Six Cats a Slayin' (Cat in the Stacks #10)
Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, are busy decking the halls for the holidays when an unexpected delivery and a shocking murder conspire to shake up the season in this all new installment of the New York Times bestselling series.December twenty-fifth is right around the corner, and Charlie is making his list and checking it twice. He is doing his best to show some peace and goodwill toward his nosy neighbor Gerry Arbitron, a real estate agent who seems to have designs on his house (and maybe on him, as well), while preparing for a very important role, indeed--his first Christmas as a grandfather. The last thing Charlie expects is to gain several new additions to his family. Charlie finds a box on his doorstep with five kittens inside and a note begging him to keep them safe. With Diesel's help, Charlie welcomes the tiny felines into the Harris household just as Gerry decides it is time to throw a lavish holiday party. Determined to make her mark on Athena, Gerry instead winds up dead at her very own party. Though attempts to dig into her past come up empty, Charlie and his girlfriend, Helen Louise, witness two heated exchanges involving Gerry before her death: one with a leading citizen and another with the wife of a good friend. Will one of these ladies wind up on the sheriff's naughty list? Charlie and Diesel have to wrap up the case before the special season is ruined by a sinister scrooge.

Six Cats a Slayin' (Cat in the Stacks #10) Details

TitleSix Cats a Slayin' (Cat in the Stacks #10)
Author
ReleaseOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherBerkley
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Holiday, Christmas, Fiction, Writing, Books About Books

