While my mother-in-law was living on the Panhandle of Florida, my husband and I would visit her for several weeks each year. During one of those trips we ventured west to New Orleans for a long weekend. We both fell in love with the three-hundred-year-old city and returned many times for short getaways or an extra week’s vacation. We visited the area about six times before Hurricane Katrina hit and about another half dozen times afterwards. That horrendous storm ten years ago changed the landscape and the residents’ lives forever. But the incredible restoration that has taken place since reminds me of how resilient and generous the human spirit can be.
As a reader, I’ve always loved mysteries in which the setting becomes one of the characters. The French Quarter, along with the swamps and bayous of Lafayette and Terrebonne Parishes, became the perfect location for my romantic suspense, Midnight on the Mississippi.
This ancient portion of New Orleans along the Mississippi River is rich in history, architecture, culture, and tradition. The walled courtyards, wrought-iron balconies, and narrow gas-lit streets practically drip with atmosphere and intrigue. This old city resonates for me on a level I can’t explain. Even though I’ve never lived there, each time I visit it feels like coming home.
Midnight on the Mississippi: When a new PI teams up with a New Orleans stockbroker accused of murder, blackmail, death threats, and danger swirl around them like the mysterious dark water of the bayou.
Mary Ellis has written twelve award-winning novels set in the Amish community and several historical romances set during the Civil War.
Before “retiring” to write full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate, a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits. She enjoys traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming, and lives in Ohio with her husband, dog and cat. She can be found on the web at: www.maryellis.net or https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Mary-Ellis/126995058236
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