Title: At a Stranger’s Mercy (Badge and Bullets #1)
Author: Brittany Cournoyer
Release Date: March 22, 2019
Page Count: 235
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Making eye contact with a killer wasn’t exactly how Bradley Danforth had planned to start his day. As an accountant, he craved structure and routine. What he hadn’t anticipated was being part of a real-life murder mystery with him cast in the starring role.
Death and sorrow were part of Max Donohue’s job description, leaving the detective hardened after years on the job. On his latest case, he’s the one stuck protecting the only witness in a sadistic homicide.
One death becomes two… then three. And soon Max and Bradley find themselves playing a deadly game of cat and mouse. Can Max save Bradley from the clutches of a serial killer? Or will the killer finish what he started?
At a Stranger’s Mercy is the first installment of a continuing series featuring the same two characters. It’s a suspenseful murder mystery that depicts detailed crimes, strong language, and adult situations. While this series will include a romance, it’s a slow burn that develops throughout the series.
This is a first book in series and it shows. It does a good job of setting a stage for rest of the series, but I wouldn’t recommend it as a standalone.
It’s a murder mystery and a pretty solid one at that, as I definitely hadn’t seen end coming so points for that. But the descriptions of murders were pretty gruesome, which I don’t like and it somewhat diminished my enjoyment, especially when two men met for the first time. The gross factor overshadowed emotions in their meeting which is a shame, because I liked them.
The romance plot is practically non existent, barring the hopeful end (again, first book in series.)
But using the whole book as a way to introduce characters paid off as they are interesting and there is potential in their interactions, so I want to read the rest of it!
Max is cold and standoffish and bad in interactions with other people. He is not even trying, satisfied with the way his life is. At least, that’s impression he gives, because there is enough hints to soft core he hidden underneath soft exterior. Bradley on the other hand, is rigid and craves routine. After bad experience he is careful with his heart. Max no nonsense attitude would be good for Bradley, and in turn, Bradley willingness to call Max on his behavior would be good for Max.