Mercy Street (Mercy Street Series #1)

Mercy Street (Mercy Street Series #1)

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Mercy Street (Mercy Street Series #1) by Mariah Stewart, Joyce Bean

From New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes a novel of sexy romantic suspense for fans of Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter, and Karen Robards.

Mariah Stewart crafts compelling stories of romantic suspense, full of richly imagined characters, dazzling plot twists, and breathless action that keeps the pages turning. Now Stewart begins a thrilling new series–with a novel that proves to be her biggest and boldest yet.

On a balmy spring evening, four high school seniors–three boys and a girl–enter a park in the small Pennsylvania city of Conroy. The next morning, two of the boys are found shot to death, and the girl and the third boy are gone. After three weeks with no leads and no sign of either of the two missing teenagers, the chief of police begins to wonder if they too were victims. But with no other suspects, the authorities conclude that one of these kids was the shooter.

The missing boy’s grandmother, a secretary at the local parish church, maintains his innocence. On her behalf, the parish priest, Father Kevin Burch, hires former detective Mallory Russo as a private investigator to figure out what happened in the park that night. Mallory had ended her nine-year stint with the Conroy police force some time ago after becoming a target of a smear campaign. Now a true-crime author, Mallory is surprised to receive the priest’s offer–and highly intrigued by the case. She can’t help but accept the challenge–especially when she learns that her investigation will be financed by Father Burch’s cousin the reclusive billionaire Robert Magellan, a man whose own wife and infant son disappeared without a trace a year ago, a man who understands the heartache of not knowing what happened to a loved one.

Detective Charlie Wanamaker is facing another sort of tragedy. He fled Conroy years ago with no plans to return to what he considered a dying factory town–until a family emergency brought him back. Finding the situation much worse than he’d thought, he trades his job as a big-city detective for one with the Conroy police department. Assigned to the park shooting case, Charlie quickly realizes that the initial investigation left a lot of questions unanswered. Unofficially, he teams up with Mallory to uncover the truth and find the two kids, dead or alive. What Charlie and Mallory discover will take them down a twisted path that leads to an old unsolved murder–and justice for a killer with a heart of stone.

Mercy Street is tautly paced, resonant with emotion, and relentlessly gripping. It showcases Mariah Stewart at her most brilliant, as she ratchets up the suspense to new levels of excitement.

Praise for Mariah Stewart

“Mariah Stewart is one to watch and savor for a long time.”–The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Stewart can always be counted on to write an exciting romantic suspense thriller.”–TheBestReviews.com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423319276
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 05/13/2008
Series: Mercy Street Series , #1
Edition description: Abridged, 5 CDs, 6 hrs.
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Mariah Stewart is the award-winning author of the Last series: Last Look, Last Words, and Last Breath; the Truth series: Cold Truth, Hard Truth, Dark Truth, and Final Truth; and the Dead series: Dead Even, Dead Wrong, Dead Certain, and Dead End; as well as Until Dark and The President’s Daughter. She is the recipient of both the Golden Leaf Award and the Award of Excellence presented by the Colorado Romance Writers, and has been a finalist for the Holt Medallion. Her books have been nominated for several awards from Romantic Times magazine, including Best Contemporary Romance and Best Contemporary Novel. Stewart is a native of Hightstown, New Jersey, and lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their two daughters.

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Mercy Street (Mercy Street Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
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AlaskanReaderNN More than 1 year ago
Most excellent, hard to put down, read on my nook in 6 hours! Story kept moving! Am anxious to read the next two.
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Tigerpaw70 More than 1 year ago
Book 1 in the Mercy Street Foundation series This romantic suspense novel is a refreshing interlude, a relief for those who have been reading more adrenaline based mysteries, Mariah Stewart style is lower keyed . This mystery is basic and not complicated to follow, it focuses mainly on homicides and missing person investigations and provides interesting moments that will grab you immediately, unfortunately it is somewhat predictable. The novel juggles three threads at the same time and intertwines smoothly: 1) The center of the mystery is Robert Magellan's missing family and the fact that he is haunted by the memory and relives the terrible day when Beth his wife and their baby son simply disappeared, never to be found. 2) On another tangent, investigators are left baffled when a simple outing to a local park turns tragic, two children are missing and two have had their young lives cut short. After weeks into the investigation, the only theory they have is, one of the missing kids is the possible shooter. The child's grandmother unable to accept what is happening turns to Father Kevin Burch. With the help and sympathy of philanthropist Robert Magellan they hire P.I. Mallory Russo to look into the matter. 3) It turns out the Conroy police force is already busy, they have a sniper on the hunt. The events present an seemingly insurmountable challenge to a small police force. P.I. Mallory Russo has a stroke of luck when she meets Charlie Wanamaker, a man with a dysfunctional family, who happens to be in transition from one police force to the Conroy force. They quickly bound and with their passion for justice they race to solve the mysteries. The chemistry they develop between themselves eventually reaches beyond their professionalism... The characters are quite likeable and easy to root for, a blooming romance between Mallory and Charlie is surely to be followed up in the next instalment, at least I expect it to be with the conclusion to what happened to Robert Magellan's family. The story was captivating but in time will not be one of my most memorable novels.
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I enjoyed this book immensely. It was not too hard to read, but not too easy. It had an interesting plot, and it moved along at just the right speed. There were a variety of characters, each dealing with different life issues which should connect with many readers. The author writes well. The story is good and the end fulfilling even if the very last bit is somewhat expected. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series. This book is perfect for the woman looking for an escape into mystery.
StarfishTiger More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book today, and I loved it. I was just looking around my basement for something interesting to read and thought Mercy Street sounding interesting. Turns out, I was right. I definitely recommend this book to others who like suspense novels. After finishing this one, I immediately got online and purchased the next two in the series. Reading the preview for the second book has gotten me pretty excited!
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Easy read and great content. As it is a series I wished I had gotten all three before starting one so I could finish them. Last one due out in August and can't wait.
KarenKim More than 1 year ago
If you've read any of Mariah Stewart's other books and enjoyed them, you will enjoy this one as well. The Mercy Street Foundation was created to help find missing people - and the founder has an interesting and tragic story that will be discussed more in book two and I'm guessing book three. If you like mystery mixed with romance, then you will enjoy this book.
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There are several stories in Mercy Street. Billionaire Robert Magellan whose wife and son disappears, Mallory Russo, a good detective, set-up by jealous co-workers DET Charlie Wanamaker who returns to Conroy to help out his mother and sister, and in a city playground two teenaged boys are shot dead while two of their friends manage to escape the killer. All of the stories are interesting and all come to a resolution except Robert Magellan¿s. Mercy street reads like a lead-in to a series.