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Miranda James

A pseudonym used by Dean James

Miranda James is the pseudonym of Dean James, a seventh-generation Mississippian recently returned home after over thirty years in Texas. A mystery fan since the age of ten, he wrote his first novel at the ripe old age of twelve. The only copy of The Mystery of the Willow Key vanished years ago, but since it was highly derivative of the Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mystery series, thats probably a good thing.

  Currently a librarian in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Dean has published articles on topics in library science, the history of science/medicine, and mystery fiction.

 His first book, which he co-wrote with fellow librarian Jean Swanson, was By a Womans Hand (Berkley; 1994). Jean and Dean won an Agatha Award for Best Mystery Non-Fiction and were nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for the Edgar for Best Critical-Biographical work for this popular reference book. A second edition followed two years later, and Dean and Jean collaborated on two further projects, Killer Books (Berkley; 1998) and The Dick Francis Companion (Berkley; 2003). In all he has co-authored or co-edited six works of mystery reference and one short story anthology.

Genres: Cozy Mystery
New and upcoming books
Cat in the Stacks Mystery
   1. Murder Past Due (2010)
   2. Classified as Murder (2011)
   3. File M for Murder (2012)
   4. Out of Circulation (2013)
   5. The Silence of the Library (2014)
   6. Arsenic and Old Books (2015)
   7. No Cats Allowed (2016)
   8. Twelve Angry Librarians (2017)
   9. Claws for Concern (2018)
   10. Six Cats a Slayin' (2018)
   11. The Pawful Truth (2019)
   12. Careless Whiskers (2020)
   13. Cat Me If You Can (2020)
   14. What the Cat Dragged In (2021)
   15. Hiss Me Deadly (2023)
   16. Requiem for a Mouse (2024)
Miranda James recommends
A Killing in Costumes (2022)
(Hollywood Treasures Mystery, book 1)
Zac Bissonnette
"Zac Bissonnette's contemporary twist on Agatha Christie's Tommy and Tuppence is sure to enthrall traditional mystery fans. At the very core of this astonishing debut is love in various forms--and especially our eternal love of, and fascination for, Hollywood in all its glamor and glitz. The relationship of Cindy and Jay is the wonderful glue that pulls it all together. I hope they have a long and successful run in this new staging of Murder, They Write."
Claw Enforcement (2020)
(Second Chance Cat Mystery, book 7)
Sofie Ryan
"A surefire winner."
Word to the Wise (2019)
(Library Lover's Mystery, book 10)
Jenn McKinlay
"Terrific...intelligent, lively, and fun."

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Books containing stories by Miranda James
Year-Round Trouble (2020)
14 Original Cozy Holiday Mysteries
edited by
Susan Y Tanner
Dead But Not Forgotten (2014)
Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse
(Sookie Stackhouse)
edited by
Charlaine Harris and Toni L P Kelner

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