Requiem for a Mouse

Berkley. (Cat in the Stacks, Bk. 16). Jun. 2024. 288p. ISBN 9780593199527. $29. M
Archivist Charlie Harris is puzzled by his assistant at Athena College; Tara Martin lacks social skills and often blurts out tactless comments. Tara also works shifts at the bistro owned by Charlie’s fiancée, where she’s been known to disappear if asked to interact with customers. On a bistro catering job (a housewarming for Charlie’s son and daughter-in-law), Tara turns pale at the sight of party guests and slips out. When Charlie tracks her down, she says she had a panic attack. He takes her home to a sketchy part of town and later learns that Tara has been the victim of a hit-and-run. Somehow, Charlie’s not surprised to learn that Tara had multiple addresses and identities, and he begins to suspect she was murdered. His only clues are in the archives, but he and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, receive a few too many odd guests in the archives for Charlie’s liking. He needs to solve the case before his upcoming nuptials are disrupted.
VERDICT Charlie is on the periphery of the case in this sequel to Hiss Me Deadly, but fans of the series will be happy with the return of Charlie and Diesel, their friends and family, and preparations for a upcoming wedding.
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