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Fallen Angels (Mercy Alcutt) Hardcover – June 8, 2011

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Book 3 of 4 in the Mercy Allcutt Series

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  • Series: Mercy Alcutt (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (May 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594149593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594149597
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,060,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this entertaining narrative we find Mercy looking for Ernie, he is late. She goes to his client's house and find the client dead and tied up and drug upstairs. She unties Ernie, than calls the police. Mercy is dismayed to realize that Ernie is the main suspect in the murder because no one but her saw him tied up. Her Mother is still a problem. There funny scenes as Mercy begins to realize what life is like for the average person. Mercy convinces Lulu to go to a religious church as she feels the murderer will be a member. Chloe and Harvey are moving to Beverley Hills and parents have bought a house in Pasadena. Mercy does not want to leave her friends and is thinking of buying a house and renting out rooms. Looking forward to Mercy next adventure.
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Set in Los Angeles, the late 1920's. Mercedes "Mercy" Louise Allcutt had been born into a family of Boston Brahmins. Though Mercy need never fear of ever being poor, she wants to do more with her life than simply be a meek and proper wife to a man ... much to her blue-blooded mother's dismay. This is one reason (among many) that Mercy ended up moving to L.A. to live with her sister, Chloe, and her (Chloe's) husband, Harvey Nash, who owns and works at his own moving-picture studio. (Hmm, Mercy is absolutely correct when she states, "The English language suffers from severe pronominal deficiencies.") Considering the option of writing mysteries in her future, Mercy craves experience. Therefore, Mercy has been the secretary for a private investigator name Ernest "Ernie" Templeton during the past couple of months. Mercy has been in a wee bit of trouble (that Ernie considers out-and-out danger) once or twice, but Mercy is determined to continue earning some money on her own and learn the ways of the "real" world.

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.
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If you haven't yet met Mercy Allcutt, Alice Duncan's heroine of the Angel Flight series, listen to me, you really, really DO want to meet Mercy. The spunky, but proper, daughter of blue-blood Bostonians turned loose in the speakeasies, opium dens and (gasp) barber shops of Roaring 20's Los Angeles is a true delight. I love the way Alice has turned the stereotypical dumb blonde sidekick/girlfriend of a hard-bitten detective on its head in creating Mercy. I'm wondering whether or not Alice has created a new subgenre in this hard-bitten cozy.

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.
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Everything "THIS" Alice Duncan (author of the Daisy Gumm and this series) writes is well written, fast paced and fun. There is apparently another Alice Duncan that has books available on Amazon that are not my cup of tea.
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The Mercy Allcut mysteries are one of the mystery series I look forward to (the other is Kate Kingsbury's Pennyfoot Hotel mysteries). In fact, both are an auto-buy for me. :-)

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!
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