Murder Past Due is the first in a new series. It was nice to have gentleman for the main character for a change. For the last few years we've had a lot of very plucky female main characters in the fore front. Ms. James has chosen Charlie Harris and his rescued cat Diesel for the heroes of her new series.
Charlie is an ex-librarian and part time archivist at the local college, lives in the house he inherited from his Aunt and like her he rents out rooms to college students.
Working through his grief of the deaths of his wife and aunt, Charlie and Diesel are settling in to a new school year with a new tenant and one who's off on sabbatical. It just so happens that he knew the mother of his new tenant in his youth and when a famous writer turns up at the college who just so happens was a not so pleasant acquaintance from that time. Charlie gets caught up in events that he hadn't bargained for. Even his housekeeper asks him to help her daughter who is on the police force and happens to catch the murder case.
Yes, this is a murder mystery. I thought I was following the clues pretty good, but as I neared the end I was surprised. I'm looking forward to the next in this series, it was a good read.
Beverly G ♥