Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Arsenic and Old Books Book Review

Arsenic and Old Books book cover image.I loved No Cats Allowed: A Cat in the Stacks Mystery so much that I decided to read another book in the series.  Arsenic and Old Books: A Cat in the Stacks Mystery by Miranda James did not disappoint!

About the Book: In Arsenic and Old Books, Athena's mayor, Lucinda Beckwith Long, has donated a set of diaries kept by Rachel Long during the Civil War to Athena College's archive department.  She wants Charlie Harris, who runs the library's archive department, to restore and preserve the diaries.  The mayor believes the diaries will help her son, Beck Long, in his race for state senate.

Jack Singletary, Beck's biggest rival in the senate race, wants to get his hands on the diaries - he believes they will reveal the past sins of the Long family.

A professor in the history department at Athena College is also desperate to get her hands on the diaries as a last ditch effort for tenure.  When the professor ends up dead, Charlie has to figure out what's in the diaries worth killing for.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book.  The storyline was compelling, and I felt I was getting to know Rachel Long through her diary entries at the same time Charlie was.  The diary entries definitely add something special to this book.

Diesel, Charlie's Maine Coon cat, was an integral part of the story in this book, just as he was in No Cats Allowed.  I just adore him!  He always seems to know the perfect time to give commentary in conversations.

The one thing I had hoped to see more of in this book was Melba's feisty personality - she didn't appear very often in this particular book.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Arsenic and Old Books and would recommend it to cat lovers and cozy mystery lovers everywhere!

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of "Arsenic and Old Books" by Miranda James for a fair and honest review.  Receiving the book did not influence my opinions.  All opinions expressed on Fur Everywhere are my own.  


  1. That sounds like a great read. I am glad the cat was part of the story, it is so disappointing to get a book with a cat on the cover and then it barely gets a mention.

  2. I've read a few from this series, then I faded away. I 'll go check them out at the local library!

  3. Sounds like a good book. I love mysteries and this sounds particularly interesting with the diary entries included.

  4. The Mom loves the picture on the cover... Think I'll take Eastside Cats advice and have Mom look in the library! Purrz from Katie Kitty Too.

  5. is this the latest? our mom loves the series. thanks for sharing your review!

    pip, smidgen, minnie, hollie, sharpie, ditto

  6. It sounds like a cool book - I need to get my human to pick up a few cozies one of these days.

  7. That really sounds like a great book!

  8. I'm about to finish the first book in this series. I will be continuing with it! Glad to know you liked this one.

  9. I love cozy mysteries, especially if there's a cat. I still haven't read this series. I think I need to give it a try. Great review!