Dangerous Mercy got to me pretty late! Almost too late to read it all, but I managed! I pretty much didn't put it down for two days. First of all let me say that if Kathy Herman hasn't lived in Louisiana, then she knows people who have. I loved her use of the culture, and language. I have been in Louisiana many, many times, and I have friends there. So when I tell you Kathy Herman did good on this, she did! I knew almost all of the cajan words prior to reading this book, and they added to the book greatly.
Dangerous Mercy is a very engaging story of a small community in Louisiana, called Les Barbes. Adele Woodmore is an 86 year old widow, who use to own a very large "Manor". Since her husband had passed many years ago, she moved out of the estate and a couple she is very close to run it as Bed and Breakfast.
Live is good, baby Grace is a frequent visitor, as well as Zoe and occasionally her husband. Adele is pondering over what God has for her now.
Meanwhile, Father Sam is running Haven House, a way to restore men who have been homeless or on hard times to get their lives back. Noah, who works as the gardner and landscaper for Langley Manor. Noah is actually a descendant, alive because of the Underground Railroad, part of the rich history of Langley Manor.
Murry also lives and works at Haven House. Soon Murry and Noah are working odds and ends jobs for Adele. Her live in house keeper isn't happy about the men, she doesn't trust them, but Adele does and she is not who she is to be told what to do now at this late date.
Then things really start to ratchet up because there is a killer in their community! That is just unheard of, and so out of place in this peaceful cajan community. But with more and more victims dying, and no clue who is next, suspicions and accusations are popping up all over. Even when we start to suspect who the killer is, Adele is still working in and with "dangerous mercy".
A very engaging book that will keep most people guessing long into the story, and once you do figure out who the killer is, the twists are not over. I especially liked the ending. A recommended read foh shore!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
She has conducted numerous educational seminars on children’s books at CBA Conventions in the U.S. and Canada, served a preliminary judge for the Gold Medallion Book Awards of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association , and worked as an independent product/marketing consultant to the CBA market.
Since her first novel, Tested by Fire, debuted in 2001 as a CBA national bestseller, she's added sixteen more titles to her credit, including four bestsellers: All Things Hidden, The Real Enemy, The Last Word, and The Right Call.
Kathy's husband Paul is her manager and most ardent supporter, and the former manager of the LifeWay Christian Store in Tyler, Texas. They have three grown children, five almost-perfect grandchildren, a cat named Samantha. They enjoy cruising, deep sea fishing, and birdwatching—sometimes incorporating these hobbies into one big adventure.
ABOUT THE BOOK
When eighty-five-year-old Adele Woodmore moves to Les Barbes to be near the Broussards—and her namesake, their daughter—she wants nothing more than a comfortable, quiet life. Employing men from Father Vince’s halfway house for the homeless to do odd jobs and landscaping, she delights in the casual conversation she has with them, the fledgling friendships, and the idea that she is helping them get back on their feet.
A series of murders in Les Barbes has cast a pall over the town and, in fact, one of Adele’s handymen becomes a person of interest to the police. But Adele cares for these young men, she knows them, and continues to show them kindness in spite of her friends’ concern. And then one day a murderer walks through Adele’s defenses, sits down at her kitchen table...and they begin to talk...
If you would like to read the first chapter of Dangerous Mercy, go HERE.
The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0781403413