A brutal murder…When a burned body is found with its teeth missing, DC Maggie Jamieson discovers that the victim may be the husband of one of her probation colleagues.
A dark history…
As the body count rises, the team becomes increasingly baffled by how the victims could possibly be connected until a clue leads them to a historical case that was never prosecuted.
A terrible secret…
In order to catch the killer, Maggie must piece together what happened all those years ago before it’s too late.
Hi and welcome to my review of Dead Mercy!
DC Maggie Jamieson is back, yay! Dead Mercy picks up a few weeks after Dead Secret left off and but the case Maggie is tackling this time around is a brand-new one so if you want to dip your toe into this series with Dead Mercy, go right ahead, I’m sure you’ll be able to follow just fine. However, this is such a great series with great character development so you’d only be doing yourself a favour if you were to start it right at the beginning, just saying.
Dead Mercy is essentially a tale of revenge. When an abuse victim comes face to face with one of their abusers, they decide the time has come to get retaliation for what happened many years ago. They don’t, however, stop there…
I have to say, I gobbled it up! I just love the kinds of stories where people commit crimes you are well aware are wrong but still a part of you can get behind the criminal’s actions cos the people getting offed are essentially criminals themselves and deserve their just deserts. Is murdering them and setting them on fire the way to go? Perhaps not but oh well 😏😂
With Dead Mercy, author Noelle Holten builds upon the successful formula that has worked like a charm on me for five books in a row now. Drawing upon her own experience as probation officer, she never fails to add a human interest element to her stories, and I love that she shows how many other agencies and institutions may help the police in their investigations. Her writing never fails to draw me into the story right off the bat and the short and snappy chapters always keep the momentum going.
Following the events through Maggie’s eyes, I always find myself thinking along with her, trying to crack the case. This time around I did not have the right person in my crosshairs, I was looking in the right direction but my money was on the wrong person. Better luck next time, cos wherever Maggie’s going next, I’m coming with!
Dead Mercy is out today in digital formats, happy e-publication day to Noelle Holten! The paperback will follow in January 2022.
Thanks to HarperCollins UK (One More Chapter) and NetGalley for the eARC. All opinions are my own.