Death at the Midnight Dragonfly By Susan Boles: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

Jan 13, 2018 | 2018 Articles, Kathleen Costa, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Kathleen Costa

This week we have a review of the latest mystery by Susan Boles, along with a guest post by Susan about New Year’s Resolutions and a recipe! Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win either an ebook or print copy of Death at the Midnight Dragonfly, and a link to purchase it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

Death at the Midnight Dragonfly: A Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery By Susan Boles
Review by Kathleen Costa

Susan Boles first published the Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery series with Death of the Wolfman (August 2016), then continued with Cherry Cake and a Cadaver (March 2017). She gives us a delightful southern town with pitchers of sweet tea, beauty shop hang outs, and everybody in everybody’s business. The colorful characters are deeply attached to each other having clever, humorous, and often contentious banter. The mysteries are page turners from secrets kept by the well-to-do family to secrets about a talented local bakery owner, and continuing, yes, with more secrets in the newest release of Death at the Midnight Dragonfly (November 2017). You will love joining the residents of Mercy, Mississippi, for a pitcher of sweet tea, sitting on the porch and enjoying an afternoon of juicy gossip. “So, what’s been happening today, Miss Edna?”book

I am thrilled to add my thumbs up to another great mystery with some favorite characters created by Susan Boles…It’s Christmas in Mercy, Mississippi, and everyone Throw in a holiday twist! Lily Gayle’s Christmas spirit is a bit muted. She witnessed an argument between her BFF Daisy and husband, and then the local bank manager Tom Hammond stumbling and become ill, assumed as too much reverie and Miss Edna’s punch. This seems tame, until the next day when Lily Gayle is set to meet up with a childhood friend staying at the Midnight Dragonfly B&B. She runs into the police investigating murder…the bank manager is dead (Why not…money always seems a big motive for murder), and the evidence points to Daisy’s husband. It is very personal now, and no one will stop her from finding the truth.

Again Susan Boles has penned an entertaining murder mystery sprinkled with pure southern fun. It was to see the final motive revealed, and I was thrilled to have my ‘could it be’ right on the button. However, the reason for my fan status is the entertaining, if not purely Southern, set of characters who add humor and a lot of meddling. Although I enjoy following Lily Gayle and her amateur sleuthing efforts to protect her friends and family, my favorite is senior citizen Miss Edna. I am a regular fan having read the first two books, but for newbies it might improve your experience by reading them first to better understand background and character connections. But, don’t…don’t shy away from this book! It is well worth the time.

Everyone enjoys the little extras, and Susan makes sure along with sprinkling through the story southern ways and lifestyle, she provides some delicious easy-to-follow recipes. First, from one of her fans, we get Jeannie D’s Banana Strawberry Bread. Next she includes Hummingbird Cake which I learned is a banana-pineapple spice cake common in the Southern United States. Last, what a treat! We get two recipes inspired by Harley Ann’s jams, who dreams of having a food truck. Miss Edna voices some disapproval as she usually does, “What is the completely inappropriate name you want to call it?” Cleverly, “Jammin’!“ Harley Ann answers. “Because I’ll be usin’ my own jam recipes to flavor most of the food I’m going to serve.” Makes delicious sense! Enjoy Jammin’ Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Cream Frosting and Jammin’ Meatball Sub with Peach Bourbon Glaze.

Death at the Midnight Dragonfly earns 5/5 Sprigs of Mistletoe…Sans the Murder!

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.

New Year’s Resolution Susan Boles Style

New Year’s resolutions. We make them, then we hate them. I’ve made a lot of New Year’s resolutions over the years. And, like a lot of people, failed to follow through on them. Then, I feel bad about it. Here we go ’round in circles.
Fast forward to the next New Year’s Eve and there I am again, making those darn resolutions. Usually about weight. Sigh.

This year I decided NO MORE resolutions. They leave a negative taste because I’ve failed at so many over the years. This year I decided to make some lifestyle changes. I know. I know. Different words. Same thing. Right? And maybe that’s true, but lifestyle changes don’t have that feeling of futility about it.


Susan Boles

I want to lose thirty pounds. BUT, I did not make a resolution to do that. I made a lifestyle change decision to make healthier food choices. I am focusing on the steps/changes needed to lose weight rather than losing weight. And I did not set a date for losing the weight. So, no deadline staring me in the face. As an author with a full time day job, I have enough deadlines in my life already.

