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5++ stars for Moonlight Can Be Deadly by Charlotte Stuart #mystery #humorousmystery #bookreview

Title: Moonlight Can Be Deadly

Author: Charlotte Stuart

Genre: Mystery

Book Blurb:

In Moonlight Can Be Deadly, Cameron’s family has a fascination with the gruesome details of the death which occurred at a midnight sacrificial ritual, but are torn about the tactics by the ecofeminist group, despite their support of the group's mission. When Cameron attends a climate change rally with her colleague, Yuri, they bring along her children. Unfortunately, when Cameron leaves Yuri and her kids to try to get her client’s niece out of harm’s way, she gets caught up in a mass arrest after an explosion occurs. Cameron and Yuri interview a number of suspects, including a handsome professor who Cameron decides is “dateworthy,” but she is alone when she confronts the person responsible for not one but two deaths. Instinct and training kick in at the last minute to prevent her from becoming the murderer’s third victim.

My Review:

Looking for a mystery filled with quirky characters, and you won't be able to put it down? This book is perfect for you! There are so many reasons why I loved this mystery. Cameron and Yuri are a fun-loving detective duo who banter back and forth. The premise behind the mystery involves ecofeminists, full moon rituals, a love triangle that is more like a hexagon, secrets galore, and more. The characters are quirky personified and many of them wind up being suspects. This whodunit will have you chasing red herrings while scratching your head until the very end.

There are a lot of elements to creating an exceptional mystery and Charlotte Stuart aces every single one. While employing classic mystery writing prowess, there's a freshness to this mystery. Charlotte Stuart brings modern events/trends to her plot, not seen by other authors. I'd never heard of ecofeminists before and learned all I needed to know in this story. This level of mystery writing had me whipping through the pages while also googling certain things.

The characters are a huge part of why I loved this mystery. It's a large cast of characters but easy to keep track of. The chemistry between Yuri and Cameron brings the whole detectives solving a case in the spotlight. Lighthearted banter, collaborating, and friendship connects them with the reader. There's a whole slew of minor characters who are questionable suspects. It was fun reading about all the characters and seeing how they fit into the mystery.

I could go on and on about how much I loved Moonlight Can Be Deadly. Take my advice and read this fun mystery. You can thank me later.

My Rating: 5++ stars

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Author Biography:

Charlotte Stuart, PhD, began her career in academia. She taught communications and public address and coached an award-winning intercollegiate debate team. She and her husband took a year off to cruise the Canadian Pacific Coast in their sailboat.

Determined to extend their life on the water, they built a fishing boat and went commercial fishing in Alaska. This decision, labeled “crazy” by colleagues, gave her the opportunity to experience lifestyles and locations very different from her urban roots. Stories of time spent on the water, exploring unpopulated areas, and meeting people who live in remote villages often find their way into her writing.

After fishing for nine years, she returned to a career in management consulting. Charlotte lives and writes on Vashon Island in Washington State’s Puget Sound and spends time each day entertained by herons, seals, eagles and other wildlife.

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Reviewed by: Nancy

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