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This charming mystery suffers a bit from a first-person narrator who’s a little too caught up in his daily life, as well as a preternaturally empathic cat that stretches one’s suspension of disbelief. These faults are mostly made up for with a well-paced story, vibrant setting, nicely drawn characters and a mystery more complicated than it first appears. A promising start to the Cat in the Stacks series.

Charlie Harris is a widowed part-time librarian archivist living in Athena, Miss., with a Maine coon cat named Diesel. A former classmate, Godfrey Priest, now a bestselling author of gory thrillers, returns to Athena for a gala reception and to donate his papers to the college library. Charlie remembers Godfrey as an egotistical jerk, and he’s not the only one. So when Godfrey turns up dead hours before the reception, any number of people in town could be the killer. (PRIME CRIME, Aug., 304 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Michelle Wiener