The Silence of the Library

The Silence of the Library

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Penguin Putnam
When a beloved mystery author’s visit causes a stir in their small Mississippi town, librarian Charlie Harris and his cat Diesel must outwit a fiction fanatic turned real-life 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...

Baker & Taylor
When the arrival in their town of famous novelist Electra Barnes Cartwright, the creator of a beloved girl detective series, results in murder, librarian Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat Diesel investigate.

Baker
& Taylor

When the arrival of famous novelist Electra Barnes Cartwright, the creator of a beloved girl detective series, results in murder, librarian Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat Diesel must expose a mystery-buff-turned-killer. Original. 65,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Prime Crime, 2014
ISBN: 9780698137318
0698137310
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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martine6
Jun 08, 2015

I'll admit, I didn't have high hopes for this one. But I enjoyed reading it, mainly because of the plot twists. I agree with some of the other readers that the views of the author were a little dated. But what do you expect from an author that writes mysteries with a cat as a main character?

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VRMurphy
Apr 30, 2015

This was a very light read, and I was a bit surprised that the story kept me sufficiently engaged to finish the book. I won't bother looking for any others in the series though. It is a very G-rated mystery, so it might be just the ticket if you're looking for something recommend to your aged friends or relatives, assuming they aren't too critical about what they read and that they think most modern mystery novels are too violent, or have too much swearing and sex. It reads like a very conservative TV show. I found the treatment of the one gay character offensive - very stereotypical, and when it's indicated that he may have found a romantic interest, the straight characters comment that the couple will have to be very discreet. It's 2015, folks! I'm sure this series has an audience but I don't think it's me.
p.s. the cat was one of the better-written characters, and I liked him.

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1_Great_Book
Jan 21, 2015

Have discovered a new cosy series to enjoy. I particularly like how the librarian uses research skills to detect!

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Quinn2013
Nov 11, 2014

Another excellent outing for Diesel and Charlie. Lots of twists and turns to the plot keeps you turning the pages. This mystery has encouraged me to revisit my old Cherry Ames books and go on-line to read the complete story (bits which appear throughout Silence in the Library) written in a similar style. One is gripped by this story within a story which is done artfully by James.

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