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.
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: Nora Roberts
Performed by January LaVoy
Released by Brilliance Audio in May 2018
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Romance, Book Review
It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at the video-game store tended to customers. Then the shooters arrived.
With a storyline that is unfortunately all too relevant, Shelter in Place opens with powerful, harrowing and convincingly described scenes of a mass shooting in a mall.
Author: Jane Lovering
Published: March 2017 by Choc Lit
Category: Romance, Humour, Book Review
Secrets, lies, carrot cake – and an owl called Skrillex!
Amy Knowles has always been the plain sidekick to her pretty best friend Jules. And whilst the tea room they both work in on the Monkpark Hall estate in Yorkshire is not exactly awash with eligible bachelors, it’s obvious where the male attention is concentrated – and it’s not just on the cakes!
The story focuses on Josh and Amy, with alternating chapters from each of their perspectives, two people with completely different backgrounds and experiences of life.
Author: Sandra Danby
Published: May 2018 by Beulah Press
Category: Women’s Fiction, Art, Adoption, Book Review
TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD, ARTIST JUSTINE TREE HAS IT ALL… BUT SHE ALWAYS HAS A SECRET THAT THREATENS TO DESTROY EVERYTHING
Justine’s art sells around the world, but does anyone truly know her? When her mother dies, she returns to her childhood home in Yorkshire where she decides to confront her past. She asks journalist Rose Haldane to find the baby she gave away when she was an art student, but only when Rose starts to ask difficult questions does Justine truly understand what she must face.
Beginning with a short, intriguing prologue, we become acquainted with Justine King as she attends her mother’s funeral in Yorkshire.
Author: Peter May
Performed by Peter Forbes
Released on Audible: December 2013 by Quercus
Category: Historical, Contemporary, Murder, Mystery, Romance, Book Review
When Detective Sime Mackenzie boards a light aircraft at Montreal’s St. Hubert airfield, he does so without looking back. For Sime, the 850-mile journey ahead represents an opportunity to escape the bitter blend of loneliness and regret that has come to characterise his life in the city.
Travelling as part of an eight-officer investigation team, Sime’s destination lies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Only two kilometres wide and three long, Entry Island is home to a population of around 130 inhabitants – the wealthiest of which has just been discovered murdered in his home.
Detective Sime (Sheem) Mackenzie is part of the murder investigation team sent to Entry Island, one of Les Îsles de la Madeleine archipelago in the Gulf of St Lawrence, from the Sûreté de Police.