I believe that choosing healthier foods on a regular basis will lead to the weight loss, and by not setting a particular date, I don’t need to feel horrible guilt if I occasionally eat a bowl of ice cream or a banana nut muffin while eating healthier most days.

I’ve also chosen a key word for the year. Yes, it’s a new fad. But it seems pretty positive, and, I believe, will help me to focus. My word is perseverance. It applies not only to my healthier lifestyle changes, but also to my books. I plan to continue to write and publish books with the ultimate goal of being able to write books full time.

It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. And treating it that way will lead to better success no matter what you decide your vision of the future may be. You don’t need more goals, you need better habits.



6 Eggs
2 Tbsp. Mayo
2 tsp. Yellow Mustard
1/2 to 1 tsp. Dill Pickle Juice
Salt & Pepper to taste
Paprika for tops

Place 6 eggs in a 2 quart pot with enough water to cover eggs and bring to boil
Remove from heat 12 to 15 minutes later. Boiling eggs too long will result in a dark ring round the yolk
Drain hot water and place boiled eggs in ice bath for about 10 minutes
Remove each egg from ice bath and peel. Hold egg under slightly warm water from faucet to makes peeling easier
Slice peeled eggs in half lengthwise
Scoop out yolks into mixing bowl
Add mayo and mustard to yolks and mash well with a fork
Add dill pickle juice a little at at time until you reach the taste you like
Add salt and pepper to taste
Scoop mixture into egg halves with a teaspoon
Sprinkle tops with paprika
Place on deviled egg plate, cover with Saran wrap and chill in refrigerator
Decorate with parsley sprigs.

To enter to win either an ebook or print copy of Death at the Midnight Dragonfly, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “dragonfly,” or comment on this article and please state whether you want print or ebook. A winner will be chosen January 20, 2018. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address and state whether you want print or ebook.

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A graduate of McNairy Central High School in Selmer, Tennessee and Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee, Susan is now a resident of Olive Branch, Mississippi. Susan’s love of reading in general and Agatha Christie specifically led her to begin her own writing career with such books as “Sins of the Mother,” a dark historical novel based loosely on a great-great grandmother, and then to the award winning Lily Gayle Lambert cozy mystery series set in the fictional town of Mercy, Mississippi.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases using those links. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.


  1. Sounds like a good read, have never read anything by this author and the recipe made me hungry! Must be time for lunch!

  2. I don’t do hard line resolutions but i try to keep in mind things I want to change in the new years. One is to be more organized and to declutter.

  3. I would love a print copy if I am lucky enough to win. Thank for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

  4. I like southern mysteries and recipes add the icing on the cake!

  5. A new to me author and series but sounds very interesting and I am always willing to read a Christmas themed mystery at any time of the year.

  6. I would love a book either one print or ebook, it sounds like something I would love to read. Thanks for opportunity

  7. I like your word for the yr. and making healthy changes instead of resolutions. The book looks really great too–ty for the chance to win it.

  8. Sounds terrific! I’d love to win a print copy. Thanks!

  9. Love the deviled egg recipe.
    It’s much like the one my
    mother used – and they are
    delicious. Sounds like
    a good book. going to
    get the first one so I get
    a head-start on the series.

  10. Decluttering is my word for the New Year and organizing…I love Southern Mysteries and deviled eggs are one of my top favorites…should I be lucky and win I would like an ebook.

  11. Love this series & author. I would like a print book.

  12. I have this book on my TBR list and I’m really looking forward to reading the book.

  13. I try to come up with different resolutions every year!every thanksgiving I make deviled eggs! I love them! I haven’t had the pleasure of reading this series! I would be so excited to win!
    I would love a print book please!!

  14. Sounds like a fun read from this new-to-me author! Thanks for the great review and a chance to win a copy of the book!
    kimdavishb (at) gmail dot com

  15. I would love a print copy of your book. It looks so good. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

  16. Loved reading New Year’s Resolution Susan Boles Style as well as the wonderful sounding recipe.

    That was the icing on the cake because I’d love to read “Death at the Midnight Dragonfly” which sounds amazing.

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  17. We have a winner!


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