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Monday, February 23, 2015

Mocha, Moonlight and Murder by MaryAnn Kempher

Title: Mocha, Moonlight and Murder

Series: Under the Moonlight #1

Author: MaryAnn Kempher

Genre: Adult, Mystery/Romance

Release Date: December 3, 2014

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A midnight food run nearly gets 28-year-old Katherine O’Brian killed. She’s the only person to see the man who brutally murdered a local woman and the killer is hell-bent on making sure she doesn't talk.

Enrolled at the local community college, she meets Scott Mitchell; literally, tall, dark, and handsome. Scott left a broken engagement behind when he moved to Reno and the last thing he needs is more drama. But when he and Katherine are paired for a project, that’s what he gets. It can be very distracting when someone is out to kill your lab partner. There’s definite chemistry, but with a growing friendship and Katherine’s life in danger, romance will have to wait. Together, they’ll try to figure out what the police haven’t been able to—the identity of the killer, before Katherine is his next victim.

Scott and Katherine will face jealousy, misunderstandings, lust, and rivals, not to

mention attempted murder—and all before their first real date.


Although this is book one in MaryAnn Kempher’s Under the Moonlight mystery series, I had actually read book two first as part of a review tour. I liked that book so much; I wanted to read her others.

I enjoy Ms. Kempher’s writing style; she weave’s the points of view from multiple characters throughout the book. One of the things I like best is that the reader doesn’t always know who the character speaking is at that point in the story. In this story, the reader is aware of the two main characters Katherine and Scott, throughout the book, however the other characters who have chapter’s intermingled remain a mystery until close to the end of the story, unless the reader is able to piece it together beforehand. This book was a great who’s who-try to figure it out before the end story with a few twists that I really liked. What I didn’t love so much is, having read book #2 first, I knew about part of the story line and kept waiting for it to be told more fully, but that never happened. Not to be confusing, but I don’t want to give anything away. Suffice it to say, part of the story line in book two, I would have liked to see told more fully in book #1. I give this book 4 stars and look forward to reading book 3.
~~Bookaholic Mama

Author Bio:
MaryAnn Kempher writes mystery with a dash of humor. These books will test your crime solving skills and keep you guessing, and smiling until the very end.

Her books can be read out of order, but she recommends you start with her first, Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder which is a romantic mystery set in Reno NV, then Forever Doomed, which is a murder mystery set on a cruise ship.

Sweet Mystery is her most recent release and another “I did not see that coming.” murder mystery.

MaryAnn lives in Florida with her husband and two children. Her influencers include Janet Evanovich and Agatha Christie.

She is currently working on book number four.

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Other Books in the series:

Forever Doomed:

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