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Murder Past Due: 08/01/18

Murder Past Due

Murder Past Due by D.R. Meredith is the third of the Megan Clark mysteries but the first through a confusing catalog entry at the library that I've read. Bear that in mind as you read this review.

Dr. Megan Clark is a reference librarian who runs a book club, Murder by the Yard. In this volume, the book club decides to do a historical reenactment of a couple of famous murders in Amarillo Texas. Their investigation into the apparent murder suicide of a couple opens up a modern day can of worms.

Megan and her best friend, Ryan (a co-narrator of this book) are roped into solving one of these old murders by one of the surviving members. The murder took place in the garden of a family estate and the murderer was most likely one of the surviving members of this old money family.

The mystery was quite engaging with just enough clues and misdirections to keep me interested. Interested enough that I didn't even notice that I was listening to the wrong book. I had planned to read the Miranda James mystery with the same title (the start of a very different series, set in Mississippi). The library catalog had both books under the same title heading, with a link to the audiobook (my preferred method for reading mysteries) going to the D.R. Meredith book, and the hold request link for the print version going to the Miranda James volume (the one I wanted to read). I didn't notice the goof until I was on the last chapter!

That said, I've ordered a copy of the first volume in the Megan Clark series, Murder in Volume (2000). I intend to keep up with both series.

Four stars

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