It is Christmas Eve and Episcopalian priest-turned-lawyer Megan McGee is close to despair. Her beloved mother has just passed on and she is all alone except for her bulldog, Jasper. As the only one in the office who has no holiday plans, she is assigned the Bonnie Cantrell case.

Bonnie has a court order barring her former husband Carl from contacting their son, Tommy, but hes kidnapped the boy, and Bonnie is terrified. With Megans help, Bonnie finds Tommy. Megan is satisfied with a job well done, especially when Carl is wounded during a police confrontation.

Still, something begins to nag at Megans mind and she does a little investigating of her own. To her surprise, she finds herself dealing with an enormous evil and learns things arent always what they seem.

Although the plot for THE MIDNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS may seem routine, in the hands of skilled suspense master William Bernhardt, it is anything but. Loaded with suspense and surprise, by the time you come to the end, you will find yourself crying for joy and vowing that miracles still do happen. (Nov., 240 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg