The Dead of Midnight
By Catherine Hunter
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312308384, 368pp.)
Publication Date: September 2002
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Members of the Mystery au Lait Café book club can't get enough of the Midnight Mystery Series-until the books' terrifying crimes begin to happen for real in the quiet town where the club meets. Someone is imitating the Midnight Mystery murders and killing off the book club, one member at a time. Meanwhile, sales of the series skyrocket as attention is drawn to the books and to the club where the craze began.
When both the ex-wife and current girlfriend of local musician Peter Petursson are terrorized, many conclude that Peter's is the cruel hand behind the reenactments. But there are still leads to follow and evidence to be gathered . . .
Perhaps one of the book club members has a twisted side that just hasn't
shown itself over coffee and cookies at the meetings. Maybe the café owner is willing to lose a few loyal customers in exchange for a flurry of new ones. Or maybe the publisher simply knows good publicity when he sees it.
Catherine Hunter is a poet who teaches English at the University of Winnipeg in Canada.