Midnight on the Mississippi

Midnight on the Mississippi

by Mary Ellis

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Midnight on the Mississippi by Mary Ellis

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.

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 fiancée, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736961691
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 08/01/2015
Series: Secrets of the South Mysteries Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 565,193
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mary Ellis is the bestselling author of many books, including A Widow's Hope, An Amish Family Reunion, and Living in Harmony. She and her husband live in central Ohio, where they try to live a simpler style of life.

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Midnight on the Mississippi 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
What happens when a new private investigator thrusts herself into a murder case in order to establish herself in the business? How does a wealthy securities broker find himself accused of murdering his long-time friend and business partner? If an individual tends to go along for the sake of getting along, how well does that work? When that involves overlooking the questionable activities of the business partner and letting family and friends push him into an engagement with someone he does not love, it could spell disaster. Hunter Galen does not want to rock the boat and Nicki Price seems to rock every boat she encounters as she speaks her mind regardless of who she is with. As events unfold, you get the feeling that more trouble is just around the next corner. On several occasions as I was reading, I found myself talking to the characters, trying to tell them not to go there or not to take a particular action. Funny thing is they would not listen to me. As Hunter learns more about his partner, he wonders if his partner would still be alive if he would have confronted him. My perspective is that something would have happened to him regardless, but maybe Hunter would not have been the suspect. I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading the other books in this series.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
Midnight on the Mississippi Mary Ellis Book Summary: 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 fiancée, 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. Review: Great start to a new series!!! Doesn't take to long to get into the murder. It made me think that about coming upon something illegal and even though you report it does no mean that person doesn't get pegged for it. I really enjoyed Nikki and some of the other underlying events that were going on. For me that kept the suspense going without it being too intense. I always like to be kept waiting for the who did it and this one did not disappoint. I really am hooked on this series. Looking forward to finishing the second book and to start the third book!!! I would like to thank Net Galley and Harvest House Publishers 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.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
Midnight on the Mississippi Mary Ellis Book Summary: 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 fiancée, 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. Review: Great start to a new series!!! Doesn't take to long to get into the murder. It made me think that about coming upon something illegal and even though you report it does no mean that person doesn't get pegged for it. I really enjoyed Nikki and some of the other underlying events that were going on. For me that kept the suspense going without it being too intense. I always like to be kept waiting for the who did it and this one did not disappoint. I really am hooked on this series. Looking forward to finishing the second book and to start the third book!!! I would like to thank Net Galley and Harvest House Publishers 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.
VioletL More than 1 year ago
Murder mystery (s), full of twist and turns, some surprises along the way and romance.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
Thrilling, nerve-racking, often intense, are just a few of the words I am using to describe this novel. Hunter Galen, a well-known business man, high society name in New Orleans, finds his partner dead. And to top it off, guess who is being accused of committing the crime. Even after suspecting that his partner, James, may have been up to know good, Hunter tried to ignore it, until now. James was his friend - or was he? Nicki Price, country gal from Mississippi, is direly in need of a job. With her recently acquired PI license, and hopefully soon to be acquired carrying permit, she barges her way into her cousin's New Orleans office demanding to be hired. When her plans go a bit amiss, she weasels her way into her cousins newest case - Hunter's murder of his friend James- using her PI skills or ... something like that. To the amazement of both Hunter and her cousin, she is actually pretty good