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Darker than Midnight (Mordecai Young #3)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  849 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Some people will do anything—and kill anyone—to keep their secrets locked away.

Michael "River" Corbett—Confined in the state mental hospital and heavily drugged since the death of his wife, River cannot remember what truly happened the night he was arrested for her murder. But now someone is trying to kill him, and he is forced to run for his life. A fugitive from the law
Paperback, 392 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Mira Books
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My initial impression was that the author was not using words that she uses in everyday life. You can sort of tell when authors reach beyond their comfort zone and try and 'talk' in a manner that is not their usual. But I was able to overlook that for the most part.

Red herrings. I hate them and this book essentially provided us with a whole net of them. From the outset this person was made to look like the killer. Everything pointed to them. Even when the new baddie was revealed it was like some
4 stars. Book 3 in the Mordecai Young Trilogy.

This is by far my favorite in this series. More suspenseful, more plot, more character development, more mystery (although veterans of romantic suspense will figure out the “who done it” way ahead of time).

Michael “River” Corbett used to be a cop. Until he got shot in the head one day and started experiencing black outs where he remembers nothing. Apparently during one of his black outs he killed his wife and unborn baby in a house fire. He was lock
as i was reading this book, i thought how thrilling it was. afterward, looking back, i realized that there were inconsistencies. river corbett is supposed to be very weak from overdoses of medicine and exposure, yet he pulls lieutenant cassandra jackson, a.k.a. jax, out of the hole in the icy pond. she befriends him, a fugitive, which should have resulted in her not getting the police chief position in blackberry, vermont, but also being drummed out as a policewoman entirely. adultery is happeni ...more
Cassandra “Jax” Jackson goes to Blackberry, VT after being offered the job as the new Chief of Police. Who said small towns are sleepy? When an escaped mental patient saves her from drowning, Jax makes it her mission to clear him of the murder of his wife and unborn child.

Michael “River” Corbett used to be a hero at the NYPD, but after taking a bullet to the brain, he suffers from blackouts and missing time. Did he really kill his pregnant wife? He doesn’t remember. With Jax’s help, he intends
This is an intensely gripping, edge of your seat book that you'll have troubled putting down. That doesn't mean that it's good, though.

The vast majority of the plot and sub-plots contained in Darker than Midnight work because of one of two things: people being very lucky or people being incompetent and not thinking things through. Both of which are really bad traits in detective fiction which is sort of what this is, the main characters are cops after all and the whole story is driven by a "who
Lieutenant Jackson "Jax" has always been self reliant and one tough lady, but in her newest job, she might need more help than she even thinks. "River" Corbett is a decorated ex-cop who happens to be in a mental institution for the murder of his wife, but after a series of events sends him out the door in a dead orderlies uniform, he tries not to need the help of any stranger, little lone a cops. Together they are trying to unravel the events that sent River over the edge.

This being the third bo
I just happened to see this book featured at a local bookstore, and thought I'd give a try-- I'm really glad I did. This was the first novel I have ever read by Maggie Shayne, but it will certainly not be the last. I was somewhat surprised to find out Shayne has written over 40 novels-- she does come accross as a seasoned storyteller in her writing, but the characters have such a "that-could-be-me-or-my-friend" everyday appeal to them. This book isn't actually a sequal, however there are charact ...more
28yo heroine is about to start her new job as police chief in a small VT town in 2 weeks when she stumbles upon mental-hospital escaped convict in her new house. Former NYPD cop Hero is desperate to find the truth about whether he killed his pregnant wife or not. He returns to their former house in a drug-induced state due to the mix of psychotropic drugs his psychiatrist friend has been giving him for a year but finds heroine living there. Heroine is convinced of his innocence after reviewing h ...more
Wow! talk about a tense, haunting, page turning read!!!

From back cover:

"Some people will do anything - and kill anyone - to keep their secrets locked away.

Michael "River" Corbett - Confined in the state mental hospital and heavily drugged since the death of his wife, River cannot remember what truly happened the night he was arrested for her murder. But now someone is trying to kill him, and he is forced to run for his life. A fugitive from the law and from someone who wants him dead, all he wan
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Heather  *not ready for winter*
3rd and final book in the Mordecai Young series.

Lieutenant Jackson aka Jax finally has her own book. We still see some of our fav characters from the two previous books. Dawn is back so is Bryan, Beth and Josh. We also get Jax's back story as well as a new main character the escaped mental patinet River.

