Review: Magnolia Moonlight

I’ve been sitting at my desk for over fifteen minutes, trying to decide if I want to review this book. It wasn’t bad; it just wasn’t good either. Then I went to Amazon, and a bunch of other people liked it. So maybe it’s just me. Anyway…here it is:

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?

Review: (warning some slight spoilers) I enjoyed seeing Nate and Isabelle again and learning new things about their lives. The new characters, Beth and Michael, are interesting. However, that’s about all I liked about this book. I felt like I was reading two separate stories simultaneously. Nate and Isabelle deal with a problem while on their honeymoon, and at the same time Beth and Michael deal with something else. A paragraph of dialogue here and there combined the two. I didn’t like the four points-of-view–one for each of those characters. In the end, while this is placed in the romantic suspense category, the only romance is between Nate and Isabelle, and that’s minimal. There are innuendos between Beth and Michael, but it doesn’t end in a happily-ever-after.

This book was truly disappointing. Despite my dislike of this novel, I like Mary Ellis’s writing style and will continue to read her books in the future.

Rating: 3 roses

I received this book from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading,

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