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A Merciful Fate

(Mercy Kilpatrick #5)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  3,760 ratings  ·  300 reviews
In the next book in the Wall Street Journal bestselling Mercy Kilpatrick series, there are no such things as little secrets…

Raised by preppers, survivalist and FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick has a deep-rooted need for a safe place. Her getaway in the Cascade Foothills is her secret. But when skeletal remains are unearthed—those of a murdered man linked to a notorious heist—Mer
Kindle Edition, 359 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by Montlake Romance
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Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it

In this 5th book in the 'Mercy Kilpatrick' series, the FBI agent investigates a decades old armored car robbery. The book can be read as a standalone.

For those not familiar with the series: Mercy Kilpatrick grew up in a prepper family in Eagle's Nest, Oregon but she fell out with her kinfolk and left.

After becoming an FBI agent Mercy returned to Eagle's Nest, where she works in the local FBI office and solves crimes with her partner, Eddie Peterson. Mercy is now on good terms with her mom and s
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

With this being number five in the Mercy Kilpatrick series, it’s beginning to feel like reuniting with old friends. I consistently like this series and the characters.

I will say, I’m a mystery, not a romance oriented gal, so sometimes the romance portion comes on a little strong for my taste. But it is refreshing to have a female main character whose personal life is not in pieces.

This time the story involves the found skeletal remains of someone involved in a bank heist that occurred 30 years
Maureen Carden
Reading A Merciful Fate is like coming home and slipping into my jimmy-jams, robe and slippers, turning on the fire and gathering up the dog, throw and glass of wine.
This is absolutely not to imply the books in this, series, including A Merciful Fate are cozies. Au contraire, mes amies. This series has kept me on the edge of my couch and turning pages as quickly as possible. I still have not totally recovered from the last book A Merciful. Silence Of course these books can be read alone, Elli
☕ Kimberly
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This case tested FBI Agent Mercy Kilpatrick and her fiancé Police Chief Truman Daly and provided an addictive tale that pulled me in and never let go. 

An armored-car robbery turned deadly, before the mastermind of the heist is captured. However, four conspirators vanished with a fortune. Now, thirty-years later it appears one of the four never made it out of the woods

While out hiking, Ollie and his dog stumble upon a grizzly discovery in an abandoned cabin. When Truman discovers bank bags, he ca
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If one is looking for a fantastic mystery/suspense series this one is the one to pick! In this installment, Mercy lands in the middle of a 30-year-old cold case when Ollie, her fiance’s ward, stumbles upon an old cabin with a man’s bones inside and a bullet hole in the skull. The story is classic and riveting mystery at its best with a surprise twist at the end that will shock even the best slueths out there!
Mercy Kilpatrick is everything you could ask for.
Great characters, well written, great story.

My full review is here: A Merciful Fate

But honestly, all I did was use more words to say exactly what I said in the first two lines here.

Many thanks to Montlake Romance for providing me with this review copy
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, mystery
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

Love, LOVE, LOVE this series and this book is just awesome. The mystery plot is fantastic and not having the baddie's POV just keeps the suspense building from beginning to end. Lost of twists and turns and no end of suspects and motives, just the way a really great mystery should be.

Nearly thirty years ago an armored car in Portland, OR was robbed. A guard was killed, a robb
Carla Johnson-Hicks
In this fifth outing of the Mercy Kilpatrick series, Special Agent Mercy Kilpatrick is pulled into an infamous bank robbery from thirty years ago. When a skeleton found in an abandoned cabin in the woods turn out to belong to one of the robbers, it is Mercy's job to see if she can finally solve the mystery of what happened to the rest of the gang and the money. Just as Mercy starts re-investigating the robbery with the help of the original FBI agent on the case, a young tabloid reporter shows up ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A MERCIFUL FATE (Mercy Kilpatrick #5) by Kendra Elliot is the latest romantic suspense, mystery/suspense, FBI procedural, who cares what you call it, cannot put it down read featuring one of my favorite main characters! This is a series I recommend you read in order because each book builds on all of the characters’ relationships and secrets besides giving you new crimes and/or mysteries in each.

