Tuesday, October 23, 2018


Our guest today is author Miranda James, author of the popular Cat in the Stacks mysteries. Today Miranda shares some thoughts about Charlie and Diesel's latest adventure!

And Then There Were Six
By Miranda James

One cat in the house can be handful enough, but what about … six? 

That’s the case in the latest “Cat in the Stacks” mystery, when Charlie finds a box with five kittens on his doorstep one December morning.

In this case, the title of the book came to me before the storyline. I knew the book would be set at Christmastime, and the title Six Cats A Slayin’ popped right into my head. Once I had that title, I had to come up with a way for six cats to enter into the story.
Hence the box of kittens on the doorstep. Charlie, softie that he is, wouldn’t just take the kittens to the shelter, especially after the mysterious person who left them included a note begging for his help.

Then there’s Diesel. How would Diesel react to five frisky kittens in his domain? He’s used to putting up with Stewart Delacorte’s little poodle, Dante, but kittens? Well, turns out Diesel doesn’t seem to mind them at all.

Besides the mystery of who left the kittens on the doorstep, there is also the mystery of the new neighbor across the street. Geraldine Albritton claims to have grown up in Athena, Mississippi, but Charlie’s friend Melba Gilley has never heard of her. So who is Geraldine Albritton? And what could possibly go wrong at her open house/holiday party when all the neighbors are invited?

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  1. What a cute cover! Thank you for the chance to win, ROCCO! Marla Bradeen: mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

  2. Hi Rocco,
    This is such a good series. I have some catching up to do with Charlie & Diesel. Last book I read was Arsenic & Old Books.
    I follow your blog
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    Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Love the cover. Thanks for the chance. sable677 at yahoo dot com

  4. I love to read Christmas books especially cozies at Christmas. The cover for this one is so cute. I follow your blog,I follow you on facebook whenever i see a post i share it and thank you so much Happy Halloween! Peggy Clayton ptclayton2 (at) aol(dot)com

  5. Rocco, this sounds like the best Christmas book ever! Diesel and five kittens, what could be better! Can't wait to read.
    Following your blog and on Twitter, we are friends on Facebook and shared on Facebook and Twitter.

  6. This is a favorite series of mine. Can't wait to read the latest. And the more cats the better! jane(dot)irish(dot)nelson(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. Thanks, Rocco. I'm imagining Diesel with 5 kittens. Sounds very promising.
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  8. Love this series - You remind me so much of my Boots, I miss her. I retweeted your tweet. dewbeera(at)me(dot)com -

  9. Cats! Who can resist? I had seven at one time, if you include the neighbor's cat, who insisted on moving in and out of my house after one of the dogs in his household had puppies.
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  10. What a cute cover and story. I can't wait to read it. We are FB friends and I follow the blog. Thanks!

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