Six Cats A Slayin’ A Cat in the Stacks Mystery By Miranda James: Review/Giveaway

Dec 8, 2018 | 2018 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 Six Cats A Slayin’, a link to purchase it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

Change comes to everyone, welcome or not. For librarian Charlie Harris, two changes are one too many. Gerry Albritton is his new neighbor. She’s a very friendly woman, the kind who drops innuendo into conversation and her hand on an arm or shoulder while she talks. She seems to have plenty of money and isn’t shy about spending it. She owns a real estate agency and although she claims to have grown up right there in town, no one recognizes her.

Gerry invited everyone to her holiday party. Most people said yes, in spite of her personality. They want to see the renovated house and there will be free food and drinks. Her outdoor decorations include a Santa and sleigh on one side of the yard and a manger scene on the other. mystery book cover

At the party, there are also fireworks in the form of a jealous wife accusing Gerry of trying to steal her husband and an argument that borders on a threat or blackmail. When Gerry’s body is found, it’s not a matter of who wanted her dead but who was she really? No one can find a trace of a woman by that name, including the Albritton family in town.

At home, Charlie has his own mystery to solve. Someone has dropped off a box of five kittens at his door. A note indicates a child is looking for sanctuary, a place they’ll be safe. Diesel is Charlie’s Maine Coon cat who appoints himself babysitter for the kittens although the job can wear him out before the kittens are ready for naps. Still, somebody has to teach them manners.

Another concern is Charlie’s daughter-in-law whose perfectionism has been challenged by her newborn baby. Her insistence that she can do it all and do it well has brought her to the point of exhaustion and illness.

As always, the mystery is a good one especially since the true identity of the murder victim is unknown. Charlie manages to find out clues to pass on to the police. For him, it’s not running around town to investigate but more a matter of solving a puzzle. Diesel is ever charming with his chirps and comments in conversations.

This is the tenth book in the popular series. Readers can start here and then go back to the beginning with ease. There are also four Southern Ladies mysteries, a spinoff of this set of characters. Miranda James continues to give readers characters who charm so much that each book feels like a visit to the genteel South to see old friends and sip a glass of sweet tea.

To enter to win a copy of Six Cats a Slayin’, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “six cats,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 15, 2018. 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.

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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.

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  1. I absolutely love this series. Whenever a new book comes out, it’s like visiting good friends.

  2. I love this series & would enjoy reading this one.

  3. I love this series! Thank you for a chance to win this book!

  4. I love cats and libraries so this sounds perfect!
    Donah42 at aol dot com

  5. Hard to believe that this is the tenth book in the series already. I’d love to have a copy, thanks for the chance to win one! crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  6. Love cozies with cats – thanks for the contest – trwilliams 69 at msn dot com

  7. Miranda James and this series are one of my favorites. My fingers are crossed I win so I can add it to my library. Thanks for the opportunity. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  8. Awesome series, would love to win this! Thanks for the giveaway! barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. I have wanted to read this series …please enter me. Such a cute Cover.

  10. I lOVE this series!!! I’m afraid I’ve gotten behind and haven’t read this one. I hope I win it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    CocoIhle@ gmail(dot)com

  11. I love this series! Can’t wait to read Six Cats A Slayin’.

  12. Totally Yes! Love this series!!! Would love to get this one!!! Thanks for the interview and the chance

  13. I love Charlie and Diesel. One of my favorite series.

  14. i love this series and would love to read this book. Thanks for the chance!

  15. I love this series so much! I can’t wait to read this one!

  16. Really enjoy the series. Would love to win a copy.

  17. Please add my name for contest consideration.


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