About Murder on the Geneva Express
Murder on the Geneva Express: A Mac and Millie Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Geneva Illinois
Independently Published (October 26, 2023)
Paperback : 164 pages
ISBN-13 : 979-8865567547
Digital ASIN : B0CLW9X12L
Dead body found on Geneva Express!
In a perfect storm of misfortune, Mac O’Malley finds himself embroiled in a whodunnit that has everyone convinced HE has done it. Mac and Millie race against time, flee from authorities both municipal and magical, and attempt to clear Mac and his good reputation from absolute incarceration.
In this novella, Mac desperately needs Millie’s help and his brother Vince’s too when he is pegged as the prime suspect in the murder of a passenger aboard the Geneva Express. Will they be able to outrun the authorities and prove Mac’s innocence or will Mac go down for a murder he didn’t commit?
This was my first time meeting Mac and Millie and they are quite a pair. Mac is a retired cop trying to finish writing a book. Millie is a strong, independent woman with magical abilities and is totally in love with Mac. Missing previous books in this series, I thought I might have a hard time getting invested in these characters, but that was not the case at all. I was immediately drawn into their story and surprised by what others have known since the end of book 1, The Christmas Walk Caper. The characters were well-developed and their dialogues were true to life.
The murder mystery was intense and due to the short novella length there wasn’t a lot of time to catch your breath. Mac and Millie were on the run and I felt like I was right there with them. Determining who committed murder on the Geneva Express was complicated. The showdown was powerful, dangerous, and emotional. I was balancing on the edge of my seat as everything played out. Means and motive were a bit of a bombshell. I really enjoyed the paranormal elements at the end and throughout the story.
My only drawback to the story was the explicit language it contained. While I enjoy reading all types of mystery, cozy, traditional, suspense, and thriller, I feel that offensive language takes it out of the cozy realm. To replace that type of language and keep things “cozy” authors may have to get creative. I know those words are used more in the world every day, but I have always felt that a cozy mystery is a book I could give to my mother or grandmother, and they could enjoy it without the shock of blue language.
Murder on the Geneva Express is a well-plotted, well-written mystery with intriguing characters and a compelling mystery. The ending was fun. I am interested in reading more stories featuring Mac and Millie. I may have to go back and read the previous books to get to know them from the start.
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About J B Michaels
I have spent my life in the study of story from riveting novels to the slam-bang action-packed world of comics to the examination of film history, I have spent a lifetime learning and examining the elements that make a story incredible. This steadfast dedication has led me to write stories of my own.
I am married, with a son, and I have a great love of family. I hope that you enjoy my bestselling books that mash genres from thrillers to science fiction to fantasy!
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