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From "New York Times "bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes a novel of sexy romantic suspense for fans of Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter, and Karen Robards. Former FBI agent Sam Delvecchio brings the keen skills of a profiler to his new position as a Mercy Street Foundation operative-and not a moment too soon. His first assignment, the cold-case murder of a local soup kFrom "New York Times "bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes a novel of sexy romantic suspense for fans of Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter, and Karen Robards. Former FBI agent Sam Delvecchio brings the keen skills of a profiler to his new position as a Mercy Street Foundation operative-and not a moment too soon. His first assignment, the cold-case murder of a local soup kitchen volunteer, has all the telltale signs of a serial killer's work. That grim suspicion is confirmed when FBI agent Fiona Summers shares the details of two other killings with eerie similarities to Sam's case: The bodies in all three cases have been carefully posed. And when a fourth victim is discovered, the two investigators realize they're pursuing the same twisted quarry. Local parish priest Kevin Burch, Mercy Street founder Robert Magellan's cousin, recognizes the posings for what they are: The killer is staging the church' s seven Acts of Mercy ("Feed the hungry, clothe the naked . . .") with the bodies of his victims. But as Sam and Fiona race to prevent the final three murders, taunting messages from their target lead to the most chilling realization of all....

Title : Acts of Mercy
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ISBN : 9780345506146
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Number of Pages : 356 Pages
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Acts of Mercy Reviews

  • Maureen DeLuca
    2019-05-10 12:04

    This is the 3rd and final book in the "Mercy Street" series. The first book Mercy Street was a fantastic read- a 4 to 5 star read. Then the second book Cry Mercy which continued the story line, was another 4 to 5 star read- and now the last and final book Acts of Mercy to me was a 3 star read- but I bumped it up to 4, for I truly loved this entire series. Trust me- start from book 1 . All 3 books are pretty fast reads. If anything I was just a bit disappointed in this last book- hard to explain why, without giving anything away, so I'm not even going to attempt it. Even though this was the final in this series- (and yes, all questions are answered!) I'm sure the author could make more books with the characters. I hope she does. Well worth the time to pick up these 3 books and enjoy!All in all a great great !!

  • Sheila Myers
    2019-04-20 11:03

    A good finale to the three part series. I liked the unique signature Mariah Stewart created to be used by killer.

  • Dotti Elrick
    2019-05-02 05:55

    This was a great end to the Mercy Series. I really enjoyed the book.The Mercy Street Foundation was set up in the first book of the series, Mercy Street. It was founded by the billionaire, Robert Magellan, his cousin Father Kevin Burch and former detective Mallory Russo. The goal of the foundation is to look into cold cases that the various police departments have run out of leads on. They do this at no cost to anyone. The foundation is still in the process of staffing all the positions. When the application of a former FBI profiler comes across Mallory's desk, she jumps on the opportunity to interview him.Sam DelVecchio, left the FBI after the death of his wife at the hands of a serial killer he was tracking. He has just come back from a long vacation trying to clear his head, and decide what he wants to do next. When he finds the information on the Mercy Street Foundation. He needs a job, and figures it cant be any worse than what he left behind. Sam's first case is the murder of a husband and father, an all around good guy that was found behind the center he and his wife volunteered at feeding the homeless. All leads have been followed, and the case has gone cold. The detective working the case mentions that an agent with the FBI has looked into the case in connection with one she is working on.Fiona Summers has worked with the FBI for over 12 years, she has a tough reputation, no nonsense, and everything strictly by the book. When she is contacted by Sam about his case, they get together and compare notes and discover that not only do they have a serial killer on their hands, their killer is choosing dates and places that have a connection to Sam. It's only when Father Kevin sees the photos that he suggests, by the way the victims have been left, the killer is reenacting the seven Acts of Mercy. Three down four to go and Sam is sure he is to be number seven.In a side story, Robert has been searching for his wife and infant son since the first book, they've been missing for fifteen months. Part of that story was resolved in the last book, Cry Mercy. We get the conclusion to the story in this one.This series so far only has the three "Mercy" books. But it is part of her FBI series. It can be read as a stand alone book. I've read them all, and find she likes to bring back earlier characters or sometimes just a quick mention of a person or a case. It's like getting a visit from an old friend when they pop up in another book.I hope this is not the last book in the series.

  • Gail
    2019-05-03 11:46

    More suspense than romantic of all the series, and dealing with a serial killer which is definitely not in my comfort zone. The hero is a burnt-out FBI profiler who goes to work for the Mercy Street Foundation to help find missing persons, but his first case is an unsolved murder without clues, except for the bizarre way the victim is staged after his death. The very tiny romantic elements come from the FBI agent who brings in other murders that seem to be staged the same way. Most of the story is about tracking the clues and piecing together what they mean. It's a good story. I just don't really care for serial killer stories or books with the villain ' point of view. Ick. Still, it's a good read.

