1. Characters ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dr. Louisa Hancock is an Assistant Curator at Livingston Museum of Archaeology in Philadelphia.
April is Louisa's assistant.
Riki LaSanta is an intern.
Director Cusack is the Chief Curator at the museum.
Detectives Jackson and Ianelli are investigating the case of a missing person.
Zoe Finch is Louisa's intern.
Heath Yeager has a date with Zoe.
Conor Sullivan co-owns Sullivan's with his family.
Isa is Zoe's roommate.
2. Plot ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Someone has killed a young woman, cutting symbols on her body and making a funeral pyre. Once done, this person will get another victim.
Director Cusack calls Louisa to his office. The police are there to ask questions about Riki LaSanta, an intern who is missing. Detectives Jackson and Ianelli have pictures they want Louisa to look at. The pictures show Celtic symbols on the body.
Zoe is going on a date; she doesn't tell Louisa or April who she's dating. Zoe, Heath and his friends are drinking at Sullivan's. Zoe and Heath get into an argument and Conor bounces Heath and his friends out of the bar. Conor asks Zoe if she needs a ride home; she tells him that she'll call her roommate. Conor is closing the bar and Zoe is still there. Conor asks again if she needs a ride home. Her roommate isn't answering her phone so Conor takes her to the subway station. When he gets back, he sees an injured dog. He takes the dog to his apartment to clean her up. When Conor goes downstairs, a teenager tells him that he wants the dog back. Conor tells him he hasn't seen the dog. The kid doesn't believe him and a fight ensues. Conor decides to take the dog to the vet in the morning.
Louisa goes to Sullivan's because she's looking for Zoe since she didn't show up for work. She talks with Conor and he tells her that he took Zoe to the subway station. Conor and Louisa met each other while they were in Maine. He asks Louisa if she wants to go with him to the vet to get the dog.
Conor calls Louisa and asks her to come to the bar. When she arrives, Detectives Jackson and Ianelli are there because they have a warrant to search his apartment and car for evidence of Zoe's presence. They cuff Conor and take him to the police station. Louisa calls an attorney friend, Damian. He goes to the police station and talks to Conor before he's questioned. The police release him but will keep an eye on him.
Louisa and Conor have feelings for each other but they both have baggage they need to overcome. They have both been hurt but it doesn't stop them from caring for each other.
As Conor's apartment is being cleaned, he's staying at Louisa's. The Detectives go to her apartment to tell them that they've found a body. They don't know if it's Zoe.
Will Zoe be found alive? Will Conor and Louisa learn to trust each other? Will the killer be found before the next victim is killed? You'll have to read it and find out!
3. Writing Structure ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Melinda, again, has weaved an intense and heart-pounding story. She touches on characters from books 1 and 2 and I think it's great that she does that! You feel a connection with Conor and Louisa, hoping that they can overcome their hurt and begin to trust each other. Melinda also writes about the love the Sullivan's have for each other. It's a well-written, exciting story!
4. Ending ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
WHAT AN EXCELLENT ENDING! You will never believe who the killer is! The pieces are finally put together... It's a nail-biting and thrilling ending!
5. Overall ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is Book 3 in the"Midnight" Series. Melinda creates these stories brilliantly. She doesn't disappoint her readers! This is why I love Series Books...each book is connected to the others. As a reader, there's history in the series. I'm ready for Book 4, "Midnight Obsession"!