Review: Mercy Falls by William Kent Kreuger

Mercy Falls by William Kent Kreuger

Series: Cork O’Connor #5

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

Setting: Minnesota and Chicago

Source: Audiobook, Library; 11 hours, 32 minutes

Narrator: David Chandler

Publishing Date: 2005

434 pages

Synopsis: Back in the saddle as sheriff of Tamarack County, Cork O’Connor is lured to the nearby Ojibwe reservation on what appears to be a routine call — only to become the target of sniper fire. Soon after, he’s called to investigate a mutilated body found perched above the raging waters of Mercy Falls. The victim is Eddie Jacoby, a Chicago businessman negotiating an unpopular contract between his management firm and the local Indian casino. Sparks fly when the wealthy Jacoby family hires a beautiful private investigator to consult on the case. But once Cork discovers an old and passionate tie between one of the Jacoby sons and his own wife, Jo, he begins to suspect that dark, personal motives lurk behind recent events. Murder, greed, sex, and jealousy hide around every corner in this maze of danger. But somewhere beneath the turbulent Mercy Falls lies the truth — and Cork is determined to find it….

My thoughts

This book was like riding a roller coaster…just when I thought the mystery was solved and it was winding up something more happens and I’m chugging back up a hill again and then racing down the other side. This happened to me several times and I’m still not sure the mystery is completely solved!

Once again sheriff

Cork is the sheriff of Tamarack County again and he has changed some of the department policies. As the book opens one of his deputies is questioning why the sheriff has changed the policy that he ride along on most calls to the reservation. A few minutes later they come under sniper fire and are fighting for their lives. And so begins a book full of twists and turns. I’m not going to say too much more about the book except that this is a great series and I think Mercy Falls is my favorite so far! There’s a lot of suspense as the story rolls along and Cork and the other law enforcement officers try to figure out why everything happens. Is everything connected, and, if so, how’s it connected?

A good listen

I listened to the audiobook and even though it’s over 11 hours long I listened to almost all of it in a day! The narrator is David Chandler and I think he does a good job. I’ve listened to several of the books in this series that he narrates and he makes the characters come alive in my imagination.

Bottom line

I have taken my time reading these books over the last couple of years, because I like them so much. It’s hard when I run out of books in a series even if it just means waiting for a year or so for the next one. However, as soon as I ended this book I had to go and get the next in the series since Mercy Falls ends on a bit of a cliffhanger!

My Rating: A-

Narrator Rating: B+

Have you read any books by this author?

Awards

  • Barry Award Nominee for Best Novel (2006)
  • Anthony Award for Best Novel (2006)

Reading Challenges

  • 52 books in 52 weeks hosted by the mommymannegren.com blog — An audiobook
  • The Backlist Reader Challenge hosted by Lark @ The Bookwyrm’s Hoard
  • Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge hosted by Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! & Barb @ Book T’s Farm
  • Library Love Challenge hosted by the Angel’s Guilty Pleasures blog
  • Review Writing Challenge hosted by Shari @ Delighted Reader blog

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

8 thoughts on “Review: Mercy Falls by William Kent Kreuger”

  1. I’ve read every single Cork O’Connor book in this series! One of my absolute favorite authors to date. I received one of his books in a giveaway, then went back and read them from the beginning. If you are able to, keep reading them 🙂

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    1. Oh, yes, I plan to keep reading this series, Rita. It helps that my library has them. I especially like downloading the audiobooks they have.

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      1. Glad to hear it! Truth be told I didn’t read this series in order 🙂 I’m usually a stickler for that but I take what I can, and I didn’t read the first two until I was well into finishing the series off. My first book, a giveaway, was for Northwest Angle and I devoured it and turned to used book stores and library for more. He has such a patient way of building up the plot that isn’t boring.

        Never thought to listen to it on audio. It would be the perfect time for one– a folksy tale to listen to. Too bad WK Kreuger doesn’t narrate them himself.

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        1. I don’t always listen to books in order either, but have with these. I’ve enjoyed listening to these books and my library has had most of them which I really appreciate.

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    1. I did listen to Copper River right after Mercy Falls. So glad I could. I can see that you might have some disappointment in Jo and Cork, Anne.

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  2. I read an early book or two in this series years ago but had a hard time finding them and then forgot all about it. This does sound like quite the roller coaster ride of a mystery and this is series that I really need to get back to reading.

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