Sent by the FBI to assist local law enforcement, Mercy returns to Eagle’s Nest to face the family who shunned her while maintaining the facade of a law-abiding citizen. There, she meets police chief Truman Daly, whose uncle was the cave man’s latest victim. He sees the survivalist side of her that she desperately tries to hide, but if she lets him get close enough to learn her secret, she might not survive the fallout…
What I liked: I enjoy romantic suspense and Ms Elliott delivered in a big way. The main character in A Merciful death is Mercy Kilpatrick. She’s a domestic terrorism agent in the FBI. She also has a few secrets in her background that are about to come full circle and smack her in the face. Her love interest is the Sheriff of Eagle’s Nest, Oregon, Truman Daly, who has his own demons. Mercy and her FBI partner are sent to Eagle’s Nest because someone is killing “preppers” and the murders are strangely reminiscent of murders that happened 15 years ago, and ultimately drove Mercy out of Eagle’s Nest after her family shuns her. Yep, Mercy knows all about prepping and it’s not going to be easy facing her family after so long.
The reason Mercy and the FBI are involved in the murder cases of the preppers is simple, huge amounts of guns have been stolen from each victim and Mercy finds out there’s a huge similarity tying the prepper murders to murders that touched so close to home 15 years earlier. As Mercy is investigating the latest prepper murder she meets the sheriff of Eagle’s Nest and coincidentally the nephew of one of the victims. Sheriff Daly wants to be involved with the case and is immediately drawn to Mercy and the secrets he sees in her eyes. While it is instant attraction on both their parts, Mercy is not in the market for a love affair and as she and Truman need to work together, the attraction simmers. Truman is bound and determined to find out what drove Mercy away from her family.
The characters and the prepper lifestyle drive A Merciful Death. There is a lot of investigating and trying to put the clues together along with tying the current cases to the past one. Ms Elliot takes care to lay the foundation of the current story and hopefully to continue into the next book of the series. I especially liked that the author didn’t feel like beating the reader over the head with the clues to the murders. She tantalizes instead of overemphasizing the obvious. To me that means she respects the reader.
While Mercy isn’t the most sympathetic character, Truman is almost too laid back. He’s almost the antithesis of Mercy. He’s very accepting of all the quirks in Mercy’s character and very easy going. His attitude completely disarms the prickly Mercy and before she knows it, he’s wormed his way into her life and her secrets.
What I didn’t like: As with any new series a lot of groundwork must be laid out and that means there are parts of the story moving very slowly. It’s necessary and hang in there if you get just a bit impatient.
The pricing of A Merciful Death is very appealing. It will be a free read for Kindle Unlimited members but is also very affordable if you buy the e-book at $4.99. It will release (all on the same date per Amazon and Barnes & Noble) in hardcover, paperback, and audible editions. Very innovative marketing!
I found the background on “Prepping” very interesting as a major part of the story. It’s a way of life for some people and I found myself fascinated with that part of the story.