Dean James (writing as Miranda James): Murder Past Due

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There’s a new mystery writer in town…well, actually, it’s an old mystery writer with a new name. Dean James, author of the Simon Kirby-Jones mysteries, has launched a new series and with it, took on a new name — Miranda James. (Besides his publisher suggesting that readers might relate more to a woman writer for the books, James has a very practical reason for using a pseudonym: “When you Google Dean James, you get a lot of information about a dead movie star,” he says.) The new book, Murder Past Due, is a cozy. (For those readers who aren’t familiar with the term, think Jessica Fletcher and Murder, She Wrote.) “Cozies portray something gone wrong in what is usually a safe world and by the end of the book, it’s a happy ending,” Dean tells us. “My readers want to be entertained, not scared. They don’t want to have to lock all the doors and the windows while they’re reading.” Murder Past Due follows the exploits of Charlie Harris, a widowed man who moves from Texas to Mississippi after the death of his wife. “I wanted to write about a nice guy who just wanted to do the right thing.” 6:30 p.m. Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-524-8597 or visit www.murderbooks.com. Free.
Thu., Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m., 2010

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