Know the whole story. Act Two: Magnolia Steele Mystery #2 is (as the title indicates) the second book in the series. I started reading this series out of order and I wish I would have had time to read Center Stage first. This backwards approach resulted in me not fully understanding a lot of the background information that is referenced from book #1. The 4 stars it was given is in part because it took me a few chapters to get up to speed and hooked into the story. I hope to go back and read Center Stage so it can properly lead me into Act Two as Denise planned for it to do.
Be constantly off guard. Denise has written a solid story with some interesting characters, but more importantly, she seamlessly weaving two mysteries together throughout the book. I’m suspicious that there is a connection between the two besides the fact that they both involve Magnolia. Even when the story climaxes to a resolution that supposedly “solves” the mystery, I was still looking critically at a number of the characters. I truly doubt we have uncovered the real answer to the mystery. The story ended with the right amount of suspense and questions left unanswered, plus the connection between Magnolia and her love interest, Brady, appears to have strengthened.
Have so many unanswered questions that you have to read the next book. Denise did a great job of getting me committed to Magnolia and to finding out the actual answers to who killed her father and who, to this day is threatening her to keep her silent. Call Back, book #3 in the Magnolia Steele Mystery Series is scheduled for release February 28, 2017. The series is worth seeing through to the end and I look forward to it being published.