Leftover Dead

Leftover Dead

by Jimmie Ruth Evans

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ISBN-13: 9780425225608
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/06/2009
Series: Trailer Park Mystery Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 11.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Miranda James is the pseudonym of Dean James, a seventh-generation Mississippian recently returned home after over thirty years in Texas. A mystery fan since the age of ten, he wrote his first novel at the ripe old age of twelve. The only copy of The Mystery of the Willow Key vanished years ago, but since it was highly derivative of the Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mystery series, that's probably a good thing.

Currently a librarian, Dean has published articles on topics in library science, the history of science/medicine, and mystery fiction. His first book, with fellow librarian Jean Swanson, was By a Woman's Hand and won an Agatha Award. Dean and Jean collaborated on Killer Books and The Dick Francis Companion. In all he has co-authored or co-edited six works of mystery reference and one short story anthology.

He has published more than eighteen novels, writing under his own name, Jimmie Ruth Evans, and as Honor Hartman. He's best known as Miranda James, for his New York Times bestselling Cat in the Stacks series, which features a librarian, Charlie Harris and his charming, partner-in-crime solving cat, Diesel. The books include Murder Past Due, Classified as Murder, File M for Murder, Out of Circulation, The Silence of the Library, Arsenic and Old Books, No Cats Allowed, Twelve Angry Librarians and the upcoming Claws for Concern.

Dean lives with two young cats, thousands of books, and thinks frequently about killing people - but only in the pages of fiction.

See www.catinthestacks.com to discover even more!

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Leftover Dead 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Wanda Nell and Jack got married and are living happily ever after in her trailer along with her daughter Juliet. Wanda Nell feels she is in hog heaven, not so much because of her nuptials, but to be working only one job for the first time in recent memory as a waitress at the Kountry Kitchen; Jack works at the high school and plans to start writing a novelization of a true crime story.

Jack learns about a three decade old cold case in which a naked girl was found dead on the Tullahoma County High School football field. His interest in the case stems from the way the townsfolk reacted to the homicide. Everyone wanted the Jane Doe mystery buried and forgotten. Jack consults with Wanda Nell and they conclude someone influential ended any inquiries. They investigate the murder and cover-up in spite of the danger they may face especially if that person is still alive, powerful, and observant.

The latest Trailer Park amateur sleuth (see BRING YOUR OWN POISON) is an engaging investigative tale as the newlyweds spend their honeymoon sleuthing a cold case that their inquiry turns hot (on them and the few who cooperate). Once gain life in a small Mississippi town especially in a trailer park is made interesting by the eccentric support cast. Wanda Nell remains as responsible as ever, but with Jack legally at her side. Fans will appreciate this character driven regional cold case whodunit.

Harriet Klausner
NewsieQ on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Wanda Nell Culpepper and her new husband, true-crime author Jack Pemberton are collaborating on a cold case involving a 30-year-old murder right in their Mississippi hometown. A young girl was murdered, her naked body found on the high school's football field ... and both Wanda Nell and Jack want justice for her.Wanda Nell is one of my favorite cozy heroines, and "old murders" are among my favorite mystery topics. So, I'm not surprised I enjoyed Leftover Dead as much as I did. The writing is smooth, the characters (most of them) kind-hearted, and the relationship between the newlyweds is sweet without going over the top. This is what cozy is all about!!!This review based on a publisher-supplied copy of the book.
Texaslady More than 1 year ago
The Trailer Park Mysterys are a good escape. The characters are real but the situations they get into are so crazy it goes good together. I live in the south and grew up around trailer parks and southern women like the grandmother and the the old cousin. Jimmie Ruth Evans captures the personalities and the small town life perfectly. I can't wait for the next book.
KrystaVS More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this series, I can't wait for the next one to come out. The characters are wonderful and they are fun reading, I usually read these in one sitting. Keep them coming.