Book Review: The Silence of the Library by Miranda James

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The Silence of the Library (Cat in the Stacks, #5)The Silence of the Library by Miranda James
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The Silence of the Library is the 5th book in the ‘Cat in the Stacks’ cozy mystery series written by Miranda James. The books take place in Athena, Mississippi and focus on Charlie, a ~50ish male librarian, who solves crimes while attending to his Maine Coon cat, Diesel. In this book, a 100-year-old author is going to do a book signing and interview at Charlie’s library, but all is not what it seems. The crazies come out to see their favorite girl sleuth author, and her family is very protective of the woman’s reputation and health. As Charlie gets drawn into the web of confusion, one of the fans is murdered, forcing our indomitable librarian to assist the Deputy Chief of Police, Kanesha, find the criminal.

Miranda James has an eloquent writing style where lively and memorable characters guide the story to completion. Each story feels like a separate universe but it also have strong connections to the others and the folks around Athena. It’s not as heavily populated with secondary characters as other book series, which can be a good thing. We have 4 or 5 central supporting folks in Charley’s life, and we enjoy getting to know them more deeply. In this book, the fans were crazy! I like to think the author took a few of his (yes, in case you didn’t know, this is a pseudonym) favorite fan-encounters and created wonderful characters in his books… and while I doubt any murders have ever happened in reality, it’s a great way to involve and connect with readers… especially in the world of girl detectives and the origins of the mystery series.

Overall, I give this a 4.5 star rating… it was a clever and intricate story, and I loved so much of it. Even my faves, the Ducote sisters, were mentioned. Readers are treated to a bonus story embedded in this book. James weaves a secondary tale written by the author appearing in the book, then publishes the full story on his website. How cool! I plan to read it this summer. I also realized that I never read enough Nancy Drew, so I have been inspired to read more again. With 5 down, I have 5 more in this ‘Cat in the Stacks’ series to finish before I get to the current one the author is about to publish… I can’t wait!

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. My new book series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations but with a twist. There are five books: Academic CurveballBroken Heart Attack, Flower Power Trip, Mistaken Identity Crisis, and Haunted House Ghost. I read, write, and blog A LOT on this site where you can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


9 thoughts on “Book Review: The Silence of the Library by Miranda James

    robbiesinspiration said:
    May 18, 2019 at 8:39 AM

    Hmmmm, sounds great, Jay.

    Liked by 1 person

    bettylouise31 said:
    May 18, 2019 at 8:42 AM

    A great review. I have been lucky to have read the series as it developed.

    Liked by 1 person

    Patty Magyar said:
    May 18, 2019 at 4:21 PM

    I read and loved this one!

    Liked by 1 person

    Rosepoint Publishing said:
    May 18, 2019 at 9:11 PM

    I remember the cat in the stacks–and Maine Coon–they don’t get much smarter. Super review!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 19, 2019 at 10:28 AM

      Awesome, thank you! I have to see where else we are connected on social media. Is it all under RPub?


    The Cozy Pages said:
    May 19, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    I should have just stopped when I saw 4.5 stars. Lol. This does sound good!

    Liked by 1 person

    Rae Longest said:
    May 20, 2019 at 7:24 PM

    I love this series! Although I must admit I get the author’s name, Amanda James confused with Amanda Flowers. One is a husband and wife team, right?
    I wish I could take you to lunch in NYC sometime between the 29th and the 31st during the Book Expo, but, alas, the NY trip never materialized. First, the good news–I am not “out” any $, my request to attend was at the “pending” stage when I had to cancel. I am going through a meds adjustment, pretty much everything, especially tinkering with the combination of blood pressure pills. I shall continue to follow you on the blog and enjoy your books as they emerge. Have a happy week ahead.


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