Summary

Twists and turns continue to develop as the story races to a dramatic finish that I could never have imagined when I first started the book. Mercy Creek is a captivating thriller that maintained my attention from start to finish.

5-STAR REVIEW: MERCY CREEK by M.E. Browning

The Description

A Jo Wyatt Mystery: Book 2
Publication Date: October 12, 2021

In an idyllic Colorado town, a young girl goes missing—and the trail leads into the heart and mind of a remorseless killer.

The late summer heat in Echo Valley, Colorado turns lush greenery into a tinder dry landscape. When a young girl mysteriously disappears, long buried grudges rekindle. Of the two Flores girls, Marisa was the one people pegged for trouble. Her younger sister, Lena, was the quiet daughter, dutiful and diligent—right until the moment she vanished.

Detective Jo Wyatt is convinced the eleven-year-old girl didn’t run away and that a more sinister reason lurks behind her disappearance. For Jo, the case is personal, reaching far back into her past. But as she mines Lena’s fractured family life, she unearths a cache of secrets and half-lies that paints a darker picture.

As the evidence mounts, so do the suspects, and when a witness steps forward with a shocking new revelation, Jo is forced to confront her doubts, and her worst fears. Now, it’s just a matter of time before the truth is revealed—or the killer makes another deadly move.

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The Review

Detective Jo Wyatt investigates a case involving a missing 11-year-old girl in Mercy Creek by M.E. Browning.

The story begins at the county fair with an event that leads readers to think a carnival worker played a role in Lena’s disappearance. This was a worthy bait-and-switch because I already had the carny convicted in my head. However, nothing is as it seems in a Jo Wyatt mystery. Each clue must be carefully examined to determine whether it is part of the investigation or merely a distraction.

To add to the drama, Lena’s mother has a definite dislike for Detective Wyatt, the reason for which is eventually revealed. The character development is solid and grows throughout the book as new characters are introduced as part of the investigation. Wyatt’s former relationship with Lucero Flores provides a deeper dimension to the story. As the investigation continues, Wyatt and the other officers race against time to try and find Lena.

Twists and turns continue to develop as the story races to a dramatic finish that I could never have imagined when I first started the book. Mercy Creek is a captivating thriller that maintained my attention from start to finish.

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About The AuthorM.E. Browning writes the Colorado Book Award-winning Jo Wyatt Mysteries and the Agatha-nominated and award-winning Mer Cavallo Mysteries (as Micki Browning). Micki also writes short stories and nonfiction. Her work has appeared in dive magazines, anthologies, mystery magazines, and textbooks. An FBI National Academy graduate, Micki worked in municipal law enforcement for more than two decades and retired as a captain before turning to a life of crime… fiction.

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Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.

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