St. Martin's, Sep 2002, 24.95, 360 pp.
The members of Winnipeg's Mystery Au Lait Cafe book club cannot get enough of the Midnight Mystery novels. However, the excitement that the series has brought turns to terror when someone decides life imitates art by killing off club members using scenes from the novels. The police look for the author Walter White without much success.
Accountant Sarah Petursson finds that someone steals recently found journals written by her mother. Still Sarah continues her search for her father's identity. Meanwhile reporter Cady Brown begins to close in on the agent of the mysterious White. Someone harasses Cady and Sarah with the only link between them being the latter's ex husband Peter who is the journalist's boyfriend. As the murder mystery and Sarah's personal search link, a ghost tries to guide her. Sales for the mystery novels explode and rumors abound that a new sixth book is being released. Everyone seeks clues inside the tales as no one wants to become the next victim.
THE DEAD OF MIDNIGHT is an interesting, but somewhat strange mystery tale that has a lot going for it, especially suspense, but contains too many red herrings that leave the audience somewhat confused at times. Still, Sarah is a wonderful protagonist and the club members are an intriguing group who start off as friends, but quickly suspect one another. Loaded with incredible layers of suspense, readers will find this is an engaging novel as Catherine Hunter hooks audience into wanting to know who is the killer, what happened to the journals, and does the sixth book, if it exists, contain clues to the next murder?
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner