Novel Spotlight: Midnight on the Mississippi

Novel Spotlight: Midnight on the Mississippi

Midnight on the Mississippi is the first book in a new series by Mary Ellis, the bestselling author of Plain Man, the Miller Family series, the Wayne County series, the New Beginnings series and the Civil War Heroines series. 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.

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The following is an interview with Mary Ellis, the author of Midnight on the Mississippi, with a bonus giveaway at the end of the interview.

Midnight on the Mississippi
Midnight on the Mississippi

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Be in to win a copy of
Midnight on the Mississippi
by Mary Ellis

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TWO copies to be won

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Contest open to entrants WORLDWIDE.
Contest runs 27 July – 9 August NZDT

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What can you tell us about the setting of this novel?

Jekyl graveyardGEThe book is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, and also in the swamps and bayous out in Lafayette and Terrebonne Parishes, about two hours away. The French Quarter is an ancient portion of the city along the Mississippi River, rich in history and architecture of a variety of cultures and traditions. It practically drips with mystery and intrigue, making it the perfect setting for romantic suspense.

 

Who are the main characters, and what is at stake for them in this story?

GEHunter Galen is a securities broker who suspects his business partner is embezzling their clients’ money, but he’s reluctant to jeopardize their friendship. After his partner turns up dead, Hunter realizes his unwillingness to confront a problem may have cost James his life. Nicki Price is a newly-minted PI who intends to solve the stockbroker’s murder and establish herself in the career she adores. As she ferrets out fraud and deception at Galen-Nowak Investments she butts heads with Hunter’s fiancée, Ashley Menard, who recognizes exactly what a threat Nicki is. As Hunter and Nicki encounter sophisticated shell games, blackmail, and death threats, danger swirls around them like the mysterious dark water of the bayou.

 

Which of the characters surprised you the most in this story, and how so?

GEWithout giving away too much of the story, it was the murderer who surprised me the most. While writing the book, I had a completely different villain in mind! But by the time I reached the end, I devised a far more satisfying conclusion to my “whodunnit.” I hope readers will be as surprised as I was.

 

How did the writing of this story impact you as a person or as an author?

GEI visited New Orleans about half a dozen times to research this book before Hurricane Katrina and about a half dozen times afterward. That horrendous storm in 2005 changed both the landscape and the lives of the residents forever. Each time I return to this beautiful area of the US, I’m reminded of how resilient, brave, and generous the human spirit can be.

 

Why is this story important to you?

GEI love murder mysteries set in places where the setting becomes one of the characters. This old city, along with the swamps out in the countryside, resonates for me on a level I can’t explain. Even though I’ve never lived here, each time I visited it felt like coming home. I’ve never worked on a story for so long, or enjoyed the writing so much along the way. I hope readers will enjoy my spicy gumbo of a story.

 

What would you like your readers to take away from this story?

I would love readers to take away that people often aren’t how they appear on the outside. We should never judge a person…or a situation solely by the way they look.

GE

Midnight on the Mississippi

(Secrets of the South Mysteries #1)

Midnight on the Mississippi
Midnight on the Mississippi

by Mary Ellis

  • Harvest House Publishers
  • Contemporary
  • August 2015
  • ISBN: 9780736961691

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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 fiancee, 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.

 

Mary Ellis has written twelve bestselling novels set in the Amish community and recently completed several historical romances set during the Civil War. 

Before "retiring" to write full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate. Her debut book was nominated for a 2010 Carol Award. Living in Harmony, won the 2012 Lime Award for Excellence in Amish Fiction while Love Comes to Paradise won the 2013 Lime Award.

 

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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Midnight on the Mississippi
Midnight on the Mississippi

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Be in to win a copy of
Midnight on the Mississippi
by Mary Ellis

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TWO copies to be won

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Contest open to entrants WORLDWIDE.
Contest runs 27 July – 9 August NZDT

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How to Enter:

Please comment on the interview and/or leave a message for Mary Ellis in the blog comments below, then fill out the contest form with your details.

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