The Midnight Call
by Jodé Millman
October 3 - November 18th, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
Late one August night, Jessie’s lifelong mentor and friend–and presently a popular, charismatic, and handsome high school teacher–Terrence Butterfield calls. He utters a startling admission: he’s killed someone. He pleads for Jessie’s help, so out of loyalty she rushes to his aid completely unaware that she’s risking her relationship, her career, and her life–and that of her unborn child–to help Terrence.
Does Jessie’s presence at Terrence’s home implicate her in the gruesome murder of the teenage boy found in the basement? Why does Terrence betray Jessie when he has a chance to exonerate her of all charges? Has he been a monster in disguise for all these years?
To reclaim her life and prove her innocence, Jessie must untangle the web of lies and reveal the shocking truths behind the homicide. The quest turns out to be the fight of her life: to preserve everything and everyone she holds dear.
Praise for The Midnight Call:
WINNER OF THE 2020 BRONZE IPPY AWARD, 2020 INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARD FOR SUSPENSE/THRILLER AND THE 2020 AMERICAN FICTION AWARD FOR LEGAL THRILLER.
USA Today Network
"The tricky legal maneuvering intrigues...Millman writes with verve."
"If you like courtroom battles, this legal thriller fits the bill!"
Chanticleer Reviews, Four Star Review. The Midnight Call won First Place in the 2014 CIBAs in the CLUE Awards
"An intriguing courtroom thriller."
Top Shelf Magazine
"Friendship, insanity, the drama of a courtroom, with a touch of romance rounding out the narrative, will have readers struggling to answer the question: What happens after you answer that terrifying midnight call?"
This is a novel about legal activities that emphasizes how the personalities and actions of attorneys affect a case. There is a great deal of relationship drama in the plot and it makes a difference in the court case. There are old love relationships and sexual encounters that have serious consequences on the current legal work. There is a DA who has intense political aspirations and seems to have a no problem ruining the reputation of another. There is a great deal of information about court proceedings in this novel too. We read of thoughts about legal work and strategy.
There is a murder at the beginning but the plot does not really involve police work in solving it. We know the particulars and the unknown is what charges will be made and how the defense will form its case. The emphasis is how the personalities and love interests of those involved affect the case, even to the point of making mistakes. We also see how the personality of the accused could be terribly misunderstood.
This is a novel on legal procedure for readers who like an emphasis on the characters involved and how their personalities determine the manner in which a case is pursued. Perhaps the biggest personality action is Jessie's response to a midnight call. One phone call and one decision changed so much. This is a good debut effort.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Romantic Suspense
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: September 2022
Number of Pages: 400
Series: Queen City Crimes, Book 1
Book Links: Amazon
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HOOKER AVENUE and THE MIDNIGHT CALL, which won the Independent Press, American Fiction, and Independent Publisher Bronze IPPY Awards for Legal Thriller. She’s an attorney, a reviewer for Booktrib.com, the host/producer of The Backstage with the Bardavon podcast, and creator of The Writer’s Law. Jodé lives with her family in the Hudson Valley, where she is at work on the next installment of her “Queen City Crimes” series —novels inspired by true crimes in the region she calls home.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)