Read between: 2nd- 8th July
Published: May 26, 2013
Synopsis: 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.
Review: Despite my low rating- the mystery that surrounds this book is pretty good! A mysterious death- come double murder, with some surprises thrown in to keep the reader interested!
However, I kept getting distracted by the main character due to how annoying she was and how ‘annoyed’ she was at different aspects of her life. Every chapter seemed to mention the fact she looked like the late Marilyn Monroe or the size of her boobs!
She’s a nurse, a good one, and then she becomes a private detective after her Dad asks her to check some things whilst he’s on a cruise, but her career change only really strengthens the crime and doesn’t really do much for the main story.
It’s replaced by a secondary storyline that involves Mercy getting stalked by paparazzi and receiving crude phone calls because when she went to follow up a lead, some pervy old guy ended up taking her photo and putting it on the internet for all to see…
It just made her seem like nothing accept her appearance which I didn’t like because Mercy was actually really smart! (Totally NOT a dumb blonde). She made some really clever leads when solving elements of the case.
You can tell she wants to make her dad and Gavin proud.
She also ends up getting beaten up once she solves the case, very Mary Sue, by the person who committed the crime, but despite that, I did actually enjoy the story- I just had a problem with some of the characters.
It started off slow, but it was great to follow Mercy as she tried to solve the case- which she did in the end, but at the point her cousin and the police took over as she was laid on the floor, injured, and semi-conscious.
I probably won’t read the rest of the series but for a free book it was a pretty good read! (Once I got over some of things that annoyed me!)
Thanks for reading!