Saturday, September 17, 2011

Diesel Speaks (with the aid of Miranda James)


by Diesel Harris from Classified as Murder, May 2011, the latest in Miranda James's Cat in the Stacks series, Book 2

The first thing any human ever notices about me is my size. They’ve usually never seen a cat like me before. I’m a Maine Coon, and we can get to be pretty big (and I’m not talking about overeating and being obese, thank you). Male Maine Coons like me can weigh as much as twenty-five pounds, but I guess my parents must have been larger than average. I’m about three now – in human time, that is – and the last time Charlie (my human) took me to the vet and they weighed me I was a bit over thirty-six pounds.
What I hear most when people see me the first time is: “What is that thing? Is it a dog?” (Actually, since this is the deep South, it sounds more like “What is that thang? Is it a dawg?”) Charlie smiles and explains about Maine Coons while I stare politely at them.
Cats can read character, and I’m particularly sensitive to humans. I like them. They can be really amusing, and they like to scratch my head and behind my ears. That’s okay by me, as long as their claws aren’t too long.
Charlie, my human, is a nice man. He feeds me well and takes me with him just about everywhere he goes – though I usually have to wear a harness and be on a leash. Charlie ought to know by now that I’m perfectly well-behaved and won’t go running off without him. But evidently there’s something called a law here in Athena, Mississippi, that says he has to do it if I’m out in public. I can see the point with dogs – they’ll go running off just to roll around in something nasty – but truly intelligent cats like me wouldn’t.
Life with Charlie was calm the first couple of years, but lately strange things have been happening. He seems to have this ability to find dead humans, and then he gets us both involved in finding out who killed them. Charlie’s smart – he’s a librarian, whatever that is, and evidently they’re all pretty sharp in the mental department. I help whenever I can, of course, but I’m not that fond of dead humans. Dead birds and mice, yes, because at least they’re edible.
This person called Miranda James has been writing up Charlie’s and my adventures in mystery-solving, so you can read about us if you like. The titles are Murder Past Due and Classified as Murder. Evidently Miranda finally got around to telling the story of our third mystery, File M for Murder, and it should be available early next year. I've heard snippets of talk about a fourth one, Out of Circulation, that is in the works.
It’s dinnertime now, and I’m going to see if I can charm the humans out of some tidbits. Nice chatting with you. And while I'm eating, you can admire the cat on the cover of the first book in the series.

13 comments:

  1. Diesel...I really enjoy reading about you and your human. I think you need to help Charlie in the future as humans aren't nearly as clever as they'd like to think ;-)

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  2. Ah, but Diesel, the cat on the cover is not you, right? He's not nearly big enough... LOL.

    But seriously, who wouldn't love to read a series about a cat and a librarian???

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  3. Read both books, great story,waiting on the next one.

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  4. Diesel, it has been great fun reading about you. (Frankly, I wish you had a bigger role, although that's just between us as my border collie is very jealous--she might even be a little afraid as I think you're larger than she.) Happy adventures in your next two books.

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  5. Diesel,

    Love, love, love getting to know you!

    Skye and Bingo

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  6. You're quite the cat, Diesel! Would love for you to meet my two...but I think they'd be overwhelmed. You and Charlie make a good pair -- happy mystery-solving!

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  7. Thanks, everyone. I'm having a grand time assisting Charlie. Victoria, you're right. That's not a picture of me on the cover of the books. I think they deliberately used a different cat to protect my identity. You know how wacky some people get around celebrities, and it's better to be anonymous, right? :-)

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  8. Your cover art is wonderful, even though the artist used a sub for a model, Diesel. I'm glad that you find humans amusing, because so do I and I'm sure our cat Lacey and new puppy, Patrick do, too. Although, I'm finding the puppy's slipper gnawing is getting on my nerves. I know you would never gnaw on a slipper, Diesel. I'm looking forward to your next adventure, and all the ones in the future. (Kudos to Miranda James!)

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  9. Loved Murder Past Due! Diesel made the book. So much fun. Howdy to Diesel from my two cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson

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  10. Love reading your reports, Diesel. You and Charlie make a great team. This librarian is looking forward to your next adventures in File M for Murder.

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  11. I think Diesel and I would get along just fine. Being that I love cats. And I'm glad he gets to help solve murders. What book would'nt be good when you have such a sidekick? Can't wait to read the new one. You rock, Diesel!!!

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  12. Thanks, everyone! Y'all really know how to make a cat like me feel welcome and appreciated. :-)

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  13. Diesel: It's so nice to meet you. If I were allowed to have a cat in our household, it would be a Maine Coon. I have your first book on Mt Git'r'Read and have the second in the shopping cart.

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