Mercy Street: A Novel

by Mariah Stewart | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 9780345492265 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 6/23/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Monday, June 23, 2008
From the Publisher
New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart crafts compelling stories of romantic suspense, full of richly imagined characters, dazzling plot twists, and breathless action that keeps the pages turning. Now Stewart begins a thrilling new series–with a novel that proves to be her biggest and boldest yet.On a balmy spring evening, four high school seniors–three boys and a girl–enter a park in the small Pennsylvania city of Conroy. The next morning, two of the boys are found shot to death, and …+ read moreNew York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart crafts compelling stories of romantic suspense, full of richly imagined characters, dazzling plot twists, and breathless action that keeps the pages turning. Now Stewart begins a thrilling new series–with a novel that proves to be her biggest and boldest yet.

On a balmy spring evening, four high school seniors–three boys and a girl–enter a park in the small Pennsylvania city of Conroy. The next morning, two of the boys are found shot to death, and the girl and the third boy are gone. After three weeks with no leads and no sign of either of the two missing teenagers, the chief of police begins to wonder if they too were victims. But with no other suspects, the authorities conclude that one of these kids was the shooter.

The missing boy’s grandmother, a secretary at the local parish church, maintains his innocence. On her behalf, the parish priest, Father Kevin Burch, hires former detective Mallory Russo as a private investigator to figure out what happened in the park that night. Mallory had ended her nine-year stint with the Conroy police force some time ago after becoming a target of a smear campaign. Now a true-crime author, Mallory is surprised to receive the priest’s offer–and highly intrigued by the case. She can’t help but accept the challenge–especially when she learns that her investigation will be financed by Father Burch’s cousin the reclusive billionaire Robert Magellan, a man whose own wife and infant son disappeared without a trace a year ago, a man who understands the heartache of not knowing what happened to a loved one.

Detective Charlie Wanamaker is facing another sort of tragedy. He fled Conroy years ago with no plans to return to what he considered a dying factory town–until a family emergency brought him back. Finding the situation much worse than he’d thought, he trades his job as a big-city detective for one with the Conroy police department. Assigned to the park shooting case, Charlie quickly realizes that the initial investigation left a lot of questions unanswered. Unofficially, he teams up with Mallory to uncover the truth and find the two kids, dead or alive. What Charlie and Mallory discover will take them down a twisted path that leads to an old unsolved murder–and justice for a killer with a heart of stone.

Mercy Street is tautly paced, resonant with emotion, and relentlessly gripping. It showcases Mariah Stewart at her most brilliant, as she ratchets up the suspense to new levels of excitement.

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, July 04, 2008
Mary Corcoran's grandson Ryan and three of his friends met in a neighbourhood park. Two of them were shot dead and Ryan and Courtney Bauer are missing. Since there was no robbery and no other suspects, Ryan and Courtenay are presumed guilty. Ryan's grandmother believes in their innocence and wants to find out what really happened. Where are the missing teens? Why were they meeting in a park after dark? Robert Magellan, whose wife and infant son disappeared one year ago, agrees to fund the investigation by a competent investigator if one exists.

Enter Mallory Russo, ex-cop. Mallory has just resigned from the police force after a smear campaign forced her resignation. It was either resign or find herself alone in a dangerous situation or take a friendly bullet in the back. Mallory is reluctant to take the case but finds herself becoming intrigued and gets involved. She is a born investigator with the intuition and stubbornness required.

The police are dragging their feet as they are short-handed because there is a sniper on the loose. Charlie Wanamaker is Russo's replacement and assigned to the case. Mallory and Charlie work together to find the teens before the real killer does. There is lots of sizzle between these two.

Stewart pulls the reader into the book because her characters are so well developed. I wanted to smack the macho cop who has it in for Mallory.

This book is obviously a springboard for a series based on Mallory Russo. I want to find out about how Mallory's and Charlie's relationship develops and want to read about more of Mallory's cases. Will Mallory's next case be Magellan's lost wife?



Journal Entry 3 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Saturday, August 23, 2008
Reading now!

Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Thursday, August 28, 2008
When two teens go missing after another two are shot, they become the prime suspects in the case. However, there are many who are close to the missing teens who don't believe this is true and they hire a PI, Mallory Russo, ex-cop, to figure out what really happened. Russo however, isn't without ghosts from her past. She ratted out her partner and was shunned from the force, being forced to quit for fear that she wouldn't get backup when she needed. She delves into the investigation of this case, thankful to get back into the work that she loves. During her investigation, she meets the detective set to take her place. The two fall into a routine of sharing information to solve this case.

While this book was incredibly easy to read, it wasn't the best plot. Everything was way too predictable and the romance was cheesy. While I enjoyed Russo's tanacity and indepedence, I was annoyed by the constant reminder that she was a "good guy".

The ending of the book is set up well for a sequal. I'm just not sure it's a book I would pick up again.

Journal Entry 5 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, November 16, 2008
mailed today to Giz who won this in a YBS

Journal Entry 6 by Giz-angel from Greenwich, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thanks Acey :) look forward to it!

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