A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick Series #1)

A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick Series #1)

by Kendra Elliot

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Overview

Soon to be a TV series by Warner Brothers Television and Ellen Degeneres’s A Very Good Production.

FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick has been waiting her whole life for disaster to strike. A prepper since childhood, Mercy grew up living off the land—and off the grid—in rural Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. Until a shocking tragedy tore her family apart and forced her to leave home. Now a predator known as the cave man is targeting the survivalists in her hometown, murdering them in their homes, stealing huge numbers of weapons, and creating federal suspicion of a possible domestic terrorism event. But the crime scene details are eerily familiar to an unsolved mystery from Mercy’s past.

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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503939790
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Series: Mercy Kilpatrick Series , #1
Pages: 342
Sales rank: 112,479
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kendra Elliot is the award-winning author of numerous books, including the Bone Secrets and Callahan & McLane series. Kendra won the 2015 and 2014 Daphne du Maurier awards for Best Romantic Suspense, and she was an International Thriller Writers finalist for Best Paperback Original and a Romantic Times finalist for Best Romantic Suspense. She has always been a voracious reader, cutting her teeth on classic female heroines such as Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and Laura Ingalls. She was born, raised, and still lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her husband and three daughters but looks forward to the day she can live in flip-flops.

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A Merciful Death 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the first in a new series by Kendra Elliot and it has me hooked. Mercy Kilpatrick is a woman with many secrets. That is hard for someone who is also an FBI agent. When her most recent case sends her back to her hometown of Eagle's Nest, Oregon, some of her secrets come out. Fifteen years earlier she left home and was shunned by her family, she has not spoken to any of them since. This town has more than its share of "preppers". There are two main groups one headed up by Mercy's father and the second by her father's enemy. When several older preppers are killed and their weapons stolen, the FBI is worried about Domestic Terrorism. With the help of police chief, Truman Daley, Mercy and her partner begin the investigation. When things remind Mercy of earlier murders (15 years ago) she reopens the investigation in those cases. What is Mercy's secret? How will all this affect her job with the FBI and her family relationships?" I could not put this book down. I read long into the night to find out what was going to happen. The plot pulled me along quite quickly. I liked learning more about Preppers. I always thought they were a bunch of crazy, hermit types but these characters were not. I was not sure about the character of Mercy at the beginning of the book, but really liked her by the end. Finding out about her past slowly as the book unfolds makes her very real to the reader. The secondary characters (her family, her partner) are all very likable (except her father) and I hope to see more of them in other books in this series. I will say that I had figured out who the murderer was much earlier than the book revealed it, but it did not diminish my enjoyment of the story at all. A great read for lovers of suspense, mysteries and FBI type stories. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for voluntary review for netgalley. Didn't hate it, but didn't love it like some of her other books. Mercy Kirkpatrick left at a young age after becoming estranged with her family. This family were preppers, and now the preppers are being killed and she returns as an FBI agent involved in case, and they are similar to cold cases. She has secrets, and a love interest Truman Daly, who is the police chief in charge and he would love to know these secrets. As always unexpected stuff comes out. Start to new series.
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
As an FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick has always wondered when the other shoe would drop. Wondered went fate and karma would join forces and make her face her past. And it looks like time just ran out. Mercy is assigned to a multiple murder that takes her back to her home town. A place she had hoped to never visit again. The question is how will the people of Eagle’s Nest react to her return and how much of the past will resurface. YAY!!! Mercy is a series!!! I loved Mercy when we originally meet her in Targeted (Callahan & McLane bk4). She is a very in depth character and has so many sides that I believe that we still haven’t seen or learned everything about Mercy. And Truman. How can you not like this guy? He is tough and determined. He is willing to do just about anything to get the answers to these murders. Except risking never having a chance with Mercy. These two are a great team. I devoured this book in one sitting. I kinda wish that I had taken more time to read it because now I have to wait for the next installment in this series. I seriously can’t wait to see what is next for Mercy and Truman!!! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & Montlake Romance in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Booklover225 More than 1 year ago
Thank you for allowing me to review this book in exchange for an honest review. That's easy this is her best book yet. It kept my interest from the beginning, I wanted to know the whom and why of it. I like that it has romance and mystery. The main character Mercy is a tough FBI agent but also has a very vulnerable side and a secret she has tried to bury for 15 years. Mercy is assigned to go back to her home town to investigate the murders of harmless elderly preppers and theft of a large amount of guns. Truman is the Chief of police whom she must work with. What will she do when she encounters bothers and sisters and parents she' was shunned from so long ago. Will they refuse to acknowledge her? Truman knows Mercy is hiding something but does it have to do with the case and why is her family estranged? What happened all those years ago? Will she find who is doing the killing and could a secret she's held for all those years have saved them? Mercy must decide how much she can tell Truman and what is she to do about their mutually growing attraction? Great reads! Page turner you won't want to put down.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
