Monday, May 2, 2016

What Happened on Beale Street

GIVEAWAY

ELLIS, MARY
WHAT HAPPENED ON BEALE STREET

A cryptic plea for help from a childhood friend sends cousins Nate and Nicki Price from New Orleans to Memphis. When these two private investigators arrive at Danny Andre`s last known address, they discover signs of a struggle and a lifestyle not in keeping with the choirboy they fondly remember.

Danny`s sister, Isabelle, reluctantly accepts their help. She and Nate aren`t on the best of terms due to a shared past. Can they get beyond painful memories to find her brother?

And what on earth was Danny involved in besides becoming a rising star as a sax player? Nate and Nicki follow clues into dim and smoky clubs, trail potential stalkers, and challenge dangerous men with connections to underworld drug trafficking. to complicate things, the hotel they are staying in has its own secrets. Confronted with murder and mystery in the land of the Delta blues, the cousins and Isabelle will have to rely on their faith and investigative experience to solve the case and not lose their lives.

My Review:

New Orleans comes to life in this second book in the Secrets of the South Mysteries series. This one reads well has a standalone though it continues the story of the main characters. I haven't read Midnight on the Mississippi and I had no problem following the slight overlap. Mind you, I will definitely be catching up with that first book!

Absolutely love the southern setting. Ellis brings all aspects of Memphis to life and even throws in a little history just for fun. Awesome stuff. And Nicki and Nate are faced with three mysteries to solve as they juggle life-threatening along with the light-hearted. Makes for an interesting mix and a fast paced story that doesn't let up until the final page.

A host of fascinating characters drew me in and kept me reading. Nate, the stalwart pro, Nicki and her rookie 'go in with all guns blazing' enthusiasm and Isabelle trying so hard to hold it all together. Not to mention the secondary characters -- both good and evil -- that flesh out the story into something truly spellbinding.

Murder, mayhem and sweet romance. Doesn't get any better than that, does it?

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  What Happened on Beale Street please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 8 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

37 comments:

  1. I love a good mystery. Include me, please, Kav!

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. I know you do -- good luck, Cheryl.

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  2. Ooo, I'm intrigued! Thanks for sharing, Kav.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. There's intrigue on many levels, Britney. Good luck.

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  3. Wow, that does sound intriguing to my mystery loving self!
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    1. You'll love it. Good luck, Susan.

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  4. I love the twists and turns in a mystery, please add me!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. You're added, Merry. Good luck.

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  5. This one sounds good and I really like the cover. Thanks for the review and giveaway!
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. You're welcome, Loraine. Good luck.

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  6. Love here books. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom.

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  7. I've been wanting to read this one! Kav, thanks for the chance!
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Caryl. This one is great -- and I'm betting the whole series is as well. Really love the Southern flavour. Good luck.

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  8. This sounds like a very intriguing mystery - the cover just pulls you in! Thanks for offering a giveaway.
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    1. It is a great cover, isn't it? All that blue makes an impact. Good luck, Valerie.

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  9. I don't know that I have ever read a book set in Memphis TN around Beale St. Visit there now and then so I am interested in seeing how this one is. Thanks for the giveaway!

    esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. Oh -- you have a point of reference for this one then. That's interesting. Good luck, Charity.

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  10. I can't wait to read this one -- love a good mystery!! Thanks for the review and giveaway.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Pam. Good luck.

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  11. We were in Memphis about three years ago and walked down Beale Street - interesting place.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. It would be interesting to compare notes -- your experience to the book's portrayal. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  12. Awesome! :) I'd love to win this second book! While we haven't finished the first one over here yet I already LOVE Niki! She is a riot! ;)

    Many Blessings, Amada
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    1. Yes!!!! I have a feeling I will enjoy catching up with her...backwards...if that makes any sense. LOL Good luck, Amada.

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    2. Makes excellent sense! :) Or it does to me at least! ;) Sometimes it can be more fun to dive in and then go back and see how it all began!

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    3. Especially since there aren't any spoilers in this one -- except that Nicki gets her man...which is a given anyway when you read romance.

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    4. :) So true, although there are those that leave you gob smacked when they don't wrap up the romances or tie things up! LOL! Suzanne Woods Fisher can be a VERY tricky romance writer! LOL!

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  13. I love a good mystery and am always glad to find a mystery that is also Christian fiction. I'd enjoy winning What Happened on Beale Street.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Mystery is one of my favourite genres. So much fun to try to solve it before the hero and heroine. :-) Good luck, Pam.

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  14. I was fortunate to win a copy of Midnight on the Mississippi from Mary Ellis and I would love to add this book to my shelf because I love mysteries! Thank you for the chance Kav.
    dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. I can't wait to read Midnight on the Mississippi too. Good luck, Diane.

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  15. This one has been on my radar! I love Mary's writing :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I'm pretty new to her books but not for long. Good luck, Trixi.

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  16. Sounds like a great southern setting, I don't know much about Memphis or New Orleans.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Me either and that's why it's so much fun to discover new places in the pages of a book. Good luck, Patty.

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  17. This series sounds great!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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