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Midnight Confessions (Random House Large Print) Hardcover – Large Print, Jul 2004

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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Large Print Publishing; Lrg edition (July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375432604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375432606
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.3 x 24.1 cm

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A suspenseful murder mystery set in historic New Orleans. 17 Nov. 2005
By N. A. Genovese - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Candice Proctor has beautifully weaved a suspenseful murder mystery set in 1862 New Orleans at the time it was occupied by enemy union soldiers under the command of General Benjamin Butler during the Civil War. Emmanuelle de Beauvais, French born and widowed, hates the union soldiers who have taken over her city.

The story begins with Emmanuelle and friend, Dr. Henri Santerre, visiting deceased relatives' tombs in the now famous St. Louis Cemetery. While there, Henri Santerre is murdered by a bolt shot from a crossbow.

Major Zachary X. Cooper, U. S. Cavalry, is assigned by General Benjamin Butler to investigate the murder. Zach Cooper wears the uniform and serves the war Emmanuelle abhors.

Being the sole witness to the murder, Zach interviews Emmanuelle. As the investigation progresses, the body count and the number of suspects increase. As enemies on opposite sides of the war, Emmanuelle's and Zach's mutual distrust keep complicating the budding romance that is trying to take root. As the distrust is slowly and painfully peeled away layer by layer, the sexual tension between them slowly escalates until they can no longer contain their long denied urges and desires.

Emmanuelle and Zach are realistically portrayed as dynamic characters who have deep seated demons with which they must grapple and closely guarded secrets which they must not allow to be revealed. Even the secondary characters are interesting, exciting, and realistic. My favorite is Captain Hamish Fletcher, a tall man "with a flowing mane of fiery hair and a splendid pair of handlebar mustaches" who served as a New York City police officer before the war. Captain Hamish is Zach's assistant in the murder investigation and serves as Zach's fact gatherer, gopher, and conscience and provides comic relief when the tension has mounted.

Every page is filled with suspense and intrigue and most chapters end with exciting cliffhangers that held me captive from the very first page to the absolute last page. Two-thirds of the way through the book, the plot reveals surprises that escalate an already suspenseful and exciting murder mystery to a new and higher level. Candice Proctor is truly "A Consummate Storyteller" as the book's cover describes her. This is the third book that I've read by Candice Proctor and it's not going to be the last. I can't wait to start the next one.

If you like murder mysteries, historical romance, suspense romance, or just a plain old good read, Midnight Confessions will satisfy. I highly recommend it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A good read 31 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was my first Candice Proctor book and I was pleasantly surprised. However, I wish she would have concentrated more on their romance than who killed who. Before I knew it, he was in love with her and he was much too understanding about the constant lying she did to him. There was a lot of beating around the bush when he was trying to get to the bottom of the murders also. Nobody would give him a straight answer and again, I thought he was much too understanding for being a provost marshal. But the story was good and I'm looking forward to reading more of her books.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
powerful Civil War police procedural romance 8 Jun. 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Whodunit In New Orleans 3 July 2002
By Nisha Glasgow - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ms. Proctor's books are generally well-written, her heroes are enigmatic and wounded, her heroines are complex and strong. In this suspenseful tale, we are given a rare glimpse into the world of Old New Orleans.
It kept me wondering who amongst the characters was the true killer and it may take you to the last few pages before you have an inkling of who it really is. I liked the way Ms. Proctor weaved the intricate tapestry of the Creole lifestyle and that of the Civil War time period together. The whole book has a nostalgic feel to it, almost reminded me of how I felt when I'd first read Gone With The Winds.
The only drawback I could see to this book is that the heroine lacks a certain depth to her and I couldn't get that feeling of being close to her. I didn't like her as much as I liked the other heroines from Night in Eden and September Moon.
It is still worth a read though it wont join Night in Eden and September Moon on my keeper shelf.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Still a memorable romance, but her characters have evolved 7 Mar. 2003
By S. K. Leggate - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have always admired Candice Proctor's abilit to write an acurate historical account of an era. Throguh the use of her characters she is able to lead the reader into the world as it was in that particullar time and place. She is a talented story teller who uses colorful discription to create "real" characters to tell her story.
Emmanuelle de Beauvais, a widowed single mother and a woman who goes against the social grain of the time by quietly practicing as a doctor, hates the Union forces who have occupied New Orleans. Zachary Cooper, a Union provost marshal, is called to investigate a murder in which Emmanuella is not only the only known witness, but also the prime suspect. Emmanuelle while knowing she is a suspect, and trying to answer all of the questions Cooper throws at her without giving away too much of her own past and identity has questions of her own. The biggest being whether the arrow that killed her collegue and friend had actually been meant for her. Her fear intensifies when other friends, also associated with the hospital, are murdered. Of course this only makes Cooper veiw her as an even stronger suspect.
Proctor uses a few phrases a few times to many, but despite this she is in top form. This novel has it all. Romantic involvment that isn't your run of the mill variety, coupled with characters you can love, respect and beleive in make this a must read.
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