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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2015
Series: Secrets of the South Mysteries
Midnight on the Mississippi begins the new Secrets of the South Mysteries from bestselling author Mary Ellis. These complex crime dramas follow an investigator’s quest to make the world a better place…solving one case at a time.
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, 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.
Robin WallaceFloridaAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Midnight on the MississippiMay 25, 2016Robin WallaceFloridaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Midnight on the Mississippi
Book Summary: 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 fiance, 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 Huntera suspected murdererher 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.
Review: Great start to a new series!!! Doesn't take to long to get into the murder. It made me think that about coming upon something illegal and even though you report it does no mean that person doesn't get pegged for it. I really enjoyed Nikki and some of the other underlying events that were going on. For me that kept the suspense going without it being too intense. I always like to be kept waiting for the who did it and this one did not disappoint. I really am hooked on this series. Looking forward to finishing the second book and to start the third book!!!
I would like to thank Net Galley and Harvest House Publishers for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
christiangirl4evr2 Stars Out Of 5Midnight on the MississippiFebruary 27, 2016christiangirl4evrQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1I was expecting alot from this book. The reviews were really good. This is the first book by Mary Ellis that I've read, and it will be the last. There really is no mystery or intrigue. The entire story is supposed to be about solving a murder but in all reality it is about Hunter breaking up with his fiancee and falling in love with Nicki. They don't do much sleuthing, more eating, dancing, and going to parties. Things happen randomly and the story doesn't take you on a journey to resolve the mystery. The "who done it" comes out close to the end with an explanation of how they arrived at it. Some of the characters are a bit over the top and makes it not as believable. She also uses alot of French words and phrases that only about 1/2 are explained what they mean. I'm not a fan of that. This is also supposed to be a Christian book and I can count on one hand how many times God, prayer, and faith was used in the book in the first 300 pages. For the last 45 pages, there is about a handful more (and a cuss word somewhere in the middle). My idea of a Christian book has God woven throughout and I didn't find that in this book. If you like a good "relationship" story, then you will like this book. It just wasn't for me.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An Exciting Read You Won't Want to Put DownJanuary 7, 2016Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Thrilling, nerve-racking, often intense, are just a few of the words I am using to describe this novel. Hunter Galen, a well-known business man, high society name in New Orleans, finds his partner dead. And to top it off, guess who is being accused of committing the crime. Even after suspecting that his partner, James, may have been up to know good, Hunter tried to ignore it, until now. James was his friend - or was he?
Nicki Price, country gal from Mississippi, is direly in need of a job. With her recently acquired PI license, and hopefully soon to be acquired carrying permit, she barges her way into her cousin's New Orleans office demanding to be hired. When her plans go a bit amiss, she weasels her way into her cousins newest case - Hunter's murder of his friend James- using her PI skills or ... something like that. To the amazement of both Hunter and her cousin, she is actually pretty good at investigating. So good, she is rubbing people the wrong way, and finds herself in danger numerous times.
Will they discover who the real killer is before someone else gets killed? Full of twists and turns, surprises, and a few narrow escapes, Mary Ellis takes you on a thrilling roller coaster ride of adventure. This is my first Mary Ellis book. For me it was a quick read, once I got started. Honestly, I had a hard time putting it down, and found myself often reading when I really should have been doing other "more important" things. I totally enjoyed this book. The plot, as well as, the subplot were extremely well written. And I was somewhat surprised at the end result. Mary definitely kept me guessing.
I was blessed with this book by the Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to review the book in a positive manner.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5enjoyed a lotDecember 4, 2015lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Nicki Price and Hunter Galen couldnt be from two more different backgrounds. She is from very rural Mississippi and he is from New Orleans. His family is very wealthy while hers is poor. When they first meet, Nicki is trying to land her first big case as a newly minted private investigator with Hunter as her first client. Actually, her cousin owns the detective agency and she pleads with him to let her be his assistant. Her cousin Nate has worked for Hunter for several years and when Hunter is a suspect in a murder, Nate is on the job. However, someone gets Nate arrested so he is off the job, leaving Nicki in the drivers seat. Nicki is also investigating on her own time the death of her father seventeen years ago. She knows he wasnt all that good of a father, but he was the only one she had so she wants to know what happened on that night long ago.
As Nicki now leads her first paying case, she follows the money to try to discover who might want to kill Hunters business partner and friend. Hunter is the number one suspect, but Nicki knows Hunter is innocent. Hunter researches his partners financial records and business dealings, finding out things about his friend he never thought possible. Hunter also is coerced into an engagement with his girlfriend that he is not quite ready for, but doesnt want her to be embarrassed so he agrees. However, something doesnt sit right with him. He has spent a lot of time with Nicki and wants to spend more time with her. He doesnt care whether she is rich or poor. His current fiance is very focused on money and her style of living in society. Is she really the right woman for him?
The story has a good plot and enough action to keep readers interested from beginning to end. I really liked the character of Nicki. She says what she is thinking without sugarcoating things. She is honest, a hard worker, goes the extra mile and is God-fearing. Nicki also has a great sense of humor and has no illusions about where she is from and who she is. Her trust lies with the Lord. Im looking forward to the next book in the series. This is a book that is easy to read and one that will entertain.
DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I was pulled right into the book!October 4, 2015DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I could only imagine walking into my work place office and finding my partner dead on the floor in a pool of blood! I found I was often placed right into the scenes of this book.. I could imagine the wind in my face on Lake Pontchartrain, hiding in the Swamp with alligators and snakes for company, or maybe eating delicious Cajun food and dancing in New Orleans! I was pulled into the story and didn't see that ending coming. A mysterious death, suspense and romance was put together in a mystery I had a hard time putting down.. I'd recommend it. If you like a little family drama, a suspenseful mystery and a lady detective who goes to any end to get her man you will like this one!
Thank you to NetGalley for my complimentary Advanced Review Copy of Midnight on the Mississippi, which I gifted for my honest review.