Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Black Moonlight - 4th in the Marjorie McClelland Mystery series
Author: Amy Patricia Meade
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Release Date: June 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Cozy
Year/Setting: 1935 on an island off the coast of Bermuda
Overall Rating: 3.75
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Amy Patricia's Website/Blog: www.amypatriciameade.com
Successful mystery writer Marjorie McClelland and Creighton Ashcroft are on their honeymoon. An inopportune case of seasickness finds the couple on a small (Ashcroft family owned) private island. No one ever visited the island at this time of year. What better way to spend their first days of marriage than on a lush island, alone.
To Creightonís shocked and unpleasant surprise, he finds that his family and extended (sort of) family are in residence, as well as are the caretakers. Plans can be changed. They would just continue with their honeymoon elsewhere. It may have been the wiser thing to do had they acted on it prior to a body being found in the home. With no immediate access off the island itís clear that someone on the island is a murderer.
The police are summoned via flare gun. Upon their arrival there is an understandable amount of commotion. Statements are taken, evidence is searched for, speculation abounds. It helps that Marjorie is a bit of a celebrity. The two policemen in charge are a bit more open with her in their investigation and welcome her theories and questions.
At least until poor timing and another dead body lead to Creighton being taken into custody. Itís totally absurd. What they have to go on is circumstantial at best. Marjorie will continue her investigation at all costs. Too bad the cost may be someone elseís health, or life. She has to make sure she doesnít fail to unearth everyoneís past, their possible motives and ultimately link them to the murders.
Clever and imaginative, Ms. Meade shrewdly pens a story that holds the readerís attention. Itís a new twist on the murder in a "locked room" scenario, with red herrings at every turn.
Marjorie, as cunning as she is, has difficulty ferreting out the motives. The suspects are all very good actors, or are they? Fear for their lives seems to cloak their behavior leaving Marjorie with more questions than answers. All this wrapped in a nice vintage package for the reader.
I thoroughly enjoyed Black Moonlight and look forward to more from Ms. Meade.
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