Along Came A Needle by Ava Mallory
Series: A Mercy Mares Cozy Mystery
Genre(s): Humor, Mystery, Paranormal, Supernatural Suspense, Suspense, Thriller
Publication Date: August 29, 2015
A girl’s getaway is just what traveling nurse Mercy Mares needs to unwind. With her best friend Ruby and her daughter in tow, they set off for a Bed & Breakfast that promises nothing but rest and relaxation, but when one of the eccentric owners dies during their welcome dinner, Mercy finds herself mixed up in a tangled web of whodunit and a heaping spoonful of chaos ensues.
There’s no rest for the weary when Mercy comes to town. Can she and her over zealous companions solve this mystery before trouble comes knocking on their doors?
This is Book Four in the A Mercy Mares Cozy Medical Series. Each novel is a standalone novel.
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This book belongs in two of my favorite genres (I have a couple others, but that’s besides the point!) – mystery and suspense. So as you can imagine, I was kind of excited when I started this book. I know I probably say this every time I read one, but I just LOVE mysteries.
It took me a little bit to get into this book. I’m not sure if it was partly my fault because I’ve had so much going on lately or if it just didn’t grab my attention like other books normally do. Anyhow, I continued reading it and did eventually get hooked.
The whole concept of the book was nice and very believable. I enjoyed the main character’s sense of humor and how she appreciated the thought of a birthday getaway but wasn’t enjoying the actual trip.
I adored the author’s use of the word patoot, and I just love Mercy’s real name (Mercedes).
In the end, I wasn’t thrilled about how the author pulled everything together and tied up loose ends. I felt like things were rushed or there was some uncertainty about how to end the book. I can see where she may have had good intentions (because she did conclude everything), but I am not sure about the follow through. I have a couple more of Ava Mallory’s books in my Kindle library. I may or may not read them. If I do, they will not be pushed to the front of my list.
Did you think the ordeal with Flynn was part of the act? Are you fond of library memories? Are you writing a book or thinking about writing one? Did you figure out why Chip was looking so hard for the medical kit before it was revealed?
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