The Cantaloupe Thief By Deb Richardson–Moore

The quirky title is the first thing that caught my eye! A criminal novel involving cantaloupes!? I had to read it and I am glad I did. Brannigan Powers grew up in Gambling, Georgia. She knows everyone, and everyone knows her. This makes her a perfect fit as a reporter for the town newspaper. She is assigned the job to report on the unsolved murder ten years ago of a wealthy octogenarian. This opens a whole can of worms not only for Brannigan but the entire town. Since a homeless person is suspected of the crime. She finds herself reconnecting with Liam, an old family friend, and pastor who runs the homeless shelter. What seems to be a simple assignment turns very complicated and dangerous, for her and others. Brannigan finds herself confronted with different people and the world they live in on a very personal level. This is especially true of the homeless.
This was a top notch mystery! Hard as I would try, I couldn’t guess what was coming next or who the murderer was! I liked the way the story switched from the present to ten years previous. This gave the reader special clues into the murder. This was not at all confusing and added to the intrigue of the story. I loved the closeness of her family and the small town spirit. The detail in which the author shares the problems and suffering of the homeless was an eye-opener. She brought to life their everyday struggles, hopelessness, and how overlooked and rejected they are by society.
I cannot wait to read more of Ms. Richardson-Moore’s books!
I received this book free from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

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