A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick, #1)

by Kendra Elliot

4 of 5 stars 3 ratings • 2 reviews • 12 shelved
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A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick, #1)

by Kendra Elliot

4 of 5 stars 3 ratings • 2 reviews • 12 shelved
  • ISBN10 1503939790
  • ISBN13 9781503939790
  • Publish Date 17 January 2017
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Montlake Romance
  • Format Paperback (US Trade)
  • Pages 352
  • Language English


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A Merciful Death is the first book in Kendra Elliot’s new Mercy Kilpatrick series and it was definitely full of suspense, drama, and action, which made me not want to put it down.

Mercy Kilpatrick is a FBI special agent that is sent back to her hometown in Eagle’s Nest to determine if the killings that are happening there are leading up to a domestic terrorism event. Unfortunately, she never thought she would step back in Eagle’s Nest, especially when her family shunned her. When she starts looking around at the crime scenes, she notices details that are too familiar to an unsolved mystery that rocked Eagle’s Nest town so many years ago.

Kendra Elliot always manages to write some detailed in-depth characters with some very action-packed suspenseful storylines. Mercy Kilpatrick is what I would consider a character that is very secretive and down right kick-butt. I enjoyed getting to know her character in the first book (I heard she was in the Callahan & McLane series, but I have some catching up to do on some of Kendra’s books and I look forward to catching up this year) Mercy knows how to handle a crisis because of how she was brought up. Although once I got to meet her family in the story, I could understand why Mercy left. Mercy was raised in a family that prepared for the worst kind of fall out and they believed the woman was met to be home to tend to the garden, have children, and take care of their husband. Mercy though was not like that at all, which is why she became a FBI agent. I’m really glad she decided to follow her own path because she definitely became one strong woman.

The male character in the story, Truman Daly is just as fascinating as Mercy. He didn’t grow up in Eagle’s Nest, but he’s learning about the town. He is fascinated with Mercy, but he knows she is holding in secrets. When he finds out who Mercy is really, he is determine more than ever to win her over.

Kendra Elliot definitely didn’t make it easy for Mercy and Truman to find out what is happening in Eagle’s Nest. Secrets end up coming out of the blue and poor Mercy has to deal with her past all over again because of what is happening.

I don’t want to give anything away because this is really a great book. I look forward to the next book in the series and also I need to catch up on the other books Kendra has written in the last year or so. Let’s just say reading took a back burner last year, but I’m catching up on it this year.

I give this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to Romantic Suspense readers out there. If you haven’t checked out any of Kendra Elliot’s books I definitely recommend you do. She’s one of my favorite Romantic Suspense authors and I tend to buy her books in paperback, so they can go in my bookcase with all my other favorite authors. 🙂

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The state of Oregon is home too many preppers or doomsday groups.  Our protagonist, Mercy Kilpatrick grew up in the tight-knit prepper community of Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. A disagreement with her father, caused her to cut-ties with her family when she was eighteen.

Mercy knows the small-town and folks in Eagle's Nest. Their dislike of outsiders and the government make her the perfect agent to investigate.

When a series of murders involving preppers occur, it raises alarms with the FBI. Could someone be planning a domestic terrorist act?  

This was a clever story that pulled me in from the beginning. We have several story lines woven together, but the investigation was the primary focus. Twists and reveals kept me guessing until the end. Only after the killer was revealed did I see the foreshadowing and clues peppered throughout the story.

Threads involving Mercy, and her estranged family, were well developed, and added to the overall suspense.  I found the prepper lifestyle fascinating.  Insight into preppers and the inner workings of their community kept me engaged.

Mercy has secrets that the author slowly revealed allowing the reader to better understand her motives. The local sheriff, a newcomer by small-town standards assists in the investigation. Mercy's partner and the Bend FBI field office added to the investigation and added believability. A low-key romance develops with the promise of things to come but was a minor thread compared to the first two.

A heart-pounding investigation and interesting characters made this an entertaining read. Elliot, a seasoned author pens books set in the Pacific Northwest. She brought the landscape, characters and small-town to life. I cannot wait to devour the next book, A Merciful Truth.  This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer