I found a new series that I enjoy. Mercy Kilpatrick is an FBI Agent whose latest case has taken her back to Eagle's Nest, Oregon where she was born and raised.
Mercy is not happy to be back in the town she left when she was 18. For the past 15 years, she has had no contact with any of her family. Raised in a family of preppers in a town where many people have chosen the prepper life style and often live off the grid, Mercy may have moved away, but she still has the ingrained need to be prepared in case of any catastrophic event.
The crime Mercy and her partner Ed Peterson have been assigned to involves the murder of several preppers and the theft of weapons from each home. Is someone building a stockpile of weapons? Is the purpose some kind of domestic terrorism?
One of the victims is the uncle of the current Eagle's Nest police chief, and he has a personal investment in the case. Truman Daly is doubtful, but intrigued when Mercy sees a connection between the recent murders and murders from the past. While there are many differences, the fact that all the mirrors in each house have been broken in the current murders resonates with the murders from fifteen years earlier. And Mercy ought to know.
Truman is relatively new to the town, although he spent several summers as a teenager visiting his uncle, he is not fully accepted by the entire town. Mercy has the background knowledge and understanding of the mindset of many of the town's citizens. The two work well together and there is a growing attraction between the two that never takes away from solving the case.
Well-fleshed characters, interesting insight into preppers and survivalists, and a town with some memorable inhabitants. A Merciful Death reads quickly with enough background on various characters and the town's history to give the setting a realistic atmosphere and unique sense of place while never diluting the suspense.
I've already started on the second book. :)
Crime/Suspense. 2017. Print length: 352 pages.