Murder Past Due

Murder Past Due

by D.R. Meredith
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Murder Past Due by D.R. Meredith

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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016051024
Publisher: Tattered Plaid Publishing
Publication date: 01/21/2013
Series: The Megan Clark Mysteries , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 256,620
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

D. R. Meredith is an award-winning author of nineteen novels, both mysteries and historical, and numerous short stories. She is also a split personality. When participating in writers? conferences and seminars such as The Governor?s Sesquicentennial Conference on Literary Arts at the University of North Texas; Emporia State University, Rice University, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, West Texas State A&M University, or sitting on panels at Western Writers of America, Bouchercon, Malice Domestic, and Romance Writers of America. D. R. Meredith is a normal, sensible, professional writer. At home in Amarillo, Texas, she commits murder. Author of three mystery series, a historical series, and numerous, mostly murderous short stories, she lives in both the past and present Texas Panhandle where then as now there are more cattle than people. She has won the Oppie Award for both The Sheriff and the Panhandle Murders andThe Sheriff and the Branding Iron Murders, and was an Anthony Nominee for Murder by Impulse and Murder by Deception. She is a member of Western Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and The American Crime Writers League.

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Murder Past Due 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
sbd1988 More than 1 year ago
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!)