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Sunset in Old Savannah

Sunset in Old Savannah (Secrets of the South Mysteries #4)Sunset in Old Savannah by Mary Ellis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book #4 in Secrets of the South Mysteries. I’ve enjoyed them all, but this one is my favorite so far. And the good news is, you really don’t need to read these in order. They do fine as stand alone books. Here’s my reviews of this series:
Midnight on the Mississippi – book 1
What Happened on Beale Street – book 2
Magnolia Moonlight – book 3

While all the characters in this series have been people with faults and backgrounds, warts and scars, this one stuck out to me. Mary Ellis, through a fun read of who-done-it that kept me guessing to the end, shows the workings of grace in this novel. It’s not slap-you-in-the-head-with-the-Bible preachy, not even close, but it’s touching and heart-warming. Well worth reading. Pick up a copy!


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Murder is No Accident

Murder is No Accident (Hidden Springs Mystery #3)Murder is No Accident by A.H. Gabhart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another charming tale from Hidden Springs with all the characters we’ve learned to love from Murder at the Courthouse and Murder Comes by Mail. Ann Gabhart hit a home run with this series, and I actually hope she’s not done. I’d love at least one more so that we know what happens with … oh. I can’t tell you. That would be a spoiler. 🙂

Plenty of quirky characters, an independent cat, and a funky old house to keep you turning the pages. Hidden Springs is Mayberry with a body count.



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Magnolia Moonlight

Magnolia Moonlight (Secrets of the South Mysteries #3)Magnolia Moonlight by Mary Ellis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the third book in the “Secrets of the South Mysteries” series. I’ve enjoyed each one, even though mysteries are not my go-to genre to read.

Private investigator Nate Price and Isabelle finally get their chance at a honeymoon, but it doesn’t turn into the cozy romantic getaway they’d hoped for. Isabelle’s ex-husband shows up in the same town. A frantic call from his current wife sends Isabelle looking for answers

While the boss is away, Beth Kirby is taxed with teaching PI new-hire Michael Preston the ropes on a seemingly cut-and-dried suicide case. But the case proves anything other than cut-and-dried when Michael’s computer sleuthing skills uncover more past than he bargained for.

I highly recommend reading these stories in order, beginning with “Midnight on the Mississippi” and then “What Happened on Beale Street” since the reader is introduced to many of the characters in this previous books. Judging by the ending of this one … there will be a book four in the future!


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What Happened on Beale Street

What Happened on Beale Street (Secrets of the South Mysteries #2)What Happened on Beale Street by Mary Ellis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the “Secrets of the South Mysteries” series. There are actually two mysteries to be solved in this one. Private investigator Nicki Price and her cousin/boss Nate Price are back on the job. When an old friend from high school calls for help, the cousins head to Memphis. They arrive too late to help Danny. They stay to help his sister, the same Isabelle Andre who had scorned the high school aged Nate Price so long ago. While living in the lap of luxury at the Carlton Hotel, the cousins work to find Danny’s killer and Nicki gets swept up into a fifty-year-old mystery at the hotel. Meanwhile, a crazy man is stalking Isabelle and Nate finds he cares too much for his new client. Wrapping up all the loose ends with take team effort and some old-fashioned PI sleuthing.

Lots of stuff going on in this book and lots of characters. Some we remember from “Midnight on the Mississippi” while others are natives of Memphis. While it would be nice to read the first book in the series, it’s not necessary. Mary Ellis does a good job of making this story stand on its own.


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Murder at the Courthouse

Murder at the Courthouse (The Hidden Springs Mysteries #1)Murder at the Courthouse by A.H. Gabhart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve enjoyed several of Ann Gabhart’s other novels, so when I had a chance to read her new mystery, I jumped on it. And I wasn’t disappointed! Although I don’t read many mysteries, A.H. Gabhart (as she displays her name for her mystery line) did a wonderful job of pulling me into the story.

Michael Keane left the big city police department he worked for. He returned to his sleepy little hometown as their deputy sheriff. He expected to rest and relax, to enjoy the slower pace of life. He didn’t expect to find a body on the steps of the courthouse. Amid a cast of colorful local characters, Michael finds more truth than he expects – or wants – to find.

I loved the characters in this story. They are diverse and interesting and, if you grew up in a small town, you’ll be able to put faces on them. There will be a book two … and I will read it!


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