Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: PERFIDY - A Circle City Mystery by Michele (M.E.) May


By M.E. May

ISBN-10: 1494461919
ISBN-13: 978-1494461911

M&B Literary Creations
Paperback: 238 pages
February 2014, $13.95
Harlequin July 2015


Perfidy – noun
Deliberate breach of faith or trust; faithlessness; treachery

Mandy Stevenson left home for college even as her family was being torn apart by the loss of her brother, an Indianapolis police officer. But now, four years later, it’s time to return and face the grief and hardships she left behind.

As summer fades, Mandy finds herself in a nightmare when her mother vanishes without a trace. Faced with her father’s skepticism, Mandy turns to her godfather, head of the police department’s Missing Persons Unit, for help. The police investigation quickly uncovers her mother’s secret, nefarious lifestyle – a lifestyle that may have cost her mother everything – including her life.

Just as these secrets begin to unfold, Mandy’s world is again turned upside down by the murder of a dear friend. She soon realizes that his murder may be connected to her mother’s disappearance.

How much grief from personal loss and duplicity can she bear? Will uncovering the most perfidious betrayal of all turn Mandy’s life to bitterness – or end it?


May has created a riveting suspense enmeshed with police procedures that often frustrate, childhood friends, business partners, and for Mandy, a hint of romance. The only person Mandy ever trusted was her brother Charlie, who died years before in the line of duty, and then her friend Alex. As the betrayals and double-dealings unfold, the similarities of these murders to Charlie's and the duplicity, infidelity, and deceit uncovered are consistent with the meaning of "perfidy."

I read this in two sittings, both times staying up too late. The pace is quick and murders and funerals come one after the other. The inter-relationships of the characters are woven gradually and when revealed make sense as does the identity of the murder.  I liked Mandy as a stubborn and smart protagonist. Characters of Mel and Freeman are strong supporting characters. I hope we see more of them in the future. I've added INCONSPICUOUS (the second in the series) to my TBR list.

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.
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Michele May

M. E. May lives in the Far Northwest Suburbs of Chicago with her husband, Paul, and their white Husky, Iris. Born in Indianapolis, she spent most of her years there or in a suburban town near there. Although she has physically moved away, her heart still lives in her hometown. She has a son, daughter, and four wonderful grandsons living in central Indiana.

She attended Indiana University in Kokomo, Indiana, studying Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her interest in the psychology of humans sparked the curiosity to ask why they commit such heinous acts upon one another. Other interests in such areas as criminology and forensics have moved her to put her vast imagination to work writing crime fiction that is as accurate as possible. In doing so, she depicts societal struggles that pit those who understand humanity with those who are lost in a strange and dangerous world of their own making.

In creating the Circle City Mystery Series, she brings to life fictional characters who work diligently to bring justice to victims of crime in the city of Indianapolis. Michele also hopes her readers will witness through her eyes, the wonderful city she calls her hometown. Learn more about Michele at

Other titles by M.E. May:

Perfidy (Circle City Mystery, Book 1) – winner of the 2013 Lovey award for Best First Novel

Inconspicuous (Circle City Mystery, Book 2) – nominee for the 2014 Lovey award for Best Suspense novel

Ensconced (Circle City Mystery, Book 3)

Purged (Circle City Mystery, Book 4)

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