Murder Past Due by Miranda James
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I have to say I was upset with Mr. James using race as the reason people wouldn't talk to Kanesha. As a native Mississippian albeit from Central Mississippi and now the Gulf Coast I do not know anyone who would refuse to talk to an officer of the law just because they were African-American. This "pretext" for Charlie and Diesel to get involved is very flimsy and insulting to Mississippians.
The story is set in the fictional North Mississippi town of Athena. Native son and best selling author Godfrey Priest has returned to Athena and among other things is donating his papers to the college, since Charlie is in charge of the archives he eventually receives the papers. But we quickly learn that Godfrey is actually there to meet his 17 year old son (Justin), who happens to board with Charlie. I really don't understand why he is boarding with Charlie when his own parents appear to live in the town.
Shortly after meeting Justin, Godfrey winds up dead. Justin finds the body and shortly afterwards Charlie appears on the scene. There are numerous suspects as Godfrey seems to have a lot of enemies in the town and after Charlie has a chance to go through Godfrey's papers, especially the box that was sent by accident Charlie jumps to the conclusion that the killer is the person who has actually been writing Godfrey's best selling books.
But Kanesha quickly disabuses Charlie of that notion and arrest the killer.
In my opinion the best thing about the book was that Charlie took his cat Diesel everywhere with him.
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