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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. After Ann Nolan, a California beat cop, adopts the daughter of a notorious drug dealer, the ruthless father vows to take back his only child. In response, Ann flees across the country, changes her name, and starts a ne 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. After Ann Nolan, a California beat cop, adopts the daughter of a notorious drug dealer, the ruthless father vows to take back his only child. In response, Ann flees across the country, changes her name, and starts a new life as an investigator for the Mercy Street Foundation, the billionaire-endowed organization dedicated to finding missing persons. As Emme Caldwell, she takes the lead on the Foundation's first case: Nineteen-year-old Belinda Hudson disappeared from her sorority house leaving behind only one cryptic clue. Retracing the vanished student's steps leads Emme to Heaven's Gate, a fertility clinic, and the mysterious Donor 1735. Belinda's legal guardian, Nick Perone, is determined to shadow Emme's every move as she searches for his niece. But the closer Emme gets to Donor 1735 and the chilling truth, the more apparent it becomes that she's escaped one dangerous man only to run head-on into another-one who's far more determined and every bit as deadly. From the Paperback edition.


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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. After Ann Nolan, a California beat cop, adopts the daughter of a notorious drug dealer, the ruthless father vows to take back his only child. In response, Ann flees across the country, changes her name, and starts a ne 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. After Ann Nolan, a California beat cop, adopts the daughter of a notorious drug dealer, the ruthless father vows to take back his only child. In response, Ann flees across the country, changes her name, and starts a new life as an investigator for the Mercy Street Foundation, the billionaire-endowed organization dedicated to finding missing persons. As Emme Caldwell, she takes the lead on the Foundation's first case: Nineteen-year-old Belinda Hudson disappeared from her sorority house leaving behind only one cryptic clue. Retracing the vanished student's steps leads Emme to Heaven's Gate, a fertility clinic, and the mysterious Donor 1735. Belinda's legal guardian, Nick Perone, is determined to shadow Emme's every move as she searches for his niece. But the closer Emme gets to Donor 1735 and the chilling truth, the more apparent it becomes that she's escaped one dangerous man only to run head-on into another-one who's far more determined and every bit as deadly. From the Paperback edition.

30 review for Cry Mercy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Adamek

    3.5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I am discovering a new author, Mariah Stewart. Her stories are interesting, mysterious without too much technicalities. I find myself reading every page instead of skipping lots of pararaphs. This story is a sequel to Mercy Street but if you haven't read the first I don't think you'll notice it. Its about a foundation who looks for missing people that the FBI or other offcials have given up on and about the people who run the organization. If you like mystery you'll like this. I am discovering a new author, Mariah Stewart. Her stories are interesting, mysterious without too much technicalities. I find myself reading every page instead of skipping lots of pararaphs. This story is a sequel to Mercy Street but if you haven't read the first I don't think you'll notice it. Its about a foundation who looks for missing people that the FBI or other offcials have given up on and about the people who run the organization. If you like mystery you'll like this.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maureen DeLuca

    A 4 star read for sure...plus I added one more for the second book of 3... Meaning, I'm loving both of them so far! Start at book one FOR SURE, and keep on going. This book picks up where book 1 left off... A fantastic read....book 3 is on order at my library...looking forward to reading it for sure!!!! A 4 star read for sure...plus I added one more for the second book of 3... Meaning, I'm loving both of them so far! Start at book one FOR SURE, and keep on going. This book picks up where book 1 left off... A fantastic read....book 3 is on order at my library...looking forward to reading it for sure!!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Wong Emilia

    I think that this book was a very good book. It has a very interesting plot and it has loads of suspense. I can barely put down the book after I started reading it. The author described every situation very well that I can picture it in my head. This book is actually about a mother who used to be a police. She adopted a criminal's child after her desperate pleas. She kept trying to run away and hide her daughter, Chloe, afraid that Chloe's biological father would find Chloe and take her away. Th I think that this book was a very good book. It has a very interesting plot and it has loads of suspense. I can barely put down the book after I started reading it. The author described every situation very well that I can picture it in my head. This book is actually about a mother who used to be a police. She adopted a criminal's child after her desperate pleas. She kept trying to run away and hide her daughter, Chloe, afraid that Chloe's biological father would find Chloe and take her away. Therefore, one day, she realised that her house was being watched and immediately packed up and left. She took Chloe and fled to a smaller town and got a job as a detective there with the help of her good friend. As her first assignment, she had to find a missing child. As she searched deeper and deeper, she discovered many unbelievable facts behind the disappearance of many children. The more she learned about the case, the more danger she got herself into. Finally, the case was cracked and Chloe was safe from her biological father forever.

