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Publication Order of Deep South Mysteries Books

as Dean James
Cruel as the Grave (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Closer Than the Bones (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death by Dissertation (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Southern Ladies Mysteries Books

Bless Her Dead Little Heart (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead with the Wind (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Digging Up the Dirt (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fixing to Die (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Trailer Park Mysteries Books

as Jimmie Evans
Flamingo Fatale (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Over Easy (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best Served Cold (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bring Your Own Poison (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leftover Dead (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Cat In The Stacks Mysteries Books

Murder Past Due (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Classified as Murder (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
File M for Murder (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Out of Circulation (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Silence of the Library (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Arsenic and Old Books (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Cats Allowed (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twelve Angry Librarians (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Claws for Concern (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Six Cats a Slayin' (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pawful Truth (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Careless Whiskers (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Me If You Can (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
What the Cat Dragged In (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hiss Me Deadly (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Requiem for a Mouse (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Simon Kirby-Jones Books

as Dean James
Posted to Death (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Faked to Death (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Decorated to Death (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baked to Death (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Bridge Club Mysteries Books

as Honor Hartman
On the Slam (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Unkindest Cut (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

By a Woman's Hand (As: Dean James, With: Jean Swanson) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killer Books (As: Dean James, With: Jean Swanson) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dick Francis Companion (As: Dean James, With: Jean Swanson) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Robert B. Parker Companion (As: Dean James, With: Elizabeth Foxwell) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Dean James Short Stories/Novellas

as Dean James
The Village Vampire and the Oboe of Death (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Deadly Women(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Malice Domestic 7(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Canine Crimes(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Magnolias and Mayhem(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Derby Rotten Scoundrels: A Silver Dagger Anthology(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Dines In(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Kudzu Christmas(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Suspense Magazine June 2013(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead But Not Forgotten(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year-Round Trouble(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Miranda James is a prominent writer of mystery books and series. The name or Miranda James is actually a pen name for Dean James.

He was born and brought up in Texas, United States. Since he was young, Miranda/Dean had a passion in writing and this was evident when he wrote a book when he was twelve years of age. His life revolved around mysteries, novels and book writing since he was young.

James has been working for over fifteen years as a medical librarian and has never stopped. He has written articles concerning the emergence of early science and medicine. As a determined and a focus man, Miranda has been able to write many books with his early book, “By a Woman’s Hand” wrote with Jean Swanson, winning the Agatha Award for being the best non-fiction book.

His biography became more charming and interesting with his second spell of writing when he contributed in famous projects like Killer Books and the Dick Francis Companion. His first novel to be released was Cruel as Grave which was released in the year 2000. The book attracted a lot of attention in the United States which motivated him to write his first series of books under his name.

His next book in the series was Classified as Murder and it became one of the best books released in 2011. It was his first book to top the New York Times bestseller list. The next book in the series was File M for Murder which he has called one of his favorite books he has written. Another book in which Miranda made the bestsellers list was Out Of Circulation.

James lives in his home in New York with his two pet cats and has a library of books written by different authors. His main passion and hobbies are writing and listening to music. Unlike a lot of authors, Miranda is not an independent writer and likes to collaborate with other writers in producing the best books. His major collaborations in the past being with Jean Swanson and Elizabeth Foxwell.

Murder Past Due is the first book in the Cat in the Stacks Mystery series. The book takes place in Athena, Mississippi where Charlie Harris works as a librarian. Charlie is known around town for his cat named Diesel that he walks around on a leash. Charlie moved back to Athena to focus on the books, but he soon finds himself caught up in a real-life thriller. An author and former classmate of Charlie named Godfrey Priest heads to town. A lot of people consider him to be the pride of Athena, but he Charlie remembers him as a manipulative jerk. It turns out that Charlie isn’t the only one who remembers him that way as it is not long after his arrival that he turns up dead. Charlie, with some help from Diesel, sets out to investigate and find the killer. As it turns out, there were more than a few people in town who had a score to settle with Godfrey.

