Book Review: Murder Past Due

Hello Everyone!

Today’s review is on Murder Past Due by Miranda James.


I came across the latest release in this series when I was working on processing new books at work. I was instantly intrigued when I saw that one of the characters was a Maine coon cat and I knew that it was a series I wanted to check out. Fast forward to a few weeks later when I was walking around Barnes and Noble and I came across the first book in the series and I decided to buy it and read it that very same day. In short, I am a sucker for anything that has a cat as a main character, especially a Maine coon.

In the town of Athena, Mississippi, almost everyone knows librarian Charlie Harris and his Maine coon cat Diesel, who goes almost everywhere with Charlie. In this first installment of the Cat in the Stacks series, a best-selling author and former classmate of Charlie’s, Godfrey Priest, comes back to Athena for a visit. However, within hours of his arrival he is found murdered, and Charlie and his faithful sidekick Diesel take up the task of finding the murderer.

I enjoyed this cozy mystery, especially since it is one of the first ones I have read in a while. This was a good start to the series  and I did like the mystery. One aspect that I liked about this book is that it kept me guessing to the very end about who the suspect was, and it ended up being on of the people I least expected to commit a murder. I appreciated how even though there were obvious motives for the murder there were still some twists that surprised me.

I loved following Charlie as he went about his day with Diesel. Diesel, although he can’t talk, definitely stole the show at times and it was interesting to see how he aided Charlie in his search for the killer.  I also really liked getting to Azalea and Melba and how they help Charlie both with the mystery and just with his everyday life. And, based on the last page of the novel, I really hope that we get to see Charlie find love again after the death of his wife.

Overall, this was a great introduction to the cozy mysteries genre and it made me want to read more of them. Murder Past Due will have readers looking forward to finding out what cases Charlie and Diesel crack next. 3/5 Stars.

Happy Reading,

Janelle L. C.

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