Ivy, Jun 2002, 6.99, 416 pp.
In 1862 in occupied New Orleans, widow Emmanuelle de Bourdonnay and her partner Dr. Henri Santerre leave their hospital to visit deceased loved ones buried at St. Louis cemetery. However an unknown assailant fires a specialty silver tipped crossbow bolt used to slay vampires killing Henri.
Union Major Zachary Cooper is General Butler's Provost Marshal. Though a local Creole was murdered, Zach refuses to let the investigation die. He knows Emmanuelle is in the middle of the homicide, but not sure how or why. He believes she lies by hiding all she knows, but is her omissions intended to protect the identity of the killer, namely herself? As he digs deeper he finds himself falling in love with the possible murderous. Emmanuelle begins to reciprocate his feelings, which make her feel guilt, as she hates the Bluecoats especially since they killed her late husband.
MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS is a powerful Civil War police procedural romance that never slows down until the killer is identified. The atmosphere seeps through every page as the audience gains an understanding of how the natives felt about the northern occupation army living and stealing from them. The lead couple is dynamic and courageous as star-crossed lovers with seemingly everyone including one another dismayed by their feelings. Though the culprit seems a bit of a stretch, Candice Proctor furbishes the audience with a strong historical intrigue that will garner the author new readers from non-romance buffs as well as delightful responses from her myriad of fans.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner