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A Good Man Gone (Mercy Watts Mysteries #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  1,390 Ratings  ·  169 Reviews
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, bu ...more
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Published May 26th 2013
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Teresa Rosenberg
May 23, 2014 Teresa Rosenberg rated it it was ok
I thought the mystery plot-line of this book was actually pretty good. The story was set up in a plausible (or at least, consistent within its own universe) kind of way and unfolded at a fairly even pace.

This book was free, so I should not be surprised by the errors that I found (cue when she meant queue, for just one example--I didn't keep track as I was reading). In fact, there were fewer of this type of mistakes in this book by far than in your average free book, although still enough for me
Bill Thibadeau
Mar 28, 2014 Bill Thibadeau rated it really liked it
When I used to want a fun and quick read with interesting characters, I used to reach for Janet Evanovich (please - no snickers). However, those books became too predictable and lost their appeal. But now, I have the Mercy Watts series to go to.

Mercy does not take herself seriously and is entertaining. The author has created a character that understands her physical wiles and is not beyond using them. While this story may not be high brow or thought provoking, it is enjoyable. A fast pace entert
Jun 04, 2013 D rated it it was amazing
Finally A.W Hartoin has done a full length Mercy Watts story and a thoroughly enjoyable one it is! It is a nice mystery, combined with humor and loveable characters. I can't wait until the next one.
May 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Für die Familie
Gerade als Mercys Eltern auf einer Kreuzfahrt sind, stirbt der 55jährige Gavin plötzlich an einem Herzinfarkt. Klar, er hatte gesundheitliche Probleme, aber er war doch auf dem Weg der Besserung. Mercy, die als Krankenschwester bei einer Zeitarbeitsfirma arbeitet, hat ein ungutes Gefühl. Sie überredet einen Bekannten ihres Vaters, sich die Leiche einmal genauer anzuschauen. Der Pathologe tut ihr den Gefallen und endet mit einer richtigen Autopsie, denn Gavin wurde tatsächlich ermo
Aug 20, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it
Mercy Watts is a sassy nurse, who just happens to look exactly like Marilyn Monroe, and often ends up working as a detective under her father's orders. She really just needs to admit to herself that she loves to play detective, instead of constantly denying it. You can tell that she gets a thrill out of her sleuthing.

Her parents are away on vacation, so she thinks that she can get a break from playing detective, until a family friend drops dead of a supposed myocardial infarction (a.k.a. heart a
Books Mom
Aug 24, 2013 Books Mom rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Thoroughly enjoyable, this cozy mystery will keep you guessing and chuckling all the way to the end. Ms. Hartoin has a way with words that plunges you into the story and makes you feel as if you know each and every character, no matter how small.

Mercy, our heroine, is a nurse and the daughter of a detective. She also has friends and family in the police department, but really doesn't love investigating much of anything despite her father continually tossing cases her way.

When a family friend d
Andrea Guy
Don't judge this book by its cover. This is a fabulous mystery and Mercy Watts is the kind of heroine you have to love. She's a sexier, smarter version of Stephanie Plum. (And well, her cars don't get blown up)

Her dad's a former cop and a PI and she is a nurse/assistant that's dating a doctor.

For a reasonably short novel (a little over 200 pages) the mystery is pretty complex. In fact, there are two murders to be solved, a bride killed on her wedding day and Gavin, the family friend whose seemi
Mar 30, 2014 Jan rated it really liked it
When a long time family friend dies unexpectedly people become suspicious that the reported cause of death Mercy is asked to help investigate.

I like the way this author creates characters. They seem to be real people and not stereotypes. I found it easy to connect with the majority of the characters and I got a sense of who they were.

There were many surprises in the book but one incident was too predictable. But even this one particular event did have surprising outcome.

I enjoyed the book and c
Feb 02, 2015 Meg rated it really liked it
Quick read, good mystery and some giggles.
Apr 11, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it
Although I enjoyed this mystery, I did not think it ranks up with some of the best I have ever read. In the story, Mercy Watts, a sassy nurse, takes over for her father, a retired police detective turned private investigator, who is initially away on a cruise and returns home mid-way through with a nasty virus that keeps him from working. Mercy learns the husband of a close family friend has died of a heart attack. Initially, mercy’s father is reluctant to believe the man died from a simple hear ...more
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
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Nov 23, 2014 Tracey rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Okay. Yes. I get it. The main character looks like Marilyn. I don’t need to be reminded of it on every page. Really. Thank you.

That whole thing alone would keep me from reading another book in the series. I’m sure being stunningly gorgeous has its drawbacks. My heart bleeds, really it does. Please, tell me again how you and your mother literally stop traffic.

On the whole, this wasn’t a bad story. I liked the basic storyline, of the investigation into the death of a friend of the family. At lea
David Ketelsen
Mar 28, 2014 David Ketelsen rated it really liked it
I received this book via the Members Giveaway on Library Thing.

The title of A Good Man Gone refers to Gavin Flouder, a family friend of the Watts family and a business associate of patriarch and former police detective Tommy Watts. Gavin dies of an apparent MI and on a hunch of Tommy's, his daughter Mercy, a dead ringer for Marilyn Monroe, investigates the death---and soon it's ruled a homicide.

