Friday 23 June 2023

Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #248 featuring **No Cats Allowed** A Cat in the Stacks Mystery - Book 7 by Miranda James PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins

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Hello meautiful library guests 


Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks today, and mew may have heard some rumours or it may have been inferred or implied on yesterday's Midweek News regarding what happened at Fudge's 8th Birthday Rave on Wednesday.

So let me set things straight 

I wasn't tipsy, or even remotely off my chops at all. 
I didn't fall off the bar four times. 
I didn't trip over Melvyn's favourite Hubbly Bubbly nip pipe and break it. 
I certainly didn't push Posie into one of the kitty droids delivering a food order to Smooch, and the food went everywhere. 
I didn't accidentally go into the boy's litter cubical by mistake.
 I didn't lead a drunken kitty-conga line through the bunker. 
I definitely didn't take over the kitty karaoke and sing, 'I did it my way!' 
 I didn't suggest to Snowie that opening Basil's secret stash of Dom Purrignom vintage champagne was a good idea.
I definitely didn't tell Pandora and Parlsey to get the Hover Trikes out and go for a blast around the bunker. 
 I also didn't try to get Basil's tank fired up in the garage on level 2 of the bunker. 
I most certainly didn't take the drunken kitty-conga line down to level 10 into the new R & D (Research and Development) Laboratory which Humphrey has built, and whilst there encourage all the pawty guests to try out many of his new inventions, I didn't do that at all. 
I also didn't then lead the drunken kitty-conga line up to level 8 to see Horice in the Biosphere, that never happened.
I most certainly didn't encourage Fudge to drink the last of Basil's vintage Dom Purrignom - NOPE. NO WAY would I ever do that.
For the record, I never encouraged the library mice to go on a rampage in the cheese room, NOT GUILTY! 

And I'm most definitely NOT sleeping off the effects of too many Tangerine Blast nip cocktails. I'm just resting!

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Purrlease don't believe any of the tall tails that may be spreading rather profusely around BBHQ.

Now all that's cleared up, I just need a quick catnap, as mew know how exhausting reviewing books is! MOL

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Today the P.A. is also joining in Friday Fill-ins Blog Hop with the pawesome 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.

1. Never underestimate _________________________.
2. ________________makes me _________________________.
3. I need to _________ so that I can _________.
4. I didn’t realize _________ until _________.

The P.A.'s answers are...

1. Never underestimate a cat mum/mom or dad's love for their furbabies - this statement is true for most pet pawrents. Years ago, when Catkin went missing, and I was looking for him everywhere for two days solid, and asking anyone in the area if they'd seen him. One person said to me, "It's just a cat!" They just didn't understand, that 'that cat' meant more to me than anything. I did find him, he'd been hit by a car and someone had taken him to the local RSPCA. Luckily I'd already contacted that shelter the day before and they rang me to say they'd got him. You can read all about Catkin here, he was an incredible cat, but sadly he only lived until he was three and a half.

2. Chocolate cake (I've mentioned this before! LOL) makes me very happy. And even happier with ice cream! 

3. I need to get into the craft room so that I can make this year's Crafting For Your Shelters Day project, which will start on July 20th.

4. I didn’t realize it was nearly time for Crafting For Your Shelters Day until Ann from Zoolatry emailed me the other day to ask if it was on the schedule for this year - Thank you so much Ann for the reminder! 

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Let's see what I've got to show mew this time!

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This week's top book pick is...

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No Cats Allowed

A Cat in the Stacks Mystery: 7

Miranda James

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

Springtime in Mississippi is abloom with beauty, but the library's employees are too busy worrying to stop and smell the flowers. The new library director, Oscar Reilly, is a brash, unfriendly Yankee who's on a mission to cut costs - and his first targets are the archive and the rare book collection.

As annoying as a long-overdue book, Reilly quickly raises the hackles of everyone on staff, including Charlie's fiery friend Melba, whom Reilly wants to replace with someone younger. But his biggest offense is declaring all four-legged creatures banned from the stacks.

