Claws for Concern
Cat in the Stacks, Book 9
Berkley Prime Crime, 2018
From the dust jacket: “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, 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…”
Okay – so here’s the bad thing about this book (which, coincidentally, is also a good thing about this book) – I had to wait almost a year for the next installment of this excellent series; and, I read the whole thing in a single day. I couldn’t stop; it was that good. And now I have to wait a long time for another book! What I should do is keep it and read it again before returning it to the library, but I have two other – no, make that three – new mysteries to read!
So, it was good to catch up on Charlie and his family; it’s like visiting old friends for the weekend. The mystery is very good, although I did guess the murderer before Charlie did, but not until closer to the end of the book. And, if I hadn’t known already that the author is from the Deep South, I would be able to come to that conclusion because of the rich atmosphere created when she wrote of Mississippi in the summertime – of course, it helps if you’ve lived it (the oppressive heat and humidity)! Excellent book and mystery. Oh, and by the way, in case you didn’t know, Diesel is a 40-pound Maine Coon cat!
Rating 4 out of 5 paws