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Arsenic and Old Books

de Miranda James

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Sèrie: Cat in the Stacks Mystery (6)

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"In Athena, Mississippi, librarian Charlie Harris is known for his good nature--and for his Maine coon cat, Diesel, whom he walks on a leash. Charlie returned to his hometown to immerse himself in books, but taking the plunge into a recent acquisition will have him in over his head... Lucinda Beckwith Long, the mayor of Athena, has donated a set of Civil War-era diaries to the archives of Athena College. The books were recently discovered among the personal effects of an ancestor of Mrs. Long's husband. The mayor would like Charlie to preserve and substantiate them as a part of the Long family legacy--something that could benefit her son, Beck, as he prepares to campaign for the state senate. Beck's biggest rival is Jasper Singletary. His Southern roots are as deep as Beck's, and their families have been bitter enemies since the Civil War. Jasper claims the Long clan has a history of underhanded behavior at the expense of the Singletarys. He'd like to get a look at the diaries in an attempt to expose the Long family's past sins. Meanwhile, a history professor at the college is also determined to get her hands on the books in a last-ditch bid for tenure. But their interest suddenly turns deadly... Now Charlie is left with a catalog of questions. The diaries seem worth killing for, and one thing is certain: Charlie will need to be careful, because the more he reads, the closer he could be coming to his final chapter ..."--… (més)
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Summary: Charlie, a university archivist, is given diaries from the Civil War to authenticate because the contents might help a local politician. When the diaries are stolen and one of the parties interested in the diaries is murdered, Charlie decides to investigate with the help of his cat Diesel.

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3/5

I had a very complicated relationship with this book. There was a point, early on where it almost was a DNF. Then, there were several times I thought it was going to be a 4 star read.

This is my first Cat in the Stacks mystery but Arsenic and Old Books it isn't the first in the series and that may have impacted my reading experience.

Let's start with what I enjoyed.

I absolutely loved Diesel the Cat. He was probably my favorite character in the book.

I also really enjoyed the mysteries. We have the mystery of the stolen diaries, the murder, and then there is a mystery within the diary themselves. All of them had me eagerly turning pages and excited to get the next clue.

We are shown snippets of the diary and it was wonderfully balanced. There was enough from the diary that I wanted more but it didn't overwhelm the stories (as can happen when there is a book within a book). I thought the balance of the present mystery with the diary was just about perfect and I never felt bored when we switched to the diary to learn about what had happened during the Civil War.

Unfortunately, there were also several things in the book that didn't work for me.

Early in the book, and one of the reasons it was almost a DNF, there was quite a bit of info dumping. I think that was because the author was trying to catch us up on the characters in Charlie's world but for me it was too much too fast. I also didn't feel like I necessarily needed to know about characters who played very small roles or no roles in the story.

I also did not like the portrayal of the person who was murdered and Charlie's attitude towards them. I know that is many mysteries the person who is murdered is awful but I felt like Charlie's interactions with the victim made them seem awful but not for reasons they should have seemed awful. I know that is a bit vague but trying not to spoil anything.

Another issue I had was that the back of the book suggested to me that Charlie would be in danger as he tried to solve the mystery but I didn't feel much suspense in this book or worry that Charlie would be harmed as he investigated.

For me, the biggest issue I had with this book was the ending. Not only did I not love the resolution of the primary mystery but I hated the way the reveal happened. It was very abrupt.

I think the best way to summarize my feelings for this book was we had a slow start then things sped up and I was loving the ride, then we stumbled pretty hard at the end.

I can't really recommend this book because of how disappointed I was at the way the book ended but it wasn't a bad ride to that point either. ( )
  authorjanebnight | Apr 17, 2021 |
Read Harder 2019: A cozy mystery. ( )
  AnnaWaffles | Aug 28, 2020 |
Pretty insipid cozy dealing with Civil War era diaries that become the target of theft and mayhem as two political candidates each become convinced that the contents will destroy his opponent.

