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A Merciful Death – Book Review

A Merciful Death by Kendra Elliot

This A Merciful Deathbook is a mystery/romance by Kendra Elliot.

Mercy Kilpatrick was born into a “prepper” or survivalist family. They prepare for TEOTWAWKI or “the end of the world as we know it”. A secret drives her and her family apart and she’s moved away from her home of Eagle’s Nest Oregon and become an FBI Agent. Her job has brought her back to Eagle’s Nest to investigate murders of preppers. Local law enforcement Chief Truman Daly is helping Mercy investigate.

On some level I knew survivalists/preppers existed but it was interesting to read about how much they actually prep. From food to shelter to having communities of people with certain skill sets to ensure their survival was fascinating. I wish it had sparked some sense of prepping in me, but I’m afraid all it sparked up was anxiety. Though not enough anxiety for me to stop reading, of course.

Mercy is a great strong character. I loved that she was strong enough to move away and take care of herself after being shunned. Having her come back to her home despite that only made her more strong. Even though I didn’t enjoy Truman’s name (last name as first name is kind of a pet peeve of mine) I enjoyed his character, he was a great compliment to Mercy as he challenged her without being an ass about it and was lovable. His backstory made me like him even more.

You could see a tiny spark between Mercy and Truman from the start but it was not the main theme of the book. Finding the killer and Mercy’s relationships came first and I liked that a lot.

I have loved every book I’ve read by this author. Her writing draws me and and her characters are down to Earth and realistic. This book was no exception.

4 Stars. ∗∗∗∗

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Favorite Book Quote

ALWAYS

 Always. ~ Severus Snape, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Someone asked me recently what my favorite book quote is and while I do have quotes that I love this one is my all time favorite. One simple word that conveys so much emotion.

Severus Snape is by far my favorite character ever, and Alan Rickman plays him to perfection on screen (but that’s another post for another time). I have to say I see this word more and more in books and it ALWAYS makes me swoon. In the quote above Snape is responding to Dumbledore about his love for Lily Potter. He never stopped loving her. After all that time.He loved her so much he devoted his life to protecting her son.

If you have not read Harry Potter… what the hell are you waiting for?!