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Acts of Mercy (Mercy Street #3)

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In the third suspenseful novel of the hot new Mercy Street series by a New York Times-bestselling author, a profiler-turned-private eye joins an FBI agent to hunt down a serial killer. Original.
Paperback, 356 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Ballantine Books
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Dotti Elrick
Jun 26, 2013 Dotti Elrick rated it really liked it
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 th
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 frie
Shirley Worley
Mar 28, 2014 Shirley Worley rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Apr 09, 2016 Gail rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Karen Hufman
Jul 13, 2015 Karen Hufman rated it liked it
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 ...more
Susannah Carleton
Jul 01, 2012 Susannah Carleton rated it liked it
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,
CJ -Doctor can you help me, 'cause somethin' don't feel right
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 i
Jay Jessmer
Sep 29, 2013 Jay Jessmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 no
Kathleen Hagen
Acts of Mercy, by Mariah Stewart, b-plus, narrated by Joyce Bean, produced by Brilliance Audio, downloaded from

This 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 j
Aug 31, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
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 rela
Aug 18, 2012 Marca rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Apr 19, 2016 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2-times
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 ser
Barbara ★
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
Cathy Reaney
Jul 27, 2015 Cathy Reaney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent waiting room read

I liked the premise of the story. I should have read the other books first for more background .
I strongly suspected the murder before we got the ID.
Good enough that I'll read the others.
Jun 11, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 09, 2014 Irma rated it liked it
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?
Oct 20, 2014 Joyce rated it liked it
Semi formulaic but with a better plot than most. A former FBI agent goes to work for a charity that attempts to solve cold cases. Naturally, his first case becomes personal. It was relatively well written and much better than most chick lit thrillers.
Jun 18, 2015 Belle rated it really liked it
Excellent traditional thriller,light on the romance. This is part of the Mercy Street stories.
Joyce McKune
Jan 30, 2014 Joyce McKune rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, detective
Sam applied for a job with the Mercy Street center and his first assignment was an unsolved murder which turned out to be a serial killer.
Cindy Tinker Skyles
Feb 04, 2016 Cindy Tinker Skyles rated it it was amazing
this series of books are great, love mariah stewart.
Sep 25, 2014 Violet rated it it was amazing
Stayed up to late.....but had to finish :) loved it
Jul 16, 2013 Natalie rated it it was amazing
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.Int ...more
May 05, 2014 Kristin rated it really liked it
Great book with a very happy ending
Jun 07, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it
A nice end to the series, or is there more to come?
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Mar 09, 2015 Rylie rated it it was amazing
This was awesome! I fall in love with Mariah's characters. She has such an amazing talent!
Trevor Ledet
Aug 16, 2015 Trevor Ledet rated it really liked it
Awesome, why would she stop this series...
Apr 22, 2016 Alisha rated it really liked it
the ending I was waiting for thank you
Mar 08, 2014 Eileen rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 26, 2011 Beanse rated it did not like it
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!

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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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