Tuesday 9 August 2022

BLOG TOUR: Quarter to Midnight - Karen Rose

Quarter to Midnight is the first thrilling novel in a brand new series by Sunday Times bestselling author Karen Rose, set in New Orleans.

Rocky Hebert walks into his death at quarter to midnight one New Orleans night.

His son Gabe cannot accept the official verdict of suicide and enlists the help of the Burke Broussard Private Investigation Agency to discover the real cause of death.

PI Molly Sutton knows what it's like to lose a father in tragic circumstances and will go to any lengths to crack the investigation, as she tries to fight off her growing feelings for Gabe.

They soon realise Rocky was working on an investigation of his own; one that threatened to expose the deep corruption going all the way to the top of the police department. And that the key to the puzzle lies with a young witness to a murder that happened years earlier: Xavier Morrow.

Just what did Rocky know? And who might have shut him up?

As they get closer and closer to the truth, they realise that the killer is not going to stop at Rocky. And that Xavier is in very real danger. Someone will go to any lengths to protect what he witnessed that night coming out...

What did I think?

It's been a while since I've read a Karen Rose book, and I had to do a few arm exercises before picking up this weighty 591 page book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Filled with mystery and suspense, it kept me on the edge of my seat and my eyes firmly glued to the page from start to finish.

I've read a few Karen Rose books and the covers are so dark and thriller-like that I often forget they are romantic suspense novels.  The romance is heartwarming and adds a layer of lightheartedness to an otherwise dark plotline.  I love the dark plot though, especially the mystery surrounding the murder during Hurricane Katrina that Rocky was investigating and ultimately got him killed.  

I loved all of the characters, especially PI Molly and chef Gabe who provide the romance element, but also Xavier and the colourful characters who make up his entourage.  Xavier is in great danger but whoever is targeting him has to get through his family and friends first, and one of them is carrying knitting needles!  With dangerous powerful men hiding in plain sight, you don't know who can be trusted.

Quarter to Midnight is sure to be another instant bestseller from Karen Rose.  It's fast-paced, gripping and so suspenseful that I couldn't read it fast enough.  An easy five stars and a highly recommended read.

I received an ARC to read and review for the blog tour; this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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About the author:

Karen Rose was introduced to suspense and horror at the tender age of eight when she accidentally read Poe's The Pit and The Pendulum and was afraid to go to sleep for years.  She now enjoys writing books that make other people afraid to go to sleep.

Karen lives in Florida with her family, their cat, Bella, and two dogs, Loki and Freya. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, and her new hobby - knitting.

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