Cruel as the Grave

Cruel as the Grave

by Dean James

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BN ID: 2940148907008
Publisher: NYLA
Publication date: 11/12/2013
Series: Deep South Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 736,156
File size: 524 KB

About the Author

Dean James, a seventh-generation Mississippian, is a librarian and Edgar-nominated author of over twenty works of fiction and nonfiction. His nonfiction has won both the Agatha Award and the prestigious Macavity Award. Writing as Miranda James, he is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cat in the Stacks series, featuring librarian Charlie Harris and his trusty rescue cat Diesel. He is also the author of The Trailer Park Mysteries, writing as Jimmie Ruth Evans and the Bridge Club Mysteries, writing as Honor Hartman. As Dean James, he’s authored The Deep South Mystery Series and The Simon Kirby-Jones Mysteries. He lives in Houston, Texas, with two cats and thousands of books.

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Cruel as the Grave 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it, as i did the "cat in the stacks" books. Accesible, warm, and intriguing.
harstan More than 1 year ago
As she prepares for her Ph.D. exams in Houston, Maggie McLendon learns that her fraternal grandfather Henry lies dying in Jackson, Mississippi. Her father Gerald plans to travel alone to visit his estranged family to pay his last respects to Henry. However, Maggie, who has not seen her father¿s side of the family since she was a baby, persuades Gerald to take her with him.

In Jackson, the McLendon brood welcome Gerald and Maggie. Before Gerald and Henry have a last chance to reconcile and Maggie spend some quality time with her grandfather, someone kills Henry. The local police suspect Gerald murdered his father as a final act of revenge. Maggie knows her English professor dad could not have committed the crime. She begins her own inquiries into what caused the family schism and who murdered Henry.

CRUEL AS THE GRAVE is an intriguing regional amateur sleuth tale that fans of both sub-genes will enjoy. The story line centers on Maggie¿s need to learn the truth even though it amplifies not so positive family relationships. The main charcaters are fully developed and the estrangement completely understandable by the audience. Though a scorecard would have helped identify who¿s who, the audience will quickly work through that due to the terrific plot that showcases the talent of Dean James.

Harriet Klausner