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Publisher's Summary

There's a cat in the stacks...and he makes the purr-fect partner for a librarian-turned-sleuth. Everyone in Athena, Mississippi, knows librarian Charlie Harris - and his Maine coon cat named Diesel that he walks on a leash. They also know his former classmate-turned-famous best-selling novelist, Godfrey Priest. But someone in Athena took Godfrey off the best seller lists - permanently, and with extreme prejudice. Now, Charlie and Diesel must browse through the history section of the town's past to find a killer.
©2010 Dean James (P)2013 Audible Inc.
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By Byron on 06-08-14

A cat and his librarian

Charlie Harris is a part time collage librarian in Mississippi. He's a recent widower with a pet Maine Coon Cat named, Diesel, who walks on a leash everywhere with Charlie. Charlie also boards a couple of students from the college.

When a former classmate, Godfrey Priest, comes to town to promote his latest bestselling book, not everyone is pleased with his visit. Godfrey is a bit of an arrogant bastard who has hurt and angered a number of people. He's also coming to claim a son who is rooming with Charlie. But someone has killed Godfrey in his hotel before he can give his talk. Now Charlie finds himself researching more than old college documents so he can help find the killer before his friends become the prime suspects.

This story revolves a great deal around the cat, who seems a bit like a recovery service cat. Diesel seemed to always know when someone needed extra attention and love. This aspect of the story was very subtle and well done, which I really liked. On the other hand, I found it a bit difficult to believer that everyone, and all places, appreciated having a cat around, especially food places. That being said, this story was captivating and intriguing. The well developed characters and theme of book writing made this a fun mystery.

The narration was well done, but since the story was written in a first person male voice, I might have preferred a male narration. Though I liked this audio version well enough that I definitely plan to listen to the next book in this fun series too.

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By Deborah Jarnagin on 05-08-15

Cats in a mystery series....yes please!!!

I Loved it.., I am ready for book number two!!!!!!!!! Only pet peeve is if main character is a guy the narrator should be a guy

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By IAN on 08-08-16

A darned Good read.

What did you like most about Murder Past Due?

That the main character was male, which makes a change in cozy books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder Past Due?

When Charlie realises that he has over-stepped the line with the Deputy Sheriff.

Have you listened to any of Erin Bennett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Probably...but can't remember, as I listen to a lot of audio books. But she was very good, with a clear narration.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Perr...fect crime team.

Any additional comments?

A really Good mystery with likable characters, well plotted and written, with plenty of twists and turns!
Well worth listening to.

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