I have to admit, this was a ridiculous amount of fun. It hit a few little guilty pleasure nerves that made this mystery much more fun than normal. I have to admit, the genre is kind of growing on me over the last few years. It’s this one along with The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry and The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey. It seems I like those mysteries that remind me of Peggy Carter. I want a mystery where the protagonist shouldn’t even be there and the drama is almost predictable (and sometimes when it’s blatantly predictable but well written) but the characters are so adorable or sassy that I can’t even be mad at them for being far too nosy. So yeah, cozy mystery.
This is among the just shy of predictable. About the time that I realized that I was being led in the wrong direction, the reveal would be more fun than what I had anticipated. I also really like the mysteries taking place in cultures far removed from anything I’ve experienced. Nursery Crimes takes place in the more bourgeoisie parts of California and has a cast of all the crazy that is stereotypically there. That’s part of the fun, honestly.
The book is a classic example of how great the Read Harder Challenge is. Sure, I do struggle to find a book that I can finish for some prompts, but it’s usually worth it. Sometimes it helps gets to that book that’s been on my TBR for too long and sometimes it’s finding something in a genre that you don’t generally read. Honestly, The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place is the only of these mysteries that I would have read without it and I definitely would have been missing out with these other two. I picked up this one because of task 14 in 2019 and am glad I found it.