The second book inn the Cat in the Stacks Mystery series is Classified as Murder. An eccentric old man named James Delacorte calls in Charlie to do an inventory on his rare book collection. However, it is not long after he starts the job that James is found dead at his desk. This gives Charlies a new job: solving his murder. Charlie becomes suspicious of Delacorte’s family with Diesel helping him to look for clues. One of the valuable rare books, a a copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tamerlane, goes missing and then a second murder occurs. This puts a lot of pressure on Charlie and Diesel to solve the case before the killer strikes again.

The Cat in the Stacks Mystery series continued with File M for Murder. The local college gets a new writing in residence, playwright Conor Lawton. He is a sharp writer with an even sharper tongue. When he meets Charlie Harris, the two end up having an unpleasant encounter. After heading home, Charlie is relieved to see his daughter, Laura, visiting. She is subbing for a professor this fall semester and will be staying awhile. Laura got the job thanks to her old flame: Conor. The writer in residence has many admirers, one of which tries to drive Laura out of town as she fears the competition. Making matters worse, shortly thereafter, Conor is murdered. Charlie’s daughter is the prime suspect and he’ll seek out to prove her innocence.

Another excellent book in the Cats in the Stacks Mystery series is Out of Circulation. The annual library fundraising gala is on the horizon and the Ducote sisters are fighting with Vera Cassity over where it should be. Charlie is doing his best to stay out of it. It seems as if everyone in town has an issue with Vera, including Charlie’s own housekeeper. If you weren’t sure why, Vera shows you why at the gala with a public display of rancor aimed at anyone and everyone. Her bitter words at the event end up being her last. Charlie discovers his housekeeper standing over Vera’s dead body and she is the prime suspect. She swears her innocence though and Charlie sets out to prove it.

After the success of the Cat in the Stacks Mystery series, Dean James set out to write a book under his own name. The book follows an amateur sleuth named Simon Kirby-Jones who moves to a home in the quaint British village of Snupperton. Simon is an American so it will be an adjustment. Perhaps not as big as the adjustment he’ll have to make as a gay vampire who controls his vampiric urges and sun sensitivity with an effective medication. He is eager to make his home in Snupperton and even joins the fundraising committee of the local church. There, he’ll witness an argument between Lady Prunella Blitherington, and the village postmaster, Abigail Winterton. When Abigail is found dead the next day, Simon decides to investigate.

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7 Responses to “Miranda James”

  1. David Conversino: 5 months ago

    Just discovered your cat in stacks series. Thank you for such enjoyable reading. Have had several cats as pets or they had me!!! Would love to have a Disel!!!!

  2. Linda Turpen: 8 months ago

    I love your books. I’m caught up having just finished the
    Hiss Me Deadly. I hope you will continue to write this series and also the series of The Southern Ladies I have a sister named Dixie and we share your
    share your books She says she relates to Miss “Dickce“. Please keep writing.
    So much joy we have with your stories.

  3. Joan: 1 year ago

    Love your books. Are you writing any more
    Southern Ladies series? The last one was
    in 2017 and I miss the ladies

  4. Jeanne Larson: 2 years ago

    I just love Miranda James Cat in the Stacks books. Why hasn’t he written one in 2 years? The next book in the series doesn’t come out until 2023! That’s way to long to wait. Very disappointing for those of us loyal readers who can’t wait for the next book.

  5. Marion: 2 years ago

    Thank you for a great book to read. As a feed of 12 outdoor cats, and owner of two indoor (that have passed on). I can relate to Diesel.

  6. Barbara Edwards: 2 years ago

    I love cats, currently have a almost 2yr old black kitty who begged to come inside my daughters. As she has 4 inside and feeds at least 5 outside, she brought this darling one to me. She and I have bonded, she knows when I am unwell, she cuddles and loves me. So I love the Cats In The Stacks series. I anxiously await new ones. But I understand you work as well and the books are so well written, I can wait. I have all the books in this series and the Southern Ladies Mysteries. I am a bookaholic and have probably 300 or more books including every Readers Digest Condensed book published. Always have at least two books started. Keep writing! I love Diesel and Charlie, their relationship is believable.

  7. lee v dean: 2 years ago



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