  5. 4 out of 5

    CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

    I liked this book. I suppose that's obvious from the stars that I gave and the fact that I'm even writing a review in the first place. However, I liked the first book better. I'm just a fan of Mal and Charlie as the main characters. BUT. Nick was a decent lead and Ann/Emme was an interesting character. I felt more connected to her than I did to Mal even though the characters have very similar backgrounds. What I didn't like is that the book essentially ends with a sort of cliffhanger. It felt rus I liked this book. I suppose that's obvious from the stars that I gave and the fact that I'm even writing a review in the first place. However, I liked the first book better. I'm just a fan of Mal and Charlie as the main characters. BUT. Nick was a decent lead and Ann/Emme was an interesting character. I felt more connected to her than I did to Mal even though the characters have very similar backgrounds. What I didn't like is that the book essentially ends with a sort of cliffhanger. It felt rushed and sort of implausible and none of knew what happened between Nick and Emme, what name she was going to choose, what happened with Whitacker and whether or not Chloe ever said anything to Nick or Emme. In the sense of a romance novel, well, it's more of a mystery with romantic elements. It's a quick beach read and it's not something you should expect a lot out of. It's well-written if not not always well thought out when it comes to the end. As a reader I just kept thinking to myself, how can you not tie up some of the larger loose ends? I'm hoping they'll be another book featuring them. That would be helpful because I don't want to learn about what's happening to them solely through the POV of the new lead characters. All in all, good story - not the greatest book of all time - but definitely worth the read for those that want a small side dish of romance with your mystery.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Barbara ★

    AWESOME! Mallory Russo features in this one but as a background character. The main focus is on Emme Caldwell (and her daughter Chloe) who joins the Mercy Street Foundation as an investigator. Her first case with MSF is finding a 19 year old college student who disappeared without a trace five months before. The case involves artificial insemination and donor siblings - children created from the same "donor/father" sperm. A very intriguing and complicated mystery with a rather satisfying conclus AWESOME! Mallory Russo features in this one but as a background character. The main focus is on Emme Caldwell (and her daughter Chloe) who joins the Mercy Street Foundation as an investigator. Her first case with MSF is finding a 19 year old college student who disappeared without a trace five months before. The case involves artificial insemination and donor siblings - children created from the same "donor/father" sperm. A very intriguing and complicated mystery with a rather satisfying conclusion. This is a super quick read. The action starts on page 1 and doesn't stop until page 411. What a spectacular surprise ending! If you enjoyed Mercy Street, you will absolutely love Cry Mercy. Can't wait for Acts of Mercy A Mercy Street Novel to be published.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    My copy of Cry Mercy was a hardback, regular print, over 400 pages. This is the second time I've read this book(I'm reading the whole series for the 2nd time). I enjoyed the book as much this time as I did the 1st time I read it. It has been several years since I read the series the first time, so it's like getting a new book for me! After reading the first book in the series, Mercy Street, I wanted the story to continue and this is that book. Cry Mercy picks up right from the previous book and ke My copy of Cry Mercy was a hardback, regular print, over 400 pages. This is the second time I've read this book(I'm reading the whole series for the 2nd time). I enjoyed the book as much this time as I did the 1st time I read it. It has been several years since I read the series the first time, so it's like getting a new book for me! After reading the first book in the series, Mercy Street, I wanted the story to continue and this is that book. Cry Mercy picks up right from the previous book and keeps your interest from the first page. There's several "stories within the story" in this series. What happened to the wife and child of Robert Magellan? Each book has another mystery, love connection, etc., that adds to the series. I love the book. As I said, it is a page turner and even better than Mercy Street because it gets you farther into the story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Liberty Abbott-Sylvester

