I can appeciate elements of Mefford's writing...like his humor and at times laughed out loud at a clever turn of phrase. So i have read the entire Ivy series in spite of many improbable plot lines, strained storylines and untidy and abrupt resolutions. Then there is Ivy the main character , a woman who has more lives than a black cat. Ivy suffers constant injury, torture, stabbing, and associated acts of mayhem...then recovers miraculously in a superhuman timeline. And when she is not being kidnapped, attacked, blown up, poisoned, or stabbed ..she is tripping when she walks, falls on her face, falls out of bed, bumps into countless walls, getting bruised and banged around through sheer clumsiness or inattention. wow, what a dame! Nevertheless , after you roll your eyes at the implausible and ludicrous ...somehow you might enjoy this series as fast entertainment..because you just want to see what happens next to ivy and her cohorts. she suffers ,she heals, she keeps to her mission statement and she gets the bad guys in the end...so if you can suspend logic..give it a try. its kinda like a eating a Hershey Kiss ...good enough but no Dove Bar!