CLASSIFIED AS MURDER
The second mystery of the Cat-in-the-Stacks series is sure to be a hit with bibliophiles and animal lovers, not to mention anyone who likes a well-plotted mystery. The characters are unique and often eccentric. Having a male amateur sleuth with a subplot that explores his relationship with his adult son brings a fresh twist to the genre.
Librarian Charlie Harris is hired to inventory the rare book collection of James Delacorte. The elderly man shares his Mississippi mansion with several odd and often shockingly loutish relatives. Although Delacorte has supported them financially for decades, he suspects that someone in his family is stealing from his priceless book collection. When Delacorte is murdered, Charlie knows that the identity of the murderer is tied to the stolen books. Charlie and his feline sidekick Diesel help the police identify the killer. (PRIME CRIME, May, 304 pp., $7.99)