at investigating. So good, she is rubbing people the wrong way, and finds herself in danger numerous times. Will they discover who the real killer is before someone else gets killed? Full of twists and turns, surprises, and a few narrow escapes, Mary Ellis takes you on a thrilling roller coaster ride of adventure. This is my first Mary Ellis book. For me it was a quick read, once I got started. Honestly, I had a hard time putting it down, and found myself often reading when I really should have been doing other "more important" things. I totally enjoyed this book. The plot, as well as, the subplot were extremely well written. And I was somewhat surprised at the end result. Mary definitely kept me guessing. I was blessed with this book by the Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to review the book in a positive manner.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
I could only imagine walking into my work place office and finding my partner dead on the floor in a pool of blood! I found I was often placed right into the scenes of this book.. I could imagine the wind in my face on Lake Pontchartrain, hiding in the Swamp with alligators and snakes for company, or maybe eating delicious Cajun food and dancing in New Orleans! I was pulled into the story and didn't see that ending coming. A mysterious death, suspense and romance was put together in a mystery I had a hard time putting down.. I'd recommend it. If you like a little family drama, a suspenseful mystery and a lady detective who goes to any end to get her man you will like this one! Thank you to NetGalley for my complimentary Advanced Review Copy of Midnight on the Mississippi, which I gifted for my honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Mary Ellis in her new book, “Midnight on the Mississippi” Book One in the Secrets of the South Mysteries published by Harvest House Publishers takes us into the lives of Hunter Galen and Nicki Price. From the back cover: What lies beneath the black waters of the Bayou? 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 as she establishes herself in the career she adores. As she ferrets out fraud and deception at Galen-Nowak Investments, Hunter’s fiancée, Ashley Menard, rubs Nicki the wrong way. Nicki doesn’t trust the ostentatious woman who seems to be hiding something, but is the PI’s growing attraction to Hunter–the police’s only suspect–her true reason for disliking Ashley? As Hunter and Nicki encounter sophisticated shell games, blackmail, and death threats both subtle and overt, danger swirls around them like the mysterious dark waters of the Bayou. Only their reliance on faith and fearless determination gives them hope they will live to see another day. I like New Orleans. It is a city I have not visited (yet) though by reading this book Not only do I desire to visit it more I learned more things about the city and feel as if I have been there, at least in spirit. I have never read of a Just Beginning Private Investigator. Shows there is a first time for everything. Nicki is a wonderful character, who represents the poorer side of town while Hunter represents Upper Society. Obviously these two clash at the beginning as Nicki actually thinks Hunter killed his partner. So do the police which presents a problem. Eventually Nicki comes around to see that Hunter is innocent and then the fun really begins. This is an exciting story as Nicki tries to solve her first case with everything working against her. Nicki and Hunter are terrific characters that Ms. Ellis has breathed life into and that we root for them to succeed. And did I mention that there is a romance also? “Midnight on the Mississippi” is a lot of fun and it entertains you as you keep flipping pages as you try to find out what is going to happen next. Ms. Ellis has a great way of telling the story and moving it along at a nice pace. A really enjoyable read. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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.”
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Mystery! Midnight on the Mississippi, By: Mary Ellis Midnight on the Mississippi is book one in the Secrets of the South Mysteries series by Mary Ellis. The story captured me right from the start. Lots of mystery, love, faith, hope and determination. The setting and the characters were absolutely wonderful. Characters that you loved and you hated. I was on the edge of my seat reading this story it was so amazing! Lots of mystery to keep you wondering what would happen next. I had a hard time putting this book down. I am so looking forward to reading the next book in this series. Be sure to order you copy of Midnight on the Mississippi today! 5 stars!
beloved569 More than 1 year ago
After a few pages in the beginning of this book, I wasn't sure I really wanted to keep reading. But, then the story line took some interesting twists and I was hooked. By the time I was finished I thought it was a great book and could understand how the beginning really set things up. This book was not just enjoyable but good for making me think.
