Cruel as the Grave

Cruel as the Grave Maggie McLendon should be at home in Houston studying for herPh D qualifying exams but a letter from her great aunt arrives bearingbad news Maggie s grandfather Henry McLendon whom she has never

  • Title: Cruel as the Grave
  • Author: Dean A.James
  • ISBN: 9781570721274
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • Maggie McLendon should be at home in Houston, studying for herPh.D qualifying exams, but a letter from her great aunt arrives, bearingbad news Maggie s grandfather, Henry McLendon, whom she has never met, isseriously ill in Jackson, Mississippi Maggie s father, English professor Gerard McLendon, has been estranged fromhis family since Maggie was an infant, but now thereMaggie McLendon should be at home in Houston, studying for herPh.D qualifying exams, but a letter from her great aunt arrives, bearingbad news Maggie s grandfather, Henry McLendon, whom she has never met, isseriously ill in Jackson, Mississippi Maggie s father, English professor Gerard McLendon, has been estranged fromhis family since Maggie was an infant, but now there is perhaps one lastchance for the McLendons to be reunited The family welcomes Maggie andGerard to Jackson, and Gerard has a chance to reconcile with his father But a murderer strikes, savagely, and Gerard McLendon looks like the chiefsuspect Maggie must sort out decades of family secrets, including thepuzzle of her grandmother s death twenty five years before and itsrelationship to the present crime, to arrive at the truth But not beforethe killer strikes a second time Could Maggie or her father be next on thelist About The Author I ve been a devoted mystery reader since the age of tenand now the manager of Murder By The Book, a specialty bookstore in Houston,I have published numerous articles, interviews, and reviews, and severalworks of non fiction on the subject of mysteries.My first novel length mystery fiction, Cruel As The Grave, will be publishedin May 2000, by Silver Dagger Mysteries I grew up in Mississippi, with scads of cousins all over the place, none ofwhom has ever married one another as far as I know Sitting around onporches on hot summer days, listening to adults telling stories, I decided Iwanted to tell stories, too.I wrote my first novel when I was twelve, and I ve been making up storiesever since No matter where those stories are set, something Southern creepsin I think that growing up Southern was like living in the middle of everyone of Shakespeare s plays all at once Comedy, drama, tragedy,farce they re with you every day all you have to do is choose.

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    1. A Mississippi Cozy mystery with twists and turns enough to be dubbed a Southern Agatha Christie. Gerard and his daughter, Maggie, return to Gerard's Mississippi plantation home, where his father is dying. Other than one of her father's siblings, Maggie has never had any contact with her father's estranged family. This family is one of the most convoluted that Maggie has ever seen; and when her grandfather is murdered, the only suspects are all the family members who are residing at the plantatio [...]


    2. Excellent read. I really enjoyed it and loved the characters and the mystery. The plot is very reminiscent of the English Country House type of mystery a la Agatha Christie. The characters are fully developed and engaging. I would highly recommend this to mystery fans of all types,It is not strictly for cozy fans. There is no gore or graphic violence to offend traditional cozy fans, but it would appeal to fans of other mysteries as well. Currently it is selling for only $3.99 on – Kindle edit [...]


    3. I am a huge fan of James, particularly writing as Miranda James, and reading this, his first full-length novel written nearly two decades ago, I really appreciate how he has matured as a writer. I was looking for something really cheesy to read, and this filled the bill as a particularly formulaic mystery with a bit of bosom-heaving romance thrown in. The grand house that is the setting seems to be the same one the Ducote sisters occupy in "Miranda's" Southern Ladies series. And there ain't noth [...]


    4. A change of pace in that this is a bit more gothic (just a bit though) than the cozies I've been hooked on lately. In some ways I liked it just fine. The characters were well done and the setting rings true. The only drawback for me was that I figured out whodunnit halfway through the book.


    5. Cruel as the Grave (Deep South Mysteries #1) 3 out of 5 stars Just not for me, November 24, 2013 This review is from: Cruel as the Grave (Deep South Mysteries #1) (Kindle Edition) This is a story about Maggie, daughter of Gerard, and their southern estranged family living in the deep south. Gerard receives word that his father, Maggie's Grand-father, is in failing health and now may be the right time for a visit.Maggie has many unanswered questions about her father's family since she's had littl [...]


    6. An enjoyable mystery complete with opulent mansion, a volatile family with skeletons in all the closest, crusty old patriarch, and a handsome butler who wears polo shirts. One of the family members is murdered at a time when the security system has been set and only a member of the household could be the killer. Lots of twists and turns, and plenty of quirky characters. This book is a great way to spend a lazy Saturday!


    7. There might have been a passable 30 page short story in this but it's lost in a 200 plus page word salad. Overwritten and inert.


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