be too close to home...

Advance Galley Reviews

A cute little cozy mystery featuring an almost retired librarian and his cat. A long lost sort of cousin shows up in town under the shadow of suspicion from a twenty year old murder case in small town Mississippi. Charlie, his cat Diesel, and a true crime writer team up to solve the old murder case. Likable characters, decent mystery, a library, a kitty cat. A good book for curling up in front of the fire with a mug of hot cocoa.

Having been owned by a cat for five years now, I decided it was time to read a book in the popular pet fiction genre. I enjoyed the presence of Diesel, an overweight but personable Maine Coon cat, whose language of chirps, twitters, and warbles was more like a bird than a cat. Diesel accompanies his owner Charlie Harris, a retired librarian, almost everywhere he goes. When a mysterious stranger visits the library where Charlie volunteers, he is drawn into an unsolved murder case. He teams up with an author of real crime books to solve the mystery and bring the killer to justice. It wasn't as suspenseful or twisty as others, but it was a nice cozy mystery which I needed after a string of deep, depressing novels.

I have read other books in this series and enjoyed them, so I was looking forward to this one. Liked the idea of a cold case that involved a family member. And I like the idea of a male POV, especially with Diesel at his side. The story was a slow build to the actual murder. I would rather get to know my MC as he is solving the murder from the start and seeing their interactions with others in their circle and world. I felt he acted a little out of character because family was involved. Despite this the mystery was solid and interesting as it played out. Plan to read the others in the series I missed.

If I could recommend only one cozy mystery, it would definitely be "Cats in the Stacks". I truly enjoyed this book. I love Diesel and his interactions with Charlie and other character. Also, as a library volunteer, I enjoy reading about Charlie's work at his library. I will be looking forward to the next book in the series.

Charlie Harris and Diesel, his Maine Coon companion, are a charming amateur sleuthing duo. The fact that Miranda James skillfully creates realistic interaction between the semi-retired librarian and his feline partner makes these cozy mysteries terrific stories and engaging adventures. In this book Charlie finds himself involved in a cold case, possibly involving a new found relative, he agreed to investigate with a true crime writer. What’s so nice about following a series, like Cat in the Stacks, is how comfortable you become catching up with the community of characters the author has created. And it is especially rewarding when the writer is as proficient as Ms. James in developing interesting characters and relationships, balancing dialogue with narration, and keeping the pace moving. I don’t think Ms. James will run out of ideas for plotlines, so I hope she doesn’t get tired of writing about Charlie and Diesel. I, for one, would really miss their adventures.

This was a fun story in the genre of Murder She Wrote. This is a story of a widowed retired man who solves murder a as a hobby while accompanied by a very large cat. It was a quick and entertaining read.

A thoughtful book about a lovable cat named Diesel and his owner Charlie. Charlie has a way of finding himself in the most unusual places a t the right time, and Diesel tags happily along. This time Charlie finds himself in the middle of a family mystery that unravels a long kept family secret waiting to be told.

This series a first for me, I had never read a book with Charlie and Diesel. I found it fast to read, and it kept me interested until the end. It is a good book to de-stress.

I am very on the fence with this rating. This book is the ninth in the series but the first that I have read. I immediately liked it. The writing was really comfortable and the characters felt easy and familiar. My problem, which almost made me give up around 70 pages, is that nothing happened in that first third of the book except the main character's wanderings through his everyday life. The murder, in this case an old one from 20 years ago, didn't come out in the story until almost the halfway point. This is a pet peeve of mine. Cozies are short and I want my murder right up front. My other pet peeve is when the murder to be solved is in the past. I like my dead bodies fresh :) But, I forged on, and in the end, I wound up really liking this. The mystery was actually very solid and the outcome surprised me.

Charlie and Diesel the Cat are such an entertaining pair of gentlemen! I loved their plausible rambles -from the both of them-as they went about their day. I hope one day I happen to run in to them at the library. What a fun cozy this was to read!

This is the first book that I've read written by Miranda James. I enjoy reading books about books, about libraries, and oh yes, books! There was so much to look forward to before I even started reading the first page. Claws for Concern was a fun read. It's everything I expect from a cozy mystery: kind people who muck about in mysteries, a sense of place in Athena, and a satisfying resolution. It doesn't hurt to add in an adorable sidekick, Diesel the cat! Another plus for me is that this mystery involved family history, and I'm a genealogy buff so this twist added another pleasant addition to my like of a cozy mystery.

After meeting the son of his late uncle, Charlie considers asking him to move into his home. Prior to extending the invitation, Charlie checks the man's background and discovers the man was suspected of killing a family twenty years ago. With the help of a true crimes book author, Charlies investigates the cold case. Well written, nicely paced cozy that keeps one turning the pages.

This is the best cozy mystery that I have ever read. Great characters. Even Diesel the Maine Coon cat has a developed personalty. The story line is well developed also. I had trouble tearing myself away. I definitely recommend this book to everyone.

James once again presents a good mystery mixed with fun characters. Charlie and Diesel find themselves looking into a cold case when a mysterious man arrives in town claiming to be the son of Charlie's aunt. Charlie soon finds out that the man has always been suspected of killing a family in his home town but had a solid alibi. As Charlie struggles with his innate desire to help the man, he finds himself partnering with a true crime writer to solve the family killing. These books are just fun. You feel like Charlie and his cat Diesel are old friends. I am generally not a cozy reader, but I make an exception for this delightful series.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I had not read anything by this author before and usually don’t often read mystery. That said, I enjoyed this book. Having the cat, Diesel, as one of the characters made the story more enticing for me as I am a long time cat lover. I thought it was well written and did not reveal clues to the ending until the last few pages which kept my interest throughout the book. I am looking forward to reading more from this author and would certainly recommend this one for anyone looking for a good mystery.

Claws for Concern. Since this was a “cat” mystery I didn’t think I would like it, but I found it to be very enticing. It had a good plot and warm characters and it wasn’t told from the point of view of Deisel the cat but his owner. To make a story interesting without using violence and gimmicks is an accomplishment in these times. Miranda James did a wonderful job telling this story through good writing and excellent plot lines. I would read another book by this author.

As a reader of the Cat in the Stacks mysteries, I was excited to join Charlie and Diesel on their next adventure. Claws for Concern did not disappoint. I was immediately drawn back into Athena and Charlie and Diesel's world. I kept turning the pages and couldn't put this down. An excellent read, Miranda James did it again.


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