Acts of Mercy: A Mercy Street Novel
Ballantine, 2009 (2009)
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Reviewed by Bob Walch
s a Mercy Street Operative, former FBI agent Sam Delvecchio is quickly challenged to use his skills as a profiler when a cold case murder of a local soup kitchen volunteer resurfaces. The long dormant case suggests that it is actually the work of a very clever and deranged serial killer.
elvecchio's suspicions are confirmed when FBI agent Fiona Summers shares information about a couple of other killings that have an eerie similarity to Sam's case. All the corpses have not only been oddly posed but, thanks to a local priest, the investigators also realize the victims' bodies are arranged in such a manner as to suggest the
Seven Acts of Mercy
(Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, etc.).
bviously someone with either a warped religious bent or a bone to pick with the Church is intent on making a gruesome point and sending a message. Either way, the person isn't exhibiting much charity or compassion and needs to be stopped before the body count reaches seven.
he third novel of Mariah Stewart's
series, this may be the pick of the litter. If you have read and enjoyed her other mysteries, you certainly won't want to miss this one!
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