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The Silence of the Library: 02/05/20

The Silence of the Library

The Silence of the Library by Miranda James is the fifth in the Cat in the Stacks mystery series. National Library week is coming and the public library and Charlie is planning a girl detective display, featuring books from his collection.

During the planning he and the director discover that Veronica Thane's author, Electra Barnes Cartwright is still alive and living nearby. They decide to retool their entire display to feature her and her Veronica Thane books. After a visit to meet the author and her adult daughter, things get weird.

Mixed in with the mystery including an eventual murder, are scenes from the first Veronica Thane book. To the astute reader there are certain parallels with the real and the fictional mysteries.

In all honesty, I would have skipped the excerpts had I been reading a print version. As and audio, I found them entertaining to listen to, although they did make solving the mystery too easy.

The sixth book is Arsenic and Old Books (2015).

Five stars

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