MysM More than 1 year ago
Midnight on the Mississippi starts right in with no preamble. I like that. Right away, we meet Hunter Galen who's shouting into his cellphone in the grand salon of the SV Queen Antoinette in the middle of Lake Pontchartrain in Southeastern Louisiana where family and friends are celebrating his mother's 60th birthday. His partner, James Nowak, is on the other end of the call but reception is bad. The party includes the wealthiest society people in New Orleans, many of them clients of Hunter and James' investment firm. Galen and his brother Ethan, and sister Chloe, have given the sailing yacht they are on to Mama for her birthday. We are talking WEALTHY! Still unable to hear James because of the poor reception, but aware that he's upset, Hunter takes a tender ashore and races to the office, only to find James dead, a pistol beside his hand, and the police sirens wailing closer and closer. Yep, he picks up the gun and is holding it when they arrived. Hunter's old college roommate, Nathan Price, will be on the case, but just as he's getting ready to head out to meet Hunter, his cousin Nicolette Price shows up complete with P.I. License, license to practice in Louisiana, and a permit to carry expected any day. She wants in on the case to gain experience. (Also, to have a decent pay cheque to send money home to her ill mother in Natchez.) In a bold move, Nicki tails Nathan to the meeting, gets spotted, hits it off with Hunter, and gets hired. When cousin Nate gets arrested on a trumped up charge of interfering with an investigation, it's up to Nicki to help clear Hunter of fraud and murder charges, and to tiptoe around Hunter's high fashion, soon-to-be fiancé who is making jealous noises. This is a complicated mystery involving forgery, double company books, misadventures in swamps, and attempts on Nicki's life. In her spare time, straightforward Nicki wants to be a tourist in New Orleans, but she also wants to use her newly acquired credentials to look into the 17-year-old murder of her father who went to a cabin in the bayou with his brother, his two brothers-in-law, and three shady characters he'd "met in a bar in Clay Creek". He disappeared under suspicious circumstances, and was found five days later, partially eaten by fish and alligators. Despite the fact that Nicki had always been told it was an accidental death, when she finally sees the official file, it's classed as a 'cold case'. As Nicki begins proving her competence to Hunter, he begins to appreciate her refreshing "honesty and lack of artifice almost as appealing as her great legs and stunning smile". In addition, Hunter begins to learn new, unappetizing things about both his partner and his fiancé. When he's arrested by feds for fraud, Nicki moves heaven and earth to prove his innocence. There are lots of twists in this plot, and lots of soul searching for both Hunter and Nicki, before the murderers are apprehended, and both characters figure out what the future might hold. This novel was lots of fun to try to figure out — lots of suspects because of the fraud, and lots of possible motives from the various lines of inquiry. I thoroughly enjoyed the colour added by the French Quarter of New Orleans, Bourbon St., and the various settings in the swamps and bayous around the city. A very fast read.
StudentofParables More than 1 year ago
A cute and interesting story. This is the first of a new series by Ms. Ellis, and it sets the books to come on a great foot. I really like the character of Nicki, she is very real and believable. It draws the reader in to have her as our entrance to this world. I especially liked the great use of dialogue between the characters. That is something I have a hard time getting right, so to see it well done is always a treat. The blurb on the book talks about the characters turning to God to help them with their problems, and other than a few statements of what they believed on a certain point, I didn't really see that happen. It was still a well-grounded book, with characters who knew what they believed and stood firm within it, which I enjoyed. The pacing and focus of the story seemed a little odd at some points, with the author lingering or hurrying through different scenes at times. While working to establish the characters for this new series, it sometimes felt as if the mystery plot was pushed to the background. The extensive descriptions of the food the characters enjoy made me hungry! I've been to the area in which the book was set, and it pulled on those memories of smells and sights, making my stomach wish for more! I always like books that can give you the whole immersive experience with their descriptions. I received a review copy of this work from the publisher through NetGalley.
LilacDreams More than 1 year ago
Nicki Price is backwoods white trash in the eyes of Ashley Menard, who embodies everything wrong with Southern aristocracy. Nicki, however, is the true Southern belle, with no artificial posturing. She’s a rookie private investigator who says what she thinks and acts on her convictions, which can land her in hot water or, more accurately, a swamp. Hunter Galen hates confrontation. I can identify with that. But his reluctance to face up to problems lands him in legal trouble. His best friend/stockbroker business partner was up to no good when he got himself murdered, and Hunter is blamed. Hunter’s girlfriend Ashley isn’t who he thinks she is, and really, does he even like her? He’s a charmer in need of a stronger backbone. Midnight on the Mississippi serves up a bowl of Louisiana gumbo filled with a sleazy detective, catty society girl, hard-drinking father, and meddling brother to keep Nicki and Hunter hopping as they try to figure out who killed Hunter’s partner and why his investment brokerage is in such a mess. A post-Katrina look at New Orleans runs throughout the rollicking tale. You won’t guess who-dun-it until the end.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely incredible mystery! I love both Nicki Price and Hunter Galen. They are fabulous characters and a perfect example of the saying, “opposites attract.” I can’t imagine two people that are more different than these two. Nicki is carrying some pretty heavy baggage from her childhood that she has to face. She also has a long-ago mystery that she is trying to solve in the midst of the current case. If she can solve it she may go a long way in dealing with this personal baggage. There is a large group of secondary characters, some of which are very colorful. The variety of personalities was great. Whenever a new person was introduced I never knew what to expect. The story was wonderful. There were so many twists and turns that I was kept guessing up to the final showdown. I was very pleased with Nicki’s belief in God and her openly declared moral values. It was a breath of fresh air for me. At the same time it was never preachy. I received a free eBook copy of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
