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Mercy Street (Mercy Street #1)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  2,267 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
On a balmy spring evening, four high school seniors–three boys and a girl–enter a park in the small Pennsylvania city of Conroy. The next morning, two of the boys are found shot to death, and the girl and the third boy are gone. After three weeks with no leads and no sign of either of the two missing teenagers, the chief of police begins to wonder if they too were victims. ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published 2008)
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Maureen DeLuca
Aug 03, 2016 Maureen DeLuca rated it really liked it
In a small town of Conroy , Pennsylvania - Father Kevin Burch, needs help. He's hoping his wealthy cousin, Robert Magellan can help out one of his parishioners. He wants to hire a private investigator to look into the disappearance of two teenagers.

A few weeks earlier, four teenagers went to the local park to talk. Two of those boys were killed and left in the park, the other two Ryan and Courtney, disappeared. They are now the prime suspects in the other boys deaths. Father Kevin is hoping wi
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Lizzy
Jan 11, 2016 Lizzy rated it really liked it
** 3.5 stars**
Very good beginning to a new series. I really enjoyed Mariah Stewart's Mercy Street. Recommended. Full review to come.
Dana
Jul 13, 2008 Dana rated it really liked it
Mary Corcoran's grandson Ryan and three of his friends met in a neighbourhood park. Two of them were shot dead and Ryan and Courtney Bauer are missing. Since there was no robbery and no other suspects, Ryan and Courtenay are presumed guilty. Ryan's grandmother believes in their innocence and wants to find out what really happened. Where are the missing teens? Why were they meeting in a park after dark? Robert Magellan, whose wife and infant son disappeared one year ago, agrees to fund the ...more
Kristi
Jul 12, 2009 Kristi rated it it was amazing
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K.
May 02, 2016 K. rated it liked it
I find it incredibly likely that what happened to Mallory happens in the real world police force (rumor mongering, sexist comments and harassment). Not because I have am especially low opinion of the police, but because some people never grow out of the high school mentality and a lot of them are drawn to positions of authority and power. It's very much still a "man's job", which makes it difficult for women to break through that glass ceiling.
Janice
May 02, 2009 Janice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a light, easy to read mystery, with not a lot of guess work--seemed kind of evident where the story was going, on several levels. But the writing is at times promising, I will probably read the next in the series.
Scott
Oct 23, 2016 Scott rated it did not like it
I am not sure who recommended that I read Mercy Street by Mariah Stewart. I had high expectations, but Stewart failed to deliver. It is a basic mystery novel. The protagonist, Mallory Russo, who is an ex-police detective turned private detective, gets her first case. She needs to figure out who the killer is and what happened to the missing teenage kids. I really wanted and expected more of a story. I was disappointed. The supporting characters were as one dimensional an uninteresting as ...more
Alice
Oct 17, 2016 Alice rated it really liked it
I love Mariah Steward. If you like a good murder mystery, this is the author.
Gina
Nov 11, 2009 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery/romantic suspense lovers
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Dotti Elrick
Jun 21, 2013 Dotti Elrick rated it it was amazing
I have to say, out of all the books in this "FBI" series, this one was my favorite. I really loved it.
It has a little bit of everything, great characters, a real mystery, suspense, a little romance and dirty cops.
Mercy Street shifts away from the FBI agents and focus' on detectives in the small farm community of Conroy Pennsylvania.
Father Kevin Burch, needs help. He's hoping his wealthy cousin, Robert Magellan can help out one of his parishioners. He wants to hire a private investigator to look
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Mary
Apr 25, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary mysteries
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
On a balmy spring evening, four high school seniors - three boys and one girl - enter a park in the small city of Conroy, Pennsylvania. The next morning, two of the boys are found shot to death, and the girl and the third boy are gone. After three weeks with no leads and no sign of either of the missing teenagers, the chief of police begins to wonder if they too were victims. But with no other suspects, the authorities conclude that one of these kids was the shooter.

The missing boy's grandmothe
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Toni Osborne
Nov 06, 2010 Toni Osborne rated it liked it
Book 1 in the Mercy Street Foundation series

This romantic suspense novel is a refreshing interlude, a relief for those who have been reading more adrenaline based mysteries, Mariah Stewart style is lower keyed . This mystery is basic and not complicated to follow, it focuses mainly on homicides and missing person investigations and provides interesting moments that will grab you immediately, unfortunately it is somewhat predictable.

