Reviewed by Deena Peterson
Dangerous Mercy by Kathy Herman
"This is superb faith-filled suspense, and by far the best novel Kathy's written to date."
A new novel by Kathy Herman is always a treat, but her second story in the "Secrets Of Roux River" series is her best story ever. Kathy not only knows how to craft a tightly woven mystery, but she's a pro at weaving a powerful message of faith into her tale and sounding as natural as breathing while doing it.
"Dangerous Mercy" is something all believers struggle with. How can we reach out in God's grace and mercy while guarding against abuse, being taken advantage of, or even putting our lives in danger? This is the question that plagues Adele Woodhouse, the most delightful octogenarian you'll ever meet.
Now that her relationship with Zoe Broussard has been mended, Adele relocates to Les Barbes to be closer to the Broussard family and to be Nana to adorable Grace Broussard. But at eighty-six, Adele needs help around her home with repairs and general maintenance.
The residents of Haven House are men receiving a second chance, and Adele is more than willing to befriend them and minister to them as they assist her around her property. Problem is, many of Adele's friends in the local community are questioning her friendships with these questionable characters.
Especially in light of a series of murders in this quiet Southern town, perpetrated by a killer labeled by local authorities as "The Bathtub Killer". How can Adele continue to share Christ with those who need to know Him and keep herself safe...and is safety our prime concern?
Favorite characters return in this sequel: Zoe and Pierce Broussard, owners of "Zoe B's Cajun Eatery", and adorable Grace (I LOVE the little game the 'regulars' at the restaurant play with Grace!), Vanessa and Ethan Langley, proprietors of "Langley Manor B&B" and their son, Carter, and one of the best law enforcement officers Kathy's ever created...
...Sheriff Jude Prejean. He totally ROCKS!
And we can't forget Hebert, our resident Cajun (his accent and authentic phrasing always makes me smile), Tex and Father Sam...as well as many others. If you've been a fan of Kathy's mysteries, you know she always has older characters 'pop' in when a new series debuts, and she continues the tradition here as well.
This is superb faith-filled suspense, and by far the best novel Kathy's written to date. I can't wait to see how she wraps up this series, but I know I'm going to be sad when it ends. I've had so much fun dwelling in Cajun Country, and following the bread crumbs to the end of each story.
That's why "Dangerous Mercy" receives the Golden Bookmark for Writing Excellence from me. You truly need to read the books in order, so pick up a copy of "False Pretenses", the first book in "Secrets of Roux River" series along with "Dangerous Mercy".
And check out Kathy's previous novels as well...she's got a plethora of titles to keep you reading until the final novel releases...maybe! And here's to many more stories from Kathy Herman!
Deena Peterson is the mom of 8, with an active two-year-old grandson! She's also a pastor's wife, worship leader, Bible study leader, and homeschool mom. She stays so busy she meets herself coming and going! Visit her at her blog A Peek At My Bookshelf.