Murder Past Due by Miranda James
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Cat Sleuth
(Cover image via google)
Mysteries are generally not my first genre of choice. I don’t mind them, persay, but I’m more of a fantasy type girl. (Who also dabbles in Historical Fiction and Chick Lit as guilty pleasures).
First of all, ‘Cat Sleuth’ is an actual genre of books, usually found under cozy mysteries. The Joe Grey series by Shirley Murphey Rosseau and “The Cat Who…” series by Lillian Jackson Braun are usually the first to come to mind. Unlike those, however, the cat in the this book did nothing to actually solve the crime.
A librarian and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, live in a small town in Mississippi. He runs a boarding house for college students and works part time as a cataloger for the University. An ‘old friend’ comes back through town (an accomplished and wealthy author) and mystery ensues with a murder and people’s past coming to light.
Don’t worry. I shall bare no spoilers on my blog. 😛
As far as cozy mysteries go, this one was down played, easy to read and just that: cozy. It’s a series I’d recommend for a rainy day and a cup of tea. And if you like cats. Diesel doesn’t do much other than display coonish antics (which I’m familiar with) and comfort the people around him. (Which I am also familiar with). If you like cats, cat sleuth, and cozy mysteries, this is a definite must read.