    I loved this book. Mariah Stewart is fast becoming one of my fav authors! Cry Mercy is the second book of the Mercy Street Foundation Series. This book focuses on new hire Emme who leaves her hometown and past behind to come to work for the Mercy Foundadtion as an investigator. The story focuses on her first investigation involving a missing college student. Full of action and romance this book keeps you interested and wondering what is going to happen next. I love that it continued things from th I loved this book. Mariah Stewart is fast becoming one of my fav authors! Cry Mercy is the second book of the Mercy Street Foundation Series. This book focuses on new hire Emme who leaves her hometown and past behind to come to work for the Mercy Foundadtion as an investigator. The story focuses on her first investigation involving a missing college student. Full of action and romance this book keeps you interested and wondering what is going to happen next. I love that it continued things from the first book and leaves you with just enough at the end to make you want to read the next one. Excellent book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    This book is pretty interesting. It goes under the mystery catigory. The beginning of the book kepps you wondering. The first couple of pages makes you want to keep on reading. As you read along in your head you imagin whats going on. The blood on the walls, the house, the setting, place, mood. Everything. At least thats what was going through my head. The main character goes through a journy trying to fin d her daughter. Its a good bood. The way it describes things. It made me feel as if I was This book is pretty interesting. It goes under the mystery catigory. The beginning of the book kepps you wondering. The first couple of pages makes you want to keep on reading. As you read along in your head you imagin whats going on. The blood on the walls, the house, the setting, place, mood. Everything. At least thats what was going through my head. The main character goes through a journy trying to fin d her daughter. Its a good bood. The way it describes things. It made me feel as if I was there in reality. I recommend this book to anyone that likes mystery books. If you like to watch the show "Law and Order" or "CSI" this book is for you.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Allyson

    I read this book last night when I couldn't sleep. I wasn't even tired, so I just lay there at o'dark 30 and read this whole book in about 4 hours. I found it very entertaining and relatively predictable, though there were a few unanticipated details to keep the story fresh and interesting. This is great brain candy if you have a few hours to just relax and get through a book. I read this book last night when I couldn't sleep. I wasn't even tired, so I just lay there at o'dark 30 and read this whole book in about 4 hours. I found it very entertaining and relatively predictable, though there were a few unanticipated details to keep the story fresh and interesting. This is great brain candy if you have a few hours to just relax and get through a book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    The 2nd in this series. It was a great book and I really want to read the last one, but unfortunately my Mother picked it up and it really wouldn't be nice to take it back. I'll give her a few days before I get ugly. The 2nd in this series. It was a great book and I really want to read the last one, but unfortunately my Mother picked it up and it really wouldn't be nice to take it back. I'll give her a few days before I get ugly.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ericka Scott

    I thought the first book was good, this one was EXCELLENT. Absolutely could not put it down. I often don't read the same author back to back, but I know I'm going to be grabbing the third book, Acts of Mercy, to follow. I thought the first book was good, this one was EXCELLENT. Absolutely could not put it down. I often don't read the same author back to back, but I know I'm going to be grabbing the third book, Acts of Mercy, to follow.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Kester

    I have enjoyed everthing I have read by this author. Mariah never disappoints. THe 2nd in the series of the Mercy Street and it was better than the 1st. Can't wait till the 3rd. Her series are always in 3s. I have enjoyed everthing I have read by this author. Mariah never disappoints. THe 2nd in the series of the Mercy Street and it was better than the 1st. Can't wait till the 3rd. Her series are always in 3s.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Purple Iris