This book has so many things going on some might get lost but it is a crazy ride from start to finish. Right off the bat you get emotional drama of Jax back story that plays right along with wha
I'm done with Maggie Shayne. This book had an interesting premise, but the plotline was unbelievable. Multiple law enforcement people with lots of experience and the story is resolved by a teenager who communicates with the dead. This is the second book by this author that dabbled in this area, so I won't read anything else by her. That being said, it's a quick, easy read.
Tracy Walters
After reading all 3 of the Mordecai Young series books, I felt that this was the best one by far. The story was quite interesting (although I figured out the killer in the first 1/3 of the book). I really enjoyed the characters Jax and River and the intensity of their attraction for each other. It was interesting to see how Dawn chose to deal with her "gift" from her father which leads me to think there will be a 4th book coming up in the series or a new series based on Dawn. One thing that I th ...more
Aug 18, 2008 julia rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: my mom
First off, I hate cutsy nicknames. Why is this employed so vigorously in these types of book? secondly, i read this to better understand the market that some people in my writers circle are shooting for. The writing is rudimentary at best (its like a suspense + romance novel). There was one sentence that had me cracking up all morning. After a judge reviews a second opinion on a mental health issue, he says:

"Dr. Cameron! That's a very famous psychitrist!"

whole backstory right there. These types
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I have been chipping away at this series, not in order, but it was still easy to get whatwas going on. I liked the pacing of this novel - it was a good blend of excitement and romance. I agree with another reviewer that it was pretty easy to figure out who the villain was but I didn't really see this as a who dun it but more of how is River going to get out of his predicament. I liked all the main characters and their interaction with one another. I also thought River and Jax were a good couple ...more
Kept me hanging until the last sentence.

I would recommend this book to readers who love suspense, as well as romance. I read all three books of the series and enjoyed everyone of them.
Darker Than Midnight, book three from the Mordecai Young series, is another great novel by Maggie Shayne.

River Corbett can’t remember if he killed his wife. He has repeated blackouts that make him lose time from his memory. Someone doesn’t want him to remember though. River finds refuge and an ally with Jax Jackson, the cop who helped Dawn and Beth from Mordecai’s treachery. Dawn’s been hiding a secret. When Mordecai died, she received his gift for seeing spirits. Each one plays a part in findi
It wasn't a bad story, but I figured out the ending way before the main characters did, which is always a flaw in a good mystery as far as I'm concerned.
Marilyn Heyman
An enjoyable mystery with a good romance. I especially enjoyed the paranormal aspects of this book.
I will be reading more of Maggie Shayne! Awesome book! Great writing, lots of never ending twists and turns and a tear jerker ending to boot which is rare for me. Glad I picked it up at the library and gave it a shot. Police women Jax finds a man River escaped from the mental ward since the death of his wife that he was accused of in her new home.She desides to help him try to remember. Her friend dawn is haunted by ghosts and trying to deal with her curse or is it a gift? I don't want to spoil ...more
didnt finish
Jul 17, 2011 Drucilla rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I liked this one better than the previous entry in the series. The story was awesome. The thriller/suspense essence is really there. You really feel that the characters are in danger. I actually found myself wanting that more than any romance in the plot. The characters are cool too. The author did a good job of working in characters found in the previous two novels into this book, which is something that not all series writers are good at.
Alicia  Gordon
I Love this book and the characters! the only thing I didn't like was how every character seemed to talk the same. Like all of them having the same speaking style, if that makes sense. Actually that really bothers me because, It makes it sound to much like a story being told to me rather than me being there and watching everything first-hand. I like to sometimes forget I'm even reading...but still I loved the book :]
Sep 10, 2008 Teresa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008
This book wasn't nearly as scary as it claimed but it was still quite suspenseful. Kept me hooked until the end...even though I had the ending figured more or less well before the book ended. The two main characters have great chemistry.
I thought this was good in that it kept my attention all the way through and had some suspenseful parts, but it was also a little on the cheesy side and there were parts that were so incredibly unbelievable.
Julie Anne Gniadek
Overall this story was really interesting, but I thought it could have been written a little bit better. The story overall was very engaging, but somewhat predictable. All in all, not bad of a read.
personally I think this was a nice way to end the Mordecai Young series and leave Dawn open for showing up in book 3 of shadow falls. not my favorite of the series but still a good read.
JoAnn Ainsworth
Couldn’t get into this story so stopped trying. Don’t know if it was just me with an off day or the structure of the story. Will put it aside for a month or so and try again.
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