Spotlight with Giveaway ~ Arsenic & Old Books by Miranda James

arsenicSeries: Cat in the Stacks Mystery (Book 6)
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover (January 27, 2015)

Genre: Cozy Mystery

ISBN-10: 0425257290

ISBN-13: 978-0425257296
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


In Athena, Mississippi, librarian Charlie Harris is known for his good nature—and for his Maine coon cat Diesel that he walks on a leash. Charlie returned to his hometown to immerse himself in books, but taking the plunge into a recent acquisition will have him in over his head…

Lucinda Beckwith Long, the mayor of Athena, has donated a set of Civil War-era diaries to the archives of Athena College. The books were recently discovered among the personal effects of an ancestor of Mrs. Long’s husband. The mayor would like Charlie to preserve and to substantiate them as a part of the Long family legacy—something that could benefit her son, Beck, as he prepares to campaign for the state senate.

Beck’s biggest rival is Jasper Singletary. His Southern roots are as deep as Beck’s, and their families have been bitter enemies since the Civil War. Jasper claims the Long clan has a history of underhanded behavior at the expense of the Singletarys. He’d like to get a look at the diaries in an attempt to expose the Long family’s past sins. Meanwhile, a history professor at the college is also determined to get her hands on the books in a last-ditch bid for tenure. But their interest suddenly turns deadly…

Now Charlie is left with a catalog of questions. The diaries seem worth killing for, and one thing is certain: Charlie will need to be careful, because the more he reads, the closer he could be coming to his final chapter…

post-divider leftThanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of Arsenic and Old Books to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on March 13th


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Winner will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

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deanMiranda James is the pseudonym of Dean James, a seventh-generation Mississippian long transplanted to Texas. A mystery fan since the age of ten, he wrote his first novel at the ripe old age of twelve. The only copy of The Mystery of the Willow Key vanished years ago, but since it was highly derivative of the Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mystery series, that’s probably a good thing.

Currently a librarian in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Dean has published articles on topics in library science, the history of science/medicine, and mystery fiction. His first book, which he co-wrote with fellow librarian Jean Swanson, was By a Woman’s Hand. Jean and Dean won an Agatha Award for Best Mystery Non-Fiction and were nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for the Edgar for Best Critical-Biographical work for this popular reference book. A second edition followed two years later, and Dean and Jean collaborated on two further projects, Killer Books and The Dick Francis Companion. In all he has co-authored or co-edited six works of mystery reference and one short story anthology. His first novel, Cruel as the Grave (Silver Dagger Mysteries) was published in 2000. Since then he has published seventeen more novels, writing under his own name and the pseudonyms Jimmie Ruth Evans and Honor Hartman. In August 2010 he launched a new series writing as Miranda James. The first book under this name, Murder Past Due spent four weeks on the extended New York Times bestseller list for mass market paperbacks. The second book in the series, Classified as Murder, published in May 2011, also hit the NYT list.

Dean lives with one elderly cat, thousands of books, and thinks frequently about killing people – but only in the pages of fiction.

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  1. I've been wanting to read this series. I'm such a cozy addict. LOL Crossing fingers and toes to win!

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  2. Cynthia E. Blain says:

    I am a big fan of this series, and have read four books so far, and do need to read book 5 so that IF I were to win this one, I will be up to date. 🙂  But truly, I have really enjoyed this series and it came as a little bit of a surprise when I found out that the author is male.  Not that is matters, Mr. James, just a surprise.  I found out a couple of new things about the author in this posting and I love when that  happens.  Thank you so much for the chance to possibly win this book. 



  3. Della Williamson says:

    Looks  like a great read.  So would  like to get started with this series.  Thank you for the chance to do so

  4. Della Williamson says:

    Meant to mention when I originally posted.  Arsenic and Old Lace with Cary Grant is one of my favorite comedy's done by him.  He was quite expressive.  I originally recorded it 30 some years ago.  Tape was getting a little worn.  So bought on CD 5 years ago.  Arsenic and Old Lace is one of those rare films that you never get bored with.  There are so few that are worth watching a second time.  Prefer reading and crafting anyway.  Thanks for the chance to get this book.

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