The Pawful Truth is the 11th book in the Cat in the Stacks cozy mystery series written by Miranda James. The series takes place in Athena Mississippi and focuses on Charlie Harris, a retired and part-time librarian who spends his free time babysitting his grandchildren, running a boarding house, and solving murders. He’s a likable guy, very smart, and opens his arms to many people. At the same time, he is careful not to get himself hurt or trust everyone he meets. All-in-all, I like him a lot as a protagonist, and his supporting cast (Deputy Kanesha Berry, her mother Azalea-Charlie’s housekeeper, several boarders, Charlie’s family and girlfriend, Diesel the Maine Coon cat, and Melba the bestie) are all fun to read about.
In this caper, Charlie’s auditing a history class. Another mature student asks him to be a study partner, but Charlie senses danger and declines. The next day, she’s dead. Then, the professor is murdered. Who had it out for them? The wife? The best friend? The new boarder? Another professor? The woman he had an affair with? A few others infiltrate this bird’s nest, a la Othello. Will Charlie figure out who was the jealous man or woman, and which person was truly playing Iago behind the scenes?
This was another great story, and I enjoyed the mystery a lot. It was full of suspects, almost a little much at times trying to figure out who was cheating with whom. I liked the tale but wish it had a longer ending to flush out the details on how and why the two victims were killed… but that might just me liking more detail. The subplots with Charlie’s cats and his relationship with Helen Louise and Melba were interesting and kept me entertained. These are the kind of books I will always read, as they are super-well-written and have great characters. I recommend them to light readers and those who like a little sass and pomp to their cozies.
I’m current now… and I’ll have to wait until early 2020 for the next issue. Oh no!
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