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Arsenic and Old Books: 03/11/20
Arsenic and Old Books by Miranda James is the sixth of the Cat in the Stacks mysteries. Mayor Lucinda Beckwith Long has donated a set of Civil War diaries to the archives of Athena College. She believes they will be a benefit to her son Beck as he runs for state senate. Before Charlie can even begin working on the diaries, they're stolen. And then the thief is murdered.
When the diaries are returned, Charlie hopes their contents can give a clue to the reason they were taken and why someone else would kill for them. As Charlie reads through them and interviews the people most vested in the diaries, he also solves the mystery of two deaths recorded in them.
If you know anything about heavy metals, you'll be able to solve the cold case before Charlie does. The clues are all there. The present day murder is also well laid out, though not as obviously so.
The seventh book is No Cats Allowed (2016).