Saturday, July 15, 2017

Book Review: Midnight Curse by Melissa F. Olson

Midnight Curse
Author: Melissa F. Olson
Series: Disrupted Magic Book 1
Publication: 47North (February 7, 2017)

Description: Scarlett Bernard is used to cleaning up messes. As a human who cancels out any magic around her, Scarlett’s job is to keep the supernatural world hidden—at any cost.

But on the eve of the Vampire Trials, a two-day tribunal that allows the otherworldly community to air their grievances, Scarlett receives a blood-soaked message from Molly, her estranged former roommate. Molly, a vampire, had been living with twelve human college students…and in one terrible night, she slaughtered them all.

Scarlett believes Molly’s been set up, but no one else in the Old World agrees with her. Meanwhile, the true perpetrator is determined to make sure Molly goes on trial for the massacre—and the penalty is death.

With less than two days to prove her friend’s innocence, Scarlett calls on former LAPD detective Jesse Cruz to help her dig into Molly’s past. But no one—Molly included—wants Scarlett and Jesse to bring the terrible truth to light.

My Thoughts: Scarlett Bernard is back. She is still cleaning up messes for the Old World. She has been living with Eli - a werewolf - for some time and she's happy but he's pushing for marriage and she isn't sure that is what she wants. When she gets a call from Molly who was a vampire roommate of hers a few years in the past, she goes to see what the problem is.

After Molly asked Scarlett to leave because Scarlett was too much of a trouble magnet for her, the two lost track of each other. Now Scarlett answers her call and finds her surrounded by her twelve roommates. It looks like Molly killed them all and gorged on their blood. Scarlett is used to cleaning up messes but this one is a little more than she usually has to handle. What makes it worse is that Molly told her that she was forced to do it.

With the Trials set to begin in just a day, Scarlett has to find out what really happened with Molly or let her go to trial where she will almost certainly be condemned to death. Molly goes to Jesse for some help though she hasn't seen him for years either. Jesse's life was also changed by his contact with Scarlett and the Old World. He is now longer with the police, married and divorced, and became a best-selling author when he wrote his story. Working with Scarlett will finally let him quit with the pity-party that his life has become.

I liked seeing Scarlett and Jesse again. I liked the action and the mystery. I liked Scarlett's unusual dog Shadow. This was a fast-paced story that kept me guessing up until the end.

Favorite Quote:
"They said I could--"

"What? Look for clues?" he said, his tone derisive. "Dashiell has about as much faith in your crime-solving abilities as I have in Scooby-Doo's. He might have moved Molly's trial until tomorrow night, but think about what he didn't do. He didn't mobilize his security team to help you, or delay the Trials for a few nights, or even put the word out for vampires to be on their guard against the boundary witch. Because he expects you to fail."
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.


  1. Oo! I've not tried her books. It sounds like a very good time. It's been too long since I've read a new PNR author.

  2. New author new book for me. Thanks for the review.


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