    It started out great, but overall, the book was just okay. The secondary stories were kind of distracting and the resolution of the primary story was too abrupt for my taste.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    2.5 I didn't like it as much as Book 1. It was slower and kind of boring. I never quite got a strong concept of Emne being a cop. She was intelligent, but nothing in her demeanor said "cop" imo. 1. It never made sense that she wasn't honest with Mallory about her situation. She goes to work for an investigative company yet didn't feel she could come clean and be extra protected? They deserved to know for their own safety if nothing else. 2. Although intelligent, she was naive sometimes. Not with/a 2.5 I didn't like it as much as Book 1. It was slower and kind of boring. I never quite got a strong concept of Emne being a cop. She was intelligent, but nothing in her demeanor said "cop" imo. 1. It never made sense that she wasn't honest with Mallory about her situation. She goes to work for an investigative company yet didn't feel she could come clean and be extra protected? They deserved to know for their own safety if nothing else. 2. Although intelligent, she was naive sometimes. Not with/about Chloe of course but with other adults. She came across as very insecure and unsure all the time. 3. I still don't understand why Robert hasn't asked Mallory to investigate his wife and sons disappearance. He starts this private investigative service yet it never comes up. I thought for sure at the end of Book 1 that it would be addressed in Book 2. Weird and kind of pathetic that Susanna is the one looking into it. Her crush and Robert being oblivious (still) rubs me the wrong way too. I do love Mariah Stewart's writing but had to slog through this one. On to Book 3...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carol Aselton Benoit

    I read this book because I had it in my "stash" and had never read Mariah Stewart before. I don't think I will ever be a fan of Mariah's. The first 3/4's of the book were like reading a 3rd grade primer or watching a Hallmark....sorry Hallmark...don't take offense. 3/4's of the way through the book, the "mystery" story kicked into high gear. I enjoyed....well somewhat enjoyed....the last quarter of the book. Mariah's defense mechanism is to leave you hanging at the end as far as the characters. I read this book because I had it in my "stash" and had never read Mariah Stewart before. I don't think I will ever be a fan of Mariah's. The first 3/4's of the book were like reading a 3rd grade primer or watching a Hallmark....sorry Hallmark...don't take offense. 3/4's of the way through the book, the "mystery" story kicked into high gear. I enjoyed....well somewhat enjoyed....the last quarter of the book. Mariah's defense mechanism is to leave you hanging at the end as far as the characters. So I may, if I have it or find it in a thrift store, read the next "Mercy" book, but I wouldn't make any bets on it. Onto something more fast paced.......

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tina Alosa

    I can't believe that I am only now discovering Mariah Stewart. I first read and loved Mercy Street, and have just finished this second book of the series. Beautifully written stories that grab onto you from the beginning. The best thing is it looks like I will have plenty of reading material for a while because Ms Stewart has several books to her credit. I am a little sad that there appears to be only one more title in the Mercy Street series and I am quite attached to these characters now. I can't believe that I am only now discovering Mariah Stewart. I first read and loved Mercy Street, and have just finished this second book of the series. Beautifully written stories that grab onto you from the beginning. The best thing is it looks like I will have plenty of reading material for a while because Ms Stewart has several books to her credit. I am a little sad that there appears to be only one more title in the Mercy Street series and I am quite attached to these characters now.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Good until the two kinda of just too cute endings. This is the tale of Emme who, to protect her adopted daughter from her drug lord father, moves across country to become an investigator to Mercy street foundation. Her first case is a missing college girl. So we have to end the case, totally unbelievable and seemed to be missing a lot of detail, and the drug lord dad’s search for his kid- ludicrous

  19. 4 out of 5

    HappyRuth

    This is the second book in the Mercy Street series books and it was as good as the first one

  20. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    A very well-written crime/mystery novel. All the new characters are still likeable and the storyline believable enough.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2nd book in the series. Less romance (except a quickie that came out of nowhere) but a decent mystery plot and good continuation of the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Allen

    This is the first series of Mariah Stewart and I love how she can make me laugh and cry with the story line. Not many authors can do that. Can't wait to read the last one. This is the first series of Mariah Stewart and I love how she can make me laugh and cry with the story line. Not many authors can do that. Can't wait to read the last one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mariya

    Not as good as the first one. A little bit slow in the middle.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dotti Elrick

    At the end of Mercy Street, the previous book, the extremely wealthy, Robert Magellan, his cousin Father Kevin and former cop, Mallory Russo decide to open up The Mercy Street Foundation. It's sole purpose is to fund investigations into missing person cases that the police have given up on. Cry Mercy is the story of the first case the foundation takes on. But first they need staff. Ann Nolan is a police officer with the Silver Hills, California police department. When she learns of a rumor on the At the end of Mercy Street, the previous book, the extremely wealthy, