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What Happened on Beale Street (Secrets of the South Mysteries) Paperback – April 1, 2016
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While traveling through the South I became fascinated with the birth of the blues in rural Mississippi. I followed the "Blues Trail" to Beale Street in the heart of Memphis, a city which has enjoyed a fabulous rebirth in the last forty years. I decided to craft a story about a talented musician trying to put his faith into action in the after-hours clubs of the inner city.
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In this second novel in the series, Nate is the main character. His character is expanded and he is introduced to a love interest. Nicki and Hunter, the two main characters from the first book, are given a secondary story line that was innovative and interesting. Although there is a mystery to solve with plenty of suspects and a stalking to thwart, What Happened on Beale Street was more about Nate and Izzy’s attraction. This is a romantic suspense where romance is front and center. In the end, the resolution of the crime was quick, almost too quick. However, I was ready for the mystery to be solved. One unusual feature of this book is that the victim was a genuinely good guy who everyone loved (at least almost everyone!). Many times authors make the victim the bad guy that no one mourns or often are glad they are gone. Danny’s character was revealed through those he had interacted with during his life. His death left a void in all the characters’ lives.
At least two more books in the series remain. We will probably be along for all the mysterious doings with Nate, Izzy, Nicki and Hunter.
As with book one, there wasn't a lot of Christian content and way too much alcohol flowing. Beer drinking by Christians especially bothers me, and I don't know why the author feels it necessary to include that.
Nate and Nicki Price (cousins and partners in the Price PI firm) went to Louisiana to look into the disappearance of an old friend of Nicki's , Danny Andre and met up with his sister Isabelle once they arrived. They were heartbroken when while they were looking into his disappearance his body showed up on the river bank. Isabelle did not feel that the local police were going to properly look into the murder so she hired Nate and Nicki to investigate.
Nate knew both Danny and Isabelle while in school but did not have the same friendship with either that Nicki had with Danny. He remembered Isabelle as being the "ice queen" in h.s. and only looking to marry well and move out of Natchez. He hopes things will change in his opinion of her but he is doubtful when they meet up again and she is still very cold and distant toward him.
Isabelle is very skittish about men. Divorced and dealing with unwanted attention from someone she went out with once makes Isabelle keep up more walls than she wants to but feels she has to.
Can the Lord help these 2 get passed their initial problems to solve her brother's murder??
As I said liked the first book but loved the second and now I am on to the third! Thank you Ms. Mary Ellis for the opportunity.