This chick-lit mystery by Anne W Hartoin is fast paced and thoroughly enjoyable. The family members an
Jun 28, 2015 MissMonky rated it did not like it
This heroine is so bad

The main character of this book is a Marilyn Monroe look-alike named Mercy. From the beginning of the book I felt like I was missing something. Making her a Marilyn look-like did absolutely nothing for the story. All it did was add an element of complete unbelievability and made her seem shallow and self absorbed. She is very focused on her weight and the character of her Aunt is confusing. Is she there to show that Mercy can like people despite them being overweight or is
Mar 09, 2014 Robyn rated it really liked it
A fun mystery that is entertaining enough to make me want to read more. The character reminds me a bit of Stephanie Plum in the earliest stories. Some of the details are parceled out slowly throughout the story, which I find a good technique that keeps me turning the page. I am assuming we will learn more about the secondary characters in future installments, or perhaps the author has shared these details in previous stories. The actual mystery is secondary to character development, and I was mo ...more
Jenn S.
Apr 05, 2014 Jenn S. rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-requested
This is one of those books you curl up in the comfy reading place, be it a rocker or a window ledge or your bed, and enjoy the whole reading experience. The writing is well done and nicely edited with lovely characters brought to life with a nice layered method. The plot is enjoyable and moves along at a nice even pace. Overall this is a nice book that's enjoyable and entertaining. I received an evaluation copy from the author in exchange for an honest opinion and review. In no way has this infl ...more
Nov 22, 2014 Denise rated it it was amazing
I loved 'A Good Man Gone'. The humor had me laughing out loud quite a lot. The storyline was full of suspense, mystery, humor and thrilling. I loved how the story played out. The characters were a great combination of personalities. Mercy is an unforgettable and quite entertaining lead. I loved her wit, humor and sarcasm. I can't wait to read more of this series. A.W. Hartoin is an author I will definitely follow after reading this book. Well written. A great add to your tbr list. Recommended.
Mai Habeeb
Jun 24, 2015 Mai Habeeb rated it did not like it
Stopped reading after a few chapters. The main character's Marilyn-ness is too darn much. I GET it. She is an exact copy of Marilyn Monroe. There's no need for it to be repeated every other paragraph. And the way she keeps talking about her perfect self and how men are suckers for it, and how she pulls out what she calls the "big guns" on them (which works AMAZINGLY, by the way) was seriously irritating. Was I even reading a mystery book??

Hated it.
Ruth Ferguson
Pleasant read, the Marilyn Monroe theme was tiresome and you will figure out the killer half way through the story. But the dude characters are interesting and you enjoy getting to know these folks as this is a series so the foundation is set.
Jan 21, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook-library
I loved it,once I stastarted reading it I couldn't put it down at all. So I'm look forward to getting the next book.
Jun 07, 2013 Teena rated it really liked it
Definitely enjoyed the book. A little much about her Marilyn looks, but overall entertaining mystery and crime novel. Would likely read another one
Feb 11, 2015 Kristen rated it did not like it
Inappropriate dialog in chapter one. I don't care about her chest size or what construction workers think about it. Just seemed out of place for a mystery, so after a few pages I was done.
May 10, 2017 Wendy rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I like the story and the characters and the ending. Its seemed a little quick and tidy for a mystery book but it was okay.
I gave it a 4 star rating because I hate all the comments she makes about being fat. I mean I get it, you look like Marilyn and you don't want to get fat but really, eating one burger isn't going to add ten pounds to your weight.
Jun 20, 2015 A.M. rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own, e-books
Mercy Watts is an agency nurse who gets a call from a family friend that her husband has just died in the ER. He was in his 50’s and it is a little unexpected but he was her father’s PI partner and Mercy has inherited her father’s nose for trouble. He’d investigate it himself but he’s on vacation and the job is left to her.
She finds that one of the last calls Gavin made was to a church where a second murder was committed. The bride was strangled on her wedding day. Are they linked? Was Gavin kil
Mar 05, 2017 Karen rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Definitely will read more written by this author
Amanda (Highlights And Hot Chocolate)
Mercy Watts is a part-time nurse. She works through an agency that places her in hospitals around St. Louis, Missouri, that are short staffed or over loaded with patients. But when she's not at work, she's often getting sucked into odd jobs for her dad, a highly decorated and now retired St. Louis PD detective. Mercy couldn't care less about her dad's new PI service, until her parents go on vacation and her dad's former partner dies under mysterious circumstances. Now it's left to Mercy to uncov ...more
Jul 02, 2015 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: free
It COULD have been a much better book. The double murder/stalking mystery...very good! But oh my gosh...on and on and on about what a slob Aaron is and all the stuff he eats. We get it! Then about how hot Mercy and her Mom are. Big boobs and looks like Marilyn, Marilyn Monroe that is because no last name seems to be need, especially when she is mentioned over and over and over again.
Her descriptions of the characters are detailed enough to really get a feel for their personalities. But the glutt
Jul 10, 2016 Tracy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Love, love, love Mercy Watts! I can't wait to read the next 5 books of this series! This book was laugh out loud hilarious!

"Well, if it isn't Mercy Watts."

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's a nurse, not a
Apr 22, 2014 Suzy rated it really liked it
I received this ebook as a LibraryThing Member Giveaway and I'm so glad I did because I absolutely loved it! Not only was it a murder mystery that kept me guessing, but the banter between characters kept me laughing out loud!

I found Mercy Watts a very likeable character and her family and friends were all interesting and wonderful. They rounded out the plot and I loved how unique some of them The Girls. I found it easy to visualize them and some parts were so funny that I had to read
Margaret Osburn
Feb 13, 2017 Margaret Osburn rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book free from Amazon for an honest review. I could not finish this book. I found it be full of nasty language and encouraged the main character to use her looks to get what she wanted and also received unwanted attention from others in undesirable situations.
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A.W.Hartoin is the author of Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction. Away From Whipplethorn is her first published work. A.W. can't remember a time when she didn't love reading. The first book she read over and over again was Harry and the Lady Next Door. He was such a bad dog. Anne of Green Gables was the first time she wanted to enter a world and stay there. As an adult she read almost everything ...more
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Mercy Watts Mysteries (7 books)
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