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No Mercy: A Sgt Major Crane crime thriller and other stories Kindle Edition

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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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The Sgt Major Crane crime thrillers:
Steps to Heaven - is the church offering salvation or slaughter? A dark twisted crime thriller.
40 Days 40 Nights - can Crane find the terrorist determined to play a deadly game with Team GB?
Honour Bound - someone is drugging young girls, then raping and murdering them. How many must die before Crane finds the rapist?
Cordon of Lies - Can Crane get justice for two murdered army wives?
Regenerate - a widow obsessed by reborn dolls and a soldier smuggling heroin. Can Crane bring the cases to a successful conclusion?
Hijack - can the hostages make it out alive?
Glass Cutter - when a hidden diary is found, that's when people start to die.
An avid crime reader, Wendy 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 Military Police Detective Sgt Major Crane crime thrillers. 
Her new Emma Harrison Mystery series is drawn from her work in Her Majesty's Prisons. The first book in the series is Past Judgment and the second, Mortal Judgment.
In previous lives she was a teacher, worked in PR and marketing and was the editor of an in-house newspaper for a large corporate company. She has a BA in English and Education combined with Creative Writing.

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  • File Size: 195 KB
  • Print Length: 75 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Costa Press (January 18, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078BFIOC
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An avid crime reader, Wendy 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 Military Police Detective Sgt Major Crane crime thrillers. In previous lives she was a teacher, worked in PR and marketing and was the editor of an in-house newspaper for a large corporate company. She has a BA in English and Education combined with Creative Writing.
The best-selling Sgt Major Crane crime thrillers:
Steps to Heaven - is the church offering salvation or slaughter? A dark twisted crime thriller.
40 Days 40 Nights - can Crane find the terrorist determined to play a deadly game with Team GB?
Honour Bound - someone is drugging young girls, then raping and murdering them. How many must die before Crane finds the rapist?
Cordon of Lies - Can Crane get justice for two murdered army wives?
Regenerate - a widow obsessed by reborn dolls and a soldier smuggling heroin. Can Crane bring the cases to a successful conclusion?
Hijack - can the hostages make it out alive?
Glass Cutter - when a hidden diary is found, that's when people start to die.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jade Varden on 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 By Ed Benjamin on 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 By Sarah's Exotic Tales on 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 By Carrie J. Bylina on 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 By patty flynn on 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 By Marcia Carrington on 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 By Mary Crocco on 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 By H.G. Estok on 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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