Friday, August 23, 2013

Straight Reading from the Library: A Good Man Gone by A.W. Hartoin

Thanks to Goddess Fish Promotions for sending A Good Man Gone to The Library for review. A.W. will be awarding a backlist ebook on each stop, It Started with Whisper, to a randomly drawn commenter, and a $30.00 Gift Card to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stop on the tour.


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.


I'm a huge fan of cozy mysteries, so couldn't wait to read this one.  I'm so glad I did!  It's the first in the series, and I'll be grabbing the next one, hot off the presses.
Mercy is so fun -- smart, sassy, sexy, snarky.  I really enjoyed her.  Loved her folks, other various relatives and friends as well.  While the plot of this story was no slouch, the strength was definitely in the characters.  That's what'll keep most readers coming back for more.
The mystery was intriguing and unexpectedly two-fold. I went into this thinking there was only one murder to solve, but it turns out there were two.  The story leads us all over, with unexpected twists and a rather surprising ending.  I didn't expect the person "who dunnit" to be the one who did!
Ms. Hartoin is a great writer. Her words and descriptions flow and I really was impressed with the book, but it was largely her skill that made this the stellar entry into the cozy mystery field that it was. Well done.


A.W. Hartoin is the author of the Mercy Watts mystery series and the Away From Whipplethorn fantasy series. She lives in Colorado with her husband, two children, and six bad chickens.


  1. "Smart, sassy, sexy, snarky" - love this thank you. It helps to build up my picture of Mercy.


  2. "Smart, sassy, sexy, snarky" - love this thank you. It helps to build up my picture of Mercy.


  3. sounds interesting :)

  4. This was one of the best reviews I have read. It really makes me want to read the book. It sounds awesome.

  5. That is a really cool cover. And sounds like an interesting mystery, thanks.

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  6. Great review, thank you. I can't wait to read the book.


  7. Thanks for a great tour, it sounds like it is going to be a story worth checking out

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  8. Great review, Judith. Tell me...From one librarian to another--how do you find the time to work and then to do your blog work...and all this reading? You must be a great multitasker!
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