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A Merciful Death by Kendra Elliot
Series: Mercy Kilpatrick #1
Published by Montlake Romance on January 17,2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick has been waiting her whole life for disaster to strike. A prepper since childhood, Mercy grew up living off the land—and off the grid—in rural Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. Until a shocking tragedy tore her family apart and forced her to leave home. Now a predator known as the cave man is targeting the survivalists in her hometown, murdering them in their homes, stealing huge numbers of weapons, and creating federal suspicion of a possible domestic terrorism event. But the crime scene details are eerily familiar to an unsolved mystery from Mercy’s past.
Sent by the FBI to assist local law enforcement, Mercy returns to Eagle’s Nest to face the family who shunned her while maintaining the facade of a law-abiding citizen. There, she meets police chief Truman Daly, whose uncle was the cave man’s latest victim. He sees the survivalist side of her that she desperately tries to hide, but if she lets him get close enough to learn her secret, she might not survive the fallout…
This is not exactly a Thrifty Thursday review even though it was “free” for me. It is the first thing I have read in Prime reading. I’m not sure how it works since it says borrowed, rather than owned. I read the detailed information and it acts like one book can be borrowed at a time, but I have three borrowed. So who knows? I will add it to my list of Amazon questions list to call them about this summer.
I saw this frequently on Amazon and decided to give it a try. It is more of a mystery, with some suspense, than a romance. Mercy is an FBI agent assigned to a serial killer case in a small town. A key group is the people who are “preppers”, who are getting ready to survive the end of the world (as we know it.) I actually admire those skill sets and knowledge so I liked this aspect. The beginning is confusing because Mercy is hiding her past and there is so much we don’t know.
Mercy is a competent agent. She follows leads, interviews the right people and gathers information to progress. The local law enforcement – Truman becomes interested in her and they work well together. There is very little in the way of romance; it’s the very beginning. Since this is the Mercy Kilpatrick series perhaps we will get more of their relationship in future books.
I enjoyed the book and would probably like to read more. It’s one of those series which is not at the library though, and I don’t like it quite enough to buy the future books. I don’t tend to buy many books, at all, and often not until I have read and loved them.
“Did you notice anything missing from the property during your walk with the deputy?”
Jane sighed. “I noticed that my brother was letting things rot to shit.”
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Anne: 2017 New Release Challenge