Book Review

Murder Past Due

Murder Past DueMurder Past Due by Miranda James
Published by Berkley Prime Crime on August 3rd 2010
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
Pages: 294
Format: ebook
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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 bestselling novelist, Godfrey Priest.

But someone in Athena took Godfrey off the bestseller 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.

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What I Expected [Prior to the Summary Read]

  • A crime solving kitty cat featured prominently
  • A fun, fast read
  • A predictable ending

What I Got

  • A gigantic Maine coon that walks on a leash and is merely with his owner at all times, fascinating and enthralling everyone who encounters him
  • A fun, fast read
  • A shocker of an ending

What I Thought

Athena, Mississippi, an idyllic Southern college town, is the perfect setting for murder – of a world-famous author! Like I’ve said in a few previous reviews, I’m all up in the cozy mystery genre – what have I been reading all this time?! Another cozy with a bookish setting and super bookish killing? Plus, throw a Maine coon cat in, stir it up and I say, yes, please!

Charlie and his constant feline companion – seriously constant; the cat walks on a leash, goes to work, and even goes to a funeral – Diesel, live an amazing – in my eyes – existence in small town Athena, where Charlie is a big deal college library employee, when the rotten stench of death practically falls into their laps.

Charlie is living life, renting out a room to a young college kid in his bed-and-breakfast-style home, left to him by a beloved aunt, hanging out with Diesel, and diligently putting in hours at his library-based dream job. Charlie’s world takes a turn for the exciting when his childhood frenemy, Godfrey Priest [isn’t that name perfect?!], comes back into the picture.

Godfrey is one of Athena’s hometown heroes, a now-famous author returning to his humble home for a lovely event in his honor. Naturally, Godfrey is kind enough to bestow bundles of his work onto Charlie’s library – where Charlie has the utter privilege of archiving everything donated.

Who gets killed, you ask? Well, with a name like Godfrey Priest, I seriously doubt you would live out your life into old age, come on! 😀

So, yes, Godfrey is discovered murdered in cold blood – suspicions, accusations, and investigations ensue. Charlie, being the librarian responsible for handling Godfrey’s donated work, unwittingly stumbles across a clue to Godfrey’s killing and goes on his own vigilante crime solving mission, with Diesel at his heels, of course.

As he searches, questions, and uncovers Godfrey’s secrets, Charlie ultimately arrives at the stunning answer to the query of Godfrey’s murder – and it’s not someone I predicted as being the culprit, which thrills me to no end. I love that Charlie squeaks around the police investigation and arrives at his own, correct, conclusions.

A cozy mystery with a huge dose of perfection, Murder Past Due would be a purrfect beach read or one to peruse on a road trip. I, of course, read it on my Kindle on my bed; however, my location certainly didn’t spoil the delightfully page-turning mystery; I devoured every single word and my heart may have pounded throughout my reading of the tale [probably not, but the book is so good!].

Love, Maggie


  1. Libby

    great review, i am glad that you liked it. I am not one to read cozy mysterys but i may try this one

    08 . 01 . 2018
    • Maggie

      Yay, Libby! If you do get a chance to read this one, I hope you love it! Cozies are great for when I’m in a slump!

      08 . 01 . 2018
  2. Ashleigh Williams

    Aw I want a maine coon that walks on a lead in my life!

    08 . 01 . 2018
    • Maggie


      08 . 01 . 2018
  3. Linda

    I’ve never read a cozy mystery, but you make them sound so fun!

    08 . 01 . 2018
    • Maggie

      Thanks so much! I love a good cozy, especially when it involves books – and cats!

      08 . 01 . 2018
  4. Diana @ The Bookish Sisters

    This book sounds amazing!! I love your revie, Maggie!!

    31 . 12 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks a ton, dear Diana! <3

      08 . 01 . 2018
  5. KRIS

    I haven’t given these books a try, this one SOUNDS awesome though. Great Review!

    30 . 12 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thank you, Kris! I adored this book so much! I hope you get a chance to read it sometime!

      08 . 01 . 2018
  6. Sarah Campbell

    This is new to me, never read a cosy mystery. Thanks for the REVIEw!!

    30 . 12 . 2017
    • Maggie

      You’re so welcome! Heart a good cozy!

      08 . 01 . 2018
  7. Dorka

    I love cosy mysteries, though hasn’t really gotten to read much. Might get to this one eventually. Great review! 🙂

    30 . 12 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks, Dorka! <3

      08 . 01 . 2018
  8. Danielle

    I’ve bever read a cozy mystery. Not sure if i would like it or not. I always love when a book can surprise me! Great review!

    30 . 12 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks a bunch, Dani! When I first started reading cozies, I was shocked by how much I love them! LOL!

      08 . 01 . 2018

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