  • Darcy
    2019-04-29 04:54

    This book seems to be bring these 3 books to a close. The foundation is going like gangbusters and Robert is getting answers to his missing family. I found the new guy, Sam, to be interesting, part of him was broken, part of him was healing. He could go either way with his future. Working the case helped Sam work through so many issues, I enjoyed seeing him get past those hurdles.Robert really ran the gauntlet in what happened with him. I loved that he was finally see Suzanna as more than a friend, loved that Trula needled him about it. But the best thing was the last bit that happened, it gives me hope that there are happy endings for all the characters.I wish there were more books in this series to read.

  • Anna Mcfadden
    2019-04-30 05:56

    what former FBI agent Sam Delvecchio brings the Mercy Street Foundation is the keen skills of a profiler. As a new operative he is assign to the cold-case murder of a local soup kitchen volunteer, the.murder has all the markings of a serial killer. his suspicion is confirmed when FBI agent Fiona Summers shares the details of two other killings with eerie similarities to Sam's case: The bodies in all three cases have been carefully posed. And when a fourth victim is discovered, they realize they're pursuing the same twisted quarry. in a team meeting and with agent Summers, the Local parish priest Kevin Burch, and his cousin and Mercy Street's founder Robert Magellan's , recognizes the posings for what they are: The killer is staging the church' s seven Acts of Mercy ("Feed the hungry, clothe the naked . . .") with the bodies of his victims.

  • HappyRuth
    2019-04-30 12:04

    This is the third book in the Mercy Street series. I read this book on audible. The DB number is.DB73683

  • Marcia
    2019-04-25 04:02

    ****4 Stars. Enjoyed this serial killer mystery in which the killer stages each killing accordance with one of the churches' seven acts of mercy.

  • Patricia
    2019-05-02 07:50

    Great read couldn't put it down, hope there are more in this series coming.

  • CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
    2019-04-29 08:01

    Good follow up to the last book "Cry Mercy". Because the books are written as sort of ensemble POV - certain characters get more lead time than others. Robert, Suse and Kevin are always in the books no matter way, but I would like to know more about Mal and Emme as well. Did Emme stay with that guy? How fast did Mal and Charlie's relationship progress?I'm also dying to know how Suse and Rob will handle having a damaged child to care for as well as the obvious UST!I mean come on!Now, this story in particular, Sam was a good character to stay with during the book however there was a deep sense of disconnection between Mercy Street and Sam's story. I suppose if I hadn't gotten caught up with the mystery itself I would have realized that this was a sign of things to come.The character building of the second lead in these stories, for me, always happens a bit too late and then it is scrambled together and I'm supposed to believe that they've progressed as far as they have in the short amount of time it took me to read the backstory. I think the best examples of chemistry and backstory have been Mal and Charlie and obviously Suse and Robert.However, the mystery was good, I wish the backstory of Fiona had happened earlier and that way we could see have seen both Sam and Fiona as the drawing board characters and watched her progression the way we watched Sam. I mean, if it's going to switch back and forth between POVs might as well make it work, right?Fiona was sort of a flat character but I dug Sam. Looking forward to the next one.

  • Susannah Carleton
    2019-05-11 05:14

    I'v read all of Mariah Stewart's books, and enjoyed them all. In this book, the third book in the Mercy Street series, I found the constant switching between the two subplots distracting. Both were good stories, but I was more intrigued by one than the other. Former FBI agent and profiler Sam Delvecchio brings his excellent investigative skills to his new position as a Mercy Street Foundation operative. His first case, the murder of a local soup kitchen volunteer in Sam's home state of Nebraska, has signs of being a serial killer's work. Sam's suspicions are confirmed when FBI agent Fiona Summers, whom Sam has has heard of but never worked with, shares the details of two other killings eerily similar to Sam's case: the bodies in all three cases have been carefully posed, and each pose portrays one of the corporal acts of mercy. Another killing confirms their suspicions. But with three bodies and seven acts of mercy, Sam and Fiona know they are racing the clock to find the killer and prevent the final acts. Sam's final realization may be most chilling one of all.Using the same determination and intelligence she uses in her job as Robert Magellan's assistant, Susanna Jones has discovered the location of car Robert's wife was driving when she and their infant son disappeared a year and a half ago. Robert's wife's body is still in the car at the bottom of the ravine, but there's no trace of their young son. Robert and Susanna are determined to find little Ian, but with no suspects and no evidence, there is little the FBI can do.

