I probably read this book at the worst possible time like it at all. The last few amateur detective books had female sleuths who all become involved w..Show More »ith the hot local sheriff or detective on the case. It's become a boring and predictable part of female sleuths.
I thought Maddie might be different, seeing as she's just left her husband less than a month before and seemed to need to get herself together before looking for a man. But nope, one look at Detective Hurley and flirting begins over the dead body of her husband's mistress.
Before purchasing, I read numerous glowing reviews of a strong, female and that the story was so believable. Really? When Maddie is called to the first crime scene, she dresses hurriedly. Upon arriving, she discovers that a pair of panties have lodged down one leg of her pants. Instead of discretely taking care of the problem, she decides to shake the panties on the floor and kicks them into the crime scene where Hurley finds it and bags it as evidence.Then she plots to destroy the evidence and possibly let a co-worker, who is geeky so it's okay take the blame. At that point, I knew this series wasn't for me.
The premise of the series is sound. Mattie is a character you want to root for and the predicaments in which she finds herself are quite funny. These..Show More » are light, fun murder mysteries easy to follow but not necessarily predictable.
I have been enjoying this series because I enjoy the characters particularly Mattie and Hurley, and Mattie makes me chuckle. In the first two books, ..Show More »the mysteries were perhaps not that well developed. In this book we move on to a much more complicated mystery which plays a bigger role in the book. I considered that a plus and I even listened up to 5 hours in one day to have it resolved. Also, I did not solve this one. That said though, I found the lack of romantic progress disappointing. In fact the developing romance has gone backwards instead of forward in this book. But I will definitely go on to the next one to see if it gets back on track! It's the same narrator as previous books and I really like her as Mattie but she does sometimes mispronounce words.
A lot of reviewers were very annoyed by this book and the sheer number of stupid things Mattie manages to do in it. I agree it is frustrating behavio..Show More »r for someone we have been regarding as a smart woman. Also, I agree with others who say the amount of disasters in the book is really over the top. It reads more like an action movie that a mystery. But I certainly did enjoy parts very much. The Mattie and Hurley build up is a lot of fun, and there is a scene with a drunken Mattie that was priceless, despite the fact that the narrator is really bad at drunk voices. And if the book hasn't driven you mad by the end there is the up and down of the cliffhanger ending that had me starting the next book within five minutes of this one. But since this is a mystery I should say something about the mystery part. There are two deaths being investigated in the book, and I have to say I am not sure what the author was thinking with the secondary death. It was a downer and didn't showcase anything good about Mattie and Hurley (who I notice both seem to like to play bad cop and feel ok bullying anyone involved in any capacity with a suspicious death). The main mystery was better. Book definitely kept my interest throughout.
I have become attached to Mattie and the characters in this series, so my standards aren't super high with the mysteries. However, this was definitel..Show More »y not a favorite for a couple of reasons. The mystery was set in a nursing home and I don't really care for the portrayal of old folks in this book. They are mostly played crudely and for laughs. I have never found the character of the sex starved old lady who is supposed to be funny/repulsive to be amusing. I gather plenty of people do find that funny since this author certainly isn't the only one to put in such characters for humor. It seems especially off when they are also trying to make statements about the value of life. That wasn't a big deal though. What I found weak about the mystery was that no one ever solves it. They investigate but really nothing gets accomplished until the killer basically comes forward. I prefer my detectives to actually solve the mystery not just work on it until it blows up in their face. Still, I enjoyed Mattie and Hurley. I was surprised by how quickly they fell back in together after the cliffhanger ending of the last book. Although there are some things left up in the end at the end of this one, Mattie seems in a better place in her life than usual. I wish the next one was available on Audible!
This is one of my favorite series. Mattie is funny, intelligent and realistic. I love her relationship with Hurley and the other supporting characte..Show More »rs. The mystery was well written and very clever. The worst thing about this book is that it's over and I have to wait for another book to be published.
I love good mysteries, some are so convoluted I lose track and then regain it later in the story. Annalise Ryan writes a very interesting story, w..Show More »ith some twists and turns but I always feel solidly anchored within the mystery. Mattie is just as caring, loving, gentle and goofy as always but she's gaining the confidence she's has always wanted. Hurley is mellowing out a bit , add Emily and Matthew and the four of them are becoming the loving family all three have wanted. Emily is growing into a lovely young woman and Matthew is more than a handful but very sweet. Their entire extended family and friends are present. Unfortunately, some will come to an untimely end. It sort of ends on a cliffhanger but not so much to upset anyone. It's worth the credit and ultimately when it comes to an end, you will smile. As always the Ryan/Marie combination is a fruitful one. Oh, Hurley's new "pet name" for Mattie will make you laugh and chuckle every time he says it.