Arsenic and Old Books

Arsenic and Old Books

In Athena, Mississippi, librarian Charlie Harris is known for his good nature—and for his Maine coon cat Diesel that he walks on a leash. Charlie returned to his hometown to immerse himself in books, but taking the plunge into a recent acquisition will have him in over his head…

Lucinda Beckwith Long, the mayor of Athena, has donated a set of Civil War-era diaries to the archives of Athena College. The books were recently discovered among the personal effects of an ancestor of Mrs. Long's husband. The mayor would like Charlie to preserve and to substantiate them as a part of the Long family legacy—something that could benefit her son, Beck, as he prepares to campaign for the state senate.

Beck's biggest rival is Jasper Singletary. His Southern roots are as deep as Beck's, and their families have been bitter enemies since the Civil War. Jasper claims the Long clan has a history of underhanded behavior at the expense of the Singletarys. He'd like to get a look at the diaries in an attempt to expose the Long family's past sins. Meanwhile, a history professor at the college is also determined to get her hands on the books in a last-ditch bid for tenure. But their interest suddenly turns deadly…

Now Charlie is left with a catalog of questions. The diaries seem worth killing for, and one thing is certain: Charlie will need to be careful, because the more he reads, the closer he could be coming to his final chapter…

Title:Arsenic and Old Books
Edition Language:English
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    Arsenic and Old Books Reviews

  • James

    Archives. Genealogy. History. Rare journals written in specific ink and on unusual paper. Of course, I'll love it. I'm talking about the 6th book, Arsenic and Old Books, in the 'Cat in the Stacks' coz...

  • Barbara

    In this 6th book in the 'Cat in the Stacks' series, unearthed Civil War diaries spark murder. The book can be read as a standalone. *****Charlie Harris, a middle-age southern gentleman, is the archivi...

  • Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    This is the first book I’ve read by Miranda James. I found it to be a well written story. It was a fast and easy read. The words felt as though they just flowed effortlessly from the author’s pen ...

  • LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s ThoughtsHistory and politics clash as 4 diaries dating back to the Civil War are donated to Athena College. As soon as word gets out of the acquisition people are banging down Charlie’s...

  • Amanda

    Another get installment in this series. Spending time with Charlie and Diesel, is always a blast. The mystery was fun but the inner story involving the Civil War was very interesting and had me flippi...

  • Melodie

    Small town Southern politics, family secrets dating back to the Civil War and long-time family feuds. All these come to the forefront when the mayor of Athens donates a set of Civil War journals to th...

  • Darlene

    When I have been reading a great number of books with heavy themes, my favorite way of taking a break is picking up a cozy mystery. There are a number of series that I enjoy in this genre but I discov...

  • Tina

    There's nothing more endearing than venturing into Librarian, Charlie Harris's and his Maine Cook cat, Diesel's world. A true southern gentleman in every sense of the word, Charlie is thrilled when ma...

  • Alice

    Fun cozy, love the protagonist's occupation--an archival librarian. Very accurate depiction of how the process works. (I do this for a hobby--I'm a fiction collection librarian for my regular job.)Thi...

  • Donna

    For a reading challenge, I needed to read another book about a librarian. I'm not a fan of cozy mysteries. I can read them without much eye rolling, but they seem to be a little too tame for me. I don...