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What the Cat Dragged In: 10/25/21
What the Cat Dragged In by Miranda James is the fourteenth volume in the Cat in the Stacks mystery series. It opens with Charlie Harris driving to his grandfather's house having learned that he recently inherited the property. As far as he could recall his grandfather had sold the house to the Hale family. Apparently he didn't.
It's been almost fifty years since Charlie was last in this house. Being back triggers long lost memories. It also brings him to a literal skeleton in the closet. Why is it in the attic?
This mystery has two components: the identification of the skeleton and learning why it ended up in the house; and the modern day murder of Martin's grandson, a man claiming ownership of the house. Tying the two together is the question: why did grandpa Harris lease the house to Martin Harris when they were clearly not friends.
The attentive reader will need to keep track of three timelines to solve the case before Charlie and Diesel. There's the present day murder, clues and events from the late 1980s, early 1990s, and finally Charlie's memories from the early 1970s. Despite these different time periods, the mystery is tightly crafted.