Special Agent Mercy Kilpatrick is th
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Didn't enjoy this one as much as the other ones in the series. The story line was too transparent. Still love this series though and look forward to book 6.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
voluntarily read and reviewed an copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book via Netgalley

What a good suspense story! It was my first book from this author and will not be the last!! I swear!!

Great MCs SCs, plot, writing style, what wouldn't you like?
Although this is book 5 in series, you can read as standalone.
And what a twist!! I didn't see it coming!
You can find this review in English below.

En esta quinta entrega de la serie, y pese a mis expectativas, la señora Elliot ha vuelto a sorprenderme. Después del último libro pensé que ya no habría mucho más que contar de este pueblo y de estos personajes, pero estaba equivocada.

De nuevo el suspense es original. Está hilado fino, es meticuloso y no deja nada al azar. Es casi perfecto. Y las pocas imperfecciones que tiene no hacen más que darle un toque realista. La trama mantiene tu atención desd
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Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I was happy to continue the  Mercy Kilpatrick series.  This feels more  crime/ mystery suspense than a romance. There is kissing but the sex is mostly off page. I've enjoyed the world-building of this small town in a rural mountain area with many survivalists. The preppers are fascinating to me and cool; I love DYI and self-suff
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
voluntarily read and reviewed an copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book via Netgalley

What a good suspense story! It was my first book from this author and will not be the last!! I swear!!

Great MCs SCs, plot, writing style, what wouldn't you like?
Although this is book 5 in series, you can read as standalone.
And what a twist!! I didn't see it coming!
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of A Merciful Fate in exchange for an honest review. A Merciful Fate is the 5th book in the Mercy Kilpatrick series. Mercy was raised in a survivalist family and left to pursue a career with the FBI, which was not welcomed by her family. When she returns to her hometown of Eagles Nest, she reunites with her old boyfriend,Truman Daly, who is now the police chief. Thirty years ago, an armored-car robbery turned deadly. The mastermind was captured ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.

i would highly recommend this author and this book.
Caitlyn Lynch
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
How well do you really know someone? That’s a question posed more than once in this intriguing thriller by Kendra Elliot, fifth in the Mercy Kilpatrick series about an FBI agent in Bend, Oregon. Raised by a family of off-the-grid survivalists, Mercy’s instincts die hard, but when you’ve known someone for a decade or more as a pillar of the community, it’s unimaginable they could be involved in a major crime.

When an ancient skeleton is found in a crumbling shack, one of the greatest unsolved myst
Bea  Charmed
3.5 stars A little too soap opera-ish but some good twists and turns. Review to come.
Paula  Phillips
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Over thirty years ago, there was an armored car robbery. There were said to be five people involved. Only one was ever caught and sentenced to prison which was Shane. The others vanished without a trace along with the money. Now years later, out in the backwoods, a body has been found, and it looks like it is connected to the armed robbery case. Mercy who is now an FBI agent and her partner Police Chief Truman is on the case as they set out to identify the dead body. Doing this means re-opening ...more
There was a lot going on in this one and at times it seemed really simple, but at other times you really weren’t sure who to trust, who was the bad guy and who the was the good guy. Sadly, a lot of them were in the gray area. Mercy kept chipping away at things, determined to get to the bottom of things. By the end of the book she was a bit disillusioned, but there was a new bright spot in her life. It was nice to see Mercy look to that and finally set a date with Truman to get married.

The one pe
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another win from Kendra Elliot. I don't think Ms. Elliot can write a bad book.

Mercy, Truman, Rosie, and one heck of a mystery. This book is about a 30 year old bank heist. Once again, Kendra has written a tale that weaves us through a wonderfully suspenseful tale sprinkled with the right amount of romance. This book kept me reading well into the night needing to get to the end to see where Ms. Elliot would take me.

