Book Review: “Merciless”

Posted by Nichole on February 10, 2014 in Book Reviews, FanGirl, Mystery |

Have you ever met someone who was so amazing that you were a little in awe of them right from the start?  And  then you find out that person is just as nice as can be?  And then you find out that person is where you want to be in life?

That’s my experience with Lori Armstrong.

I met Lori the very first time I attended a meeting of the Black Hills Writers Group.  Back then I was going to write an old-west love story.  (Hey!  I still think it would be a great story.  I have just learned that I’m not the author to write it.)  At the time, Lori was the group’s president and already a published author.  She made me feel more than welcome and I’ve been a member of the BHWG ever since.


It’s no surprise, then, that I’ve read both her Julie Collins series and her Mercy Gunderson series, is it?

Merciless is the third and final installment in this series and I’m a little disappointed.  Not in the book, but in the knowledge that the series is over.

In this book, Mercy has completed her FBI training and her love life with Sheriff Mason Dawson is looking good.  Mercy’s first case, the death of the niece of the Tribal President, forces the couple to maintain strict work-home boundaries.  Add the fact that Mason’s son is moving in with them and things get stressful.

Lori is a much grittier writer than I am, so if you’re expecting the violence off the page, you’ll be disappointed.  Her characters are rougher, tougher, and darker.  And it works.

If you like your mysteries a little on the noir side, delving just a bit into the darker side of society, you won’t be disappointed in any of the Lori Armstrong novels you find.

Keep reading!


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