Hiss Me Deadly By Miranda James: Review/Giveaway

Aug 5, 2023 | 2023 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze, Pets, Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

Wil Threadgill wasn’t one of the popular kids in school. He was an outsider and treated that way. Wil ended up dropping out after his junior year. Charlie Harris remembers him but his friend and colleague, Melba, remembers him best—she had a huge crush on Wil.

Now Wil and his band have made the big time and are coming back home to play and work with students in the college music program. Melba is beyond thrilled. She’s kept in touch with Wil off and on throughout the years and can’t wait to see him again. Charlie is worried she’s reading too much into the situation and will get hurt if Wil doesn’t feel as kindly toward Melba.

As always, when you go home again, especially when you are well-known and successful, not everyone will be happy to see you as Wil finds out. First, there are small things gone wrong but when the harassment escalates, it’s impossible to say they are anything but targeted. Still, Wil has no idea who could be doing them and why.

When someone dies, Charlie and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, are worried Melba is not just following her heart to disaster but that she’s in harm’s way. Although his family discourages his inquisitive nature, Charlie has to find the culprit to protect his friend.

I love any book with Charlie and Diesel. My only complaints are I miss the sisters and Diesel’s younger, rowdier cat counterpart needs more time on the page. Charlie is always someone you’d want on your side, no matter the problem. I look forward to the next adventures of Charlie and Diesel.

To enter to win a copy of Hiss Me Deadly, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “hiss” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen August 12, 2023. U.S. residents only, and you must be 18 or older to enter. If entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She’s editor for Peace, Love, and Crime: Crime Stories Inspired by the Songs of the ’60s, with twenty-two cozy stories. She also edited A Murder of Crows, twenty-one stories featuring animals and crime (no animals were harmed). She also writes for magazines, newsletters, and the occasional guest blog. Both anthologies are available at the usual outlets, print or ebook.

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  1. Thanks for the chance.

  2. Read this already. It is a great series.

    • Love this series and would be thrilled to read this one. Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Charlie and Diesel sound like a fun pair to read about. Thank you for the chance to win.

    • Diesel is a great feline character!

      • Sounds interesting and I would love to read it. Thanks for the chance.

  4. Great series. Can’t wait to read “Hiss Me Deadly”.

  5. Sounds interesting! Count me in!

  6. We have a winner!


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