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Publisher's Summary

Athena College's new writer in residence is native son and playwright Connor Lawton, known for his sharp writing-and sharper tongue. After an unpleasant encounter, librarian Charlie Harris heads home to a nice surprise: his daughter Laura is subbing for another Athena professor. Unfortunately her old flame Connor Lawton got her the job.

But before Connor finishes his newest play, he's murdered - and Laura is the prime suspect. Charlie and his faithful cat, Diesel, follow Connor's cluttered trail to find the true killer before his daughter is forever catalogued under M...for murderer.

©2012 Dean James (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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I am working my way through this series and enjoying each new book. This is book #3, and I just downloaded #4. I have really come to like Charlie, Diesel, and their extended family. We met Stewart in the last book and I have come to really like him in this book. I had a Maine Coon for 20 years, and I can identify with a lot of Diesel's characteristics. There are only five audio books in this series, but I hope that there will be more in the future.

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Why a female narrator?

I really want to like this series, but it ends up being too dry. One thing that bugs me is the choice to have a female reader for a male first person narration. Just because the author is female doesn't mean that it should be read by one.

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Charlie, Diesel and a Rotten Playwright

When Charlie and Diesel return home from the library to find Laura home from California, they are both pleasantly surprised. She is happy to be back in Athena, Mississippi for a while and is subbing at the college while another professor is out. The only problem is that her old boyfriend, playwright Connor Lawton got her the job. He is nobody's friend, with his foul mood and hateful tongue, but it seems like everyone has to bear with his antics as they rehearse his latest production . . . that is, until he is found murdered. With his daughter, Laura the main suspect, Charlie is anxious to find the real killer. This series has me hooked. I love Azalea, Charlie's housekeeper, who has been around forever, and keeps Charlie well fed . . . and in line. 😂 And then there's Azalea's daughter, Deputy Kanesha Berry, who brooks no foolishness when it comes to police investigations . . . that is unless she has to deal with her mother. 😉 The investigation takes a myriad of twists and turns, putting them all in danger leading to a very satisfying conclusion (with a lot of fun and excitment in between) that was well worth the wait!

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  • 02-26-21

So captivating!! I love it

The stories keep getting better and better!!! I enjoy listening to these series. All the characters blend into the different situations, great ending.

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I'm so sick of annoying Laura

Laura is selfish and entitled. I am sick of her. please deemphasize her. sick of her!!

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Diesel Saves The Family Again!!!

Absolutly LOVE these stories! The love,respect, kindness of the family and friends are a breath of fresh mountain air! The story plots are filled with interesting people in a lovely town and a library that Diesel the cat brings it all together. I've read everybook at least twice. Patiently waiting for the new book soon!!
The narrator is very good. Was surprised a female was to be Charley and cast. I can't imagine anyone but Erin Bennett being all these amazing people and CAT! Thank you!

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“The play is the key”

Athena, Mississippi resident Charlie Harris arrives home from the library with his Maine Coon cat Diesel, who accompanies Charlie to work on a leash, to find that his adult daughter Laura has arrived to teach acting classes at Athena College for a teacher on maternity leave. Laura works with the writer in residence, playwright Connor Lawton, a temperamental man born in Athena. Connor was also once Laura’s fiancé for a short period when they both lived in Hollywood.

Laura’s students are acting out a piece of Connor’s play which is not finished nor named yet. Connor finds that seeing a piece of the play acted out helps him see if a scene will work or if it still needs revision. Connor is highly critical of the students’ work and criticizes them far too much. Laura goes to visit with Connor later and finds him dead on the floor. Not knowing what to do, she calls her dad, Charlie Harris. Having learned from experience, Charlie goes to be with Laura, and they dial 911.

After removal of Connor’s body but before the deputy sheriff arrives, Laura looks around Connor’s apartment. She sees an urn that carries family ashes that he carries to all his locations. Laura knows it has a false bottom, and from that secret compartment Laura removes a zip drive that is Connor’s latest backup of his play in progress along with other material about it. When the deputy sheriff wants Laura to go downtown for questioning, Laura covertly slips the zip drive into her father’s pocket before going.

Laura is in her office the following day when she is attacked and knocked unconscious. Having not seen her at breakfast, Charlie stops into her office, finding her on the floor, and calls 911. The ER doctor tells him that she will be fine and does not show signs of concussion. Charlie’s son Sean, also staying with him, is quite upset when they arrive home. When deputy sheriff Kenesha Barry questions Laura, the two men hover over her shoulder. The household retires early that night, but a fire in the house startles them awake.

With a policeman watching their home following the arson scare, Charlie knows who to go to when a plain brown envelope arrives in the mail for Laura. Backup is called and the package removed, alarming the Harris household even more. Laura turned Connor’s zip drive over to the sheriff, but Sean made a copy beforehand. A study of the play on it reveals clues to the origins of the play and where it was heading. “The play is the key” was a saying of Connor’s, but now it is an omen to the answers they seek.

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excellent and fun cozy mystery! luv Charlie & cat

another great mystery involving Charlie Harris and his cat Deisel. great to have his children at home and enjoy their boarder Stuart.

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Book is a great mystery but I feel it would have been a better read by a male...

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  • 12-19-15

loved the book,but....

The story is a good cozy mystery. The author does not dissappoint. The narrator did a good job, but somehow the female voice was offputting a bit. However still a great listen overall.

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  • 02-15-22

A really enjoyable series so far

I have now listened to the first 3 in this series, and all have been really enjoyable, with good build ups to the eventual reveal if the murderer.
I'm looking forward to working my way through the rest of the series.

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  • 03-17-17

About love these

I throughly enjoy these stories by Miranda James.

It’s a pity there’s not any more of these here on audible. The Southern ladies and the cat in the stack series are wonderful to listen too