Parallel But Different
This was my first novel by Mary Ellis and I really enjoyed it. The novel is centred around a P.I. company and had two parallel stories running throughout. It was not confusing as the action alternated between the two locations.
The novel showed that being a Christian does not make one immune to hardship. “Knowing scripture does not guarantee anyone a bed of roses.” The P.I’s searched for the truth surrounding the Rev. Paul’s death as his widow wanted the truth to come out.
Both cases concerned monetary fraud. Mary Ellis had clearly researched this area as the details were comprehensive. She set out the cases in such a way that it was easy for the reader to follow.
The novel also dealt with the topic of gambling. It showed how addictive it can be and how lives can be ripped apart through this addiction.
Within the novel there was the theme of the value of good friendship and good partners. When dealing with tough cases, it is important to know that your partner has your back. Also one needs to be able to relax at the end of the day. There was a lovely relationship between Beth and newbie Michael. They had a chemistry and their dialogue just bounced off each other. It was a pleasure to read.
Moonlight Magnolia also dealt with the theme of new beginnings. Michael and Beth had both escaped disastrous relationships to begin life again in Natchez. They were both well rounded and realistic characters who were lacking in confidence due to the knocks they had received in life. Michael’s car was a motif for how he was feeling.
The other pair of P.I’s were husband and wife team Nate and Isabelle. They had big hearts for all around them.
I thoroughly enjoyed Moonlight Magnolia. It was a meaty read with two excellent cases. I shall definitely be reading more by Mary Ellis.
I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. No monetary compensation was received and all views expressed are my own.