What the Cat Dragged In
Charlie has always believed that his grandfather had sold his house to his longtime tenant, Martin Hale. So when Martin dies, Charlie is surprised to discover the house was not left to Martin but instead belongs to Charlie. As he and Diesel check out the house he remembers fondly from his childhood, he is pleasantly surprised that it is in better condition than expected. That is, until they find a literal skeleton in a closet.
While the sheriff’s department investigates the mysterious remains, Charlie digs deeper into the past for clues to the identity of the bones and why they are there. But the cold case heats up quickly when Martin’s grandson is found dead on the farm.
As Charlie delves into his own family history, he encounters many people who might have been motivated to take a life. But Charlie and Diesel know that things are not always what they seem, and that secrets seemingly lost to time have a way of finding their way back to haunt the present.
What the Cat Dragged In by Miranda James is the 14th A Cat in the Stacks Mystery. It can be read as a standalone if you are new to the series. Personally, I have loved reading this charming series from the beginning. What the Cat Dragged In is well-written with developed characters. Charlie Harris is a great character. He is friendly, smart, caring, and a good family man. He is rarely seen without his sidekick, Diesel (a Maine Coon cat). I just love Diesel who acts like a person. He has a darling personality and I love his chirps. Ramses, of course, is a busy kitten. He is getting bigger and more rambunctious. All of the other characters that we love are back as well such as Sean, Laura, Azalea, Stewart, Haskell, Miss An’gel, and, of course, Little Charlie. The mystery was complex and unique. I like that there is a cold case and a current case. There investigation into the skeleton is more interesting than the present day one. Charlie must delve into the past to unravel this one. We get to learn more about the Harris family. The modern murder I found a cinch to solve. There were some fun aspects to this case, and I just loved the reveal. I enjoy every visit with Charlie and Diesel, and this was no exception. Great characters, a fun whodunit, Southern charm, and humor in one engaging cozy mystery. I am eager to read Hiss Me Deadly next spring. What the Cat Dragged In is an engaging tale with a chirping cat, a surprising skeleton, an unanticipated inheritance, a thundering storm, a mystery murder, and historical revelations.
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