Review: A Mericiful Fate by Kendra Elliot

Posted March 11, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

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Review: A Mericiful Fate by Kendra Elliot
A Mericiful Fate
Narrated by Teri Schnaubelt

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Series: Mercy Kilpatrick #5
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Brilliance Audio
Released on January 15, 2019
Format: Audiobook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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The Delight

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 civilization with Truman, Mercy, and Kailey’s help, but once in a while he needs to get away into the peace of the wilderness and think.  Ollie and his dog, Shep stumble over the bones of a person shot in the head and empty bank bags nearby.  Mercy is given the case to work this new lead on a a bank heist where four of the five thieves got away and all the money.  Slowly she sifts through the old evidence and discovers that some one in the present, close to home, might know a great deal about that case.
Meanwhile, Truman is faced with broken windows on cars and spray paint vandalism for two women in town.  Then the attacks start.
Oh, and Rose and Nick are drawing closer to the birth of her baby and their wedding while Mercy and Truman wonder if they will ever have the time to plan their own wedding.

There was a lot going on in this one between two separate cases and personal lives.  I don’t know what it was about this one, but I was right on top of each secret and the solutions well before the twists and reveals.  Usually, I’m good for one or two, but, I was batting a thousand.  Though, that said, I was still as riveted as usual.  I might know the who, the why, and the how in a general sense, but there were still plenty of thrills and worries and interest in how Mercy and the others were to figure it all out.

Five books in and I am still very much enchanted with the cast of characters with Mercy at the center, the setting, ongoing development of background, and the cases.  Each one manages to touch close to home for Mercy and her family.  I’m finally caught up on the series and now must wait impatiently for the next installment.

Narrator, Teri Schnaubelt, is the voice of this series and gives it even more heart and soul if that is possible.  She’s got each voice distinguishable and does gender, age, and rural vs. city so well.  She’s spot on with the pace and tone.  I’m as much a fan of her work as the series itself.

So, another solid showing and so much that happens to push our intrepid circle of friends and family hard on their emotions.  Pulse-pounding excitement beside slow build suspense married to family and romance.  You can’t beat it if you love romantic suspense.

Challenges Met

New Release #21
Literary Pickers #50 rifle
Audio #20
Romance-opoly #11 Murder Mill- romantic thriller
COYER Winter #75


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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2 years ago

I really really need to try a book by this author!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

You sure do. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

I’ve been seeing her books a lot on the blogs and they sound really good.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yes, when you get in the mood for moderate thriller romances, these are a good bet. 🙂

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
2 years ago

An abso-fab series that I need to read!!! 😉

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

I second that motion!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I really do like the sound of this series. I also have really enjoyed this narrator in the past so it sounds like it could be worth a try the next time I sign up for KU. I will keep in mind that this is a series that does need to be read in order.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

That is exactly my plan for KU. I’m unsubscribed at the present, but I’m keeping a list of books/series I want to try for the next time. I might subscribe for a month here and there when I can clear the month and focus on all KU reading.

I do think you’ll like these, Carole.

2 years ago

I have the books, but I am yet to start them. I really need to pick them up.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

I think you’ll have a new series to love when you get the chance. 🙂

2 years ago

I really want to try this series. I have one of the books but I put off reading it because I do not have book 1, guess that needs to change

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lily

Haha! Yeah, glad to tempt you to want to get into them. Definitely find book one to start from the beginning. 🙂

Carole rae
2 years ago

” Pulse-pounding excitement” I like the sound of that!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole rae

I got a little carried away, but these definitely get to me in the intense moments. 🙂

herding cats
2 years ago

It’s crazy how sometimes you just know it all and others you’re left going hmmmm. I need to get back on her and Leigh and finish their series up.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

Yeah, I try to play it cool because the next book could totally stump me. LOL

I’ve got to wait until fall for the releases in both the series by her that I’m into right now. Yes, and Leigh, too. Love them both.

Anne - Books of My Heart

Yes I’m loving this series too. I’m glad to hear you enjoy the narration. I’ve been reading them. Wonderful review.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

This is a series that I’ve alternated between reading and listening to and had no trouble. I think the trick was starting with narration so I was used to the narrator and heard her voices when I was reading and swapped back and forth.