Mercy & Mayhem (A Mercy Mares Cozy Mystery Series, #1)

Mercy & Mayhem (A Mercy Mares Cozy Mystery Series, #1)

by Ava Mallory

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Mercy & Mayhem (A Mercy Mares Cozy Mystery Series, #1) by Ava Mallory

Traveling nurse Mercy Mares needs three things in life: the unconditional love of her daughter, her best friend and mentor's constant wisdom, and a new engine for her twenty-year-old car. 

A new job posting halfway across the country promises to satisfy one of those needs, but when her patient's spouse dies within minutes of meeting her, she will soon find out that she's going to need a lot more than car repairs. 

What was touted as the friendliest town in America soon turns on her and it will be up to her to connect the dots and find the true murderer, but doing so will be no easy feat. With memory impaired witnesses, a meddling medical staff, and a cast of characters dead set on keeping their community free of strangers, Mercy will need a little help from her loved ones and a lot of luck to get herself out of this jam or risk losing everything she's worked so hard to achieve. 

Find out what happens when mayhem becomes synonymous with Mercy in this humorous, slightly irreverent Cozy Medical Mystery novel! 

This is the 2nd edition of this book. Same quirky characters. Same great story minus the fluff.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152808858
Publisher: Ava Mallory
Publication date: 03/20/2016
Series: A Mercy Mares Cozy Mystery Series , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 10,873
File size: 342 KB

About the Author

Ava Mallory is brilliant, worldly and multi-talented - in her dreams. In reality, she spends her days catering to the often nonsensical, utterly impossible, never-ending needs of four children between the ages of 24 and 10. 

When she completes every task on their "Mom, can-you-do" list, she sneaks off into her home office - most often without sleep, but always with coffee & chocolate in hand - and writes until her brain and her body finally give way or one of the many streaming television programs she's addicted to returns with new episodes. Either way, words make it on the page and her fans will not stage a revolt. 

Currently, Ava is hard at work on future Mercy Mares novels and developing two new Cozy Mystery series'. 

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Mercy & Mayhem (A Mercy Mares Cozy Mystery Series, #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The run-on sentences are dificult to follow. The reader must plod through masses of worn-out phrases.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you kind author Bingaux
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice little mysteru.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When Mercy began working at the nursing home, and a visitor died during her first shift, you know you want to finish the book so that you can get to the bottom of it when they find out the visitor was murdered. It was suspenseful and I had to know who did it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I plodded through the confusing plot & dialogue looking for something to enjoy. Never found it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it was really good must read anotjer and soon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great short mystery. Enjoyed the characters. Look forward to future books.
CozyFan2014 More than 1 year ago
Uneven This book starts out with an interesting plot, and with some believable characters. However, the first thing I noticed was... ...there are, too many, unnecessary commas (like that). Sentences are written, like this, and it makes it hard, to immerse the reader, in the story. Yes, it really was that bad. The characters are believable - some of them. But the elderly characters seem to have no rhyme or reason to the constant screaming that they do, and anyone who has worked with patients with dementia can see their behaviors don't even make sense in that context (by the way, "dementia" refers to symptoms, not a disease, and the author should have known this). This is important because the plot depends a lot on the elderly characters and how they act throughout the book. Very little of it is explained, ever. The town characters, too, are not believable - mostly due to the extreme hostility they show to the protagonist. I kept waiting for a plausible reason behind the hostility (they didn't like the protagonist because she is Latino? the whole town is "in on" the murder? the entire town is crazy? what?), but no satisfactory reason is given. And that's where the book majorly fails. It has a good build-up, and the reader would expect a thorough and sensible explanation at the end, but that never comes. The solution to the mystery leaves many things unexplained - which I can't go into without revealing the plot. Suffice to say, I was very disappointed in the ending, which didn't tie up a lot of loose ends. The ending was also unnecessarily long and drawn-out, almost as if the author had some kind of word count she was looking to reach. Page after page of asides and a lot of emotional outbursts by various characters made this book tedious to read. When one character exclaims, "Can we just get on with it??!" I could really identify with that. There were also some minor misuse of words such as "sorted" when the author meant "sordid", so that - and the excessive commas - need editing. I am glad I didn't pay for this book. I'm not sure I would read another unless and until the author comes up with a better last half to her books. It was a terrific plot until the "solution". I really felt let down by this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun little mystery book for me. I enjoy a good 'whodunnit' from time to time, but this one had a twist that I've not found in other books before. There were unexpected deaths ... in an environment where deaths are well-expected ...a nursing home! The author takes us on a journey of chaos, confusion, mystery, and vengeance. The characters are realistic, easy to identify with and quirky--everything characters should be. I would have preferred a little more description of what they looked like, but it didn't deter me from reading. The story was tied up nicely in an intriguing way that kept me reading all the way to the end. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys light-hearted mysteries, because the one thing I found refreshing about this book was the lack of vulgarity and intense sexual situations. However, I love everything about this book!