A Merciful Death was a very intriguing and well laid out mystery and suspense. The one problem that I had with it is that it was also supposed to be a romance. Generally, in the midst of all the gruesomeness and horror that comes with murder/mystery, the romance helps to lighten the mood and show that there is still love in the world. In this case, I didn’t really see that. There were some glimmers of hope and forgiveness but they didn’t exactly come from the relationship between the hero and the heroine. The book focuses on a small town in Oregon called Eagle’s Nest that has been overwhelmed by a couple of murders that point to the existence of a serial killer. When former resident and current FBI Agent Mercy Kilpatrick returns after leaving home in shame 15 years ago, several old wounds are reopened. In addition, a secret from Mercy’s past provides some insight into the current investigation. As Mercy collaborates with local Sheriff Truman Daly, they attempt to deny their attraction to each other. More importantly, Truman starts to notice that Mercy is not being totally truthful with him. The longer that Mercy stays in town, the more she starts to regret having to come back to this town that she both loves and hates. Eventually, it seems that her return was necessary for her to find closure and a brighter future. Kendra Elliot did a great job of telling a story that didn’t seem like the usual suspense. The characters were all very interesting and I truly felt empathy for what happened to Mercy years ago that had a profound affect on her and her entire family. It’s a testament to how important family is to everyone. I was also impressed by the fact that I had no clue who the killer was until it was revealed. Be advised that some of the story gets rather gruesome because there is kidnapping, rape, and murder. Some of which I didn’t feel really added to the story. **Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed the book.**
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
The 1st book in the new MERCY. PATRICK SERIES by Kendra Elliot. A MERCIFUL DEATH starts this series with a taut thriller, to the end. Mercy is an FBI agent hasn't seen her family in years. She has been a prepper since childhood. Bodies are turning up, the work of man known as the cave man. Targeting the survivalists. These murders are issues of unsolved murder from Mercy past, that she tries to hide. The police chief Truman Daly see underneath ,and how she tries to cover her past. Can he uncover the hurt and memories for her. Will the cave man be caught. A gripping story, that is sure to please the fans of Kendra Elliot. Given book by Net Galley for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from December 25 to 26, 2016 BOOK BLURB FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick has been waiting her whole life for disaster to strike. A prepper since childhood, Mercy grew up living off the land—and off the grid—in rural Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. Until a shocking tragedy tore her family apart and forced her to leave home. Now a predator known as the cave man is targeting the survivalists in her hometown, murdering them in their homes, stealing huge numbers of weapons, and creating federal suspicion of a possible domestic terrorism event. But the crime scene details are eerily familiar to an unsolved mystery from Mercy’s past. 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… My Thoughts A murder mystery that combines suspense, drama and a hint of romance all of which mesh together to introduce readers to this newest series featuring a female leading main character who is torn between denying or embracing her upbringing as she returns to her hometown for the first time in 15 years. Mercy Kilpatrick is an FBI agent, who along with her partner, is sent to investigate a murder scene that is apparently something the local law enforcement is not equipped to handle alone. Unfortunately for Mercy this gruesome crime scene is only the first found as a serial killer sets his sights on the citizens of Eagle’s Nest, specifically older male preppers with a stockpile of weapons. The eerie circumstances that perhaps a murderer from Mercy’s past has resurfaced and is once again plying his particular brand of horror is the main focus but it also leads to opening up the reasons that caused Mercy to leave Eagles Nest at 18. Reasons that have alienated she and her entire family for many years, something that is slowly resolved when she manages to reconnect first with one of her brothers, his daughter and also Mercy’s sister Rose. (view spoiler) Solid story, interesting prepper details, likable female/male main characters and overall enjoyable reading experience with a decent resolution to first story arc and lead in to next book as well. The thrill of finding a new-to-me author whose storyline managed to strike a spark of interest with the short plot description provided is always welcome, it is even better when having finished the book that thrill remains. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
booklover- More than 1 year ago
FBI Agent Mercy Kilpatrick has been pegged to investigate a series of murders in Eagle's Nest, Oregon. This is her home town, where her parents and siblings still live ... although she hasn't seen or talked to any of them in 15 years, when she was forced to leave and told to never return. Someone is killing survivalists in their homes and stealing their many weapons. Could this be a possible act of domestic terrorism? But the broken mirrors in each of their homes have been shattered, bringing to mind an unsolved mystery from Mercy's past. Police Chief Truman Daly has a personal interest in these killings ... his uncle was one of the survivalists killed. Working together, Truman and Mercy are trying to deny their growing attraction. Mercy is afraid that if she lets him get close, he will learn her secrets. Truman also comes with baggage of his own. As they get closer to the killer, the killer is also targeting a new victim.. only it's not a survivalist he's after. His mind is on the one who got away years ago. And he's a lot closer to Truman and Mercy than they think. I have read many of this author's books and never been disappointed. Her plots are well thought out, well written, with interesting characters that come to life. There's always an element of romance, but mostly left to the imagination rather than being explicit. This is the beginning of a brand new series. There are no cliff hangers involved. Next book is A Merciful Truth due out later in 2017. I'm looking forward to it. Many thanks to the author / Montlake Romance / Netgalley. The opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.