The Murder by the Yard Reading Circle, a mystery discussion group, is six months old, and Megan Clark, assistant reference librarian and unemployed paleopathologist, suggests a mystery tour of Amarillo's real-life murder sites. Megan nominates Ryan Stevens, history professor at the local university to moderate the tour. Ryan is horrified. After Megan and other members of the reading group have already dabbled at solving four different murders on two separate occasions, Ryan doesn't want Megan near any kind of murder cases, even those decades old and long solved. But Ryan is persuaded by Megan to participate in the tour, and as he feared, she is knee deep in another murder. Hired as a consultant by Bruce Gorman, wealthy Amarillo aristocrat, to solve the murder of his grandson's bride, Megan happily recruits the reading circle to help in her investigation. Ryan is both appalled and worried. The Gorman murder case is only twenty years old; whoever strangled young Melinda Gorman could still be alive and unwilling to have Megan digging up the family dirt.
|Publisher:||Tattered Plaid Publishing|
|Series:||The Megan Clark Mysteries , #3|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||2 MB|
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There is not much demand for the services of a physical anthropologist or a palepathologist in Amarillo, Texas. As such, Dr. Megan Elizabeth Clark resides in her mother¿s home to keep expenses down. To supplement her income, Megan works at local library. She loves mystery novels and belongs to a reading group, Murder by the Yard, who meet at the Time and Again bookstore. The group currently celebrates its six-month anniversary with Megan creating a tour of famous murder sites in which the group reenacts the homicides of famous murders. Millionaire and patriarch of a local dysfunctional family, Bruce Gorman joins one of the tours. Twenty years ago, the wife of Bruce¿s grandson was found murdered in a gazebo with her husband covered in her blood holding the murder weapon. Not too long afterward, he committed suicide, closing the nasty chapter for everyone but Bruce. He has doubts and hires Megan and her cohorts to investigate the homicide even knowing that another family member might be the killer. MURDER PAST DUE is a delightful installment in a well-written, sweet amateur sleuth series. The book appeals to Christie fans and anyone who prefers a non-violent novel. Megan remains an appealing lead character, who belongs in the world yet still seems to rise above it. D.R. Meredith¿s five Clark books are all quite good, but leave too much of a gap between their releases to satiate us fans. Harriet Klausner
The writing is so dry, you do not connect with the characters at all, and do not care about what happens. I have been to Amarillo, and had hoped to get a better feel for the town, but this book did nothing for me.
Finally! I got to read the third book of the Murder By the Yard mystery series, and this one is the last I'll read, unless D.R. Meredith decides to add another delightful book to the shelves. In this one, Dr. Megan Clark is asked to solve the mystery of the murder of Melinda Gorman and the subsequent suicide of her husband, Randy. Her sidekick and best friend, Dr. Ryan Stevens, is at her side as always trying to dissuade her from pursuing the murderer, but as usual Megan is on the case! I loved the murder mystery tour that the Murder By the Yard mystery book club put on for Amarillo because it showed the depth of history that Amarillo has. "Call Me Herb" Jackson, the lawyer, seemed to be improving his wit in this book in a way that had me laughing aloud. I'm very sad to see this mystery series come to an end because it is delightful with every page. I recommend this book series to anyone who would like to know more about the mystery genre, especially with its allusions to Agatha Christie novels and who-dun-its by Dorothy L. Sayers as well as other sleuth writers. The whole series is rich in vocabulary and thick in plot. It's so good that I might have to re-read the fifth book to see what ends up happening between Ryan and Megan because I forgot. (5 stars!)