Magnolia Moonlight

Magnolia Moonlight

by Mary Ellis

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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736961738
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Series: Secrets of the South Mysteries Series , #3
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(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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Magnolia Moonlight 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are well developed and very likable. The two stories are well written and tend to flow easily. Enjoyed the book.
GrandmaKaye More than 1 year ago
From Harvest House I received a copy of Magnolia Moonlight to review honestly, and it was a great book to read. I liked the main characters for their kindness, generosity, and ability to forgive. I appreciated the way that the author handled the social problem of gambling addiction. The people in this book intrigued me so much that I bought the first two books in her Secrets of the South Mysteries.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
As I finished reading this book, I was looking forward to the next one. Mary Ellis again brings a lot of suspense, mystery, faith, and romance into the story to make for an interesting read. When I started this series, I thought it was going to feature Nicki and anticipated more of her bluntness and bull in a china shop approach but Nate has come to the forefront in this story along with Isabelle and two new additions to his PI firm, Elizabeth and Michael. Besides the factors mentioned, I especially enjoyed when Elizabeth took Michael to her aunt and uncle’s to teach him to shoot a firearm. Her warnings to him about what would happen if she took him there more than three times was hilarious. Although the main characters do not flaunt their faith, the reader senses an undercurrent that reflects a depth to their faith that gets them through some difficult situations while searching for the truth, chasing down perpetrators, and helping folks find closure. The messages are subtle but nonetheless present as an encouragement to readers to live their faith.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
Mary Ellis’ Secrets of the South Series is fantastic and I am happy to share another book from the series, Magnolia Moonlight, and travel the south with some familiar characters. Each book of the Secrets of the South series targets one of the couples. Their characters grow and develop as they learn to work together and get to know each other. Beth and Michael work for Private Investigations and they have some issues with each other. Issues they will need to resolve in order to solve the mystery surrounding the suicide of the preacher. Maybe the issues are more Beth’s than Michael’s. She holds a lot of resentment towards her mother. Is it because she only she’s her as her mom and not a person? Do you have that problem? Beth had left Natchez under a cloud, but she had done nothing wrong. Would her investigation be stymied because of it? When Mary mentions Castle, the TV show, the pieces fall into place. Beth and Michael could be Kate and Castle, especially with their verbal ‘foreplay’. Mary Ellis has one of the characters asking themselves, ” Was guilt genetically hardwired into female DNA?” Food for thought, don’t you think? Mary does a wonderful job of bringing her characters to life on the pages, making them believable and easy to relate to, though their work may be more glamorous than that of an assembly line worker or a waitress. Beth and Michael both change and develop into deeper, more interesting characters. WHOA, I’m on page 256, just reading along, thinking I know everything….then the story takes a wild twist. I think to myself, good one Mary, as I grin ear to ear. I love a surprise…in my books. Murder, embezzlement, gambling, loan sharks…I am a bit of a gambler myself and love Texas Hold ’em, so Magnolia Moonlight has an extra element that sets it apart from other mysteries. And the mysteries do run rampant, as I twist and turn my way through the pages. I love Mary Ellis’ stories because there is so much going on that, even though I don’t feel a sense of urgency and lurking danger, the writing keeps me going, wanting me to sate my curiosity of WHODUNIT. I think I see the beginning of a new adventure for Price Investigations… Coming soon…Sunset in Old Savannah. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Magnolia Moonlight by Mary Ellis.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
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.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
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.
tickmenot More than 1 year ago
Double Your Pleasure - Two Mysteries in One! 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.
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
Book 3 in Mary Ellis series SECRETS OF THE SOUTH. We again meet with Nate, and his wife of 2 years. Happily married, trying to make a go of his Private Investigating service. While she is a real estate agent. Doesn't get the big commission checks. Discussing how old her car is, living in a 1 bedroom rental, wanting a honeymoon. When her co- workers, friends, family give them a honeymoon. Sounds perfect, till her ex is spotted, coming out from a casino. While they are on their honeymoon. Why is here, and has gambling become a problem again, and where is wife number 2. Izzy is concerned, maybe he needs help. What about the suicide of the pastor ? The wife hands them a check before they left on honeymoon, saying money wasn't any problem. Death was ruled suicide. Nothing seemed clear about it being a suicide. When Beth finds out there is stealing of the church funds. And checks have wife's signature on them. Beth still not over the reason of having to leave being a police officer. Except to know you don't fall for your boss. Then what's with Nate bringing in someone without experience. Michael was a former forensic accountant. And she is to train him. They mix like oil and water, she always asking, why did you do that. Two murders, two reason, greed and deception. Given book by Net Galley fr my honest opinion of which I have given.
Sue1 More than 1 year ago