Mystery, danger, romance and an interesting cast of characters make this an entertaining read! Nicolette "Nicki" Price is eager to try out her new Private Investigator license, and arrives at her cousin's agency just in time to take on a murder investigation. She has quite an adventure in store as she tries to solve the client's case, as well as a 17 year old cold case involving her dad. Will she work it all out in time to keep her client out of jail? Nicki is a fun character, although awkward at times, but I loved her sweet natured curious personality and how Hunter, her client, grew to appreciate her over time. It was inspiring how determined she was to keep at her work despite the many setbacks and dangers thrown at her. Most people would have given up! Hope to see her in more books in this new series, a departure from the author's usual genre of historical or Amish stories. Full of detailed descriptions of places and the culture of the New Orleans area, including the wonderful sounding food, made it feel authentic. Some of the people were so real, like lively Jeanette, and her clever way of passing on bits of wisdom to Nicki. The prejudice between classes seemed to be a big influence on the characters, both rich and poor, affecting their thinking and behavior, making me wonder if this was impacted by the Katrina disaster. The main mystery seemed to slowly reveal itself, but was quite action packed later, with a twist and a satisfying ending. Overall quite an entertaining story! Recommend for anyone looking for a clean cozy mystery with some romance in the mix. 4.5 stars (Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ebook provided in exchange for my honest, unsolicited review.)
Sue1 More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Mary Ellis' Amish and historical fiction, prepare yourself for a new genre. Midnight on the Mississippi,is the first romantic suspense novel in the Secrets of the South Series. Nicolette Price, a newly licensed private investigator, heads to New Orleans from her rural Mississippi home to work with her P.I.cousin, Nate. Her client, Hunter Galen,is suspected of murdering his partner and embezzling their clients' money. Nicolette believes Hunter is innocent and will do her utmost to prove it. On the other hand, Nicki finds Hunter's fiancee, Ashley Menard, flamboyant and completely untrustworthy. Nicki has a hunch Ashley is hiding something, but she isn't sure what that might be. Nicki and Hunter find themselves facing danger and death threats as they desperately try to untangle the web of deceit spun around them. Neither can deny the attraction growing between them as they find themselves relying on each other and their faith to see them through the danger. As with all of Mary Ellis' novels, Midnight on the Mississippi will keep you turning pages chapter after chapter. Detailed descriptions lend credence to the plot. Well-developed characters are totally believable .Nicki's wry sense of humor and down-home expressions make her as lovable as your best friend. If you enjoy suspense, romance, and a touch of humor, you won't be disappointed in Mary Ellis' new novel. Find a comfortable chair, sit back, and prepare to enjoy! Susan Simpson, Author
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
I had the privilege of reading Midnight on the Mississippi by Mary Ellis. This is the first mystery/suspense/romance I have read from her and she is a very versatile author - she kept me interested and turning the pages until the very end. I have always loved how Ms. Ellis writes strong male characters and this book was no exception. She created a very likable character in Nickie also - someone I could relate to, fall in love with (because I saw some of me in her) and someone who had flaws but was honest and believable. Hunter was terrific - he had his faults but he was strong in character and that was very appealing. The other male characters in the book, Nate and Ethan as well as James, had traits that were annoying and less than appealing, which brought more depth to the story. I loved this book. I can’t wait to read the next in the series and see what else happens. There were twists, turns, and adventure throughout as well as romance. I could visually see the crime scene, the bayou (swamp), and the sights of New Orleans that Ms. Ellis so vividly painted for us the reader. Great read, great subtle lessons woven throughout - can’t wait to read Book #2. I received this book for free from the author in exchange for my honest review.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time getting into this book, so I read a chapter and put it down. But the story stayed with me, even after reading several other short stories. So I picked it back up and kept reading and reading and reading. It turns out that I loved it. I just didn't care for abrupt Nicki or naive Hunter much, but they grew on me as she became less abrupt, and he realized hiding his head in the sand wouldn't make his problems go away. While this book had a Christian worldview, it was not preachy, which I liked. And I also liked that I didn't know who did most of the bad stuff until it was revealed in the book. Those twists make it worth the read. I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.