Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Magnolia Moonlight by Mary Ellis

What Sinister Secrets Lurk in the Shadows of Yesterday?
Natchez, Mississippi—Private Investigator Nate Price and his new wife, Isabelle, need a vacation. Their coworkers generously team up to surprise them with a belated honeymoon…but the happy trip turns sour when Izzy spies her ex-husband, who appears to have taken up his gambling addiction once again.

While the boss is away, Price Investigations remains in the hands of Beth Kirby, a former police officer, and Michael Preston, a former forensic accountant. Hardly a dream team, as Beth resents working with a man who has no experience in his new job.

But Beth and Michael must move past their differences if they hope to uncover the truth behind a beloved Southern preacher’s demise. The preacher’s widow suspects foul play, despite the evidence indicating suicide.

With tension escalating between these investigators and local law enforcement—and new threats arising on all sides—how will Beth, Michael, and Nate hold on to faith and bring the truth to light?
Available through Harvest House

My Thoughts:
Does a pastor who commits suicide go to heaven? An intersting question that leaves a wife and parishioners concerned when Beth Kirby's former pastor "off's himself". His widow, however, seems to think he's been murdered. Beth and Michael from Price Investigations seem to think that would benefit her much more than an unclaimed insurance policy that won't payout with a suicide.

Price Investigations has got their hands full solving this one. Beth and Michael both PI's with Price Investigations get off to a rocky start. Beth's reputation with men in her workplace and Michael's tendency to jump the gun, make for an interesting combination. But working together, although providing a challenge, turns into a cultivated friendship that could possibly lead somewhere.

Nate, the owner of Price Investigations is away on a three week delayed honeymoon. Celebrating with his wife turns out to be anything but what he expected, when her ex-husband just happens to be in the same town. 


Two mysteries in one, makes this book an exciting read. Jumping back and forth between Nate's honeymoon fiasco and Beth and Michael's PI competition, Mary feeds us a compelling story line. You won't want to put this one down, til you find out Who-done-it! This book will get your emotions involved as Michael and Beth's friendly/not-so-friendly banter gets a little testy at times. And the antagonist will quickly get under your skin as he tries to get back at Beth for something that transpired in their past.

As book three in a series, the main connection here is Price Investigations. Some of the characters are mentioned in all the books, but the mysteries being solved are completely independent of each other and can be read as a stand alone. I am looking forward to whatever Mary comes up with next!!
About the Author:  
Mary Ellis is the bestselling author of many books, including A Widow's Hope, An Amish Family Reunion, andLiving in Harmony. She and her husband live in central Ohio, where they try to live a simpler style of life.
www.maryellis.net

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