Murder on the Geneva Express

A Mac and Millie Mystery

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
166 Pages
Reviewed on 11/14/2023
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Author Biography

I have spent my life in the study of story from riveting novels to the slam-bang action-packed world of comics to the examination of film history, I have spent a lifetime learning and examining the elements that make a story incredible. This steadfast dedication has led me to write stories of my own.

I am married and with a son, I have a great love of family. I hope that you enjoy my bestselling books that mash genres from thrillers to science fiction to fantasy!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

In Murder on the Geneva Express by JB Michaels, Peter Rickman's brother Danny stumbles upon a gruesome scene on a commuter train, turning Mac O'Malley into the main suspect in a murder. Simultaneously, Constable Greene from the magical world responds to an alarm related to forbidden magic use with a crimson skull symbol, escalating the mystery. Mac seeks guidance from his partner, Millie, as they attempt to clear his name while evading Constable Greene's relentless pursuit. Their investigation takes them to Peter Rickman's workplace, uncovering clues, including a mysterious note, and raising concerns as Millie's wand vibrates unexpectedly. As the tension heightens, they seek help from Millie's family and fight to eradicate Mac's prime suspect status and the increasing danger they face.

Urgency and pacing that barrels forward perfectly make Murder on the Geneva Express by JB Michaels one of the most exhilarating fantasy thrillers, with Mac and Millie being hunted down and Mac targeted as a prime suspect in a murder case. The elements of magic add an additional layer to the plot in Michaels's novel through wielders, wands, and dark magic, and the Constabulary and the Coven in a well-structured fantasy world with its own rules and challenges. Still, it is the depth of emotion and camaraderie between Mac and Millie and their complex relationship that make up the solid foundation so necessary in a series. This realism in character dynamics is the key to the balanced, well-rounded storyline that Michaels understands and executes so well. The writing is clean and tight, the social structure in the magic realm and real world is defined, and the mystery-slash-accusations against Mac that force the duo into a unique situation are flawless. Very highly recommended.

Edith Wairimu

A couple races against magical forces and the police to solve a perplexing murder case in the absorbing mystery novel, Murder on the Geneva Express: A Mac and Millie Mystery by JB Michaels. Just one month before his wedding day, Mac O’Malley becomes a prime suspect in a murder case. On a trip to celebrate his brother’s bachelor party, Peter Rickman is discovered dead on a train by his brother. Shocked and angry, Danny instantly blames Mac for Peter’s death after he notices Mac holding a cane while standing close to Peter. A fast-paced race follows as Mac and his fiancée try to uncover the truth and absolve Mac of the crime. But the cops are after them and, worse still, they have to outrun the Constabulary that suspects Mac of using Dark Magic.

From the opening scene to the end, Michaels maintains the tension that drives the story, creating a thrilling chase with many unexpected turns. The magical and real elements of the mystery are deftly intertwined. The supernatural owls that chase the couple and other fantasy aspects add intrigue to the story. I liked that the couple was creative and quickly worked to solve the murder case and exonerate Mac. The story took new turns that I enjoyed and which also took me by surprise. Murder on the Geneva Express by JB Michaels is a fascinating mystery with shocking twists and gripping scenes that fans of murder mysteries will find enthralling. It is a great addition to the Mac and Millie Mystery series.

Olga Markova

Murder on the Geneva Express: A Mac and Millie Mystery by JB Michaels is an exhilarating blend of crime fiction and magical fantasy. Peter Rickman, a salesman with a private equity investment firm in Chicago, is returning from his brother’s bachelor party on an express train heading for Geneva, a quaint town near Chicago. Suddenly, Peter collapses on the walkway and dies. Seeing Peter collapse, a former police officer, Mac O’Malley, dashes up to help Peter and becomes the prime suspect. Millie Paderson, Mac’s fiancée, mystery-solving partner, and a capable witch who graduated from Upper Magic Academy, suspects that the murderer used Dark Magic. Bewitched combat, twirling magic wands, magic light shields, and magic spells are Mac’s and Millie’s tools, but will they find who murdered Peter?

Murder on the Geneva Express was my first meet-and-greet with JB Michaels’ award-winning Mac and Millie bestseller series, and it read perfectly well as a standalone. The fast-paced suspense and the atmospheric cozy mystery setting sprinkled with magical stunts and sparkling humor kept me spellbound from the first to the last page. My favorite quote from this enchanting mystery is: “Magic is effective, but it’s unpredictable.” Mac and Millie’s mission proves this. Millie’s magic wand made me say "Wow," and Mac sticking his tongue out at the Constable owls pursuing him made my day! The captivating plot perfectly balances action with the depth of the characters, and I am unable to fault any aspect of this ingeniously crafted mystery. I highly recommend it to crime fiction, thriller, and fantasy fans.

Amy Raines

Murder On The Geneva Express: A Mac and Millie Mystery is written by JB Michaels. Danny was supposed to get married over the weekend. Peter, his brother and best man, was murdered while on the train in downtown Chicago. Mac O’Malley, a man with a cane, is a suspect in the murder. Mac, a hero of a cop, was asleep during the crime but found blood on the head of his cane when he woke up to the commotion. A notice of forbidden magic being used around the time of the murder gives Mac and Millie reason to wonder who committed the murder and why he was being framed for it. Will Mac be able to prove his innocence with so much evidence against him?

I absolutely loved Murder On The Geneva Express! Once I got started, I was so excited to see what would happen next that I couldn’t put it down. The characters are unique and drive the plot through the search for evidence. My favorite thing about this book is how JB Michaels folded magic into the story and made it work so well. This book is an action-packed thrill ride of a crime story that will entertain readers and leave them wanting more. It is definitely a one-of-a-kind sort of story. I recommend Murder On The Geneva Express to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced, quick read that is the perfect mix of solving crimes with a twist of magic thrown in. I look forward to more stories by Michaels with Mac and Millie leading the way to the next turn.

Kimberlee J Benart

Murder on the Geneva Express: A Mac and Millie Mystery is Book 6 in the cozy magical mystery series by JB Michaels. On a late-night commuter train, a group of slumbering men are returning from a bachelor party. Peter, the groom’s brother, slumps to the floor, dead and bleeding. The groom wakes to find Mac standing nearby with a cane in his hand, assumes the worst, and attacks him. Fleeing the scene, Mac calls his fiancée Millie for help. At the same time, the local magic constabulary is alerted that deadly black magic has been detected. Constable Greene is dispatched to find the source. Sought by both the regular cops and the constabulary, Mac and Millie must work fast to find out who killed Peter.

In Murder on the Geneva Express, JB Michaels gives us an entertaining story that is laced with magic and suspense. Set in Geneva, Illinois, the narrative is descriptive and moves at a good pace. As the plot unfolds, twists and turns keep the reader wondering how it will end. The characters are cleanly drawn. The devoted duo of Mac and Millie are likable protagonists and make a great team. Where he brings his former police background to bear, she adds the magical power that helps them to evade their pursuers. Constable Greene injects drama into the story. Is she an opponent or an ally; we’re not quite sure, but she’s good at her job. An engaging blend of mystery and magic.