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Very good story, excellent character development. I never suspected the ending. ( )
  bailey9189 | Dec 3, 2016 |
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It's been ten years since respected community member, Alberta Resnick, was killed in her own home. The cold case has been nearly forgotten until local reporter Branigan Powers is assigned to the story. Having recently returned to Grambling, GA, Branigan is just settling in and becoming reacquainted with old friends. With the newspaper industry undergoing a transition, Branigan and her colleagues now how important it is to retain readership, but Branigan is up for the challenge. Through her research, Branigan uncovers new leads just as people from the homeless community start dying one by one. With the help of her pastor friend, Liam, and the homeless, Branigan follows the dangerous twists and turns of the case to reveal the town's hidden secrets.

The Bottom Line: This well-written novel is the first in a new series by a debut author. Besides being an engaging mystery, Richardson-Moore expertly weaves the social issues of homelessness, addiction, and family dynamics throughout. Additionally, the Southern setting adds to the charm of the book. I am looking forward to the next installment. Enthusiastically recommended for mystery buffs. ( )
  aya.herron | Oct 2, 2016 |
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Branigan Powers is a reporter for a smalltown newspaper that's trying to survive the electronic media transition. She's given the assignment to research a 10 year old cold case--the murder of a wealthy elderly woman that's never been solved. This book keeps your interest with interesting characters and a particularly empathetic look into the homeless community and addiction. I enjoyed reading the book, though the killer was just a bit too obvious for me. Still, the characters were very believable, and I enjoyed getting to know them. ( )
  catlinp | Sep 24, 2016 |
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For me the mark of a good book is where the story hooks the reader so much that you want to read faster to find out what's going to happen but also you want to read slower to savor the story. This book was like that for me.
Deb Richardson-Moore's The Cantaloupe Thief is about the murder of a wealthy woman which took place ten years ago. Branigan Powers, a reporter, is assigned to write an article for the 10th anniversary of the murder, which was the city's only unsolved murder. Branigan knows that the homeless often have information but are rarely asked. With the help from her friend Liam, a pastor who runs a shelter, the two start to ask questions and secrets begin to surface. Then homeless people start dying. Will Branigan find the murderer or will she become one of the victims.
This was a great cozy mystery. I hope the author continues this series. ( )
  bah195 | Aug 9, 2016 |
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This was an extremely well written mystery. The characters were well developed and believable. The plot moved and pacing were good. I would definitely read something by this author in the future. ( )
  momweaver | Aug 7, 2016 |
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"A murder mystery set in NE Georgia, USA, and featuring a reporter, Branigan Powers, who is commissioned to investigate a cold case, an unsolved murder of a wealthy widow ten years previously. She enlists the help of Malachi Ezekiel Martin, a homeless man who is both a possible suspect and a possible sleuth: the idea being that homeless people get overlooked, and hence see things that are concealed from the rest of the population. This is the first in an intended series of novels featuring Branigan, Malachi, and Branigan's friend Liam, who runs a shelter for the homeless."--Amazon.com… (more)

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