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Fallen Angels (Mercy Alcutt) Hardcover – June 8, 2011
In the Barren Ground
Rookie cop Tana Larsson must track a killer—but can she survive the wild and frozen dark? Learn More
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On one September morning, Ernie's best friend, Detective Phil Bigelow, shows up at the office. Ernie and Phil were to meet at nine o'clock, but Ernie never arrives. By the afternoon, Mercy is worried and heads to the home of Mrs. Persephone Chalmers, the client that has hired Ernie to find some stolen jewelry. Upon entering the Chalmers' residence, Mercy discovers Persephone's body at the foot of the stairs and Ernie, bound and gagged. When the police arrive to investigate the crime, Ernie is the prime suspect. Phil, being Ernie's close friend, is not allowed to lead the investigation. Worse, the lead is assigned to Detective O'Reilly, who would enjoy nothing more than pinning the crime on Ernie.Read more ›
Oh, yes, and all you animal lovers--just wait till you meet Rosie, the miniature black poodle. And then there's streetwise, 12-year-old Barbara Ann, And did I mention Ernie Templeton AKA Sam Spade? All great characters.
This is the best one yet. Mercy is furious at the beginning that her boss, Ernie (the P.I.), isn't at work, though he typically strolls in later than she thinks he should, so she goes in search of him. Seems he had a call from Mrs. Persephone Chalmers, she of the breathy voice from a prior book, claiming that some of her jewelry had been stolen. But when Mercy arrives at the Chalmers residence, she finds the wait staff nowhere to be found, Persephone dead, and Ernie bound and gagged upstairs.
Except the police don't believe Mercy when she tells them she found Ernie that way. Due to the personal hatred one of the LAPD detectives (named O'Reilly) has toward Ernie and the fact the suspect list is slim, Ernie becomes the major suspect.
Is Mercy about to let Ernie go down for the count? Of course not! Her questioning of those whom she considers suspects leads her to someone in a religious congregation that is clearly modeled on Aimee Semple McPherson and her brand of religion.
And, boy, is the ending a humdinger! As always, there is plenty of humor along the way, but also plenty of suspense - of course I didn't figure out who the murderer was until almost the end :-).
This is one of the most fun and satisfying cozy mystery series I've read. I especially like how it takes place during the 1920s (with Ms. Duncan throwing in some nice turns by the very real John Gilbert and another silent screen star, Renee Adoree), and that Mercy is so spunky and persistent.
Loved this story and can't wait to dive into the next one!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Alice Duncan writes the greatest books, I love Mercy and all of her cohorts. I also love Butternut. I hope she writes many more books about Mercy. ShirleyPublished 5 months ago by Shirley Green
I enjoyed this book as much as the other two. I hope to enjoy blackout also.I think she is a funny lady, Mercy.Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
A really fun read, I'll definitely move on to the next book in the series. I have enjoyed the a Mercy books.Published 13 months ago by LHAZ
Love all of Alice Duncan's books so far. A little different than what I usually read but so glad I tried them. Fun mysteries.Published 18 months ago by Panda jo
I now own all of Alice Duncan's Angels and Spirits books. They are keepers to reread for their pure fun. Great cozies with mystery and humor.Published 18 months ago by Jane Air
I absolutely love this series!!! Fast, fun ,love the social side marks about Boston Brahmins... I'm from the east coast- I can laugh!
The narrator is Darlene Allen. Read more
I would highly recommend this series to anyone with a taste for a very likeable "fish out of water" character who somehow manages to overcome the odds and obstacles to come... Read morePublished 21 months ago by M. Walters
Alice Duncan writes the best stories, only problem ...I have read them all and now waiting for more!Published 22 months ago by avid reader
This is a series I look forward to getting every time I see a new one come out! This one is just as good as all the other one’s I’ve read --- quick to read, fast paced, fun (often... Read morePublished on July 27, 2014 by Lynn Demsky