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Classified as Murder: 10/03/18
Classified as Murder by Miranda James is the second in the Cat in the Stacks mystery series. James Delacorte who divides his time between being an academic librarian and a part time public librarian is hired by one of his regular public library patrons to figure out which books in his extensive collection have been stolen.
Delacorte wants to say no but the money is more than he can pass up. He's also allowed to bring his trusty cat, Diesel. He just has to contend with rude and eccentric relatives, and then the death of his employer.
Meanwhile at home Delacorte is dealing with his adult son who has returned home with a dog and a bad attitude. Although the son is willing to help with the book inventory, there is something else going on that is setting both men on edge.
Interestingly the main plot to this mystery was very similar to the secondary mystery of Murder Past Due by D. R. Meredith, the mystery I accidentally read when I thought I was reading the first of this series. It's another old Southern family gone sour on lost power and an unflappable sense of entitlement.
Coming on the heels of such a similarly set up mystery, I found the A plot easy to follow and easy to solve. The trouble between father and son, though, kept me listening.
The third book in the series is File M for Murder.