  • Kathleen Hagen
    2019-05-15 10:02

    Acts of Mercy, by Mariah Stewart, b-plus, narrated by Joyce Bean, produced by Brilliance Audio, downloaded from is the third in the Mercy Street series where a rich man uses his money to set up a foundation where he hires investigators to chase down answers in cold cases. He picks the cases carefully. The latest is a cold case where a soup kitchen volunteer is murdered in Lincoln, Nebraska. He is strangled and then his body is stabbed many times after death. Sam Delvicchio has just been hired by Mercy Street Foundation. He is a former FBI profiler who has left the feds. He takes on this case. Soon he becomes connected with other FBI investigations as it appears that there are other people murdered by this same person in the same bizarre way. But as time goes on, it becomes clear that Sam Delvicchio himself is the target of the killer’s wrath. Each of the first six persons killed are posed in each of the Acts of Mercy from the Catholic church. The seventh act of mercy, “bury the dead” is being saved for Sam himself. This is a wonderful series, a little on the cozy side but I like the characters very well.

  • Jay Jessmer
    2019-05-18 10:56

    I have given a lot of high ratings to books, but rarely can I say the following....what a perfectly written book. We are not talking literary genius or deep thought provoking writing here, but a riveting story and the perfect conclusion to a solid trilogy. I don't do synopsis, there are enough of those for you to read and get the plotline. I will simply state that Ms. Stewart nailed this one. Even though anyone with any insight will figure out the riddle about 1/3 of the way through, it does not take away from the outcome. I have grown to enjoy all of the main players through this series, and hope for more in the future from "Mercy Street". I loved the cameos from a the "Dead" series. Kind of like hooking up with old friends again. The pacing is well done between the 2 major plotlines and nothing feels overdone. Too many writers take themselves too seriously, and make reading more than it should be. Mariah Stewart seems to understand that the reader wants a good story that moves along and entertains. I recommend this entire series to anyone who just likes to read for no more or less than that!!

  • Nicole
    2019-04-30 07:46

    Some minor spoilers.I really love this series, and book three was no exception. I love this plot, even though it's so out there it's not funny. Maybe it's just the writing style or depth Stewart puts into it, but, for all the plot is farfetched and stretches suspension of disbelief, it still doesn't make you pause and say 'really?' with raised eyebrows. It's also an easy read, and quick as well. I like that it's the woman who is making the first move/pursuing the relationship, and that that relationship takes a back seat to the murder plot. I do, however, have to point out that why is it always the woman who gets kidnapped? I'm also happy at the complete lack of sexual violence, which is usually front and centre in these types of books. It took me awhile to figure out who the killer was, but it was pretty genius once it was. The kidnapping plot, however, felt really rushed in the end.

  • Shirley Worley
    2019-04-28 05:09

    Although I really liked the first two books in the Mercy series, I found this last one riveting. It could easily be read as a stand alone because enough background information is given to avoid any confusion. The continuing saga concerning Robert's missing family is kept as a backdrop, providing momentary relief to the primary story, and is finally given some amount of closure. The main story revolves around a former FBI profiler who is trying to move beyond a tragedy in his life. Being hired by the Mercy Street foundation to solve a case forces him to evaluate his situation, where he soon realizes everything is not as it seems, either in romance or murder. Expertly told story with a shocking confession near the end. Mercy Street has work yet to do, and I am hoping this is not the last of the series.

  • Marca
    2019-05-14 09:07

    Sam Delvecchio left the FBI and finds himself hired by the Mercy Street Foundation, an agency founded by a millionaire to fund cold case investigations for people who cannot afford top investigators. His first assignment is the murder of a soup kitchen volunteer in a act so seemingly random that Sam suspects it is the work of a serial killer. He contacts the FBI to see if there are similar cases and finds there are. Beautiful Fiona Summers of the FBI arrives and she and Sam realize that someone is staging the Seven Acts of Mercy as murders (seen in the arrangement of the corpses). Fiona and Sam traverse the country following the killer, who does not keep his work local. Naturally, Fiona and Sam hook up (what were the odds?). Kept me interested until the end, although the killer and motives were a bit far-fetched, still a good read.

  • Patricia
    2019-05-07 08:49

    Finished ACTS OF MERCY. The only problem I have is that this is the last book in the series.I loved the new characters in this third of the story, Sam and Fiona. Each book has several stories going on at once and they intermingle. Although the stories are like that, each book can be a stand-alone book. It's just better if you read them in order, MERCY STREET, CRY MERCY and this one, because you get to know the characters better and it strengthens the story.Eventhough this is a murder-mystery series, there is a real warmth about the Mercy Street Foundation. The owner has lost his wife and child.........or, has he? And, wait 'til Chloe is introduced into the story. She is adorable. This is a page-turner series!If you like murder-mysteries, love stories, and long stories, you will love this series.