James is generous in doling out clues, and most readers will have figured things out long before the book's cast does.

The main character, college librarian Charlie Harris, is a beige character throughout. The reader never really finds out much about him, except that he is owned by Diesel, a Maine Coon cat.

This volume is part of a series "A Cat in the Stacks", but does little to tempt the reader to find additional volumes. It also includes a bonus short story, "When Charlie Met Diesel". ( )
  LyndaInOregon | Nov 10, 2019 |
There are mysteries both old and new in this cozy featuring Charlie the librarian and Deisel the cat. When a set of Civil War diaries are donated to the library, much interest is arroused in their content. They stir up feelings of animosity between two rival politicians whose family feuds go back that far. More than one person wants to read the secrets contained in them. Throw in mystery deaths from that era, add in a current hit-and-run death, and top it off with the theft of books from Charlie’s office, you have the stage set for a great cozy tale. Deisel is just frosting on the cake, making an interesting story even more entertaining. Well-written with good character development, this series just keeps getting better. ( )
  Maydacat | Aug 20, 2018 |
Charlie Harris is well known for his good nature and for his pet Maine coon Diesel that he walks around town on a leash. Charlie has returned to his hometown to immerse himself in books, but when he takes the plunge into a recent acquisition he will be in over his head. The mayor of Athena Lucinda Beckwith Long, donates a recently discovered set of Civil War-era diaries to the archives of Athena College. She'd like Charlie to preserve and to add them as part of the Long family collection, something that could help her son, Beck, as he plans to campaign for the state senate. Beck’s biggest rival and competition is Jasper Singletary. His roots are just as deep as Beck’s, and the two families have been enemies since the Civil War. Jasper claims the Long's have a history of underhanded behavior at the expense of the Singletary's. He’d like to look at the diaries to expose the Long family’s past sins. Marie Steverton, a history professor at the college is determined to get a hold of the books in her last chance for tenure. Reporter Kelly Grimes also wants to look at the diaries to help one of the candidates. But for one of them their interest turns deadly very quickly.
The diaries seem like they are worth killing for, and one thing is very certain, Charlie will need to be extra careful, since the more he reads of the diaries, the closer he's coming to his final chapter.

This story has not one but two mysteries and they both have twists and turns that get wrapped up nicely at the end of the book. The author gives us a unique look of how the Civil War affected the Long's and the Singletary's not just during the war but even afterwards also. I did miss reading about Sean, Laura, Justin, and Stuart except for the short cameos they make throughout the story. It is nice to see Charlie and Helen Louise's relationship continue to grow. I also liked the news that Laura tells her family at the end of the story but I won't spoil it here. ( )
  FaytheShattuck | May 23, 2018 |
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"In Athena, Mississippi, librarian Charlie Harris is known for his good nature--and for his Maine coon cat, Diesel, whom he walks on a leash. Charlie returned to his hometown to immerse himself in books, but taking the plunge into a recent acquisition will have him in over his head... Lucinda Beckwith Long, the mayor of Athena, has donated a set of Civil War-era diaries to the archives of Athena College. The books were recently discovered among the personal effects of an ancestor of Mrs. Long's husband. The mayor would like Charlie to preserve and substantiate them as a part of the Long family legacy--something that could benefit her son, Beck, as he prepares to campaign for the state senate. Beck's biggest rival is Jasper Singletary. His Southern roots are as deep as Beck's, and their families have been bitter enemies since the Civil War. Jasper claims the Long clan has a history of underhanded behavior at the expense of the Singletarys. He'd like to get a look at the diaries in an attempt to expose the Long family's past sins. Meanwhile, a history professor at the college is also determined to get her hands on the books in a last-ditch bid for tenure. But their interest suddenly turns deadly... Now Charlie is left with a catalog of questions. The diaries seem worth killing for, and one thing is certain: Charlie will need to be careful, because the more he reads, the closer he could be coming to his final chapter ..."--

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