September 27, 2020

Series Sunday: Nasty Nevin

(Mickey Stanislawsky #2) 

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

"A short paragraph under the caption extolled her as the first African American detective in Peaceton." ~ 90%

My Series Sunday pick is Nasty Nevin, the second book in the Mickey Stanislawsky series by Jennifer Lewis Williams. Meshelle "Mickey" Stanislawsky is a fairly new detective in the Peaceton Police Department. As she is heading out to celebrate her birthday, she gets called to a murder scene. So much for partying! 

Elsewhere in Texas, an ex-con by the street name of Vee-8 has a vendetta against anyone named Stanislawsky. Parole and uncanny resemblance be damned, she needs revenge. Meanwhile, Mickey's partner named Detective Daniel Ladenster is busy addressing threats, hanging out with drug dealers and solving burglaries. Whew—it's a lot going on!

Before I delve into how truly nasty Nevin is, can we marvel at the book cover? How striking! It features a colorful sunset and an apartment building that looks to be full of tenants judging from the lit windows. The title is a nice clean font in bold red. The best image on the cover is a pair of pearly pumps stained with blood. It definitely piqued my interest! I intend to purchase the physical book so it can be displayed in my home library. It practically screams, "I am a Mystery! Read Me Now!"

Nasty Nevin is full of characters with personalities revealed in due time. I have a love-hate relationship with Mickey's partner, skeptical of a new love interest, and can't help but smile whenever her four-legged best friend, Boomer, is mentioned. There are also times when I want to kick Mickey's ass to action quicker. She usually trusts her instinct but I wish she'd put two and two together a lot faster.

"One came home right after the perpetrator left, we think, and the other was asleep at the time." ~ 18%

I will devour a good mystery within days. However, it took eleven (11) whole days to finish Nasty Nevin. Why? Because most of my reading is done before bedtime. It creeped me out like a horror movie! Nevin broke into women's apartments, left shit (literally) in their bathrooms and stole lingerie from dresser drawers. I could only read during daytime. Not too many books have that effect. Damn good writing!

Must the Mickey series come to an end? I am even more curious to find out more about Mickey, the father she idolizes and potential murder adventures this smart detective will undoubtedly solve. I am a sucker for a series and not ready to say goodbye to Detective Stanislawsky. Give me more unsettling crimes in Peaceton, Jennifer Lewis Williams! But if the author insists on ending as a trilogy, I look forward to reading how this character is wrapped up in Vicious Victor. In the meantime, Bookhearts, I recommend reading Nasty Nevin in the daylight hours. Thank me later!

Title: Nasty Nevin
Author: Jennifer Lewis Williams
Published: August 2020
Pages: 255
Edition: eBook
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤

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