It's summer in St. Louis and Mercy Watts is on vacation from her parents. The great detective and his nosy wife are on a cruise and Mercy thinks she's off the hook for doing any investigating for them. But when a family friend has a fatal heart attack, Dad has one of his famous feelings and orders Mercy to look into it. Mercy tries not to get sucked in. She really does, but she's her father's daughter. Soon Gavin's death leads to a more grisly one, the death of a bride on her wedding day. Can the two be connected? Was Gavin murdered? Now Mercy can't stop. You do for family. That's all there is to it.
©2013 A. W. Hartoin (P)2014 A. W. Hartoin
laughing isn't something you expect from a murder. it is a really good story and the narration was good, you could tell who the different people were, and I couldn't tell who did it until the very last.
I'm glad I bought this book for 1.99 after getting the Kindle version for free. The lead character, Mercy Watts, is annoying and unlikeable. She is related to everyone involved. Mercy also has issues because she looks like Marilyn Monroe. This is a very important point in the book because it is mentioned every three pages. Although it annoys her to look like Marilyn, she doesn't seem to mind using this to her advantage. Then, she complains about it. Like I said, not for me.
I would give the main character, Mercy Watts, a backbone!
Having a beautiful, smart protagonist who happens to look like Marilyn Monroe would have been more interesting, if she hadn't let so many men in the book push her around! Mercy's inability to stand up for herself when faced with her father's friends, her cousin, etc. was so disappointing, and really unnecessary. Why waste so much intelligence on someone so easily pushed around?
Not unless it's about how Mercy toughens up.
All mysteries all the time, that's what I read. I joined Audible when I started having a long commute. Now I listen everywhere!
Book was well-written with good, humorous dialogue.
The family detective business reminds me of Lisa Lutz' Spellmans and since she's not writing them anymore, this is a good fit!
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
A cute little story. Enjoyable and worth a listen. Good characters. Good pacing. Humorous and fun.
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