I only read the first book in this series, “Murder Uncorked.” Had I liked the protagonist a little more I probably would have given the second book a try but, alas, I felt like the characterizations here were very weak and there was nothing about either of these two characters that left me wanting to hear more about their adventures. For the most part, the writing was lackluster and the mystery dull. About halfway through the book, I started skimming sections because I was impatient to get through it and on to something more interesting. There are several books in this series and Michele Scott has Horse Lover’s series of mysteries as well so I know there must be plenty of people who enjoy her writing. Sadly, I’m just not one of them.
And on the list of mystery series that got checked out but returned after just one chapter I’ve got L. J. Washburn: Fresh-baked Mysteries and Nancy J. Cohen: Bad Hair Day Mysteries. It’s been so long since I started this post and I’m finishing it that I can’t even pinpoint what it was about these two books that I didn’t like but it must have been enough to lose my attention fast. Unlike television or movies, books are the one thing I won’t finish if I’m not liking them. Too much time goes into reading vs just watching I suppose. Although, quite frankly, I must admit that I’m the type who has to like your characters and me not liking a book could be as simple as me not liking the person I’ll be spending the majority of the book reading about. I seem to recall this might have been the case for the Bad Hair Day Mysteries. From their description alone, I was looking forward to the series but I tried multiple times to get into that first one and could never do it.