Berkley Prime Crime Mysteries
This is the seventh book in the “A Cat in the Stacks Mystery” series. Charlie Harris and his beloved Maine Coon cat Diesel are back in this new adventure. I just have to start this review with – I’m a big fan of this series and a cat lover. So, this book immediately won me over.
Oscar Reilly, the new library director, is on a mission to cut costs. One of those costs is assistant Melba, who happens to be a dear friend of Charlie’s. Reilly wants to replace her with someone younger and less costly. To add fuel to the fire, he bans Diesel from the library claiming to have an allergy to cats. Charlie points out to the HR department that Reilly has often been near Diesel with no allergic reactions.
When Reilly is found dead in the library, Melba is the main suspect. However, there is no short supply of suspects. Charlie is determined to prove his friend’s innocence.
This book oozes with charm. Charlie and Diesel always leave me smiling. I just want to cuddle with that adorable Main Coon.
Okay, enough about the handsome kitty Now, to the story, there were a few twists and turns I wasn’t expecting. It’s fast-paced and an enjoyable read. All of the characters are well-developed and seem realistic to me. Each one has a distinct personality that comes right through with every page. I feel as if I’m visiting with old friend. I’m looking forward to the next one.
For reading challenges:
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2016
Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2016
2016 NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge
What an Animal Reading Challenge 2016
Finishing the Series Reading Challenge 2016
Disclosure: The publisher and NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book for my honest review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.