The novel juggles three threads at the same time and intertwin
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CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Aug 10, 2009 CJ - It's only a Paper Moon rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kelley Armstrong "Exit" fans, Linda Lael Miller's "Look" and "Mojo" series
This isn't a mover/shaker book where you walk away from this with a different world view. What it is, is a very interesting, well thought out, well put together mystery-romance that is easy to read and keeps you wanting more.

Mallory Russo is a very intriguing character and through the book, you don't learn to much about her past but you do learn more about her immediate past and why she is no longer a cop. It gives you a decent picture of the here-and-now with room to explore the backstory.

Char
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Maria Elmvang
May 30, 2008 Maria Elmvang rated it really liked it
Every day people go missing - sometimes voluntarily, sometimes not. If you’re lucky, they’re found and you don’t have to spend the rest of your life wondering if they’re still out there somewhere, if they need your help and what you can do to get them back.

Robert Magellan wasn’t lucky. 15 months ago his wife and son disappeared on their way home from a baby-shower. Nobody has seen or heard from them since. To anybody this would be a tragedy, but for Robert it’s enough to drive him half insane. H
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Kathleen Hagen
Mercy Street, by Mariah Stewart, Narrated by Joyce Bean, produced by Brilliance Audio and downloaded from audible.com.

The publisher’s note, unusually thorough and accurate, will be put here to explain the book. It seems to begin a new series for Mariah Stewart, the author of the four “Truth” books: “Cold Truth, Hard Truth,” etc. We’re introduced to a female ex-cop and the man replacing her on the force who team up to solve a crime.

Publisher’s note:
On a balmy spring evening, four high-school seni
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Lyn
Nov 05, 2015 Lyn rated it really liked it
Mallory loves being a detective, but her career ends after nine years when she refuses to confirm a lie told by her partner. She is shunned and harassed by her colleagues and, knowing that if she ever needs backup there will be no one to help her, she makes the decision to leave.

Four teenagers, all good friends from the same Catholic high school, meet up in the park where two are murdered and the other two, a boy and a girl, go missing. Father Burch, their church priest asks former detective Mal
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Kristen
Aug 06, 2012 Kristen rated it liked it
This was a good murder/suspense/thriller story. It's the first installment in what will be a series and it is well written, not only to set up the series to come, but as its own stand-alone good story.

Mallory Russo was a cop on the fast track to lead detective in Conroy Pennsylvania until she refused to lie for her partner when he did something stupid enough to get him busted down to patrol. Mallory found the "blue wall" closed against her and left the force. Now she's been asked by local priest
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Jane Stewart
Good, solid mystery. Enjoyable.

STORY BRIEF:
Four teens were in a park at night. Two were shot and two disappeared. The police believe the two who disappeared killed the other two. The police have stopped working on the case. Father Burch (the parish priest who runs the school) believes the teens are innocent and hires private investigator Mallory to search for the teens and find out what happened. The local police hate Mallory because she wouldn’t lie for a fellow cop who got demoted. She was lea
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Shirley Worley
Mar 25, 2014 Shirley Worley rated it really liked it
Great cast of characters. Robert, the wealthy entrepreneur who is still in the throes of grief after his wife and infant son went missing two years before, and his cousin Father Kevin, start a private foundation to find missing loved ones. Susanne, his devoted and faithful assistant. Trula, the elderly cook and ruler of Robert's mansion. Mallory, the ex-cop, hired by Robert's cousin, Father Kevin, to help solve a difficult case that strikes close to home.

Two teens, purported to have murdered th
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Darcy
Aug 16, 2012 Darcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, 2012, mystery
I thought the mystery in this one was just ok, what more interested me was the characters and the relationships they were developing. I liked Mallory, thought she got a raw deal with the police. I respected that her Chief let her go, even though he didn’t want to, knowing it would be better/safer for her. I liked that even though she wasn’t working for him, he gave her a glowing recommendation, one which seems to be bringing about a shift in her life. I loved seeing how the case slowly got it’s ...more
Marleen
Mar 30, 2013 Marleen rated it it was ok
I’m trying to figure out what exactly I liked about this book, and honestly there wasn’t all that much there. It started out promisingly enough but the more the story progressed the more I was waiting for something exciting or surprising to happen and that never did.
Although they were likeable, most of the characters lacked depth. The character of Robert Magellan, philanthropist and the multi-billionaire, was definitely not realistically portrayed. After having spent a year looking for his missi
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Jovdb
Oct 30, 2015 Jovdb rated it really liked it
Reading the Mercy Trilogy. Loved the first, Mercy Street, and am now on th second.

