• Classified as Murder

  • By: Miranda James
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (447 ratings)

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Classified as Murder

By: Miranda James
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
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Publisher's Summary

Aging eccentric James Delacorte asks Charlie the librarian to do an inventory of his rare book collection - but the job goes from tedious to terrifying when James turns up dead. Relying on his cat Diesel to paw around for clues, Charlie has to catch the killer before another victim checks out.

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Great story, but

Second book, still a great storyline.
But.....I still get sidetracked with the female voice for the male main character.

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Fun murer mystery. Realistic cat involvement.

What did you love best about Classified as Murder?

Charlie and Diesel.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Charlie. He's believable. Or is it Diesel? I can't decide.

What does Erin Bennett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Erin is an excellent reader. But I think it's a little weird that a woman is reading a book whose main character (first person) is a man. I got used to it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed a few times.

Any additional comments?

Diesel (Charlie's cat) is completely charming and believable.

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Catchy plot & still pleasingly cozy

Sometimes I really enjoy a good plot with dynamics -- that doesn't wear me out with horror or nerve-wracking terror and suspense. This combination of good plot but still keeping it cozy is difficult to achieve. James does it in this one. Real life issues come up so it's not just inane and they're dealt with in realistic ways too -- the relationship between father and son develops and improves - which keeps the cozy. But the reader does feel the reality of the problem and tension - which makes the cozy aspect satisfying instead of sappy or corny. This happens with other characters in the book too. I wish there were more like this.

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Engaging

This is book two of the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries. In this story retired librarian Charlie Harris and Maine Coon cat Diesel are hired by a wealthy man, James DeLacorte, to catalog his library of rare books. DeLacorte thinks someone is stealing from his collection and wants Charlie to determine how many books have disappeared.

Chief Deputy Kenosha Berry, from book one, arrives when Charlie discovers DeLacorte has been murdered. Berry asks for Charlie’s help because of the rare books. Charlie’s son, Sean, an attorney has quit his job in Texas and is now staying with Charlie for awhile. Charlie and Diesel are on the case.

The book is well written and easy to read. There is little action but lots of suspense. This is a book of words and mental deduction. James is an excellent story teller. Erin Bennett does an excellent job narrating the book.

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Excellent narration

Would you consider the audio edition of Classified as Murder to be better than the print version?

I have been trying to use Immersion reading listening to and reading on my Kindle Fire. This book was truly a delight to read. First of all I like the ability to increase the speed of narration which increases my reading speed in general. This particular book was good because the narrator clearly distinguished between many characters' voices. I love cozy mysteries with pets, but ones that don't make the "mystery" too easy to solve. I liked the fact that I didn't figure out the murderer until the narrator did. I wish more cozy mysteries had reasonably priced audio narration.

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Definately "Cozy"!

I am certainly looking forward to continuing with this series. It has good, believable characters and a pretty great car!

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Good Second Book

The first book was pleasant. But, the second was so much better. Like another reviewer, I'm glad I stayed with the series.

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Interesting by the choice of narrator was wrong

What made the experience of listening to Classified as Murder the most enjoyable?

I liked the story line and the inclusion of the Maine Coon cat in helping with the investigation.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The narrator. The narrator is skilled at telling the story, however since the book is written in the first person who is a man and most of the dialog was made for male voices...having a woman do the narration took away from the story a lot for me. It kept me sidetracked from enjoying the story because I had to remind myself that they star was a man.

What three words best describe Erin Bennett’s voice?

Not good males.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction except I kept wishing the men sounded like men.

Any additional comments?

I would like to have given the story and the narrator more points but couldn't. Who ever matched the narrator with this story needs to re-evaluate choosing the right narrator for the story. She would do a good job in books that were first person with a woman as the main character.

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Returning Son and Murdered Book Collector

The second in the series finds Charlie and Diesel cataloging James Delacorte's rare book collection for him. Mr. Delacorte believes that someone close to him is stealing some of his valuable old books, and wants Charlie to inventory them and determine which books are missing. But on his first day at work, while Charlie and Diesel go home to have lunch, someone murders the elderly man, and Charlie discovers his body when they return. The family is full of very strange people who would like to get their hands on Delacorte's money and treasures, but would one of them actually murder him? Meanwhile at home, Charlie is happy, yet puzzled to find that his son, Sean has returned home . . . and brought a dog along with him. Sean seems aloof and unapproachable to Charlie's dismay. And when Sean receives a call from a woman that Charlie doesn't recognize and sparks fly, he finally asks Sean what's wrong. A floodgate of emotions opens up . . . clearing the way for communication and new closeness between father and son. Sean and Diesel help Charlie (and the cops) get to the bottom of Mr. Delacorte's murder. I love the people in these murder mysteries. Great story and excellent conclusion!

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Good story

Fun series. Hated the domestic violence was ignored by everyone including cops. Love Diesel the cat.

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  • Janet
  • 02-28-19

A good story line

A good listen to
Enjoy the twist on who done it
I would tell my friends to get it

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  • Mrs. Casilda A. Slattery
  • 12-26-18

This is such a great book

It is a pleasure to listen to and I can't wait to read the next audiobook.