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A striking and stimulating mystery, introducing a new series of novels set in Georgia, USA. Take a trip to the Deep South, to a town called Grambling, where the folk drink iced tea, celebrate the 4th July in style, and where a ten year old unsolved murder sits brooding… waiting. 41 year old reporter Branigan Powers starts to investigate, she delves into the past with the help of a homeless man and the local pastor. Grambling the town, with the mix of old and new South, sits alongside Branigan as a main character, I got to know the streets, the stores and restaurants, as well as the people. Occasionally Deb Richardson-Moore allows the story to slide back in time to the day before the murder, on a countdown, introducing new aspects, raising suspicions. There are several surprises waiting in store and the tension increases as the past and the present start to merge. ‘The Cantaloupe Thief’ is an intriguing mix of old and new, past and present, charm and menace, it all adds up to very absorbing and entertaining read.
The A Branigan Mystery series:
1. The Cantaloupe Thief
A crime novel set in NE Georgia, USA, and featuring a reporter, Branigan Powers, who is commissioned to investigate a cold case, an unsolved murder of a wealthy widow ten years previously. She enlists the help of Malachi Ezekiel Martin, a homeless man who is both a possible suspect and a possible sleuth: the idea being that homeless people get overlooked, and hence see things that are concealed from the rest of the population. An important twist in the story is that Branigan's own twin brother is a derelict, his promising career destroyed by drugs.
|Publication date:||15th April 2016|
|Publisher:||Lion Fiction an imprint of Lion Hudson Plc|
|Collections:||80 Book Series and Trilogies to Fall in Love With , 100+ Female Led Crime Fiction,|
|Primary Genre||Crime and Mystery|
Deb Richardson-Moore was a longtime award-winning reporter for The Greenville News in Greenville, South Carolina, and then a pastor at the Triune Mercy Center, where the congregation included homeless people. She has written a memoir of her early years at Triune, The Weight of Mercy (2012), and the Branigan Powers Mystery Series, which includes The Cantaloupe Thief, The Cover Story and Death of a Jester (2016-2018). She then turned to stand-alone mystery/thrillers with Murder, Forgotten (2020). She was named one of Greenville's 50 Most Influential People by Greenville Business Magazine in 2013; a Woman Making History by the Greenville Cultural Exchange in 2014; ...More About Deb Richardson-Moore