Review of Death At The Midnight Dragonfly (11/10/17)

Death At The Midnight Dragonfly

A Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery, Book #3

Susan Boyles

5 Stars


On the fourth day of Christmas,

In Mercy, Mississippi….


Four suspects lying,

Three sleuths a sleuthing

Two clues a hiding

And a very, very dead body.


It’s the Christmas season in Mercy, Mississippi. But things are far from jolly.

For Vlad Templeton the sleepy little town where he spent his childhood provides the perfect place to conduct his state funded sleep study. But when the local bank manager, who was participating in the study, is found dead on his doorstep, is it a set up…or is Vlad somehow involved?

But, when someone makes an attempt on Lily Gayle’s and Dixie’s life, the two realize they better move fast….or they might end up sleeping forever.  (Amazon)



The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I love all the genteel Southern women in this book, or at least that is the way they try to present themselves.  In reality, they are a bunch of sassy, feisty and curious women.  They love to gossip and they feel the need to be in everyone else’s business.  And when there is a murder to solve, all bets are off.  I really enjoyed the relationship and interactions between Lily Gayle and Dixie. You can tell they are friends from way back and they would do anything for each other. They may call each other out if necessary but when push comes to shove, they have each other’s backs.  I also enjoyed the relationship between Lily Gayle and her cousin Ben, the County Sheriff.  Their bickering and banter provided a lot of humor to the story.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author has a way with writing and she pulls you in at the beginning of the book and does not let you go until the very end.   

She is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place.   I enjoyed the small town southern setting and Mercy Mississippi is definitely a place I would like to visit. The mystery was well plotted and had enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that it was not easy to solve.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  With a great cast of characters, a cozy southern setting and a well plotted mystery, what is not to like?