This one is probably going to get me in some hot water. Sigh. I think that I have dropped another series from my must-read list, and it saddens me. I have been following Alyssa Day‘s Tiger’s Eye Mysteries since it started back in 2015, having faithfully followed main character Jack Shepherd over from her Poseidon series. I found that he sort of got the shaft in the Poseidon books, so I was really happy to find out he was getting his own spin-off, even though it wasn’t my usual “type” of read – it has always felt more like a cozy mystery than a PNR to me. But I found I was always looking forward to the next release, I waited not-always so patiently through all the push-backs (speaking of which, I believe the next book, Eye of the Storm, has been delayed), and I always read on release day. Until now?
I was quite happy to wake up and find my copy of the latest book, Eye of Danger, on my ipad, and I started to read right away. But as I started reading, I kept waiting for – something. The same something I felt like I had been waiting for for the last couple of books. Some sort of advancement in Jack and Tess’s story, some development or change or…something. But it felt like a bit of the whole “same-old same-old”, as mush as I don’t like to write that. Maybe I am trying to apply PNR “rules” to a not-quite PNR series, but I guess I was expecting more on the romance front. But what was really pulling me out of the story was my reaction to the main character, Tess. Bluntly put, she bugged me.
Tess has always been the quirky-but-cute Southern belle who seems to stumble into one crazy situation after another, but here? It was sort of in overdrive. And where it was kind of cute before, I found Tess straying perilously close to ditzy. But she completely jumped the shark for me as a character with one small paragraph. I am going to keep this spoiler-free, but Tess and another character are being held by the bad guys, their lives threatened at gun-point, and Tess manages to get the other person released. She has been slapped around, the other person has been beaten, is tied up with a gun to their head, and Tess? This is what she says…“Look at me. Run to my house. Get in my house and lock the door. There’s pie in the kitchen.” Wait, what?
There’s pie in the kitchen? I stopped. Looked around. Went back a couple of pages. Read it again. I thought it must be code for…something. Some wink-wink nudge-nudge that I had missed. Nope. I thought it would be explained that this person was to go to Tess’s kitchen to find something, or do…something, but nope. It was just about…the pie. I know it was supposed to be funny and cute, but with those 20 little words, Tess jumped right to the top of my TSTL (too stupid too live) list. And once on that list, it is pretty hard to come off. I hold a grudge.
Alyssa Day recently announced that there will be at least 15 books in the Tiger’s Eye Mystery series, which I really hope works out for her. Book 5, Eye of the Storm, was originally scheduled for release this week but Amazon is now saying September 27th. Will I be picking it up? Maybe. I’m not sure. I don’t really feel the need to right now, but I might see how reviews for it shape up. What series have you found yourself cooling on lately? Anything teetering on the edge? What finally makes you pull the plug on a series you have followed from the beginning.