The Pawful Truth by Miranda James

The Pawful Truth

Miranda James

After a sudden murder, Charlie races to unravel this mystery. And to draw out the culprit, he may just have to put his own life on the line…

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When Charlie Harris decides to go back to school, he and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, find themselves entangled in a deadly lovers quarrel on campus in the latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

 In addition to his library duties and his role as doting grandad, Charlie has enrolled in  an early medieval history course offered by young, charismatic professor Carey Warriner. Charlie feels a bit out of place- his fellow classmates are half his age- except for Dixie Bell Compton, another ‘mature’ student. When Charlie hears an angry exchange between her and their professor, his interest in piqued. He’s even more intrigued when she shows up at his office asking for a study partner. Charlie turns her down and is saddened to learn just a few days later that Dixie has been killed.

 Charlie wonders if Professor Warriner had anything to do with Dixie’s death. Warriner is married to a fellow professor who happens to be a successful author. There are rumors on campus that their marriage was on the rocks. Was Dixie's death the result of a lovers’ triangle gone bad? Charlie soon discovers that the professor’s wife may have some secrets of her own and his suspect list is only getting longer.
As he and Diesel step further into the tangled web of relationships, someone else is viciously killed. Whose jealousy finally erupted into murderous rage? Was it a crime of passion or is there another  more sinister motive? Charlie  races to unravel this mystery: and to draw out the culprit, he may just have to put his own life on the line…

Advance Galley Reviews

Charlie Harris is a Librarian at Athena College. Charlie lives with his two cats. Diesel is a fat Mani Coon who goes everywhere with him plus a young mischievous kitten named Ramses. He has two boarders and is about to get a third. One of the boarders has a poodle named Dante. All the animals get along well and add flavor to the story. Charlie decides to audit a class in early medieval  history. The class is taught by young, talented lecturer, Professor Carey Warriner. Charlie is the oldest person in the class besides by a mature woman named Dixie Bell Compton. Dixie and Professor Warriner seem to have a prior history between them. Then Dixie ends up dead!!! Who and why was she murdered? To complicate matters further into the story Professor Carey Warriner ends up murdered!! Charlie did not expect to become involved with one murder let alone two. Will he be able to nap the murderer safely with the help of Diesel, his astute feline?? The book provides an array of artfully created characters. Each supporting character enhances the storyline. It was fun getting to know each character involved with Charlie and his cats. The mystery was a complex, well plotted one. It provided plenty of viable suspects and clues throughout the story. This is book # 11 in the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries series. It can be read as a stand alone. This was the first book I read in the series and look forward to exploring the others. I volunteered to read The Pawful Truth. Thanks to Penguin’s First-to-Read Program for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.

A fun mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. I’m a sucker for anything to do with animals and I love Diesel. There were no high stakes for me but if you want something that somehow manages to be cozy despite all the murder this is it. I received an e-arc from first to read in exchange for a honest review

100 pages in, realized I was bored. Also, Charlie reads like he was written by a woman. Since I was unfamiliar with the series, I thought he was a woman for the first page or so. Very odd to have so many men calling other men handsome. If I had read more, I might have realized what the cat brought to the story. Not interested in any of the other books in this series.

Pure delight is the only way to describe this year’s visit with librarian Charlie Harris and Diesel, his Maine Coon cat. Charlie enrolls to audit a course in the history of early medieval England at Athena College taught by a popular professor, Carey Warriner. Impressed with the first class, he overhears a disturbing conversation as he exits: Professor Warriner asks Dixie Belle Compton, an attractive woman, “What the hell are you doing in my class?” Charlie is curious that Ms. Compton misses the second class until he arrives home to find police detective Kanesha Berry waiting to ask him how he knows Ms. Compton. Charlie shares the fact that Ms. Compton approached him about becoming study partners. Kanesha explains that Ms. Compton’s complex manager found her dead in her apartment that morning. Charlie shares what he overheard while leaving the first class meeting with the policewoman. Determined not to get involved, Charlie turns his attention to the request of his current boarders, Stewart and Haskell, to consider allowing a friend of theirs to lease a room for a couple of months. Charlie meets with history professor Daniel Bellamy and agrees to let him move in. Charlie also has another new resident, Ramses, an orange tabby kitten given to him by a young boy he recently helped. While Diesel still rules, he and Ramses enjoy making mischief as the scramble around the house and hang out at mealtimes waiting for food to fall their way. After a couple of angry confrontations in public places, Professor Warriner is found dead. His wife, Irene Warriner, is the primary suspect for both Dixie Belle and her husband’s murders. Professor Bellamy is another suspect since he collaborates with Irene who writes Regency romances as is Professor d’Arcy, another gentleman Irene spends time with. Amidst all this turmoil Charlie manages quality time with his two grandchildren, Charlie and Rosie, his girlfriend Helen Louise and his two cats, Diesel and Ramses. Miranda James brings the reader right into the warm community inhabited by Charlie, Diesel, and the colorful characters they consider family and friends. Ms. James always plots a well developed mystery. Her strength is the depth she creates with strong personalities, engaging dialogue and enduring relationships. Each volume is like a visit with very good friends – comfortable and engaging.

This is a fun cozy series. I really enjoy the characters and humor.

I really enjoy this series from Miranda James and was not disappointed with this book either. I didn't want to put it down.


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