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Summary

Curator Dr. Louisa Hancock left behind Maine and her troubled past for Philadelphia and a job at a prominent museum. Just when it seems that Louisa’s new life is safe from her dark secrets, the body of a museum intern is found - the victim of a brutal and baffling murder.

Louisa realizes this is no random crime. And when another intern goes missing, the abduction is linked to the only man who has ever tempted Louisa’s heart - Conor Sullivan, the sexy owner of a Philly sports bar. Louisa’s past has taught her to be wary, but her heart refuses to believe Conor is guilty.

Now Conor and Louisa must dodge a police investigation - and their growing desire - as they race to find the real killer before another girl turns up dead. But trusting Conor could be deadly, especially as the evidence against him mounts…and as a merciless killer targets Louisa as the next victim.

©2014 Melinda Leigh (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    5 out of 5 stars

thoughley enjoyed this book!!

I have read a lot of her books and was not let down with this one either, really good read

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Prob need to read previous book to enjoy this one.

This is the third in the series and I think it would be better to read in series order. There was a lot of back story that was skimmed over, including how the H and h met, and it did feel a bit like I was starting a story with the first few chapters missing. They had both been connected to a theft and murder six months previously and it was strange that this was all just “background” to the opening chapters.

The author is obviously a talented writer but I think this is one of her earlier efforts and it shows. The plot holes are massive and distracting.

For example:

• Based on one murder, police decide they have a “serial killer”

• They assume a missing college student is the second victim of this “serial killer”, even though she has only been missing 12 hours, and there is no evidence she has even been hurt, let alone killed.

• Police ignore her drunken, rejected boyfriend who had sent her several abusive and threatening text messages, and decide the prime suspect is the barman who gave her a lift to the local subway.

• The police manage to get a search warrant for the barman's flat, on the implication that he apparently hurt and/or killed the missing girl there, in the few minutes after the bar closed, but before they have CCTV showing him with the girl near the subway! (???).

• They threaten him with handcuffs, take him to the police station, lock him in a cell with violent prisoners, read him his “rights” but then, apparently, don’t actually charge him with anything. But nevertheless release his details to the press as prime suspect in the murder of a girl who has still only actually been missing less than 24 hours.

His lawyer tells him that it is possible they could convict him of murder on this circumstantial evidence alone. But there is no circumstantial evidence - no body, no proof the girl has even been hurt, and a timeline that makes it impossible for him to have done anything!

Throughout this we have an unconvincing romance. Although they had met six months previously and apparently thought about each other non stop ever since, the H thinks they are from “different worlds” (he is a bar owner, she has a trust fund) and the h has socialising issues based on her lonely childhood and some trauma hinted at often but I didn’t get to the details. It was all just a bit boring. The plot moved at a snail’s pace which gives the listener plenty of time to dwell on the factual errors and since the H and h had met six months previously but since gone their separate ways the romance was lacking in spark. The writer focused a bit too much on unnecessary details – the exact street names they are walking or driving on, the models of the cars they park between, the menu choices they order. So much of this detail was unnecessary and added nothing to the plot or atmosphere.

I didn’t finish this book. It wasn’t really bad, just didn’t hold my interest enough to make me want to continue. I have read and loved later books by the same writer, but this series will not get more credits from me.

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  • Wayne
  • 07-04-16

Not very good!

Midnight Betrayal is a disappointing mystery. Mikael Naramore is an excellent narrator but is a bad selection for this material. There will be no more Melinda Leigh books for me.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • JC
  • 06-10-14

Loved This Book

Any additional comments?

I will be looking for more books from this author in the future. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Besides a good romance, it was a great murder mystery. I usually guess the culprit by at least the 3/4 mark. Most of the time it's much sooner though. But this book went all the was to end and I didn't guess. There was lots of suspense and a great twist at the end and both the H and H were good strong characters with lots of chemistry. The sex could have maybe been a little hotter but the way it is doesn't lessen how much I liked it.

The narrator was really good. The male and female voices were good and distinctive and the acting was superb. You wont be sorry trading a credit for this one.

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  • momof3
  • 14-10-18

awesome

loved it. couldn't put it down, even downloaded the audio version to listen to it when driving kids around or in carpool line.

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  • shawna
  • 12-10-18

breath taking

keeps you on the edge of ur seat till the very end love this author

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  • Sighle A Denier
  • 20-08-18

Love the Midnight Series

Mikael Naramore can read me to sleep every night. What a great narrator.

I love all of Melinda Leigh’s series but the Midnight series is my favorite followed closely by the Morgan Dane series.

Highly recommend her books.

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  • lisabbakes
  • 06-07-18

Not her best.

I found this story to be lacking. very weak ending. I am starting to feel like her stories are starting to regurgitate them selves. Please put more effort into building tension and less on the sex. Its pretty much the same scene in every book. I think I will take a break. Sorry.

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  • Jim Rinker
  • 01-07-18

Good story but -----

Far too much unnecessary filler in the form of sex scenes. These in no way contributed to the story. Without them, the story would have been several chapters shorter but much more enjoyable.

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  • Debra L. Wyatt
  • 02-06-18

Character voices hurried

For the first time in a long time I can say, I did not see that coming. A plot line that actually surprised me.
The narrator needs to work on his characters. Everyone was in a hurry and sounded mad

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  • Norma
  • 26-05-18

HORRIBLE NARRATION.

the narrator was terrible. couldn't keep his voices or accents straight between characters. didn't enjoy

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  • NicholeSchl
  • 24-05-18

I am loving this series by Melinda

I am hooked on this series. I wish there were more of them. Quite addicting