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A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick)

by Kendra Elliot

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Mercy Kilpatrick returns home after fifteen years, not to reconnect with her family but as an FBI agent investigating several murders of men who had loads of guns stolen. Also worth mentioning, these men where preppers. I can't imagine prepping for the end of the world. Mercy was not a stranger to this way of thinking, she grew up in a family where it was a way of life. Mercy was also keeping a secret and it was part of the reason why she left her family and never returned. Mercy believes the recent murders are related to ones that occurred before she left home. The book definitely moves fast once one of Mercy's family member goes missing. I had some suspicions on who was behind everything, it wasn't too hard to figure out. The book was still an awesome read.

The book is more mystery than romance. There's just a touch of romance brewing between Mercy and local police chief Truman Daly. I definitely recommend this book and can't wait to read the next Mercy Kilpatrick book!!

Thanks to NetGalley, Montlake Romance and the author, Kendra Ell, for a free electronic ARC of this novel. ( )
  JenniferLynn | Jan 27, 2017 |
Received an ARC for voluntary review for netgalley. Didn't hate it, but didn't love it like some of her other books. Mercy Kirkpatrick left at a young age after becoming estranged with her family. This family were preppers, and now the preppers are being killed and she returns as an FBI agent involved in case, and they are similar to cold cases. She has secrets, and a love interest Truman Daly, who is the police chief in charge and he would love to know these secrets. As always unexpected stuff comes out. Start to new series. ( )
  Pelusa41 | Jan 24, 2017 |
I've read all of Kendra Elliot's books and was super excited to start her latest series. Once again, she didn't disappoint.
Mercy Kilpatrick, the protagonist, first appeared in Targeted, the fourth book in the Callahan & McLane series.
Mercy left her hometown 15 years ago and hasn't spoken to her family since. But now she is sent by the FBI to help the local police with their investigation into the murder of survivalists in the isolated community of Eagle's Nest, Oregon. Local police chief Truman Daly has a keen personal interest in the case, as one of the murdered men was his uncle. When Mercy finds some similarities to events that happened 15 years ago, she is forced to reconnect with members of her family and has to trust Truman with details of her life that she has kept hidden.
I enjoyed the unique storyline about preppers, their mindset and way of life. The emphasis was on suspense, the romance light and believable because it unfolded gradually. Some unexpected twists. Overall, a great start to a promising new series. ( )
  Pet12 | Jan 18, 2017 |
FBI Agent Mercy Kilpatrick returns to the small town where she grew up after a fifteen year absence when she is assigned to a case that may have a link with domestic terrorism. Someone is killing elderly preppers and stealing their gun collections. The new police chief, an import from San Jose who used to spend summers there, is the nephew of one of the victims. He definitely wants the cases solved and is happy that the FBI, with their vast resources, has come to assist.

We gradually learn about Mercy's backstory as this story unfolds. She was raised to be a prepper -- someone who is stockpiling resources for the inevitable collapse of society. She left because of some unknown tragedy that led her parents to shun her. She has had no communication with her parents or her sisters or brothers since. In fact, when she stopped in to get some coffee at a new coffee shop she was surprised to see her that her brother and her niece owned it. Neither acknowledged each other during the awkward encounter.

We also learn about small town politics as we see the rivalry between Mercy's father and an influential local rancher who wants Mercy's family as a part of his community. After still another elderly prepper is murdered, Mercy notices a frightening connection to a couple of murders that happened shortly before she first left town. Every mirror in the victims' houses has been shattered. This brings up a connection to earlier crimes that comes very close to exposing the secret the led to her getting out of town.

She and Truman Daly, the police chief, get close as they investigate the new and old crimes. He first admires her intelligence and focus but that just leads him to want to know more about her. He is the first to consider a relationship with her. Between her investigation, her guilt over past events, and her current relationship, or lack of one, with her family, it takes Mercy much longer to appreciate Truman.

This was an excellent mystery. I really liked both Mercy and Truman. Since this story introduces new characters, I hope more adventures are planned for Mercy and Truman. ( )
  kmartin802 | Dec 11, 2016 |
The past never really stays in the past. This book kicks off a new series about Mercy Kilpatrick who ran from home 15 years ago and is now back as an FBI agent investing murders of men who are preppers.

Mercy is not your typical heroine, at least not one this author has written before. She grew up with a family and community that believes a catastrophic disaster or emergency is likely to occur in the future and makes active preparations for it, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies. After a traumatic event befalls her and her sister and her father refusal to support her she left her family behind without a second glance. When she left Eagle's Nest, Oregon she though she would be able to put both the event and her survivalist upbringing behind her. She certainly tried. Going to college and then joining the FBI. But when the prepper murders bring her back to town and it starts to look like the may have some similar characteristics of cold murder cases – Mercy's past threatens to come back and jeopardize her career and life.

Mercy is a flawed heroine but one I enjoyed reading. At the start of the book she never thought she could go home again but by the end she embraces that the survivalist lifestyle is part of who she is along with the tough FBI agent she has become. We are also introduced to her love interest Truman Daly who is the police chief of Eagle's Nest. A great start to a new series that I look forward to reading many more books about Mercy. ( )
  CindySnS | Nov 29, 2016 |
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