Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cozy Mystery Review ~ THE SILENCE OF THE LIBRARY by Miranda James

Everyone in Athena, Mississippi, knows Charlie Harris, the librarian with a rescued Maine coon cat named Diesel. He’s returned to his hometown to immerse himself in books, but a celebrated author’s visit draws an unruly swarm of fanatic mystery buffs…and one devious killer.
It’s National Library Week, and the Athena Public Library is planning an exhibit to honor the centenary of famous novelist Electra Barnes Cartwright—creator of the beloved Veronica Thane series.
Charlie has a soft spot for Cartwright’s girl detective stories (not to mention an extensive collection of her books!). When the author agrees to make a rare public appearance, the news of her whereabouts goes viral overnight, and series devotees and book collectors converge on Athena.
After all, it’s rumored that Cartwright penned Veronica Thane stories that remain under wraps, and one rabid fan will stop at nothing—not even murder—to get hold of the rare books….


This was my first Miranda James book and while this is the fifth book in the series, I wasn’t confused that much.  There were some relationship issues that I didn’t understand, but overall it didn’t have any effect on reading and enjoying the book.
Charlie Harris is a fifty something year old man living in his family home in Athena, Mississippi with his two adult children, a boarder, and his ever present, extremely large Maine Coon cat, Diesel.  What’s interesting about these two is that Charlie takes Diesel everywhere he goes.  Diesel is like a little person and gives the impression that he understands situations and talks to everyone.
Told in first person, The Silence of the Library is a mystery inside of a mystery, with Charlie reading a mystery from his childhood.  It’s National Library Week and Charlie and Teresa Farmer, the director of the Athena Public Library are planning to feature Electra Barnes Cartwright, the author of the Veronica Thane juvenile mystery series.  While doing research, Teresa discovers Electra is still alive, living nearby and nearing the age of a hundred.  With this discovery, Charlie is more than happy to accompany Teresa when she goes to meet the author.  
With everything set for the exhibit and word getting out that Electra is still alive and will appear at the library, things start to get a little strange and crazy.  I loved that each chapter ended with me wanting to turn the page and continue reading.  I was surprised as to who the murder victim was and why they were murdered.  The whodunit kept me guessing up until the end and tied up nicely.  
Rating: 4
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Book Length: 320 pages
Source: Author
Reviewed by: Kim
Reading Format: Available in eBook and Paperback

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