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If you are into mysteries or police procedurals chunked up with soap-opera melodrama, ‘teen romance’ (between adults) and implausible plot lines, the Meredith and Hodge books offer you a) an author who can write b) a long series and c) multiple domestic dramas (both serious and trivial) as a contrast to what many of us read mysteries and police procedurals for. Not for me, but may be for you?
This is just the series for you if u enjoy a light-hearted, well told story. The characters are well thought out and fall into the storyline seemlessly. The main character was (happily, she thought) married only to be dumped by the controlling hubby in her mid life. She set off to make a new life, far removed from her previous one. She then had room to grow into her own self. Classing herself as a 'people watcher' she finds herself embroiled in mysteries. Helped by her work as an obituary writer, she gets folks to talk more freely than they would to the police. Setting up storyboards she works out whodunit. More believable than some with the obituary writing giving her access to a varied set of people who worked with, family, friends of the victim. Not always easy to work out the murderer as it usually comes to her when she sets out the timeline after talking to everyone and comes 'in an epiphany lol'. Enjoyable way to spend a few hours reading.
I have read all 9 Meredith and Hodge books back to back and thoroughly enjoyed them. The detective part of the stories are well done and keep you guessing for the most part but I loved the personal side of the stories and the interaction between the characters, it gave you a feeling of knowing them. They were also witty bits and normal everyday emotions thrown in giving you a real sense of the characters. Not so keen on book 5, which included spies. Overall fantastic.
I lived the first book and was so pleased I got the whole first 9 free on Amazon Prime. Love Meredith and Patsy and their relationship and goodness knows why she stuck with him. All the stories are believably, not gory murders and lived all the characters too. I van really recommend the series.