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Magnolia Moonlight (Secrets of the South Mysteries Series #3)

Mary Ellis
Magnolia Moonlight (Secrets of the South Mysteries Series #3)

Magnolia Moonlight is the 3rd book in the Secrets of the South Mysteries series by Mary Ellis.After being jilted by his fiancee, Michael Preston, a former accountant, pursues a new job as a private investigator. And, what better place to work than the new office of Price In... Read More

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Magnolia Moonlight is the 3rd book in the Secrets of the South Mysteries series by Mary Ellis.

After being jilted by his fiancee, Michael Preston, a former accountant, pursues a new job as a private investigator. And, what better place to work than the new office of Price Investigations in Natchez, Mississippi? Unfortunately, Michael's partner, Elizabeth Kirby--a crack shot ex-cop with a past she wants to escape--resents having to work with someone whose only surveillance experience comes from television and video games.

Their boss and his wife, Nate and Isabelle, are two insanely busy newlyweds who are "forced" by their friends to finally take their honeymoon. However, their romantic trip to Alabama turns into an investigation when they bump into Izzy's ex-husband, Craig, who seems to have taken up his gambling addiction once again. In an attempt to save Craig, Izzy discovers her ex doesn't hold all the cards.
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Jul 1, 2016
  • UPC: 9780736961738
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Publish Date: Aug 1, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042060"
  • ISBN: 0736961739

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Keeps You Guessing by Seasons of Opportunities on 11/7/2016

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!!

I received a free copy of this book from Harvest House for review. I was not required to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Magnolia Moonlight Last in the Series by Robin on 10/4/2016

Magnolia Moonlight
Mary Ellis

Summary: 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: Enjoyed the book overall. I had trouble at the start because Beth was just plain stuck up. I was glad that she came down to earth half way through. Isabella was starting to go back to the less than gracious woman from the previous book. It was a little slower than the first and second book. I liked that there were 2 mysteries going on at once. It was an easy read, although it took me till almost half way to really get into the book. I did like Mike and Nate. Nate’s character was the most constant of all the characters.

I would like to thank Net Galley and Harvest House 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.

Double Your Pleasure – Two Mysteries in One! by Becky on 9/12/2016

Did Reverend Dean really steal thousands of dollars from the church, and then kill himself because of it? Or was he really murdered?

Price investigations of Natchez, Mississippi, owned by Nate Price is about to find out. But Beth Kirby and new-to- investigation-work, Mike Preston, will be in charge of the case. Former policewoman Beth has to navigate many hurdles from her past co-workers while trying to solve this investigation.

Mike also causes problems when he impulsively does things that make Beth look bad. Will Beth be able to continue to train Mike while Nate is gone despite his many mistakes? Or will her patience be lost with her meddling family that she has moved back in with while she is in town?

In the mean time, Nate and wife Isabelle are taking a long overdue honeymoon to Bay St. Louis. While down there, Izzy is shocked to spot her first husband, Craig, coming out of a local casino. Although compulsive gambling led to the end of their marriage, Craig had supposedly kicked the addiction, gotten his life together, and remarried.

Izzy is determined to get to the bottom of this, and attempts to enlist Nate's help to find out. Is Craig gambling against his will, or has the gambling bug bit him once again? Will Craig's problems ruin Izzy and Nate's romantic trip? Or in the end, will Izzy and Nate have a surprise for them all?

This is the third installment in The South Mysteries Series, but, this story definitely stands on its own. I give you fair warning, once you read this, you will want to get the first two--and then anxiously await the fourth addition. Your attention will be grabbed from the very beginning of this 5 plus star book. This enjoyable romp offers two mysteries to puzzle through along with interesting back stories from the characters. And all of it is wrapped up in a story with no offensive language or situations. I highly recommend this book to all mystery lovers, and fans of well-written fiction. Get a copy as soon as possible!

Harvest House Publishers has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Magnolia Moonlight, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Left Me Ready for the Next in the Series by Suzie on 7/27/2016

In book three of the “Secrets of the South Mysteries,” author Mary Ellis brings back our favorite characters and introduces a few more while sharing more of the beauty of Lousiana. While readers got a taste of New Orleans (or N’awlins depending on where you live) and book two took us to Memphis, “Magnolia Moonlight” explores a couple smaller areas of Mississippi—Natchez and the coastal town of Bay St. Louis.

Beth Kirby is a former police officer now working for Price Investigations. When she’s tasked with training the newly-hired Michael Preston, a former accountant, she’s not thrilled. How is an accountant going to succeed as a PI?

While Beth and Michael butt heads at first, as they get to know each other and respect grows between them, they become friends (with potential for much more which was not explored deeply in this book. However, there is a great setup for the next book and a little more romance).

The romance in Magnolia Moonlight takes place between Nate Price and his wife off two years. They are finally on their honeymoon but when Izzy’s ex-husband shows up, their honeymoon plans are derailed.

The change in the dynamic between Beth and Michael was well-developed in this story and I wanted much more of their story. And while Nikki (Nate’s cousin from books one and two) made an appearance, I wanted a little more update on her and her Garrett. Overall, an enjoyable read that left me waiting for the next one.

***Harvest House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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