Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Murder Past Due
First sentence: A hurricane slammed through my kitchen this morning, and his name was Justin.
Premise/plot: Murder Past Due is the first in the A Cat In The Stacks mystery series. Charlie is a librarian who works as an archivist in the university's rare books collection. He's lucky: he gets to bring his cat, Diesel to work. In fact, Diesel almost always goes everywhere with him. He inherited his house from his aunt, and he runs a boarding house. Justin is one of his boarders.
Soon after the novel opens, readers learn that a best selling mystery/thriller writer is returning. Charlie went to school with him--both high school and college--and the two weren't exactly friends. Far from it. It seems EVERYONE in town has a past with Godfrey Priest--for better or worse.
My thoughts: I loved this one. I did. I loved meeting Charlie and Diesel. I enjoyed the setting--a small university town. I liked the unpacking of the mystery--following the clues. Charlie may be an amateur when it comes to detecting, but, he's good at research. I was a bit surprised at who committed the murder. And that's not a bad thing.
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