  • Barbara ★
    2019-04-30 08:57

    Finally a satisfactory conclusion to the Robert/Beth/Ian conflict which started the series three books ago. This was a secondary storyline but much needed to close out the series.The primary storyline was serial killer related and involved new Mercy Street agent Sam Delvecchio and FBI agent Fiona Summers. The killer was re-enacting the seven biblical acts of mercy: feed the hungry, bury the dead, visit the sick, clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty, feed the homeless, visit the imprisoned. And so the murders begin...The clincher is that all the deaths somehow connect to Sam. This is a really great who-dun-it that keeps you guessing until the end. The romance between Sam and Fiona is subtle but enough to put this book under the romance category.

  • Karen Hufman
    2019-05-07 07:05

    Sam used to be a profiler for the FBI but after a personal tragedy he travels for a time and then decides a change of scenery and job might do him good. He ends up taking a job with a nonprofit type of company set up by a millionaire who uses his funds to attempt to solve impossible cases the police have given up on. Sam ends up being put on a case that is similar to a case which has caught the eye of a pretty FBI agent. I'm sure you can guess where this story is headed. Although this a the 2nd in a trilogy it can mostly stand on its own. A case of the millionaire's missing wife and child is also wrapped up. There were a few too many coincidences in the book but it was a quick and easy read.

  • Natalie
    2019-05-03 09:07

    And book three,is about a former FBI agent who applies for a detective possition at the Mercy Street Foundation also as in the last book,trial basis on his first case,which has all the signs that he is looking for a serial killer.This killer is following the church's seven acts of Mercy.He ends up being helped by another FBI agent who was following two other cases that were similar.This one has other aspects that you wouldn't think of as the former FBI agent is suppose to be his last victem.Interesting events and it will hold your interest!

  • Anuradha
    2019-04-25 10:53

    The pieces fit in a tad too well and everything comes together a bit too perfectly making it seem like a drama rather than a thriller. The plot turns many corners but each seems more predictable than the last. The only respite is the easy writing style that helps Stewart effortlessly lead the reader through the book. I'd credit the latter for having finished the book in a single weekend rather than the plot itself.

  • Beanse
    2019-04-29 06:57

    I would like to give a detailed description of why I thought this book was GOD awful, the series poor, but I am a busy woman and the author has already sucked up too much of my time.So I will say this. Got the audio books for free from the library. I accidentally forgot to add Disc number 3 to my itunes library.... Was grateful that I got to miss an entire disc of this nonsense. WAIST OF TIME!Yuck!

  • Katherine
    2019-05-08 11:02

    I really wasn't convinced by the set-up (millionaire funding a private cold-case investigative unit) and it felt like writing by numbers. None of it felt real, I could see the writer plotting away beneath the sentences. It also seemed as if every other character had a wife/loved one who had been murdered. Don't think I'll be seeking out any more from this series.

  • Di Terry
    2019-04-26 12:15

    I read up to page 250, and found it wasn't going anywhere fast. There wasn't enough suspense and action for me. It had just started getting romantic-silly when I stopped reading.It was ridiculous that Sam grabbed her hand to hold it, when they were work colleagues, and there had been no romantic suggestion before that (other than internal).

  • Irma
    2019-04-27 08:15

    Acostumbrada a encontrar más relación entre un libro y otro en una serie, estos tres libros podrían bien ser stand-alones. Aunque son finales esperados, deja mucho a la imaginación en cuanto al desenlace final. ¿Mucha ficción?

  • A
    2019-05-21 07:46

    This started out pretty slow, but as I progressed it got better. The plot line was a puzzle that I enjoyed putting pieces together. The killer was a complete surprise, which I enjoyed. I am not a fan of when you know who the killer is 4 chapters in.

  • Beth
    2019-05-02 06:14

    Picked up Acts of Mercy at my wonderful local used bookstore on a lark, not sure why, and I really loved it. Very gripping, fast paced and great characters. I highly recommend it and look forward to reading more by Mariah Stewart.

  • Eileen
    2019-05-20 10:11

    Excellent mystery and lots of characters I enjoyed. Really love this author and see she has many more books. I have read two series (3 in each) and enjoyed both series. Will be reading more of her books and enjoying the suspense as they solve the plots.

  • Regan
    2019-05-06 03:45

    OMG! Just when I think she has told the best story ever Mariah Stewart writes one that is even better than the last. If you haven't read her, you got to check her out -- I would, however, recommend starting with her first FBI books simply because they are so good.

  • Willow
    2019-05-11 08:14

    I liked this one much better than Mercy Street. I will say it was a bit predictable as to who the bad guy was but the characters were well developed and the storytelling good enough that the lack of surprise didn't bother me.