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Do Unto Others (original 1994; edition 1994)

by Jeff Abbott (Author)

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Title:Do Unto Others
Authors:Jeff Abbott (Author)
Info:Ballantine Books (1994), Mass Market Paperback, 248 pages
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I have read most of this author's stand-alone books and one other of his series. This is the first of his Jordan Poteet mysteries and the first book he wrote. It was a fun mystery about a Texan librarian but you can tell it was a first novel.

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After a few good years of city life, Jordan Poteet returns to his small hometown of Mirabeau, Texas, to work as a librarian.. Yet his quiet domesticity is shattered when he locks horns with Miss Beta Harcher, the town's prize religious fanatic, in a knock-down drag-out battle over censorship.
When Jordan finds her murdered body in the library, he learns that Beta dead is much more dangerous than she ever was alive. Not only for poor Jordy, whom the police are itching to throw the book at, but for countless others. In fact, thanks to a cryptic list the police find stashed next to her fanatical heart, Beta Harcher has the whole town in a death grip.... ( )
  mazda502001 | Nov 21, 2009 |
After a few years of city life in Boston working for a book publisher,
Jordan Poteet returns to his small hometown of Mirabeau in eastern Texas, to
help his sister take care of their mother who has Alzheiner's Disease. He
takes a job running the Mirabeau Library and settles back into the small
town niche. But the peace is shattered by a religious fanatic spinster
named Beta Harcher, who has decided that some of the books in the library
should be banned. In the middle of their battle over censorship, Jordy
finds her murdered body in the back room of the library with his baseball
bat lying next to her. Working with his old classmate, now chief of police
Hewett Moncrief, Junior (Junebug for short) they discover a mysterious list
of names in Beta's pocket, and beside each name is a bible verse.
Apparently, she's been causing trouble for countless other folks, and her
blackmailing days have come to a screeching halt.

This was a light read, a little heavy on the southern dialect, and I have to
admit I could have done without some of the cutsey nicknames for grown men,
but the story was pleasant enough. I didn't figure out
whodunit till just before the reveal on this one. We'll see how the next
one turns out. I'll give this a 3.5 and hope for better in the next book. ( )
  madamejeanie | Sep 18, 2008 |
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Jordan Poteet has left the big city to work as a librarian in his hometown of Mirabeau, Texas. But his dream of the quiet life is shattered when he locks horns with Miss Beta Harcher, the town's prize religious fanatic, in a battle over censorship. When Jordan finds her murdered body in the library, he becomes the prime suspect. And when the police find a cryptic list stashed next to her fanatical heart, it seems as if Beta Harcher has the whole town in a death grip . . .

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:45:53 -0400)

After a few good years of city life, Jordan Poteet returns to his small hometown of Mirabeau, Texas, to work as a librarian. Yet his quiet domesticity is shattered when he locks horns with Miss Beta Harcher, the town's prize religious fanatic.

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