"Fast-paced, fun first mystery. Jones serves up grim details, building suspense slowly at first, then with an accelerating pace that will leave readers breathless for the nuanced finale."
"Absolutely fantastic, a novel with so many unexpected twists and turns that readers will feel like that are on a fast merry-go-round. This is a character-driven who-done-it with plenty of action...THE NANNY MURDERS will appeal to a wide range of readers."
"Ms. Jones's first novel is a page-turning success. Her characters are believable, multifaceted, and charming. It's hard to put down."
"The Nanny Murders is a brooding, urban nightmare with twists and turns to the very last page, a suspenseful story with a thoughtful and complex heroine in Zoe Hayes."
"The Nanny Murders, Merry Jones's superb debut novel, will remain in the reader's memory like the somber notes of a distant melody. Brilliant. Chilling. Riveting."
Nannies are disappearing one by one from a close-knit Philadelphia neighborhood.
Zoe Hayes is a divorced art therapist who works in an institution for mentally ill patients. When her daughter, Molly, makes a grisly find on the front stoop, she realizes that one of her neighbors is likely a serial killer. But which one? Is it Charlie, the eccentric handyman? Phillip Woods, the socially awkward newcomer? Victor, the recluse? Someone else altogether?
A mysteriously scarred detective asks Zoe to assist in his investigation, and before she knows it, she is mired in suspicion and danger as she herself becomes prey.