by Kendra Elliot
Released: January 17, 2017
Series: Mercy Kilpatrick #1
“… a great starting point if you want to branch out from straight romance into the mystery and thriller genre.”
~ Under the Covers
FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick has been sent to Eagle’s Nest, a small town in Oregon, to investigate a number of murders. Only, Eagle’s Nest isn’t just any small town; it’s where she grew up, and it’s where she left at 18 and hasn’t returned. It’s also where her family live, a family that hasn’t spoken to her since she left. When investigating the murders that have brought her back to home town, with the help of the local sheriff, she realises they’re connected to a string of murders that occurred when she was younger. A string of murders that instigated her leaving the town and never returning. Until now.
For the last year I have been trying to pick up more books in the thriller and mystery genre. This series was actually one of the first to pop on my radar. However, it has taken until now for me to actually pick it up. The reason I did was because I landed on Cozy Corner in my Romanceopoly challenge. The Cozy Corner prompt is to read a mystery or cozy mystery, and A Merciful Death fit right in.
I really enjoyed the book, as well as the murders, it also explored Mercy’s character and why she left Eagle’s Nest. It also delved into how her upbringing as a prepper has affected her present life in a very tangible way. Then there was the romance which threaded through the book between Mercy and the sheriff. Because of the different elements contained in this book it makes a great starting point if you want to branch out from straight romance into the mystery and thriller genre. It’s a gentle introduction to the mystery/thriller genre as those elements are balanced by the more interpersonal and emotional development of the characters, such as the romance and Mercy’s family dynamics. Also…it’s just a really great read.
However, this is a mystery at heart and I liked how it was built up and how it entwined with Mercy’s past. A Merciful Death didn’t have a massive danger element or fear of the murderer. The tension in the story was mainly produced from Mercy and her strained relationship with her family rather. But, that didn’t mean the murder mystery wasn’t interesting and I didn’t know who the culprit was until towards the very end. I love a book that can keep me guessing! I also liked that there were some procedural elements added to the story; there were just enough to make it seem real without it overwhelming the book with unnecessary detail.
I really enjoyed A Merciful Death and I will definitely be reading the rest of the books in this series in the near future. If you are a fan of Melinda Leigh then you will love this and if you are looking to get into the mystery genre, then I would recommend giving this book a try.
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