Midnight on the Mississippi, by Mary Ellis

book coverPublisher’s Overview:

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, recover the missing millions from the client accounts, and establish herself in the career she adores. As she ferrets out fraud and deception at Galen Investments, Hunter’s fiancée, Ashley Menard, rubs Nicki the wrong way. Nicki doesn’t trust the ostentatious woman with an agenda longer than the Mississippi River. Ashley seems to be hiding something, but is Nicki’s growing attraction to Hunter—a suspected murderer—her true reason for disliking Ashley?

As they encounter sophisticated shell games, blackmail, and murder, Nicki and Hunter’s only option is to turn to God as they search for answers, elude lethal danger, and perhaps discover love along the way.

My Take:

On a boat out on Lake Pontchartrain is a 60th birthday party for one of New Orleans wealthiest women. But her younger son is missing out on much of the fun; he’s battling technology to have a conversation with his business partner. He can’t understand much of what his partner’s saying, but the man sounds frantic. By the end of the evening, the partner will be dead and the son will be settling into a jail cell for the night. He’s certain he’ll be charged with murder, unless he can discover the identity of the real killer. Fortunately for him, there’s a private investigator willing to help him out and it doesn’t hurt that she just happens to be beautiful.

Are Hunter and Nicki the only two people looking to solve the case? It seems like it because the only law enforcement officer to make regular appearances is a stereotypical sleazy cop who hates rich people and wants to pin the crime on Hunter. I think Hunter has a pretty good alibi, seeing as how he was seen by many at his mother’s party, but no one mentions alibis or the short time that he was on his own en-route to his office. Hunter seldom talks to his lawyer, who would probably advise him to sit back and let the police do their job. The media doesn’t seem to be after him either.

So, okay, I thought the plot was a little unrealistic. And, at times, I felt I was reading a treatise on the differences between rich and poor in Louisiana. There’s also a side plot involving Nicki’s deceased father that I didn’t think was needed. But there is some great detail about New Orleans in a post-Katrina setting. Then, of course, there’s the whodunit aspect. Who did kill Hunter’s partner? Will the killer come after Hunter and Nicki next? That’s the reason I kept reading. I wanted to get to the answers and, in the end, I got them.

Thank you to Harvest House Publishers for my complimentary Advanced Review Copy of Midnight on the Mississippi, which I received in exchange for my honest review.

Have you read Midnight on the Mississippi? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

Publication Date: 01 August 2015

Page Count: 352

Read more on:   Mary Ellis’ Website   Harvest House Publishers’ Website

Purchase on:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Books-a-million   Christianbook.com

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