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Short Synopsis
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.

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Lucinda Beckwith Long, the mayor of Athena, has donated a set of Civil War–era diaries to the archives of Athena College. 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, and their families have been bitter enemies since the Civil War. 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.

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 . . .

"Once again, series fans will learn that the library holds more than dusty tomes, besides enjoying a visit with their favorite oversized cat." ---Publishers Weekly

"Charlie and his feline companion Diesel are once again drawn into Southern family scandals." ---Library Journal

"Combines a kindhearted librarian hero, family secrets in a sleepy Southern town, and a gentle giant of a cat that will steal your heart." ---Lorna Barrett, author of the Booktown Mysteries

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Author Miranda James

Narrated by Erin Bennett

Publication date Jan 27, 2015

Running time 8 hrs 23 min

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