Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Cantaloupe Thief: Branigan Powers Mystery Book 1 By Deb Richardson-Moore

I received this book from Kregel Publications for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description: 

Too many people are staying silent about a ten--year--old murder case--it's time for reporter Branigan Powers to investigate. 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.

My Thoughts:

The Cantaloupe Thief is the first book in Deb Richardson-Moore's Branigan Powers Mystery and WOW it is fantastic. This is her debut book and I am so glad I read it. As a fan of  debut authors and mystery books, including Christian Mystery, I was very intrigued by the book description and knew I had to read it. I LOVE finding new authors to read.  Deb Richardson-Moore writes with great authority on the South including Georgia, homeless population, addiction, adoption, newspaper business, and the social hierarchy in the South. A big part of my family is in the South, my Dad was from Atlanta, GA and as I read this book I really felt like I was there. The Cantaloupe Thief goes between the present and 10 years prior. This type of writing takes special skill to make seamless transitions and Deb Richardson-Moore has it big time! I really felt like I was there with Branigan as she investigates this murder. The homeless aspect really spoke to me. Deb Richardson-Moore captures the inside look at the homeless, how they live, how they feel. The part that stuck with me the most was the statement made a few times in this book, " The worst thing about being homeless is being looked right through." This statement really convicts you to look at how we treat the homeless or feel about them. I really could see her heart and dedication in this book to the homeless. She gave me a real look at the homeless. This with definitely stay with me. All of the characters in this book are very interesting characters. They are real characters. I loved the different personalities and people portrayed in this book. My favorites would have to Malachi Ezekiel Martin and Branigan Powers.  Malachi is a homeless man who is looked up to in the homeless community. He is a smart man who sees things others don't, observes and hears a lot. He is a huge part of helping Branigan in her search. He helps so many people. Branigan is great!! She loves her job and truly has a nose for news! She has a heart for the homeless also and in her search for the truth she learns a lot. She is a twin and has a brother who left years ago but is back. I loved her sense of humor and her love for people. These characters offered so much to this book. A huge part of this book is relationships, relationships with people and with God. This book showed the importance of a relationship with God.  I could not put this book down once I started reading, action right from the start. This book kept me guessing until the end, lots of things I did NOT see coming. I cannot say enough good about this book and this author. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Mystery books and/or mystery books, you will not be disappointed. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series and other books from this author. Deb Richardson-Moore is on my list of must read authors. I give this book 5+ STARS!

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