With enemies aplenty, the suspect list is long when Reilly's body is discovered in the library. But things take a turn for the worse when a threatening e-mail throws suspicion on Melba.

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This week I thought it would be nice to continue with the A Cat in the Stacks series, as it's been a while since I've reviewed any of Miranda James' furbulous novels. And if mew missed any of the previous reviews for this series so far, here are the links to catch up:

Murder Past Due ~ Book One - Reviewed by Humphrey

File M for Murder ~ Book Three

So what did I think of this one? 

No Cats Allowed is the seventh instalment in the A Cat in the Stacks Mystery series by Miranda James. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The characters are well-developed and the plot is intriguing. The writing style is easy to follow and keeps mew engaged from start to finish, and keeps those pages turning.

In this book, we see Charlie Harris, a librarian and amateur detective, investigating a murder that involves the new library director, who is not fond of cats. And speaking of cats, his trusty feline companion, Diesel, is by his side to help him out when needed. This time, Charlie is a prime suspect, so he's on a mission to clear his name and find the real culprit.

One of the things I love about this series is how the author incorporates the kitty into the story, and although Diesel is a non-talking character, his presence is still very apparent and he's an integral part of the plot. In this book, we see Diesel helping Charlie in his investigation in his own unique way.
Overall, No Cats Allowed is a great addition to the series and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys cat cozy mysteries or just loves cats. Miranda James has once again delivered a well-written, entertaining story that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Another Totally Paw Read!

Audio: 8 hours 24 mins
Paperback: 304 pages
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I really hope mew enjoy the book as much as I did if mew decide to read it.

It's time for me to say BFN or bye-for-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and I'll be back next week with another specially paw-picked book just for mew, and don't forget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page.

Until next time...

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  1. Of course you didn't do any of those things Amber, but wouldn't it have been a great time if you had *wink wink*. That sounds like a great book. Whoever it was that murdered Oscar Reilly, I think they did everybody a favour including the library cats.

  2. Amber, how do such tall tails git started! No kitty would be able to pull all that off in just one short pawty. Lynn has read all of Miranda James book and is waiting fur Hiss Me Deadly to show up at her library over here. And of course, our pawrents would always want to know we are safe. Those hoomans that do not understand do not have good lovin' pet blood runnin' thru their veins.

  3. As long as a good time was had by all, and no state secrets were revealed, Amber.

  4. Still laughing at all the things Amber didn't do at the party! I haven't been reading much since the health setback, but I've always wanted to read the Miranda James library cat series. He's from the state right next to the one I live in.

  5. Amber, I knew they were fibbing about you and that you are too reserved to do any of those things. I have walked into the wrong bathroom at Walmart and I don't drink alcohol. :) Nice review, that looks like a great series. Thank you to the PA for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I am eager to see what she crafts for that special day. And I completely understand #1. XO

    1. I pulled that stunt of being in the wrong human litter box not once but TWICE!

  6. You do look totally relaxed and most cozy sweet Amber. THose were good fill-in answers too and a wonderful book review. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

  7. Amber, we love this series of books. Have you ever seen the series "The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency" by Mandy Morton.? They are full of kitties, mystery, and fun - and they are British !

  8. I looked...albeit blearily and blurred, and I will testify that THAT was NOT you. Yes. I will. Have His Honor call me to the stand. I have to get that book you reviewed Amber! I'll tell you if I find it.

  9. Off your chops 😸😸 no comment. 😻 . I must get into this series of books sounds intriguing reading. xx😻💕🐈‍⬛🐈‍⬛🐾🐾 Oops nearly forgot thank you for the pawsome party Fudge.

  10. It sounds like a smashing event where you were not smashed at all and probably simply watched the shenanigans (and kept a detailed report!).

    Thank you for joining Feline Friday!

  11. OMC that's a lot of tall tails! We love the Cat in the Stacks books and read this one!


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