Book Review: A Merciful Silence

Book: A Merciful Silence
Author: Kendra Elliot
Publisher Type: Traditional
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Women Sleuths
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Heat Meter: 🌶🌶
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Recommend: Oh yes, a Must Read!


A Merciful Silence is the 4th book in the Mercy Kilpatrick series. Elliot’s 1st book in the series is A Merciful Death. The series follows Special Agent Kilpatrick as she bites the bullet and returns to her hometown in rural Oregon to mend old wounds and reconnect with her family. In book 4, Mercy taps into her prepper upbringing to stop a sovereign citizen ring and serial killings that resemble the unique murders that rocked her small town twenty years ago.

I’ve had the pleasure of reading the first three books in the series and found them genuinely entertaining, and book four is no different. The novel is primarily a Women Sleuths, Romantic Suspense, Crime & Mystery, and Police (FBI) Procedural centered around Special Agent Mercy Kilpatrick, the story’s main protagonist. At the same time, some romantic suspense elements carry over from the previous books in the series that are not the main focus of this novel. Instead, we follow Mercy and the Eagle’s Nest police chief, Truman Daly (Mercy’s love interest). They investigate various crimes where jurisdictions cross and include investigative work like missing persons and forensic science. The reader also gets tidbits from the mysterious antagonist’s perspective in the true whodunnit style you’d expect from a Crime & Mystery novel. As far as the story’s pace, it flowed perfectly, and I never found it lagging.

Elliot includes many aspects I love to see in a Romantic Suspense/Police Procedural. A strong, kickass female protagonist, twists and turns I don’t see coming, and a HEA for the couple that defiantly landed more in the behind closed doors type of love scenes. It has been fun watching their relationship evolve through that series, and book four keeps adding to it! It was a page-turner I couldn’t put down! Now, on to book five.

Until next time book lovers, I’ll catch you between the pages 🧡

Disclaimer: This book was a Christmas gift purchased from my amazon wish list. The author and/or publisher have no expectations of a positive review. My opinions are my own.

You can also catch my review published at Coffee House Writers.

Book Review: The Tale of Halcyon Crane

Title: The Tale of Halcyon Crane
Author: Wendy Webb
Publisher Type: Traditional
Genre: Gothic Fiction
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Heat Meter: 🌶🌶
Release Date: March 30, 2010
Recommend: Oh yes, a Must Read!

The Tale of Halcyon Crane is Wendy Webb’s debut novel. The story follows Halcyon Crane as she discovers secrets about her life and family that her father kept from her since childhood. Thirty years later she travels to the remote island of her birth to discover a past she has no memory of.

Webb weaves a tale of mystery and ghostly connections that kept me hooked throughout the novel. Her modern gothic fiction tale pays homage to gothic fiction of old, where historic eerie family estates, death, and ghostly occurrences elicit fear and foreboding. As Halcyon progresses through the story, with the help of the local attorney, the story is rife with supernatural elements and an ominous atmosphere. It was a page-turner that flowed seamlessly from one scene to the next, with richly developed characters and a mysterious setting.

I’m a fan of classic gothic fiction, and thoroughly enjoyed this evolution to modern gothic storytelling. I also love the secondary storyline that included some romantic elements that didn’t diminish but enhanced the main storyline. And bonus! I discovered a new favorite author and will be looking for more Wendy Webb books. If you haven’t read her debut novel yet, I highly recommend it!

Disclaimer: I purchased this book with my own funds. The author and/or publisher have no expectations of a positive review. My opinions are my own.