QUARTER TO MIDNIGHT (A New Orleans Novel Book 1) by Karen Rose
Publication Date: August 2, 2022
Genre: Mystery/ Thriller Romance
Discover New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Rose’s brand-new series set in the sultry city of New Orleans and featuring a tough team of high-end private investigators who are after justice—no matter what they have to do to get it.
Good cops. Bad cops. Only one will win.
After completing her tours with the Marines in Iraq, Molly Sutton knew she could take down any bad guy she met. But when a family tragedy exposes the dark side of her local police, she joined up with her former CO Burke Broussard, who left New Orleans PD to set up a private investigative service for people who couldn’t find justice elsewhere.
Gabe Hebert saw the toll that working for the NOPD took on his dad and decided instead to make a name for himself as one of the best young chefs in the French Quarter. But when his father’s death is ruled a suicide after a deliberately botched investigation by his former captain, Gabe knows his dad stumbled onto a truth that someone wants silenced.
Gabe goes to his father’s best friend, Burke, for help. Burke assigns the toughest member of his team, Molly, to the case. Molly can’t believe she’s being asked to work with the smoking hot chef whose chocolate cake is not the only thing that makes her mouth water. Sparks fly as they follow the leads Gabe’s dad left them, unraveling a web of crimes, corruption, and murder that runs all the way to the top.
Oh my, what a fun romantic suspense. I connected with Molly from the start. Her easy camaraderie with her friends and co-workers rounded out her kick-ass abilities. For some reason I didn’t connect so well with Gabriel’s character. Not that I didn’t like him, I just didn’t bond with him as well. Thankfully Molly did. I liked watching their relationship grow and their personal time was nice and steamy. They worked quite well together through all the drama around them.
I think what I liked best about this book was the secondary characters and how they all came together. At first I thought there were too many to keep up with, but everyone had a distinct personality and backstory that made them memorable. I adored Xavier and his little group. Their banter and interplay was a nice offset to the danger surrounding everyone. The storyline was filled with tension, danger, and just enough mystery to keep me glued to the pages. I couldn’t put it down and am anxious for book two.
*Review copy provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.
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Karen Rose is the award-winning, #1 international bestselling author of some twenty novels, including the bestselling Baltimore and Cincinnati series. She has been translated into twenty-three languages and her books have placed on the New York Times, the Sunday Times (UK), and Germany’s der Spiegel bestseller lists.