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Bless Her Dead Little Heart
Southern Ladies Mystery #1
Miranda James

Berkley Prime Crime
October 7, 2014/ ISBN 978-0-425-27304-3

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Miss An'gel and Miss Dickee Ducote, two very southern elderly sisters are happily pet sitting for their friend Charlie Harris' cat, Diesel. Diesel, a highly unique and intelligent cat, is one of the main characters in Miranda James' Cat In The Stacks mystery series.

Their plans for peace, quiet and rest from the Mississippi heat are shattered when their former sorority sister, Rosabelle Sultan arrives at their home seeking refuge from her family. Rosabelle has always been a drama queen, seeking attention, but the sisters can't turn her away when she declares that someone in her family is trying to murder her. It isn't long before said family, her children, their spouses, and her grandchildren show up looking for her, and end up moving in as well.

With a houseful of unwanted guests Miss An'gel and Miss Dickee, their patience sorely tried, find themselves in the midst of a murder mystery, and web upon web of deceit, desperation and despicable manners. Will they be able to help the local police solve not one, but two murders before anyone else is killed? Will Diesel help point them to clues, and will his very presence be able to provide comfort to those left behind?

What a clever spin-off, this book is from the Cat in the Stacks series! The Ducote sisters have appeared in those books, along with Diesel. These ladies are the perfect characters for a series of their own, and I couldn't put the book down. As charming as the day is long, this story with its many complex characters and threads kept me glued to my seat as I turned page after page. You won't want to miss this debut in a brand new series, and you'll fall in love with Diesel and want to read all of the Cat in the Stacks books, too!


Reviewer Note: Miranda James also writes the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries
Reviewed 2014