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No Mercy (A Sgt Major Crane crime thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Wendy Cartmell
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

No Mercy:   
"In my experience, those who beg for mercy seldom deserve it. But it's not my place to judge. That's up to a court martial or civilian jury," Sgt Major Crane says to Billy. 
But how do other people react when someone begs for mercy? No Mercy is a short story leading Crane through several twists and turns, until he uncovers the truth.
There are four mystery stories in this collection, all with a twist in the tail. This new edition has been updated to include excerpts from the Sgt Major Crane novels....

** Steps to Heaven ***

an internationally acclaimed British crime thriller you won't be able to put down. Why are soldiers killing their families and then committing suicide? Crane is desperate to find the reasons before any more innocent children die.

** 40 Days 40 Nights*** 

a gripping and memorable British crime thriller set in the run up to London 2012. Enter the mind of a terrorist, causing chaos on Aldershot Garrison. He wears a mask of respectability that hides his hatred of the British Army and all things western.

**Violation**
Sgt Major Crane helps Aldershot Police investigate the rape and murder of a young girl by a soldier whilst working his own case of the repeated rape and bullying of a soldier on Aldershot Garrison. Can they stop the killer before more girls are attacked?

 


Editorial Reviews

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Cartmell Rocks! This collection of short stories showcases Wendy Cartmell's fresh style and engaging prose. She presents a variety of situations of people caught in intriguing circumstances. The author delivers a twist to many of her stories in this collection.
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About the Author

Wendy Cartmell has a BA (Hons) in English and Education, is a former teacher, PR manager and editor of a large corporate newspaper. She turned her hand to crime writing in 2010 resulting in a new crime series featuring Sgt Major Crane of the Special Investigations Branch, drawing on her husband's 22 years service in the British Army.

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  • File Size: 175 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078BFIOC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,807 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mercilessly Well Written April 24, 2012
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Wendy Cartmell's frank, vivid writing is completely unapologetic -- that makes it all the more gripping. Cartmell exposes the dark side of human nature as easily as she shows readers the good. Each story in No Mercy is well-balanced, beautifully written and evocative. I sat down to read the first story in the collection, but after meeting Sergeant Major Crane I had to get to know all of Cartmell's characters. Mystery, thrills, triumph, sorrow, twists and turns -- for a quick read, this short story collection is certainly jam-packed. I couldn't find a single flaw anywhere in this fantastic collection of tales, and for that No Mercy gets an unquestionable 5/5 stars. I'll definitely be reading more of Cartmell's work in the future, and I'll come back to re-visit the stories in No Mercy again and again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cartmell Rocks! March 21, 2012
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This collection of short stories showcases Wendy Cartmell's fresh style and engaging prose. She presents a variety of situations of people caught in intriguing circumstances. The author delivers a twist to many of her stories in this collection.

My test of any writer is whether or not I can see the character in my mind's eye and Wendy Cartmell delivers.

Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Artfully delivered with a fine sense of humour! February 28, 2012
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Cartmell has a way with words! Her book, "No Mercy" features a few short stories ridden with cruelty and the worst form of deception; the close family kind. Artfully delivered with a fine sense of humour! This book emphasizes the dangers of pushing anyone too far. Recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Book of Short Stories June 20, 2012
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No Mercy is a short anthology of short stories. The centerpiece features Sergeant Major Crane, who inhabits other stories by the author. Short stories; short review. The story with Crane is too brief to develop his overall character or demonstrate the range of his detective skills. He seems short-sighted as to his case, relying on luck and a nearly unprovoked confession to solve it. I am not sure if Crane is the accidental detective (Clouseau), relying on others to get things done, or the deceptive detective (Colombo), disarming others with his manner. The author does a good job, however, with the physical attributes of the detective and other persons in the collection of stories. The book's real gem is the short-short, The Telephone Call, which was the only story with a real surprise twist after the twist to the not too concealed plot line. Kudos on that. Overall, these nicely written stories are a good read, but break little new ground as mystery fiction or surprising us with shocking twists. It's a safe read on the commute to work and earns an overall very positive "3".
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5.0 out of 5 stars NO MERCY: An Enjoyable Short Story Collection February 19, 2013
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This was an enjoyable short story collection with the common theme of people displaying no mercy to others, such as spouses, work collegues, in varying degrees, and, in different ways. While I liked all of the stories, I especially found the stories where people were unsparing to each other, both compelling, and quietly chilling. I hope that the author someday writes another short story collection in a similar vein, as her depictions of unflinching characters carrying out nefarious deeds are excellently portrayed. Well done.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quick and easy to read September 22, 2012
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This short story anthology, No Mercy (Sgt Major Crane Story), begins my introduction to Wendy Cartmell's writing. The book consists of three, quick and easy to read mysteries; No Mercy features, Sergeant Major Crane.

The last story is an autobiographical piece, which I question the author's reason for including it in a mystery anthology.

The mysteries have a ring of familiarity; I have either read similar stories or have viewed comparative TV shows.

I always appreciate the element of surprise in a good mystery. I expected unpredictable endings to the three mysteries; however bleak, I must express disappointment.

The author's writing style is flawless for composing mysteries, and readers will notice her passion. I encourage, Wendy Cartmell, to continue writing mysteries in the future, however, adding originality to her stories.

I recommend, No Mercy (Sgt Major Crane Story), by Wendy Cartmell, to readers of all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Crime Fiction + Bonus Stories September 20, 2012
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"No Mercy," the title story, is a well-told crime/police procedural episode featuring Sgt. Major Crane -- a character who appears in two of his own novels. Crane is a likeable character, and I can see why Cartmell was led to expand his world and crime-solving opportunities. The 3rd-person present-tense threw me at first, but the story drew me in quickly and carried me to the big finish. My favorite story of the batch is "What If...?" It's incredibly short but equally as good; seriously, this story alone is worth the 99 cents for admission. The voice, the humor -- it's priceless!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An impressive collection of short stories! July 25, 2012
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Like with any collection of short stories, I liked some more than others. That having been said, I should point out that I liked them all; there were no bad ones in the barrel! I was particularly impressed with some of her scene descriptions which bordered on the poetic. The stories were all different, but each one of them held my interest from beginning to end. My congratulations to the author for showing a great range and a collection of well-crafted stories. I would definitely recommend this 37 page book to all readers!
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Sgt Major Crane is being published by Endeavour Press the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books - unfortunately this means a kindle copy of a title may not be available for a couple of weeks. Please bear with me whilst the transition takes place.
The Sgt Major Crane crime thrillers in order are:
Steps to Heaven, 40 Days 40 Nights, Honour Bound, Cordon of Lies, Regenerate.
I'd like to say a big thank you to those of you who are reading, or considering reading, my Sgt Major Crane novels. Because what matters to me is that I can transport readers into my world. Because isn't that what reading is all about - escapism?
I started off, like a lot of writers, by writing what I wanted to read. And that was crime novels. Using the old adage of 'write what you know' Sgt Major Crane was born out of my husband's 22 year's service in the British Army. We set the books in Aldershot - The Home of the British Army. I am very humbled that the Crane novels are now being enjoyed all over the world, sometimes to critical acclaim. I've a BA Hons degree in English and Education and have worked in PR, communications and edited a large corporate newspaper. I am a book reviewer for on-line sites, E-thriller and Female First. Connect with me and keep up to date with Crane's cases through my website, Twitter and Facebook.

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