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review 2018-09-19 13:36
No Mercy - Joanna Schaffhausen

So she killed a guy. Hellooo..…he was a vile, psychopathic murdering dirtbag. Why all the fuss? Well, it might be due to the fact she’s a cop. But it’s probably because she’s Ellery Hathaway.

 

At least that’s what she calls herself now. She had a different name as a young teen. That’s when she was abducted & kept in a closet by a man who now sits on death row. Of all the girls he snatched she was the only one rescued & the media attention was endless. In time the damaged girl grew up, changed her name & became a cop in a small town where no one knew her face. But that all changed after her identity was revealed during her last case when she killed a killer. And the media rejoiced.

 

Which led to her current situation…. a forced “time out” from the job & mandatory group therapy. Ellery decides she might have to attend the sessions but that doesn’t mean she has to speak. So she listens. To Wendy, a woman who was raped & is still waiting for justice. And to Myra, an older lady still grieving for the baby son she lost decades ago in a fire. Hmmm…

 

Ellery has always led a solitary life. Her beloved hound Speed Bump & the job were enough. But now her days are empty & with too much time on her hands, she begins to dig into the investigations surrounding Wendy & Myra’s tragic events. All she needs is the help of one person. Enter Reed Markham, the FBI agent who pulled her from the closet all those years ago.

 

Buckle up, peeps. It’s about to get bumpy. I won’t get into the investigative plot lines. Suffice to say Ellery & Reed make a good team as he puts his profiling skills to use & she does the footwork. But this is also the story of their unique relationship. Ellery is a damaged soul, a woman who can’t stand to be touched & keeps her closet doors nailed shut. The only person she tolerates (besides “Bump”) is Reed. He knows her history & what she endured unlike all the others who stare or pry for sensational details. He also provides a levelling influence.

 

As Ellery’s investigations become increasingly dangerous, there were times I wanted to sit her down & ask her just what the hell she was thinking (thankfully, Reed does that for me). She seems to have no sense of self preservation. And then I realized she didn’t care if she died because living with all her fears & personal tics was just so hard. She believes (wishes?) she should have died in that closet & it’s left her with a fatalistic feeling that she’s walking around on borrowed time.

 

By the end, cases are solved & old secrets unearthed. But the final pages put the focus squarely on Reed as he discovers he might have his own closet full of ghosts to deal with. It’s a tense & exciting read that stands well on it’s own but I recommend “The Vanishing Season” to get the full background on these characters.

 

          

 

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review 2018-08-12 15:51
Heroines of Mercy Street: The Real Nurses of the Civil War - Pamela D. Toler PhD

If you have never seen Mercy Street, which aired on PBS, what is wrong with you? 

If you have, read this book. In an very readable book, Dr. Toler has presented the true facts behind the Mercy Street series. Of course, the series was far different, but the real life stories are just as interesting.

Toler does not just look at the hospitals in Washington DC, but other area as well. The only flaw, if flaw it is, is a somewhat brief look at the Confederate nurses, but considering the difference in strucutre and source issues, this isn't that surprising.

Toler's book makes the point that we should know more than the simple history - the ones that are taught in text books - because the nurses during the Civil War are women who should be remembered far more widely.

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review 2018-07-18 19:16
MERCY BLADE by FAITH HUNTER
Mercy Blade: Jane Yellowrock, Book 3 - Audible Studios,Faith Hunter,Khristine Hvam

Audiobook

Each book in this series gets better and better. A little cliffhanger of an ending. They had a little of the next book in the series after this audiobook was finished that I hoped would say what happened next. But nope, it was a few days/months(?) later. I'm so interested in what is happening next that I'm going to read all of the novellas between this book #3 and the next #4. I think there are about 4-5 novellas. Good book/series.

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review 2018-07-10 06:58
Mercy: Mystery Boxes to Be Revealed in Sequels
Mercy (The Guardians Series 1) - Wendy Saunders

"Mercy" is a pretty straightforward urban fantasy in the vein of... well, a lot of urban fantasies. It's got a witch with a tragic origin story that drives the plot, an occult serial killer, lots of references to Salem (just down the road from the town of the title), neopagan magic, a witchfinder from the 17th century popping up in the modern day a la "Warlock," and destined true love with lots of passionate smooching. It is also (very definitively) just the beginning of a series, so if you're expecting all of this to wrap up neatly... or at all... by the end, you're going to be disappointed.

 

There's also a few nitpicks I have with the POV (it jumps into different characters' heads quite a bit) a cameo by a powerful magical entity, and the novel's portrayal of mental hospitals (which in no universe let out a guy with knife wounds claiming to be from another time just because his family asks nicely, nor are they fooled by someone hiding a pill in their mouth). And if you think the 17th century guy is going to sound like he's from the 17th century... no. Frequent nods are made to things he doesn't understand, but he drops modern phrases like any contemporary fantasy heartthrob. I'd grade the book down to two stars, but it has some strengths that made the reading experience breeze by.

 

The pacing is pretty good; the characters form a fairly convincing small town and seem real to one another; the heroes suffer a bit and have to struggle against some fairly powerful forces; and rather importantly, the central mystery reveals that not all allies and enemies are as they first appear. If you've read a lot of urban fantasies in which the hero finds out their True Lineage (tm), you probably won't be surprised by much here, but it came at appropriately dramatic moments. Lastly, I booed the characters that I was supposed to boo and liked the characters I was supposed to like, and that isn't the easiest thing in the world to write. So props to all the work that went into the book.

3 out of 5.

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text 2018-07-06 21:50
Friday Reads - July 6, 2018
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States - Sarah Vowell
Lethal Warriors: When the New Band of Brothers Came Home - David Philipps
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption - Bryan Stevenson
Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press - James McGrath Morris
The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas - Anand Giridharadas

This week I read Lafayette and the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell and Lethal Warriors by David Philipps. I am still working my way through Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, which I hope to finish by the end of next week. I am adding Eye on the Struggle by James McGrath Morris (biography of Ethel Payne) and The True American by Anand Giridharadas (true crime).

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