Suspense novelist Kathy Herman is very much at home in the Christian book industry, having worked five years on staff at the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and eleven years at Better Books Christian Center in Tyler, Texas, as product buyer/manager for the children’s department, and eventually as director of human resources.
She has conducted numerous educational seminars on children’s books at CBA Conventions in the U.S. and Canada, served a preliminary judge for the Gold Medallion Book Awards of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association , and worked as an independent product/marketing consultant to the CBA market.
Since her first novel, Tested by Fire, debuted in 2001 as a CBA national bestseller, she's added sixteen more titles to her credit, including four bestsellers: All Things Hidden, The Real Enemy, The Last Word, and The Right Call.
Kathy's husband Paul is her manager and most ardent supporter, and the former manager of the LifeWay Christian Store in Tyler, Texas. They have three grown children, five almost-perfect grandchildren, a cat named Samantha. They enjoy cruising, deep sea fishing, and birdwatching—sometimes incorporating these hobbies into one big adventure.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. —Matthew 5:7
When eighty-five-year-old Adele Woodmore moves to Les Barbes to be near the Broussards—and her namesake, their daughter—she wants nothing more than a comfortable, quiet life. Employing men from Father Vince’s halfway house for the homeless to do odd jobs and landscaping, she delights in the casual conversation she has with them, the fledgling friendships, and the idea that she is helping them get back on their feet.
A series of murders in Les Barbes has cast a pall over the town and, in fact, one of Adele’s handymen becomes a person of interest to the police. But Adele cares for these young men, she knows them, and continues to show them kindness in spite of her friends’ concern. And then one day a murderer walks through Adele’s defenses, sits down at her kitchen table...and they begin to talk...
If you would like to read the first chapter of Dangerous Mercy, go HERE.
One of my favourite characters is Adele, a spunky lady in her mid-80's. She is very wealthy, yet very careful about her money. She also has a very big heart and seems to trust everyone, even some rather shady characters from the local halfway house. Against the advice of her friends, she opens her heart and her home to some young men that others are afraid of.
The town is reeling from a string of unsolved murders, and everyone is on edge. Local businesses are suffering as tourists are afraid to visit the town. I am glad that I read the first book in this series, as I already loved the characters, and it was easy to slip right back into the story.
Once again, I am thrilled with the expert storytelling of Kathy Herman. Her books always capture my attention from the start, and I can't let go until the end. Dangerous Mercy is an exceptional story that I highly recommend.
Disclosure: Book received courtesy of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, in exchange for my honest review.