A Merciful Fate

A Merciful Fate

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"How many people will die to keep a killer hidden in plain sight? Raised by preppers, survivalist and FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick has a deep-rooted need for a safe place. Her getaway in the Cascade Foothills is her secret. But when skeletal remains are unearthed--those of a murdered man linked to a notorious heist--Mercy realizes she isn't the only one with something to hide. Thirty years ago, an armored-car robbery turned deadly. The mastermind was captured. Four conspirators vanished with a fortune. One of them, it appears, never made it out of the woods alive. For Mercy and her fiancé, Police Chief Truman Daly, their investigation opens old wounds in Eagle's Nest that cut deeper than they imagined. Especially when a reckless tabloid reporter draws fresh blood. It's clear to Mercy that somebody in this close-knit community is not who they seem to be. Some are still shattered by the heist. Some still have reason to be afraid. But which one will kill again and again to hide three decades of secrets? To land this case, it's up to Mercy to unmask a familiar stranger before someone else dies."
Publisher: Seattle : Montlake Romance, 2019
ISBN: 9781503903302
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ell
Description: 349 pages ; 21 cm


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Jan 12, 2019

Reading A Merciful Fate is like coming home and slipping into my jimmy-jams, robe and slippers, turning on the fire and gathering up the dog, throw and glass of wine.
This is absolutely not to imply the books in this, series, including A Merciful Fate are cozies. Au contraire, mes amies. This series has kept me on the edge of my couch and turning pages as quickly as possible. I still have not totally recovered from the last book A Merciful. Silence Of course these books can be read alone, Elliot does a good job of catching you up on the players.
I might not have read of any cop/FBI with a background as unusual as Mercy Kilpartrick’s, (outside of the realm of fantasy). Mercy is a secret prepper-actually the smartest kind to be. She was raised by prepper/survivalist parents until she broke away. I’m gonna quote myself, “You can take the girl out of the family circle but you can’t take the prepper out of the girl.” So she still embraces parts of the philosophy. The always be prepared part, just to an unusual degree.
She is an FBI agent in love with and engaged to the local police chief, Truman Daly. When Mercy finds herself proposing a wedding trip to Italy its wonderful to see that Mercy is no longer a half bubble off plumb, but just a smidgen. Can y’all tell I’m fascinated by Mercy?
Okay now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Truman’s ward, Ollie, finds a skeletonized body in the woods. The body turns out to be a member of the Gamble-Helmet bank robbery gang which ended in one death, one arrest, four escapes and the money disappearing. The Gamble-Helmet crime became second only to the D.B.Cooper hijacking in myth and mystery in the Northwest.
Thirty years is a long time for people to re-invent themselves so Mercy finds herself eyeing long time friends in a different way. She is just not eying the right people.
Meanwhile, back in Eagle’s Nest, Truman is dealing with two, seemingly unconnected spates of vandalism.
I would have to say the complex plot, and the fascinating characters are evenly matched in A Merciful Fate. It was especially lovely to see so much of sister Rose, her FBI partner Eddie Peterson and young hero Ollie.
I know also that this sounded like a review of Mercy. But why not, there seems to be a competition between authors to make their cop/FBI agents as damaged as possible. Mercy fits into that category, but I think in just about the most interesting way.
Elliot could have done a bit better research about retired FBI agents. They are fully able to carry concealed weapons. No concealed weapons permit needed.
I still admire the way Elliot writes in such a respectful way about the prepper lifestyle. She makes it understandable, not a joke.
Elliot also has a fine way with her occasional metaphors, “ ...but an experienced reporter would dip him in batter, deep fry him, and then eat him for dinner”
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest


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