Six Cats a Slayin' (Cat in the Stacks #10) Review

  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    It is Christmas time Athena, Mississippi, Charlie Harris is excited as it is the first holiday he will be a Grandfather. A neighbor, Gerry Arbitron Christmas decorations are in poor taste and she is planning a neighborhood open-house in the 10th installment, During the party, Gerry collapsed and Charlie becomes involved with another death. Meanwhile, one morning the doorbell rang and Charlie and Diesel find a box with 5 kittens. The note attached asked him to keep the kittens saved he was going It is Christmas time Athena, Mississippi, Charlie Harris is excited as it is the first holiday he will be a Grandfather. A neighbor, Gerry Arbitron Christmas decorations are in poor taste and she is planning a neighborhood open-house in the 10th installment, During the party, Gerry collapsed and Charlie becomes involved with another death. Meanwhile, one morning the doorbell rang and Charlie and Diesel find a box with 5 kittens. The note attached asked him to keep the kittens saved he was going to drown them. Diesel's actions are surprising as he chooses to babysit the kittens. The story alternates between Charlies efforts to find the owner of the kittens, family affairs, and the death investigation to make a delightful tale. The ending is a surprise and brings a smile. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book and series.Disclosure: Many thanks to Berkley for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    This is the tenth installment in this series. I have read every prior book but this book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone. A new resident in Charlie Harris' neighborhood decides to host an open house/Christmas party. She says that she is returning to her hometown of Athena and is a member of a prominent family. However, elements of her story just aren't adding up. She collapses and dies at her own party. When Charlie looks into her background, there are more questions than answers. Are these ques This is the tenth installment in this series. I have read every prior book but this book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone. A new resident in Charlie Harris' neighborhood decides to host an open house/Christmas party. She says that she is returning to her hometown of Athena and is a member of a prominent family. However, elements of her story just aren't adding up. She collapses and dies at her own party. When Charlie looks into her background, there are more questions than answers. Are these questions motive for murder?I really enjoyed this mystery. The story had other facets, including the identity of the owner of 5 stray kittens, hence the title. The plot was well-crafted with familiar characters trying to identify the killer's identity. There are some surprising twists, which are handled with great dignity. This is one of my favorite series and I love the special relationship between Charlie & Diesel, his Maine Coon cat. *** Thanks to NetGalley for a complimentary ARC of this book. My review is voluntary.
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  • Paula Ratcliffe
    January 1, 1970
    This book follows beloved Athenian Charlie and Diesel Harris who have landed themselves 5 kittens. Charlie takes them determined to find out who the owner is and why they have been left there with a cryptic note. Charlie also meets a new neighbor who seems very mysterious Gerry Arbitron. Gerry seems to be very flirtatious towards Charlie which raises more questions of whom she really is?Charlie and others around Athena have been invited to a part at Gerry's house and everyone is curious to learn This book follows beloved Athenian Charlie and Diesel Harris who have landed themselves 5 kittens. Charlie takes them determined to find out who the owner is and why they have been left there with a cryptic note. Charlie also meets a new neighbor who seems very mysterious Gerry Arbitron. Gerry seems to be very flirtatious towards Charlie which raises more questions of whom she really is?Charlie and others around Athena have been invited to a part at Gerry's house and everyone is curious to learn more about the party goers and the one whose throwing the party. Charlie and Helen Louise over hear a very vocal argument between Gerry and another resident Mrs. Thompson what could they possibly be arguing about? When Gerry winds up dead and all party goers are questioned and released it's up to Charlie to figure out who killed Gerry and why?In between Charlie's two mysteries he's also watching the effects of a baby on a new mom Alex has been having a heck of time with baby Rosie. Alex is starting to think she's a bad mom for even thinking of help but sometimes you need help and it's not great defeat to ask for it. Sean steps in and makes the hard decisions when the time comes. I love Charlie and Diesel, Laura, Frank, Sean and Alex and all their friends and loved ones they come together it's so beautiful to see how far Charlie has come since the beginning. He has opened himself up to so many people and we get to see where they go every time. One of my go to books whenever I see one available. I read it one day and that really makes it all the more wonderful!
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  • Gail
    January 1, 1970
    The gang's all here for the 10th entry in the Cat in the Stacks series. Author Miranda James has created an endearing and relatable cast of characters, centered around librarian Charlie Harris. Charlie catalogs rare books for the college in small town Athena, Mississippi, that is, when he is not solving murder mysteries with his Maine coon cat, Diesel. Nevertheless, this is not one of those cozy series in which the animals help solve the mystery. The primary mystery involves a realtor who has mo The gang's all here for the 10th entry in the Cat in the Stacks series. Author Miranda James has created an endearing and relatable cast of characters, centered around librarian Charlie Harris. Charlie catalogs rare books for the college in small town Athena, Mississippi, that is, when he is not solving murder mysteries with his Maine coon cat, Diesel. Nevertheless, this is not one of those cozy series in which the animals help solve the mystery. The primary mystery involves a realtor who has moved into Charlie's neighborhood and has managed to alienate nearly everyone around her, not in small part because she appears to be after all the available and not-so-available men in town. Gerry's murder occurs at her Christmas gathering and there is no shortage of potential suspects. The secondary mystery centers around a basket of kittens left on Charlie's doorstep. I found myself as caught up in this mystery as the murder itself.If you have read any of the series entries, this one doesn't deviate from Miranda James' successful formula but is another pleasant visit with Charlie, his family, and friends. However, the book can be read as a standalone as it's easy to slip into Charlie's universe. Bottom line: pleasant, Christmas-themed fun.Full Disclosure--Net Gallery and the publisher provided me with a digital ARC of this book. This is my honest review.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    This is the tenth "Cat in the Stacks" mystery, the chronicles of Charlie Harris (mild-mannered librarian) and Diesel (enormous and vocal Maine Coon cat). As the series has grown, so has the reader's acquaintance with the townsfolk of Athena, Mississippi, and so has Charlie's family.This Christmas would have been special even without a murder to solve: Charlie's first Christmas as a grandfather. It's also Diesel's first experience as a father (of sorts) - babysitter to a box of kittens that someo This is the tenth "Cat in the Stacks" mystery, the chronicles of Charlie Harris (mild-mannered librarian) and Diesel (enormous and vocal Maine Coon cat). As the series has grown, so has the reader's acquaintance with the townsfolk of Athena, Mississippi, and so has Charlie's family.This Christmas would have been special even without a murder to solve: Charlie's first Christmas as a grandfather. It's also Diesel's first experience as a father (of sorts) - babysitter to a box of kittens that someone leaves on the doorstep. Who would have known that only-cat Diesel would love and care for a bunch of wriggly kittens?However, someone besides Charlie has taken a dislike to his new neighbor, a realtor whose business tactics are as deplorable as her Christmas decorations. She collapses and dies at her lavish, garish holiday party, creating two mysteries. "Who was she, anyway? " people wonder, since she seemed, somehow, familiar. And, who would kill a stranger?I hope this series never ends. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series! The characters are very personable and you want to know what happens to them. It was nice to see what is happening with Charlie's growing family and their struggles/joys, too. The mystery in this book had me guessing until the end. It was a little more complicated than normal. And I loved the second (kittens) mystery, too! The story moves along at a great pace and kept me wanting to know how it was going to end. I look forward to the next book!
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  • Toni (T.C.) LoTempio
    January 1, 1970
    Another cute entry in this well loved series.
  • TC
    January 1, 1970
    As I read this delightful book in the heat of a Texas summer, it evoked all that's so special about the Christmas season....family, friends, love and, of course, cats and kittens. Six of them to be exact! As always in this series, there is a murder that can only be untangled and solved by knowing the history and family relationships of Athena, a remarkable southern town. I love librarian Charlie with his southern gentlemanly ways and the amazing Maine Coon Cat, Diesel. I've followed this series As I read this delightful book in the heat of a Texas summer, it evoked all that's so special about the Christmas season....family, friends, love and, of course, cats and kittens. Six of them to be exact! As always in this series, there is a murder that can only be untangled and solved by knowing the history and family relationships of Athena, a remarkable southern town. I love librarian Charlie with his southern gentlemanly ways and the amazing Maine Coon Cat, Diesel. I've followed this series from the beginning and hope it continues forever. If you haven't read this series you're in for a treat and if you have, you'll welcome this newest addition.
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  • Anna Fox
    January 1, 1970
    Love this series - Charlie and Diesel are old friends I enjoy visiting with and seeing how they are going to solve the mystery or mysteries in this case. Who killed the neighbor, where did the kittens come from, and a little family drama. I received an eARC from Berkley via NetGalley for an honest review. - One of the best cozy series around. Great characters and an interesting story.
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