Mercy Triumphs
Patricia Pomeroy Tanner
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Mercy Triumphs
Patricia Pomeroy Tanner
Bookman Publishing
169 pages
November 2004
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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Investigative reporter Mercy Malone is determined to find out who murdered her older brother, Harley, ten years ago. She finds new evidence, forcing the Texas Rangers to reopen Harley's case. She and grumpy but hunky Ranger David Durant team up to go over the new evidence. They start interviewing new people and learn more about the night Harley died. They obtain a confession from a man who assumes that he killed Harley; however, he does not remember shooting Harley, and the gun has disappeared. At first Mercy and David think that they have closed the case, but more and different evidence piles up.

Mercy takes care of her frail mother, who had a stroke some years ago. Her mother wants nothing so much as to see Mercy married well and pressures her into trying to find a fiancée. Both Mercy and her mother have to deal with the strong emotions that the death of Harley has left, and their grief is well-written.

Romance is a strong element in the mystery. Mercy and David feel a strong mutual attraction, even though they irritate each other at first sight. Determined that they are not right for each other, they fight the attraction. David believes that being infatuated is just a phase in life that he has outgrown. Mercy, dating a nice but boring guy, thinks that she can settle for him. But that attraction keeps growing...

Mercy Triumphs is a short book and easy read. The murder mystery does not follow the usual patterns. While that makes it more life-like, it may frustrate those expecting a more traditional case. Most of the people in the book are either very kindhearted, some of them even despite outward toughness, or vicious drunks. This yawning divide between the characters makes the book less believable.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Mervi Hämäläinen, 2007

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