Once again Mary Ellis has reached out and grabbed me on the first page of her new novel Magnolia Moonlight and kept me riveted until the book's completion. Somehow she combines intrigue, romance, and humor and makes it all blend wonderfully. Private Investigator Nate Price and his wife, Isabella, are finally going to take the honeymoon they never had. Their lazy days of sightseeing and walking on the beach are interrupted by the appearance of Isabella's ex-husband, Craig, who is obviously in trouble. Will they be able to help the compulsive gambler before something horrible happens? Meanwhile, Nate's PI firm is in the hands of his assistant and former police officer, Beth Kirby, and rookie, Michael Preston. Can the two of them figure out who is responsible for the disappearance of funds and the death of the minister at Calvary Baptist Church without bungling the case or killing each other? The first two books in Mary Ellis' Secrets of the South Mysteries were absolutely superb. This new novel is equally as engaging. The plot moves quickly. Transitions between the action in Natchez, Mississippi and Bay St. Louis are smooth. The characters are charming and witty. You will ache with them when they are hurting, and you will definitely laugh out loud at their humorous and sarcastic remarks. I hated to reach the end of the novel and say goodbye to "old friends." I hope Mary Ellis plans more books in this outstanding series!
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review. This book was very enjoyable. There are two stories going on and it kept it interesting as the stories kept changing. In one story, Michael is a newbie private investigator and he is training with Beth, another investigator working for Price Investigation. They've been hired by the wife of a local pastor, who refuses to believe her husband took his own life. The story is very believable and the characters are great. It was very easy to relate to both Michael and Beth. The other story features Nate Price and his wife Izzy. They are finally on their honeymoon after being married for two years. Instead of enjoying each others company, they become embroiled in a wild investigation surrounding Izzy's ex husband. This really was an interesting story and I would love to read more in this series.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This book has not one but two mysteries, and Nick and Isabelle are now married, two years, and are finally going on a honeymoon, courtesy of their friends. While Nick is on his trip Beth is going to be taking over the Natchez Office, and mentoring their new forensic accountant, Michael Preston, and taking on a new case, that is rather personal. Beth and Michael are about to deal with the death of her Pastor, and missing money, while Nick and Isabelle are innocently heading to their own case in Bay, St. Louis, of course, mystery follows them. Beth and Michael are helping a grieving widow prove that her loving husband would never have committed suicide, and they are on an uphill battle to do that, along with a lot of missing church money. Nick and Isabelle end up with mob gamblers and try to help her x-husband, huh, and even his new wife is turning to them, rather complicated. This is a page turning read that you won’t be able to put down until you know all of the answers. I want more! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Harvest House, and was not required to give a positive review.
LilacDreams More than 1 year ago
A kindly pastor committed suicide. Except his wife doesn’t believe that. She asks Price Investigations to look into his death. Since Nate Price and his wife Isabelle are finally taking a honeymoon, the investigation falls to Beth Kirby and new employee Michael Preston. Beth doesn’t appreciate being back in her hometown of Natchez, work with her former police department colleagues, or having to train Michael. And Mike is too eager to get to work. There are going to be fireworks. I like Mike. He’s enthusiastic and raring to go. He wants to prove himself, and improve himself, by joining a fitness center. With so many chips on Beth’s shoulders, she’s hard to warm up to, at first. The trouble at the police department that led to her departure makes her prickly. She does come to realize Mike’s ability, and she’s getting along with her folks. While Mike and Beth like each other, they don’t have a romance. I’m waiting to see if a sequel has them fall in love. I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
Murder and mayhem continue in book three of this fun series! Another client engages the services of Price Investigations just as Nate Price and his wife Isabelle are leaving town for a long awaited honeymoon. Nate's assistant Elizabeth Kirby, a former detective, is left to handle the case, as well as train newly hired Michael Preston, a forensic accountant, who is eager to learn the ropes. Meanwhile, the Prices find their vacation interrupted by someone from their past needing help, involving them in the dark side of the gambling scene. The two stories are going on simultaneously in different locales--one in Natchez and another on the Gulf Coast--separate investigations, but both connected by the destructiveness of greed and deception. "The love of money is the root of all evil" seemed to be the underlying theme in both scenarios. At home base in Natchez, the focus is on Elizabeth, or Beth, a character I found hard to like at first, but she seems more genuine as she lightens up on Michael, and they begin to work better as a team. Her snarls and cynicism just seem to make him more determined to be helpful. He is the positive to her negative. I really liked Mike! Such a sincerely nice guy, trying not to let things drag him down, moving on with an upbeat attitude. Nate and Isabelle have their struggles too, learning to put their relationship first, not focusing on money or other problems that could divide them. The situation they get involved in made me cringe a lot, as Isabelle seemed so determined to fix it alone; it was a good example of the importance of honest communication in marriage. They were so much more effective when they worked as a team! The author must have researched the gaming industry well, as the scenes in the casino seemed quite realistic. Fans of clean cozy mysteries, with a little romance, will enjoy this book. It can be read as a standalone, but I'd recommend reading book 2 at least to fill in the backstory of Nate and Isabelle. I hope to see the series continue, as I've enjoyed each book in it so far! (Book provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest, unsolicited review.)