Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week's topic is "Series I Don't Plan To Finish". At first I was not going to participate, because the books I read do not come in a series. I rarely read fiction. But, the more I thought about it, the more I decided to share a not-so-secret secret: I dig some cozy mysteries. I am tweaking the topic this week to fit my parameters, and it is about the one cozy mystery series I will read until the bitter end.
Cozy mysteries in general are often exactly what I need when I am in a rut and can not interest myself in any of the 4,000 books on my TBR. So, using BookBub, I stumbled across this little gem of a series Mercy Watts by A. W. Hartoin. So, being honest, I kind of hated the first book. I gave it a 2 Star rating based almost exclusively on the fact that the author really screwed up her presentation of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Lincoln in general. I raged on the book pretty hard for those mistakes, but I also kept reading because I kind of had a thing for Mercy's hot cop not-cousin, Chuck. Yes, I have a book boyfriend. (And they are not actually cousins. Her uncle married his mom and they got divorced like, two years later.)
As the series has gone on, it has greatly improved. There are some inconsistencies that bug the ever-loving crap out of me, such as when Mercy and Chuck became not-cousins (ages vary, like the author has not done her own research on her own characters). There are others too, but I overlook them because I heart Chuck so. And Mercy isn't half bad either, once I started to get to know the character. There have also been some pretty interesting cases and the author has a talent for the genre. Some of those discrepancies just need to be fixed, and then it will be a pretty darn good series.
Here they are, in order even. Check Amazon for a deal. I got the boxed set at one point for $.99 that included the first short, and books 1, 2, and 3.
6 7 8
I absolutely CAN NOT wait for book 9. Or a short, or SOMETHING. Who would've guessed, right??