I had read the hardcover last January 2015 and objectively rated the book a 5 on goodreads. The paperback copy is now out. My brief comments;
Excellent and smooth writing. Enjoyed the characters and the cat Diesel and will be reading the other books in this series.
Publisher description: The New York Times bestselling author of The Silence of the Library returns with a tale of books worth killing for...
DEAR DIARIES Lucinda Beckwith Long, the mayor of Athena, Mississippi, has donated a set of Civil War-era diaries to the archives of Athena College. She would like librarian Charlie Harris to preserve and 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 would like to get a look at the diaries in an attempt to expose the Long family’s past sins. Meanwhile, a history professor is also determined to get her hands on the books in a last-ditch bid for tenure. But their interest suddenly turns deadly, leaving Charlie with a catalog of questions to answer. Together with his Maine Coon cat Diesel, Charlie must discover why the diaries were worth killing for before he too reaches his final chapter.The secrets in one of the diaries is a threat to someone in town. Just who it is, what it is and why is the mystery. The book is well written, the characters, cat, and setting interesting, the plot intriguing. I don't like all cat-involved mysteries but I recommend this one for cat and mystery lovers.
Thanks to the publisher for a review copy of this book for their book tour.