Sunday, April 13, 2014

Book Review: File M For Murder

Author: Miranda James
Title: File M For Murder
Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: January 31, 2012
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: Athena College's new writer in residence is native son and playwright Connor Lawton, known for his sharp writing- and sharper tongue. After an unpleasant encounter, librarian Charlie Harris heads home to a nice surprise: his daughter Laura is subbing for another Athena professor this fall semester. It's great news until he hears who got her the job: her old flame, Connor Lawton...

Fearing competition for Connor's affections, one of his admirers tries to drive Laura out of town. And then, before Connor finishes the play he is writing, he is murdered- and Laura is the prime suspect. Knowing she's innocent, Charlie and his faithful sidekick, Diesel, follow Connor's cluttered trail of angry lovers, bitter enemies, and intriguing research to find the true killer before his daughter is forever cataloged under "M"- for murderer.

Review: File M For Murder is book 3 in the Cat In The Stacks mystery series. I have to admit, I fell in love with the kitty cat on the cover. I'm a sucker for cozy mysteries with cats or dogs in prominent roles. I loved Diesel from the start, but Charlie was harder for me to warm up to. I give props to Miranda for writing the cat as a real character with a great kitty personality.

Having a male character as the amateur sleuth in a cozy series is something different. I was intrigued by that, however, I found Charlie to be a bit bland and his two children Sean and Laura to be very unrealistic and a bit too good to be true.

What I did like about the book was the mystery. Miranda definitely kept you guessing and at the end she leaves you a little bit shocked too, by a secret that's revealed. There's also more than one mystery to solve as the story goes on, and that's what really kept me turning the pages, even though I didn't really like Charlie.

Now to qualify why I'm not too terribly keen on Charlie. He's an overprotective father, but his actions just don't come across well. He also feels a lot older than he actually is. A man in his 50s really shouldn't be such a fuddy duddy and that's really how Charlie feels to me. He should still have spunk or at least appear with it.

This is fairly early on in the series, so I will probably check out the newer books. Plus I really love Diesel. (That's the crazy cat lady in me!)

Rating: 3 flowers


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