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The Pawful Truth: A Cat in the Stacks Mystery By Miranda James: Review/Giveaway


FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of The Pawful Truth, and a link to purchase it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

You’d think auditing a college class on the history of England from the end of the Roman occupation until the Norman conquest would be a safe enough pastime. Somehow, Charlie Harris manages to land in the midst of yet another mystery. Perhaps it was because he didn’t take his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, to class with him.

A short confrontation between the professor and the only other “mature” student, Dixie Belle, puts a sour note on the day’s lecture. Charlie is surprised to see Dixie at his office the next day, asking him to be her study partner. Something seems off to him, and he declines. Although Dixie seemed determined to do well in the class, she’s not at the next session. It’s not long before Charlie finds out why. Her body was found in her apartment, and the police are calling it a suspicious death. mystery

Charlie’s no stranger to murder investigations. After all, Haskell, a police officer, is one of his boarders. That, and Charlie is endlessly curious, and in the past, has contributed information to a reluctant Kanesha Berry, police detective and the daughter of Charlie’s housekeeper, Azalea.

This case is baffling. There are rumors of infidelity, but it’s hard to pin down which spouse and which supposed lover might be involved. Dixie had a bad reputation, but details are sketchy. There are suspects, but it’s almost impossible to sort the truth from rumors.

Charlie has his hands full with Diesel, a new kitten named Ramses, two grandbabies to enjoy, his volunteer work at the public library, and his part-time job at the college. When a second body turns up, it’s closer to home and has Charlie’s full attention. The question is, will Charlie be on the killer’s radar too? This time, danger comes within a whisker of changing everything.

This is book eleven in the popular series. Charlie’s life is changing, becoming more enriched, as he makes time for lifelong interests, spends more time with his significant other Helen Louise, and enjoys living close to family.

James also writes the Southern Ladies mysteries, a spinoff featuring the Ducote sisters, An’gel and Dickce, who always liven up the page. Miss Dickce manages to help Charlie without An’gel’s interference. It’s good to see her on her own.

Although readers can start the series anywhere, the antics of Charlie and Diesel will pull you into Southern life. Reading all of the books will be a must. Diesel will insist.

To enter to win a copy of The Pawful Truth, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “pawful,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen August 10, 2019. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address (so if you win we can get the book sent right out to you), and if via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Be sure to check out our new mystery podcast too with mystery short stories, and first chapters read by local actors. A new episode went up this week!

Use this link to purchase the book & a portion goes to help support KRL & indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

You can also use this link to purchase the book on Amazon. If you have ad blocker on you may not see the link:

Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won’t see coming.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases using those links. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carol Knudtson August 3, 2019 at 6:15am

I love this series. Thanks for the contest. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com


2 Glen Davis August 3, 2019 at 9:16am

College can be dangerous! Count me in!


3 Alicia August 3, 2019 at 10:59am

Cats and books. What could be better? Love this series.


4 Anne
Twitter: @anne
August 3, 2019 at 6:21pm

Enjoyable series and lovely giveaway.


5 Susan August 3, 2019 at 8:59pm

This is one of my very favorite cozy mystery series!


6 Paula Adams
Twitter: @qnofdnile
August 4, 2019 at 4:52am

I just love this series. I would have loved to take my cat with me to work when I used to work. Thank you so much for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com


7 Carl August 4, 2019 at 7:55am

Sounds like a really fun series, please enter my name in the draw. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com


8 Alicia August 4, 2019 at 8:56am

Such a good series.


9 Alma Collins
Twitter: @AlmaCol66546451
August 4, 2019 at 10:23am

Would love to read Miranda’s book! Thanks for the chance!


10 Dianne Casey August 4, 2019 at 10:49am

Love this series! Can’t wait to read “The Pawful Truth”.


11 Linda Semler August 4, 2019 at 11:13am

Love to wim


12 KarenM August 4, 2019 at 1:36pm

I have assigned Miranda James as our August author for my reading group.

I have only read one of this series so far. I have book one on order.

karen94066 at aol dot com


13 judith burken August 4, 2019 at 5:22pm

Great mystery series. Memorable characters. Collect all the books in the collection. Judith


14 judith burken August 4, 2019 at 5:23pm

Great mystery series. Memorable characters. Collect all the books. Judith


15 judith burken August 4, 2019 at 5:24pm

Great mystery series. Collect all the books. Judith


16 judith burken August 4, 2019 at 5:34pm

Great series. Have enjoyed every book.


17 DOWARD WILSON August 4, 2019 at 7:10pm

Love this series.


18 KATHERINE TOOLEY August 4, 2019 at 9:16pm

This is such an interesting and constantly evolving series!! Just love all the recurring characters. Please keep on writing this series AND the Southern Ladies as well. Thanks for this contest!!


19 Anne August 5, 2019 at 7:25am

Dean James, aka Miranda James, is one of my favorite writers. This is a great series.



20 Katherine Schmitt
Twitter: @Katherinestamps
August 5, 2019 at 5:27pm

This sounds like a fun book. Thanks for the chance to win.


21 marylouh August 7, 2019 at 6:57am

Love this series. Anxiously awaiting
the next installment.
thanks for the chance to get it soon.


22 Sue C August 7, 2019 at 9:54am

Love this series. Thanks for the chance.

sclickner at juno dot com


23 Verna Gass August 7, 2019 at 10:16am

Love the covers as well as the series. Thankyou for the giveaway


24 Jo Ann Hunter
Twitter: @Joann
August 7, 2019 at 10:35am

I love Miranda James Cat in the stakes series. It’s the pawful truth. Lol
Pun intended.


25 Ann Haran August 7, 2019 at 12:49pm

I love both of Diesel’s series – so much so that this year we adopted a Maine coon mix from a local rescue group. He is a lovable beastie and stole our hearts from day 1.

annopossum @ yahoo.com


26 Margaret Rushton
Twitter: @cupcake5858
August 7, 2019 at 7:57pm

I love Charlie and Diesel. It is such a great series. Can’t wait to read the new adventure.


27 Ruth A Hill
Twitter: @Ruthhill74
August 7, 2019 at 8:08pm

A cat and a mystery. Awesome! Thanks for the contest


28 Elizabeth MacGregor-Kirkcaldy August 8, 2019 at 11:38am

I love this series. Lovely review! Thank you for this fabulous chance. Happy reading and writing. xxx ???


29 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
August 19, 2019 at 10:54am

We have a winner!


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