Branigan Powers knows a good story when she sees one--and the ten--year--old cold case of wealthy Alberta Grambling Resnick's murder definitely makes the cut.Read more...
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Branigan Powers knows a good story when she sees one--and the ten--year--old cold case of wealthy Alberta Grambling Resnick's murder definitely makes the cut. Resnick was stabbed in her home after she let it slip that she was planning to change her will. There are plenty of suspects in the death of the matriarch of the town's founding family, but the killer has never been caught.
Now Branigan must do some serious digging to get her story. She knows the town's homeless community might have seen something; she also knows that the local cops wouldn't have thought of questioning these often--invisible people. There's a big problem, though; as Branigan starts digging, the homeless start dying. When her twin brother, a long--time addict, gets involved, the consequences of her investigation may hit a little too close to home.
Set in the fictional small town of Grambling, Georgia, The Cantaloupe Thief is the first in a new mystery series by Deb Richardson--Moore. The author is herself a former journalist and works extensively with the homeless, lending weight to the portrayal of a believable and engaging whodunit.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-05-09
- Reviewer: Staff
Richardson-Moore's (The Weight of Mercy) weighty novel of redemption, the first in a series, introduces readers to Grambling, Ga., and Branigan Powers. Branigan, a reporter for the Grambling Rambler, has been assigned to explore why the murder of Alberta Resnick, a member of the town's founding family, has gone unsolved for 10 years. Branigan uses a personal and professional contact, Pastor Liam Delaney, to explore the possibility that the murderer was a transient, someone who would have been largely overlooked at the time of the murder. Liam proves to be a very atypical pastor who served the town's homeless first as a reporter before joining the church. This is what attracts the homeless to Branigan's mission and shelter, Jericho Road; he can share the message of God's love and hope over a slice of pizza or cold beer. As Branigan investigates, the reader is given an up-close look into the lives of the town's homeless population as they deal with alcoholism, drug addiction, and the other difficult circumstances that landed them on the streets. Richardson-Moore uses her experience as an investigative journalist and real-life work with the homeless to make a compelling story, and to breathe life into her complicated, multifaceted characters. (June)