Book Review: “Midnight on the Mississippi” by Mary Ellis

September 23, 2015 at 9:38 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Mary Ellis in her new book, “midnight book coverMidnight on the Mississippi” Book One in the Secrets of the South Mysteries published by Harvest House Publishers takes us into the lives of Hunter Galen and Nicki Price.

From the back cover:  What lies beneath the black waters of the Bayou?

New Orleans–Hunter Galen, a stock and securities broker, suspects his business partner, James Nowak, may be involved in embezzling their clients’ money, but he’s reluctant to jeopardize their friendship based on suspicion alone. After James turns up dead, Hunter realizes his unwillingness to confront a problem may have cost James his life.

Nicki Price, a newly minted PI, intends to solve the stockbroker’s murder as she establishes herself in the career she adores. As she ferrets out fraud and deception at Galen-Nowak Investments, Hunter’s fiancée, Ashley Menard, rubs Nicki the wrong way. Nicki doesn’t trust the ostentatious woman who seems to be hiding something, but is the PI’s growing attraction to Hunter–the police’s only suspect–her true reason for disliking Ashley?

As Hunter and Nicki encounter sophisticated shell games, blackmail, and death threats both subtle and overt, danger swirls around them like the mysterious dark waters of the Bayou. Only their reliance on faith and fearless determination gives them hope they will live to see another day.

I like New Orleans. It is a city I have not visited (yet) though by reading this book Not only do I desire to visit it more I learned more things about the city and feel as if I have been there, at least in spirit. I have never read of a Just Beginning Private Investigator. Shows there is a first time for everything. Nicki is a wonderful character, who represents the poorer side of town while Hunter represents Upper Society. Obviously these two clash at the beginning as Nicki actually thinks Hunter killed his partner. So do the police which presents a problem. Eventually Nicki comes around to see that Hunter is innocent and then the fun really begins. This is an exciting story as Nicki tries to solve her first case with everything working against her. Nicki and Hunter are terrific characters that Ms. Ellis has breathed life into and that we root for them to succeed. And did I mention that there is a romance also? “Midnight on the Mississippi” is a lot of fun and it entertains you as you keep flipping pages as you try to find out what is going to happen next.  Ms. Ellis has a great way of telling the story and moving it along at a nice pace. A really enjoyable read.

You can find “Midnight on the Mississippi” at a discount at  http://www.deepershopping.com/item/ellis-mary/midnight-on-the-mississippi-secrets-of-the-south/6420640.html

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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