Home Before Midnight

Home Before Midnight

by Virginia Kantra

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BN ID: 2940157543853
Publisher: Virginia Kantra
Publication date: 05/26/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 359
Sales rank: 350,659
File size: 506 KB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra is the author of more than twenty-five books of contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense. Her stories have earned numerous awards including Romance Writers of America's RITA Award (R), nine RITA nominations, and two National Readers' Choice Awards.

Carolina Dreaming, the fifth book in her Dare Island series, was named one of BookPage's Top Ten Romance Novels of 2016; won New Jersey Romance Writer's Golden Leaf Award; and is a Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist.

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Home Before Midnight 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bailey Wells left her small hometown of Stokesville, North Carolina hoping to become a success in the literary world, but for the past two years she has served as the research and editorial assistant to renowned mystery author Paul Ellis. Now her boss is leaving New York City to relocate in the hometown of his wife Helen, also Stokesville. Half in love with her employer, Bailey agrees to accompany them when they move to the south.------------------ However, instead of a welcome homecoming, Bailey finds the murdered body of Helen floating in the pool of their new home. Local police detective, widower and single father of a preadolescent daughter Gabrielle, Steve Burke heads the investigation, but he immediately notices that Bailey is attracted to her employer as she tries to protect him. Though he wants Bailey, Steven remains professional as she is one of the two prime suspects, the spouse being the other, in what looks increasingly like a crime of passion. Unbeknownst to either of the pair someone wants the truth involving a 1987 homicide to remain buried and if more must die so be it.-------------------- HOME BEFORE MIDNIGHT is an entertaining small town police procedural amateur sleuth tale though some might quiver that Bailey is a pro with her research into criminology. The story line is filled with action, but is driven by the triangular relationship between the author, the cop, and the researcher. The whodunit is cleverly developed to insure that Bailey and Paul are the prime suspects, which leads to Steve struggling to control his desire for the woman. Fans will enjoy Virginia Kantra¿s fine regional romantic mystery.----------------- Harriet Klausner
Darla on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Bailey Wells hasn't really chosen to return to her hometown, however--she's returned in the company of her employer, Paul Ellis, a true-crime writer who's working on a book about a teenager who killed his family 20 years ago.When Bailey discovers Paul's wife Helen's body floating in the pool, she becomes the number one suspect: she has a crush on Paul, didn't get along well with Helen, and was living in the house with them.Police detective Steve Burke initially suspects Bailey, but finds himself drawn to her anyway. The more he gets to know her, the more he believes in her innocence, but it looks increasingly as if she's guilty, or as if she's being set up--by the employer she's in love with.The stars in this story are really the characters. Bailey is utterly convincing as a frustrated would-be writer who's more or less exchanged her dream for helping Paul achieve his. In the hands of a less gifted author, she might have come off as weak or grasping, but instead, she's understandable and sympathetic, and a character I could root for.Steve is also very real. A widower with a young daughter, struggling to find that parental balance on his own, and then he meets Bailey, and he's in the position of falling in love with someone who may be a murderer or an accomplice, and at the very least is in love with someone else, and a married man at that. His conflicting emotions are evident, realistic, and understandable.Normally, I subscribe to the No Kids In Romance Novels camp, but Steve's daughter didn't push my buttons. Gabrielle acts age-appropriately, and doesn't conveniently disappear.
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