Houston's own master of cozy mysteries Dean James appears at Murder by the Book to sign the latest release in his Cat in the Stacks series, Out of Circulation. James writes Cat in the Stacks under the pseudonym Miranda James, but fans are in on the secret so no one's expecting to see Miranda. (James also writes the Wanda Nell Culpepper series under the name Jimmie Ruth Evans and Bridge Club series as Honor Hartman.) Out of Circulation features Charlie Harris, who like James in real life, is a librarian. When Harris finds a dead body in the library, he and his rescued Maine coon cat named Diesel set out to solve the mystery. Joelle Charbonneau also appears and will be signing her latest novel, Skating on the Edge.
Sat., Feb. 2, 4:30 p.m., 2013