A Merciful Truth (Mercy Kilpatrick Book 2) by @kendraelliot #Crime Fiction set in Oregon #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Kendra Elliot

Published: June 2017 by Montlake Romance

Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Romance, Murder, Mystery, Book Review

Raised by a family of survivalists, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick can take on any challenge—even the hostile reception to her homecoming. But she’s not the only one causing chaos in the rural community of Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. At first believed to be teenage pranks, a series of fires takes a deadly turn with the murder of two sheriff’s deputies. Now, along with Police Chief Truman Daly, Mercy is on the hunt for an arsonist turned killer.

In the first book we learned about FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick’s background, how she was brought up in a family of survivalists and left home at eighteen, estranged from her family. Fifteen years later she returned during an investigation and decided to move back to central Oregon. She can’t completely distance herself from the prepper lifestyle and has her own fully stocked bolt hole close to Eagle’s Nest. 

Mercy stayed over in Portland on her way back to Eagle’s Nest after two weeks of special training at Quantico, but a 3.00am phone call gets her up and on the road for the three hour journey back to town. 

Police Chief Truman Daly is investigating a series of small fires set at various locations around Eagle’s Nest. At first he put it down to bored teenagers, the first fire having been started in an old abandoned car and then a dumpster. The arsonist accelerated when third fire burned down a shed stocked with prepping supplies.  When Truman attended the fourth fire he found two murdered county deputies.

Two more shots. 

Was that a scream?

His heart pounding, he called 911, reported shots fired, and advised the dispatcher to immediately let the approaching fire trucks know. He ended the call and slowly moved out of his hiding place behind the rock, his eyes peeled for the shooter. Who fired?

Eagle’s Nest officers had never found anyone at the scene of the previous fires. Why is this time different?

FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick stayed over in Portland on her way back to Eagle’s Nest after two weeks of special training at Quantico, but a 3.00am phone call gets her up and on the road for the three hour journey back to town. The two murdered deputies are now Mercy’s priority and she joins Truman in the investigation, during which they hear rumours about a group of people who are anti anything to do with government, including law enforcement. 

I’m really enjoying this series. In A Merciful Truth the characters have evolved, Mercy is becoming more open to a relationship with Truman while he is trying his best not to scare her off, knowing she has trust issues. The romance isn’t at the forefront by any means and takes a back seat to the plot threads, which are well thought through and woven together nicely. Mercy is also getting used to her new role as guardian to her niece after the death of her brother. The family and their dynamics have a goodly part to play in this story. I enjoyed Eddie’s contribution very much too.

The investigation is driven forward as more comes to light about the arsonists, the two murdered deputies and the group of radicals who are forming their own militia. As the plot unfolds there are dangers and twists to keep the reader on their toes, great pacing keeps thing moving and the suspense levels high. This could be read as a standalone but, like all series, the subtleties of the characters’ backstories would be missed.

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Goodreads

About the Author

An Amazon #1 selling author, Kendra Elliot has sold over 4 million books. She grew up in the lush Pacific Northwest and still lives there with her husband, three daughters, two cats, and a Pomeranian. She’s fascinated with forensics, refuses to eat anything green, and dreams of living every day in flip flops.

The BONE SECRETS NOVELS: HIDDEN, CHILLED, BURIED, ALONE, KNOWN and VEILED (a novella).

The CALLAHAN & McLANE novels are a spin-off of the Bone Secrets books. VANISHED, BRIDGED, SPIRALED, and TARGETED.

The MERCY KILPATRICK series, a spin-off of the CALLAHAN & McLANE series, A MERCIFUL DEATH, A MERCIFUL TRUTH, and A MERCIFUL SECRET.

She also writes the Rogue River novella series with author Melinda Leigh.

A four-time Wall Street Journal best selling author, 2014 International Thriller Writers finalist, a three time Daphne Du Maurier winner, and a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice finalist.

Author links ~ Website | Twitter | Facebook 

Lost On The Water by D.G. Driver #YA Suspense with a touch of Supernatural @DGDriverAuthor #BookReview

Author: D.G. Driver

Published: July 2018 by Fire and Ice Young Adult Books

Category: Young Adult, Suspense, Supernatural, Contemporary, Book Review

Forced to leave the California beach behind to spend the summer with her grandma in rural Tennessee, Dannie is certain this will be the most boring summer of her life. Things start looking up when a group of local kids, mistaking her short hair and boyish figure, invite her on their ‘no girls allowed’ overnight kayaking trip. Obviously, her grandma refuses to let her go. But Dannie suspects the real reason is that the woman is afraid of the lake, only she won’t tell Dannie why.

The last place Dannie wants to spend a good portion of her summer holiday is in rural Tennessee with her grandmother, while her parents spend two weeks in Paris.

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All The Hidden Truths by Claire Askew @OneNightStanzas Contemporary Fiction #NetGalley #AllTheHiddenTruths #FridayReads

Author: Claire Askew

Published: August 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Murder, Mystery, Book Review

All the Hidden Truths is the story of a tragic shooting at an Edinburgh college and its aftermath. It is narrated by three women at the heart of the story – the mother of a victim and the mother of the shooter, and DI Helen Birch who is tasked in solving the case. The book is both a “knotty crime novel” and a story of grief “trying to make sense of something that defies reason”.

The three main characters are introduced individually, and the story is told from the perspective of each of them.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Unlawful Greed by Pamela Samuels Young #Audiobook Short Murder/Mystery Story

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This weeks’s choice is a short story which I listened to in audio, narrated by RC Bray and released in February 2015.

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The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman ~ Contemporary Women’s Fiction @amplecat #Humour #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Abbi Waxman

Published: May 2017 by Sphere

Category: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Humour, Book Review

Lilian Girvan has been a single mother for three years – ever since her husband died in a car accident. One mental breakdown and some random suicidal thoughts later, she’s just starting to get the hang of this widow thing. She can now get her two girls to school, show up to work, and watch TV like a pro. The only problem is she’s becoming overwhelmed with being underwhelmed. 

I’m very late with this review as the book decided to hide in the many shelves and stacks around the house. Glad I found it though! Thoroughly enjoyable.

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One Step Ahead (Gamekeeper Turned Poacher Book 1) by @DenverAuthor #RBRT Crime Fiction

Author: Denver Murphy

Kindle Edition

Category: Crime, Murder, Thriller, Suspense, Book Review

Detective Superintendent Brandt has found the perfect murderer.

Himself.

And he will use his unparalleled knowledge of how to escape detection to kill; again and again, because the people of Britain need awakening from their slumber of indifference, having been desensitised by the violence that is gripping the country.

Detective Inspector Jeffrey Brandt retires after a long and very successful career with one aim in mind.

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Hunter’s Chase (The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries) by @valeriepenny @rararesources

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Hunter’s Chase, the first of the Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. Before we get to my review, here’s the book info.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Huntress Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers #1) by @AlexSokoloff

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This week I’m revisiting the first book that kicked off The Huntress/FBI series in audiobook format, released in 2014. RC Bray does a fabulous job with the characterisations.

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