A Merciful Death is the first book I’ve read by Kendra Elliot. It’s the first book in the Mercy Kilpatrick series.
A Merciful Death by Kendra Elliot
I love it when I find a new series I enjoy. But then my heart sinks when I discover that it only has two books and the third isn’t due out for another six months. But I digress.
Mercy Kilpatrick is an FBI Agent from Portland, Oregon. She is being called to her hometown of Eagles Nest to investigate the murders of “preppers.”
What are preppers, you ask? They are a network of people who prepare for when disaster strikes. Why would the FBI be interested in such cases? For starters, the killer has stolen all of their weapons from the crime scenes.
As Mercy and police chief Truman Daly investigate, they discover a small connection to two previous murders from 15 years ago. Truman Daly comes dangerously close to finding Mercy’s big secret while looking into the two prior cases. The secret that has caused her family to shun her and her reason for leaving Eagles Nest.
I enjoyed this book. There were a few parts I had trouble tying together, but that may have been due to my distracted reading. Or listening as the case may be, I listened to A Merciful Death with Audible.
I especially enjoyed Mercy’s character. She was staring and hardened due to her past and her career choice. But she was soft and vulnerable too.
My favorite character, however, was Truman Daly. Police Chief of Eagles Nest. Chief Truman Daly is not native to Eagles Nest but spent summers with his uncle in the past. He is the epitome of a nice guy. Truman develops a soft spot in his heart for Mercy, and they work well together.