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Murder with Mercy (An Ellie Quicke Mystery) Hardcover – September 1, 2013

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Product Details

  • Series: An Ellie Quicke Mystery (Book 14)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers; First World Publication edition (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727882813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727882813
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,257,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Det. Constable Lesley Milburn calls on Ellie Quicke for help in looking into some suspicious suicides in Heley's hectic 14th mystery featuring the veteran amateur sleuth (after 2012's Murder in Mind). Exasperated Ellie winds up contending with distraught relatives of the victims who show up at her suburban London home for consolation. Meanwhile, practically everyone in Ellie's household is down with the flu, and the conversion of Pryce House into a hotel that she oversees has slowed because of expensive mishaps on the site that someone is trying to blame on her 12-year-old ward, Mikey Pryce. No sooner does Social Services make a house call than work-averse, spendthrift Edwina Pryce, heiress to the estate, accuses sensible Ellie of being behind the sabotage. With her usual flair, Ellie strives to accommodate all distressed parties, solve the mysterious deaths, and keep Mikey and the Pryce mansion under her guardianship in this rewarding cozy. (Sept.)

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Ellie Quicke has her hands full: her difficult daughter, Diana, is about to give birth and is as nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof; Diana’s husband is temporarily confined to a wheelchair, and Diana wants Ellie to babysit him while she is at work; a flu epidemic has nearly everyone in the house feverish and bedridden; Ellie’s 12-year-old ward has been playing truant from school and, worse, is accused of sabotaging the building site next door; Ellie’s nemesis, Edwina Pryce, who believes she, not Ellie, should have inherited the Pryce family fortune, is being even more difficult than usual; and, to top things off, the police want Ellie to investigate the suspicious deaths of several older people in the neighborhood. Ellie, being a brilliant multitasker, manages to handle everything life throws at her. This is a pleasant read that’s part British cozy and part women’s fiction, given its celebration of a woman who can do it all. --Emily Melton

More About the Author

Veronica Heley ( has published more than sixty books, including crime fiction, historical, and children's titles. She is currently involved in the Ellie Quicke series of crime stories and a variety of other projects. A full-time writer, she has been married to a London probation officer since 1964, and has one musician daughter.

I enjoy giving talks and workshops about writing, and served time on the committee of the Association of Christian Writers. I attend Pitshanger Methodist Church, run their bookstall and am a member of their prayer group. I've been married to a probation officer for forty something years, and we have one married, musician daughter.

For fun I read anything and everything. I've been a member of a book reading club for forty years. I enjoy meeting friends for coffee, I garden, I play patience with real cards ... and think about stories I haven't yet had time to write.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CJ-MO VINE VOICE on September 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Ellie Quicke seems to devote her life doing things for other people, including friends, families, acquaintances, and total strangers. Even DC Lesley Milburn has asked Ellie for help looking into cases of a few elderly women who have apparently committed suicide, but could actually be victims of foul play. Ellie agrees to do what she can, even though she also has her hands full with a household of flu patients and a mystery that hits closer to home. Someone is sabotaging the construction project to turn the old Pryce home into a hotel in which Ellie has part interesting, and Ellie's housekeeper's young son is being blamed.

Ellie is a likeable character and I enjoy reading about her day-to-day life in suburban London. Ellie is loyal to those she loves, which includes young Mikey Pryce, and she won't stand still for him being unfairly blamed for interfering in the hotel construction project. When Ellie is fighting for a cause or a loved one, she is fierce. It's only when standing up for herself that she sometimes fails. Ellie loves helping people and she just can't say, "No" to anyone asking for a favor. Seeing what she has to accomplish in any given day makes me tired just reading about it! Sometimes the mysteries Ellie was investigating got buried under all favors and household chores she is completing and I found myself losing track of the central story.

However, I love seeing Ellie in action solving the cases and even standing up to her nightmare of a daughter, the manipulative Diana. In this book, Diana has her own hands full with a potentially failing business, husband in a wheelchair after an accident, and due to give birth any day. Diana is such a toxic character, however, that I still couldn't find any sympathy for her.
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By Craig Wuerker on March 16, 2014
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Heley does everyday so well. Main character is an older woman who's personality and instincts serve her well whether with her charitable endevours or solving crimes. She sees people for what they are and loves them no matter what. Her patience with her daughter always amazes me and makes me try to be more.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cora on September 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I think this may be my last visit with Ellie Quicke and the household. The turmoil in the household, Ellie's frugal way with money and her unwillingness to stand up for herself left me annoyed with disbelief. The useless husband who only offers to pray when she so needs help and support, the selfish daughter and various hangers on, aren't in the least bit likeable. This book left me exhausted.
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