Monday, July 18, 2016

Review: The Cantaloupe Thief by:Deb Richardson-Moore

 The Cantaloupe Thief
About the Book:
Too many people are staying silent about a ten--year--old murder case--it's time for reporter Branigan Powers to investigate Branigan Powers knows a good story when she sees one--and the ten--year--old cold case of wealthy Alberta Grambling Resnick's murder definitely makes the cut. Resnick was stabbed in her home after she let it slip that she was planning to change her will. There are plenty of suspects in the death of the matriarch of the town's founding family, but the killer has never been caught.

Now Branigan must do some serious digging to get her story. She knows the town's homeless community might have seen something; she also knows that the local cops wouldn't have thought of questioning these often--invisible people. There's a big problem, though; as Branigan starts digging, the homeless start dying. When her twin brother, a long--time addict, gets involved, the consequences of her investigation may hit a little too close to home.

Set in the fictional small town of Grambling, Georgia, The Cantaloupe Thief is the first in a new mystery series by Deb Richardson--Moore. The author is herself a former journalist and works extensively with the homeless, lending weight to the portrayal of a believable and engaging whodunit.

My Review:
 Ten years have passed but that does not stop Branigan Powers from seeking the truth and solving a murder that is still unsolved and ran cold all those years ago. As she starts to get close to whatever may have happened new murders start taking place which would cause her to reason that she is stepping on a few toes. Soon her own family becomes involved she must get to the bottom of this before anyone else gets hurt or worse--,murdered.

 The author's debut novel, The Cantaloupe Thief is set in Georgia, so this book was perfect read considering the temperature here in Alabama was in the 90's. A great summer beach read that comes alive with characters that are rich and profound. A murder mystery that will leave you guessing until the last page.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.