Book Review: No Cats Allowed by Miranda James

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No Cats Allowed (Cat in the Stacks, #7)No Cats Allowed by Miranda James
Author Miranda James has done it again with the seventh book, No Cats Allowed, in the ‘Cat in the Stacks’ series. When you have a ruthless new executive overseeing the library, and this man annoys nearly everyone in town, I can’t wait to see him die in a perilous ‘accident.’ At least in books, of course. I certainly wouldn’t wish what happens to Oscar in this book on anyone in reality. I will say… I felt a certain kind of justice to know he was off’d in such a manner. Gone, but not forgotten, because of James’s fantastic writing and storytelling abilities.

Charlie Harris is our main character. Diesel is his Maine Coon cat, somewhere around 35 lbs. My dog, who is hard to manage, is 25 lbs. I can only imagine! Charlie has two grown children and a girlfriend. His wife passed away years ago but he pines away for her lovingly. I wish we’d had a chance to meet her, perhaps one day in a “historical story.” In this caper, everyone at the library is a suspect when it comes to who killed Oscar. We also meet a few other folks, namely his abused wife and her protective brother. Did they finally have enough of the man’s damage?

The best part of this story… when Oscar dies… Charlie has to step in to oversee the library. I love watching him manage other people, especially someone who treats him rather poorly because she wanted the job. James cleverly covers the HR side of the organization, and often, it hit too close to home for me. I’ve had many of the conversations he’s had with the HR department about staff, so I felt a nice kinship to the book. As always, the mystery is strong and the dialog rocks. I encountered the Ducote sisters again, albeit briefly, but it makes me smile.

And with that ending, Charlie has some stuff to deal with in the future: grandchildren, pets, and new boarders. What’s a guy to do? Well… this one will be ordering the 8th book so I can read it next week. Three more to catch up, then I’m current and waiting for his next release. YAY!

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22 thoughts on “Book Review: No Cats Allowed by Miranda James

    Shalini said:
    June 13, 2019 at 6:00 AM

    Only dogs… Yayy we are dog lovers

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    Shalini said:
    June 13, 2019 at 6:00 AM

    Ooh book in mid series… Not for me. Great review 😍

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    Noriko said:
    June 13, 2019 at 6:33 AM

    “My dog, who is hard to manage, is 25 lbs. ”
    Hahaha! That was a hit! I love this review, Jay lol

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    robertawrites235681907 said:
    June 13, 2019 at 7:19 AM

    It is an ethical conundrum when a character deserves to die and we, as the reader, can’t bring ourselves to feel bad about it. Great review, Jay.

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    carhicks said:
    June 13, 2019 at 7:22 AM

    Great review Jay. I have read a couple of books in this series, but then moved on to others. I enjoyed them, but my library didn’t carry them. I might have to get back to them as I did like the characters and even the cat, and I am not a cat lover.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 13, 2019 at 7:26 AM

      It’s fun how Diesel goes everywhere with Charlie. I can’t imagine doing that even with a dog. Sometimes you just need to know they’re safe and not worry about what they’re doing all the time!

      I can’t believe there are 11 in the series and #12 comes out in 6 months.

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        carhicks said:
        June 13, 2019 at 8:07 AM

        Cats seem to go places, especially libraries, where dogs are not allowed.

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    I’ve fallen a bit behind on this series Jay, but you’ve reminded me why I love it. I need to find some time now to catch up.

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    Rae Reads said:
    June 13, 2019 at 9:48 PM

    Although I have pretty much given up the cozy mysteries I used to like so well, I DO like “Miranda James.” I think I may read this one just to remind myself how much fun escape reading can be. This turned out to be a very timely post for me.
    And, a question about NYC: is there a weekend in the city when things are not overscheduled or too frantic between the end of August and Halloween. I still have dreams of a girlfriends’ trip there, and the fall might be my last chance to make it happen. Or perhaps I should ask when is a time NOT to come for a weekend during that time frame?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 14, 2019 at 7:29 AM

      I’m glad to help. How come you gave up cozies? Too simple/sweet? There are a few much more complex ones also.

      Ah… it would be great to meet you in person. Many residents in NYC leave for the weekends in the summer, so it’s lighter. They start coming back the weekend after Labor Day, so if you could come the last weekend in August, then you’d probably have an easier time but it would be hotter.

      There is a Halloween parade, so I’d avoid the last week of October.

      Columbus Weekend is often nice. I am away for a family wedding.

      I’ll check the NYC calendar to see if there are any big events to avoid, but for the most part, you should be okay.

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        Rae Reads said:
        June 14, 2019 at 4:05 PM

        Your reply is VERY encouraging. TY TY TY.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        June 15, 2019 at 6:45 AM

        9/21 to 10/6 is Oktoberfest which can be interesting. That seems to be the only other major event to consider. Lots of crazy beer drinkers roaming the city versus opportunity to taste some new stuff!

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    lghiggins said:
    June 15, 2019 at 10:12 PM

    It’s hard not to love a book with a library setting!

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