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Chasing Lady Midnight: A Superhero Cozy Mystery Kindle Edition
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When I read this book’s description, I was intrigued. A “superhero cozy mystery” is certainly unique. And, Chasing Lady Midnight certainly is just that – unique! It’s also great fun. What an imagination Ms. Ragsdale must have. She’s created a fascinating world of superheroes, villains, agencies and more.
The book is written from the POV of Hannelore (Lady Midnight). There is definitely some faith-based writing inserted in this book. The author mentions God, God’s will, etc. I was reminded of one of the seven deadly sins when I first read the blurb: A superhero agency that was once good, but now “Wealth and prestige seem to have become the main goals of The Squad instead.” (Gluttony?) Yet, I would have to say that the book is definitely not preachy. It simply speaks to our current society and human nature in general.
Hannelore is likable, with faults that most readers can relate to. The story is satirical, witty, quirky and entertaining. It’s a short book and the author’s easy writing style makes it a breezy read. Definitely something to read while enjoying a poolside afternoon.
I've been in a major reading slump that's looked like barely reading with mostly DNF's as I'm definitely not feeling up to pushing through something that's either not hooking me or it's annoying me.
All that to say, this is the first book I've finished in a long time. It's a novella, so it's a fairly quick read, though I did take my time.
The beginning fell around the 3 star range as I felt a bit lost on what was going on and there was a lot of jumping around. Plus I was unsure of whether or not the MC's voice was working for me.
After things got going and I had a better feel of what was happening, I found that I did like the MC's voice and it was an interesting story. The witty, sarcastic, nature of the MC felt more natural and flowed better once she didn't keep circling back to "I didn't have my coffee" as that point it felt like the author was trying too hard.
Lady Midnight is a humorous narrator and her jabs at the world, people, and all things superhero amused me. Whether it was the crazy names or the costumes, she managed to not only point out the silliness of it, but also paint a vivid picture of the world around her.
Her powers were unique, and fun. The villain managed to stay unknown to me for almost as long as it did the MC. By the time I figured it out, the MC had as well, but she didn't reveal until a little later.
Overall, this was a fun read with a heroine I could really get behind. Lots of humor if you're needing something to smile about.
Hannelore/Lady Midnight is an instantly likable protagonist who meets a series of bizarre challenges with keen insight and a fantastic sense of humor (as well as a lot of coffee). I enjoyed watching her come to grips with her new abilities in scenarios that tested both her strength and her character. Her everyday dilemmas balance out her fantastic powers, keeping her grounded and relatable. Her Christian faith never feels forced, but instead impacts her decisions and actions in natural ways as she faces obstacles and unravels the mystery. The supporting characters are delightful, and the author paints each of them with fun quirks and believable motivations.
The world-building is based on the familiar concept that superpowers are hereditary, but the author expands on this simple fact in ways that add believable tension and interpersonal conflict to the story. The story is a satire of both superhero tropes and American culture, thoughtfully poking fun at everything from supervillain speeches to celebrity worship. The ending felt a little rushed and the grammatical quirks were sometimes distracting, but on the whole it was a satisfying journey.
Chasing Lady Midnight is exactly what the cover claims: a superhero cozy mystery. No pretensions – just a lot of fun, with moments of sharp insight into human nature and popular culture. I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel!
The tricksters behind the "heroes" have them in their power, and the heroine of the story has to figure out how to help them. The "villains" of the world have their own part to play... Pretty cool story, with a twist or 2 to the old superhero worlds. I enjoyed it immensely.