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

Wendy Cartmell
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Book Description

A free collection of short stories from the best selling military, crime, thriller and mystery author Wendy Cartmell. An excellent introduction to the best-selling Sgt Major Crane crime thriller series. Edge-of-the-seat dark, disturbing, police procedural murder mysteries.

Is a crime ever justified? Would you be merciful if it came to it? Or would you take your revenge? In ‘No Mercy’ Sgt Major Crane investigates a fire in which a man dies. Was it an accident or something more sinister?

The title story of this small collection of short stories ‘No Mercy’, is an introduction to Wendy Cartmell’s detective Sgt Major Crane of the Special Investigations Branch in the British Army. There are four mystery stories, all with a twist in the tail perfect for fans of Lee Child, Peter James and Peter Robinson. Think Rebus meets Reacher meets DI Banks!


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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 103 KB
  • Print Length: 42 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Costa Press (January 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078BFIOC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,173 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 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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6 of 6 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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5 of 5 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Bad It Is Mostly a Repeat March 12, 2014
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Really enjoy Wendy

I Have enjoyed reading all of Wendy Cartmell's Sgt. Major Crane mysteries. Too bad that this book was nothing but a shameless money making enterprise. Most of this book was set-ups and trailers for the books I've already read. Shame on you for tricking your faithful readers. Don't know if I will read any more of Ms. Caartmell's books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars No Mercy
This is the second book I've read by this author. This one is made up of four short stories and with an excerpt from another book included too. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mary Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Wounded women and lots of fascinating characters
Wendy Cartwell’s No Mercy offers a collection of short stories with the first one introducing the titular character of the author’s novel series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sheila Deeth
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip the short stories and go for the novels.
This book is a mystery involving the British Military Police in the Aldershot Barracks. Even if one does not find military novels appealing, the author’s style in presenting the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by William Maya
2.0 out of 5 stars Different, I wouldn't read it again
Odd very short stories written by a Brit, so a bit hard to understand with British terms thrown in.
Published 2 months ago by CaroleS
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not sure what to say, but this book was way too slow of a read.
Published 3 months ago by MH
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing characters in various circumstances propel this brilliant...
No Mercy: A Sgt Major Crane murder mystery is a compilation of short stories that definitely shine a spotlight on the talents of Wendy Cartmell. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chloe
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
this is just a good old fashion police story. well told.. o loked this story very much
Published 4 months ago by sandra sue marsolek
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy short stories
No Mercy

By Wendy Cartmell

Reviewed by Author Roy Murry

As I have mention in a previous post, I enjoy short stories. In this small collection, Ms. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Roy Murry, Author
4.0 out of 5 stars I only have one complaint.
This is a very well written collection that will tell you everything you need to know about the author's style of story telling, which I loved by the way. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carisa
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
A collection of short stories each with a surprise ending. I will look for more Sgt Major Crane stories in future.
Published 7 months ago by Mary L
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Q and A with Wendy Cartmell

Q. The Sgt Major Crane novels are page turning mystery crime thrillers set on Aldershot Garrison, where did you get the inspiration for the series?
A. I am an avid crime reader of authors such as Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Lee Child, so when I wanted to write a police procedural type detective series, I set it in the British Army where my husband served for 22 years. The Special Investigation Branch detectives are the army's police force.

Q. The Crane novels often cover controversial subjects. Why?
Because a crime is never an isolated incident. It is affected by society. The towns criminals and police live in are moulded by social issues. This adds realism to my novels.

Q. Readers have described the Crane novels as dark and disturbing. What genre would you put them in?
A. That's a difficult one, as they are cross-over novels. They are police procedurals, but also have a military thriller element. They are for anyone who wants a good 'who dunnit' crime? novel and a thrilling page-turning read!


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