Would I recommend? Heck yeah! I love this series. If you love suspenseful storie
Kathy Martin
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story begins when Ollie's dog Shep finds a bone when the two of them are out on a wilderness walk. Ollie is quick to call Truman who alerts the county cops. When it is discovered that the bones are with some empty bank bags, Mercy is called in - bank robbery being a federal crime.

Suspicions are quickly confirmed that the body was probably one of the Gamble-Helmet killers. There was an armored car robbery some thirty years earlier in which one of the guards was killed and one of the robbers
Cindy ~
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
An absorbing mystery about a 30 year old armored-car robbery. Mercy and her FBI team get the first big break about the age old mystery when a body is discovered turns out to be one of the robbers.

As Mercy and the FBI are trying to uncover more about the heist, Truman and the Eagle's Nest police department are trying to figure out who is vandalizing two prominent women in the town's businesses. Are these two things completely unrelated or is there a thread tying them together.

An enthralling rea
A Merciful Fate was an extremely enjoyable, gripping story. That grabbed me from the very first page and never let go. Thanks to a storyline, that had the perfect amount of mystery, suspense, and intrigue. Not to mention multiple threads that all came together brilliantly and included a 30 year old bank robbery, an attack on a retired teacher, and vandalism at a local B&B. And I literally had no idea who was involved and whether FBI Agent Mercy Kilpatrick and her colleagues would survive lon ...more
A thirty-year old bank heist that remains unsolved has new light shed on it and Mercy lands the case while Truman works a vicious vandalism case. Another addicting installment to a an abso-fab series!

A Merciful Fate is book five and comes some months after the events close out in the last book. This is a series that ties closely together from book to book even if a new case or cases pop up in each book so it doesn't work well standalone or out of order.

Ollie is settling into life back in civiliz
Velvet Messer
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m having a hard time deciding exactly how I feel about this book. Kendra takes us on an adventure that is full of twists and turns. There are some surprises and others not so much. We get the usual cast of some of our beloved favorites that I'm going to hate to say goodbye to. While I enjoyed this book - as I have all the books in the Mercy Kilpatrick series - I had a hard time getting into this book. The plot is a bit unbelievable as well as some of the events surrounding it. One thing that r ...more
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

After five books, this series is quickly becoming addictive. Mercy’s creepy backwoods community gets both stranger and more familiar with each story and this one kept me guessing right to the end.

This book starts slowly. A long dead skeleton. Graffiti. As always, Truman and Mercy’s cases overlap and things start to escalate. I love the way this story only gets more complicated as Mercy and Truman uncover tiny pieces of in
Vikki Vaught
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I always know I’m in for a treat with a new release from Kendra Elliott. When I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, I eagerly agreed to read and review the fifth book in her Mercy Kilpatrick series. My opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

As with all of Ms. Elliot’s books, the characters are real and flawed, the plot is intriguing and there’s plenty of emotions running high. One of the things I enjoy most about her books is the suspenseful scenes. She has
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This series just gets better and better.

Ollie has found a skeleton and Mercy and others suspect it could be related to an old unsolved bank robbery. One of the gang is in prison, but the other four accomplices disappeared without a trace.

Not only is Truman trying to help Mercy figure who the died in that remote cabin long ago, he's also trying to solve the new spate of vandalism that is happening over at Sandy's inn. Sandy
Book Info
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Montlake Romance
Original Title A Merciful Fate
ISBN 1503903303 (ISBN13: 9781503903302)
Edition Language English
Series Mercy Kilpatrick #5
Other Editions (3)
Source:Netgalley EARC

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In the next book in the Wall Street Journal bestselling Mercy Kilpatrick series, there are no such things as little secrets…

Raised by preppers, survivalist and FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick has a deep-rooted need for
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