“The truth of what happened that night lies with a secret witness.”
The first book in a new series by Karen Rose, Quarter To Midnight sees Rocky Hebert walks into his death at quarter to midnight one New Orleans night. His son Gabe can’t accept the official verdict of suicide and enlists the help of the Burke Broussard Private Investigation Agency to discover the real cause of death. PI Molly Sutton will go to any lengths to crack the investigation, as they soon realise that Rocky was working on an investigation of his own; one that threatened to expose the deep corruption going all the way to the top of the police department. Just what did Rocky know? And who might have shut him up?
Today is my stop on the Random Things Tours blog tour for this book. Thank you to the publishers for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Set in a new city with a new set of characters, Quarter To Midnight is the first book in a new series by Karen Rose which follows a gripping case full of intrigue and deception.
If you’re a fan of Karen Rose already, you’ll know what to expect from her refined crime writing. If not, you’re likely to easily be intrigued by the promise of a strongly-written crime thriller with easy characters to invest in and a touch of spice. And Rose is a sure-fire not to let you down on any of those qualities.
While there are a lot of characters to get used to at the start, they are all very likeable so it’s easy to distinguish their different personalities early on. Molly and Gabe are especially compelling as the leads, and I enjoyed their chemistry as a possible romance builds up.
There aren’t particularly any big twists in the case, but it’s constantly interesting to follow and there’s always something going on, so the story progresses quickly.
And although it is a 600-page book, which will feel daunting to most readers, the story is largely told through dialogue which makes it quick and easy to read. I personally prefer less dialogue and more detail in my detective thrillers, but I think the constant conversations would make this a really great audiobook as well.
With Quarter To Midnight, it’s easy to see why Karen Rose has such a prolific fanbase. It’s an easy thriller to enjoy, and definitely worth picking up if you like a complex but fast-paced crime with a touch of romantic suspense.
The characters are the biggest standout quality and it is their bond that will keep you turning the pages in this new series, and I’d certainly be interested to read what happens with them next.
Quarter To Midnight by Karen Rose
Series: New Orleans #1
Release Date: 4th August 2022
Print Length: 609 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
Quarter to Midnight is the first thrilling novel in a brand new series by Sunday Times bestselling author Karen Rose, set in New Orleans.
Rocky Hebert walks into his death at quarter to midnight one New Orleans night. His son Gabe cannot accept the official verdict of suicide and enlists the help of the Burke Broussard Private Investigation Agency to discover the real cause of death.
PI Molly Sutton knows what it’s like to lose a father in tragic circumstances and will go to any lengths to crack the investigation, as she tries to fight off her growing feelings for Gabe.
They soon realise Rocky was working on an investigation of his own; one that threatened to expose the deep corruption going all the way to the top of the police department. And that the key to the puzzle lies with a young witness to a murder that happened years earlier: Xavier Morrow.
Just what did Rocky know? And who might have shut him up?
As they get closer and closer to the truth, they realise that the killer is not going to stop at Rocky. And that Xavier is in very real danger. Someone will go to any lengths to protect what he witnessed that night coming out…
About The Author:
Karen Rose was introduced to suspense and horror at the tender age of eight when she accidentally read Poe’s The Pit and The Pendulum and was afraid to go to sleep for years. She now enjoys writing books that make other people afraid to go to sleep. Karen lives in Florida with her family, their cat, Bella, and two dogs, Loki and Freya. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, and her new hobby – knitting.