This book establishes the premise fo The Mercy Street Foundation.

Robert Magellan's wife, Beth, and son, Ian, have been missing for over a year. He is despondent and has virtually retired from life; even contemplating suicide. Suse, his long time assistant and friend, is in love with him and spends her weekends searching for the bodies of his wife and son; Trula is his housekeeper, a friend of Robert's grandmother,
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Barbara ★
Ex-cop Mallory Russo starts searching for two missing teens with new cop, Charlie Wanamaker. As they get close to finding the teens, the action heats up. An insane killer, a sniper, a homeless guy, an absentee father, a few crooked cops and even a priest are all somehow involved in the mystery surrounding the teens disappearance.

The plot of Robert Magellan and his missing wife and infant son set up the background mystery to tie the series books together. I'm intrigued enough as to what happened
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Susan Kat
I bought the three books of this series because I had to choose several books from a small selection of books for a book club and I didn't see any authors/books I recognized hearing good things about, except this author, Mariah Stewart.

However, I am just starting it and NEED to know something before I continue. Do we ever find out what happened to Robert's missing wife and son in any of the three books? I am hoping for a happy ending of course, which is why I need the spoiler. If it is a unhappy
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Kari
Jul 24, 2013 Kari rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2013
I have to say, I really enjoyed Mercy Street. It's a good solid mystery with great characters. I listened to the audio book and I found myself not wanting to turn it off. Mallory Russo is a great character. She was a good solid cop, who tried to do the right thing and got side-lined in the process. I felt badly for her as the cops she used to work with made her feel like a pariah. She is smart and tough. She and Charlie, her replacement on the police squad, made a great team. There is also the ...more
Anita Hayes
Aug 27, 2014 Anita Hayes rated it it was amazing
Yesterday, I decided that I needed a break from reality and some time for me. I pulled Mercy Street from my massive to be read pile (closed my eyes and grabbed a book). Once I started it, I had to force myself to stop long enough to make dinner and feed everyone and my critters. Right after dinner, I picked it up again and did not stop til I had just a little over 20 pages left. It was midnight and I get up at 6am every morning so I had to put it down again. Finished it with my morning coffee. I ...more
Liberty Abbott-Sylvester
Jul 16, 2009 Liberty Abbott-Sylvester rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: strong female leads and great plots
Recommended to Liberty by: Novel Ladies July Group Read
Shelves: mercy-street
I really enjoyed this book. It was the first of Mariah Stewart's and will not be my last.
Mercy Street is a great lead in book to the Mercy Street Foundation Series. While the mystery is pretty well wrapped up, there is just enough left dangling that you will want to run out and snatch up the next book in the series!
Mallory, the female lead, is a strong character. I immediately liked her. Charlie, the male lead, is completely lovable. There is chemistry between the two of them, but the focus of t
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Patricia
Mar 31, 2016 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2-times
This is the second time I've read this book (and will read the next 2 in the series). I loved the book the first time I read it and loved it again the second time. When I finished this novel, I really looked forward to (and have started reading) the next book in the series, CRY MERCY.

The story is a great mystery, had characters you can "feel" for, just enough descriptions of people,places and things. It has suspense, a budding romance (or two), a really cute child and will keep your interest. I
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Jay Jessmer
Sep 25, 2013 Jay Jessmer rated it liked it
Not a bad book. A little cheesy, but not in a terrible way. The writing was a little bland and the character development non-existant, but the pacing was brisk and the plot was a nice premise. I usually like more plot twists, and the one at the end of this one I saw coming real early on. This series could have promise if Stewart beefs things up a bit. Mallory is a good character, and I'm curious to see where the "missing Magellan's" thing goes. This would make a nice travelling read for someone ...more
Stacy
Aug 07, 2011 Stacy rated it liked it
Introducing Mallory Russo, former police officer turning PI. She is hired to try to locate two missing teenagers who are presumed guilty
(by everyone but Mallory and the families of the kids) of the shooting of two of their friends.
Mallory makes some giant and somewhat ridiculous intuitive leaps, and while she's not always believable, she is still likable and somehow real enough to avoid being annoying.
I enjoyed the story and the characters, and liked how it ended. I am looking forward to readi
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Mariah Stewart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-six novels and three novellas and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. She is a RITA finalist in romantic suspense and the recipient of the Award of Excellence for contemporary romance, a RIO Award for excellence in women's fiction, and a Reviewers Choice Award from Romantic Times Magazine. A three-time winner ...more
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