Twelve Angry Librarians

Twelve Angry Librarians

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The New York Times bestselling author of No Cats Allowed and Arsenic and Old Books is back with more Southern charm and beguiling mystery as Charlie and Diesel must find a killer in a room full of librarians... Charlie is stressed out. The Southern Academic Libraries Association is holding this year's annual meeting at Athena College. Since Charlie is the interim library director, he must deliver the welcome speech to all the visiting librarians. And as if that weren't bad enough, the keynote address will be delivered by Charlie's old nemesis from library school. It's been thirty years since Charlie has seen Gavin Fong, and he's still an insufferable know-it-all capable of getting under everyone's skin. In his keynote, Gavin puts forth a most unpopular opinion- that degreed librarians will be obsolete in the academic libraries of the future. So, when Gavin drops dead, no one seems too upset... But Charlie, who was seen having a heated argument with Gavin the day before, has jumped to the top of the suspect list. Now Charlie and Diesel must check out every clue to refine their search for the real killer among them before the next book Charlie reads comes from a prison library...
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780425277768
Characteristics: 259 pages ;,24 cm.
Alternative Title: 12 angry librarians

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jeffreyochsner
Nov 25, 2017

The books in this series are not great literature, but I really like the characters. While Diesel is the one who caused me to start reading this series, I have become fond of the human characters as well.

I do have a couple of observations about this series: First, the series is set in a sleepy college town in Mississippi, but they certainly have a very high murder rate! Usually the victim is a visitor or recent arrival, but still! I would not think that frequent murders would be a great marketing tool for the college.

Second, the murder victim is usually an obnoxious person that is disliked by everyone. It is difficult not to feel that the murderer has performed a public service in getting rid of this jerk. Of course, things are not so tidy in real life.

To be honest, I care less about the murder mystery than I do about hearing what the regular characters are up to, but I did think the plot of this book was very clever. This may be one of the best books in the series so far. I give it 4-4.5 stars.

If you like cats, books, libraries, and/or nice people, you would probably enjoy this series. Again, it is a pleasant break from real life. As always, I recommend reading this series in order for maximum enjoyment.

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Ireadalot2
May 26, 2017

I enjoyed this "cozy mystery". I like the relationships between the people, and between the people and the pets. I was actually surprised by the ending. I'll look for more of these.

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MamPrez
Apr 24, 2017

I liked the story and way it flowed...at times a little redundant but overall a good cozy mystery with Charles and Diesel his buddy/cat/companion. Love the idea of a cat on a leash and "talking" to those who praise and pet him!!

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susanchyn
Apr 02, 2017

This is Book 8 of the Cat in the Stacks series. My first (and probably last) encounter with “lighthearted librarian Charlie Harris” and his Maine Coon Diesel.

What a disappointment, because the title is so appealing. I like cats. I like libraries and librarians. I like mysteries. But the writing style in this “cozy mystery” is plodding; the characterization, repetitive and painfully simplistic; the dialog, dull as ditchwater.

The plot (with its twelve angry librarians) is fine. The execution is what killed me.

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