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Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, are busy decking the halls for the holidays when an unexpected delivery and a shocking murder conspire to shake up the season in this all new installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

Christmas is only a couple of weeks away and Charlie is busy looking after his two grandkids, Charlie and Rosie, and the five kittens someone left on the front doorstep. Diesel is always hovering nearby to lend a paw during babysitting duties.

During this time of peace and goodwill, Charlie is trying hard to fend off the attentions of a new neighbor who has designs on his house...and maybe on him as well. The neighbor is a real estate agent who, despite Charlie's lack of interest in selling, wants to sell Charlie's house for him. She has also taken on the role of the neighborhood busybody and throws the most lavish holiday party in Athena. But, before the night is over, the new neighbor is found dead at her own party. Several guests overheard Charlie's girlfriend Helen Louise having a loud argument with the dead woman. Now Charlie and Diesel have to find the real killer before his beloved is arrested for murder.

About the Author

Miranda James

I am a native of Mississippi and recently returned to live in Jackson after spending thirty-three years in Houston, Texas. I have loved mysteries since I discovered Nancy Drew at the age of ten. At twelve or thirteen I wrote a mystery and even submitted it to a publisher -- and promptly received a form rejection letter. That dashed my hopes for a writing career for a while, but I went back to writing mysteries while I was in graduate school in Rice. My first published adult mystery was actually the second one I wrote: CRUEL AS THE GRAVE was published in 2000. Since then I have published twenty additional mysteries, the latest of which is ARSENIC AND OLD BOOKS, the sixth in the Cat in the Stacks series. In my day-to-day life I am a librarian like Charlie (except my specialty is medical libraries) and I have two cats, neither of whom is a Maine Coon. I love reading and writing mysteries and taking care of two spoiled cats (that's probably redundant--all cats are spoiled because they generally accept no less) . I write mysteries to entertain readers and help them relax and get away from the pressures of daily life. That's why I read them myself.

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