Death at the Midnight Dragonfly

Death at the Midnight Dragonfly

by Susan Boles


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ISBN-13: 9780997909357
Publisher: Susan Boles dba Argent Ocean Publishing
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 537,851
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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Death at the Midnight Dragonfly 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite1 12 months ago
Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite Two weeks before Christmas, a murder is committed in a small Mississippi town and the local busybody searches for the culprit in the delightful sleuth mystery, Death at the Midnight Dragonfly (Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery #3) by Susan Boles. Lily Gayle doesn't have the Christmas spirit this year, and recent events aren't making it any better. Vlad, a friend from Lily Gayle's and her best friend Dixie's childhood, has returned to town and taken up residence at the Midnight Dragonfly Inn. The morning after the annual Mercy Christmas party, the bank manager is found dead on Vlad's front step. The elderly and crotchety Miss Edna is in jail for tampering with the victim's drink, but surprisingly it is Dixie's husband, Jack, who is under suspicion for his murder. Not having heard from Vlad since their early teens, Lily Gayle isn't so sure he isn't guilty, but she is darn sure Jack is innocent. Even though Ben Carter, the Sheriff, and Lily Gayle's cousin, has warned her to stay out of his investigation, she blatantly ignores him. Pairing up with Dixie, Lily Gayle continues her snooping and sets out to find the killer, even if it means putting an old friend behind bars. Death at the Midnight Dragonfly (Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery #3) is an engaging murder mystery with an obstinate and nosy genealogist who gives Agatha Christie's Miss Marple a run for her money. Filled with euphemisms inundated with the flavor of the deep south, it brings back heart-warming memories from my own youth; without the murder, of course. The plot is so well founded that it makes you feel right at home, and with lovable and cantankerous characters like Lily Gayle and Miss Edna, you don't want the story to end. This is the third book in a series, but even if you haven't read the first two, you can't get too lost. This series can be addictive and I put the book down wanting more. This cozy mystery is an enchanting and humorous novel that will delight amateur sleuth fans of all ages.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite Death at the Midnight Dragonfly by Susan Boles is the third book in the Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery series, a wonderful blend of murder and mystery, set in the quaint neighborhood of Mercy, Mississippi, during the Christmas season. Lily Gayle’s childhood friend, Vlad Templeton, has returned to the city where he grew up to conduct his state-sponsored sleep study. When Vlad finds one of the participants in the study, the local bank manager, Tom Hammond, dead on his front porch, he knows this means trouble. Evidence makes Jack, the husband of one of Lily’s friends, one of the top suspects. Lily is out to help Dixie clear her husband’s name. As they get closer to unveiling the mystery, they suddenly become targets — this means they have to act fast or become the next victims. A perfect read for fans of murder mystery and sleuth, the story is crafted in crisp prose and set against a cozy backdrop. Readers get a feel for life in the community and the cultural aspects of the setting, like Christmas activities, come out beautifully in the story. This author has a great sense of realism which she uses to give life to the setting and to create relationships between the characters and the world around them. You will love this novel if you are into stories that are suspenseful, and Susan Boles knows just what it takes to make readers eagerly anticipate what happens next in the story. She makes readers care about her characters so much that they begin to worry about them. Her skilful use of red herrings coupled with the sense of mystery make this book a page-turner. Death at the Midnight Dragonfly will keep you awake all night.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Death at the Midnight Dragonfly by Susan Boles is the third story in A Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery series. It is almost Christmas in Mercy, Mississippi, but Lily Gayle Lambert is not feeling the Christmas spirit. She is standing outside the Mistletoe Magic Extravaganza, but she does not feel like going inside. She witnesses an argument between her friend Daisy and her husband, Jack. Then she notices local bank manager, Tom Hammond stumble outside and become ill. It seems that Tom imbibed a little too much of Miss Edna’s punch. The next morning, Lily Gayle rides her bike up to the Midnight Dragonfly Inn. She wants to visit with Dr. Vlad Templeton running the new sleep study. It has been a longtime since Lily Gayle has seen her childhood friend. The police are out front when she arrives. Vlad found Tom Hammond on his front porch—dead. A red boxing glove under some nearby bushes points the finger at Daisy’s husband, Jack, who recently joined the new gym. But Jack is not her only friend suspected of the crime. To clear her friend’s names, Lily Gayle will have to find Tom’s killer. What happens when she gets too close to the truth? Death at the Midnight Dragonfly is a cute story. It is a quick and easy book to read. I do suggest reading the first two books in A Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery series prior to picking up Death at the Midnight Dragonfly. The series contains quirky characters and a unique small town. There is humor throughout the story along with meddling friends. The mystery was uncomplicated. I identified the victim and killer before Lily Gayle rode up to the Midnight Dragonfly Inn on her bicycle. I do feel it is time for Lily Gayle to grow or develop more as a person. I want to see her overcome her fear of driving (for example).