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No Mercy: A Sgt Major Crane murder mystery [Kindle Edition]

Wendy Cartmell
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Book Description

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 and are an excellent introduction to the best-selling Sgt Major Crane military crime thriller series. Edge-of-the-seat dark, disturbing, murder mysteries, that are perfect for fans of Lee Child, Peter James and Peter Robinson. Think Rebus meets Reacher meets DI Banks! Reading as police procedurals, they also feature the British detective, DI Anderson.

If you enjoy crime fiction, thrillers and mysteries with a dash of military, then this is a must read for you!


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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
  • Publisher: Costa Press (January 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078BFIOC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,729 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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5 of 5 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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4 of 4 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
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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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 8 days ago by Mary L
3.0 out of 5 stars "Very Entertaining Short Stories, But Wishing More"
"No Mercy, A Sergeant Major Crane Investigation" is the first short story in this collection. Tom Crane is assigned to the Special Investigations Branch (SIB) of the Royal... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Nancy of Utah
4.0 out of 5 stars It was a good collection of short stories and novel excerpts
It was a good collection of short stories and novel excerpts. I will read more by Wendy Cartmell, though I wish there was no foul language.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Crime Thriller Short Stories
Seargent Major Crane is intelligent and closes cases. He also issues orders to his superiors. With the help of his sidekick Sergeant Billy Williams, Crane solves crimes. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jada Ryker
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Bad It Is Mostly a Repeat
Really enjoy Wendy

I Have enjoyed reading all of Wendy Cartmell's Sgt. Major Crane mysteries. Read more
Published 5 months ago by patty flynn
2.0 out of 5 stars Shorts
This was mostly previews of several books by this author. Just "teasers". I didn't read them, so cannot comment on the writing ability.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't finish it
This is another one of those that I didn't finish as I didn't care for it right from the start.
Published 6 months ago by Elaine H. Turley
4.0 out of 5 stars good story
I enjoyed this story. Good characters. Good story line. I will read this author again. A nice story for bedtime.
Published 8 months ago by mfox
4.0 out of 5 stars Great anthology
*Book source ~ Many thanks to the author for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A Voracious Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars The main character, Crane, is perfect in his role
This enjoyable series of short stories and excerpts from the Novels are easy to read and quite graphic when describing or setting the scenes. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Chris Graham
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More About the Author

An avid crime reader, Wendy Cartmell had no hesitation when it came to choosing a genre for her novels. Her love of crime writing and her husband's 22 years service in the British Army, were the springboards for her Sgt Major Crane crime thrillers.
Wendy and her husband live on the sunny Costa del Sol with two Labradors and she attends a lively writing group who unashamedly gather at beautiful beach-side locations. In previous lives she gained a BA (Hons) in English and Education, was a teacher, worked in PR and marketing and was the editor of an in-house newspaper for a large corporate company.
There are five books in the Crane series so far, which have received critical acclaim;
'A pretty extraordinary talent' - Best Selling Crime Thrillers.
'This is genre fiction at its best, suspense that rivets and a mystery that keeps you guessing.' - A R Symmonds on Goodreads)

The Sgt Major Crane novels are more than mysteries with each book also covering social issues.
The Sgt Major Crane books in order are:
1. Steps to Heaven which looks at the state of mind of soldiers returning from the theatre of war. It covers issues such as mind control and suicide.
2. 40 Days 40 Nights covers the mind of a terrorist and the values of Islam. It also looks at the sad state of retired Gurkhas who come to the UK in search of a better life.
3. Honour Bound explores the delicate subject of sexual abuse in the military and beyond. What does such experiences do to the human psyche?
4. Cordon of Lies where Crane is determined to expose a cover-up in the British Army and get justice for the murdered army wives.
5. Regenerate is a tale of obsession, death and abduction. An army widow becomes mentally unstable as she copes with the death of her husband and child.



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