Stewart Delacorte from the "Cat in the Stacks" series by Miranda James
Charlie Harris is a great landlord, and he's actually become a close friend. The guy is almost too nice for his own good, though, and I don't think he really knew what he was getting into when he agreed to serve on the board of the Friends of the Athena Public Library. The man hates any kind of confrontation, and I don't want to be the one to tell him that he's in for a lulu tonight. When the Ducote Sisters -- the grande dames of what passes for Society here in Athena, Mississippi -- cross paths with Vera Cassity -- the poster child for nouveau riche uppitiness and crassness -- well, Katy bar the door, the cats will be fighting.
And honey, I am not talking about Diesel, that big love bug of a Maine Coon cat that is Charlie's sidekick. No, Vera will be pulling back a nub when she tries to have her way with the upcoming annual gala for the Friends. The Misses Ducote are used to running things their way, and they aren't about to let Vera get the upper hand. It's not really a class thing -- though let me tell you Vera doesn't have much class -- it's just that Vera is such a miserable human being. She's convinced everybody looks down on her just because her mama and daddy were poor, and as a result she's got a chip the size of Cleveland (Mississippi or Ohio, take your pick) on her padded shoulder.
I get a hoot like you wouldn't believe watching the Ducotes and Vera mixing it up. But poor Charlie will probably have a nervous breakdown. It's a wonder to me why someone hasn't banged ol' Vera over the head long before now, but who knows what might happen at our meeting. I can't wait!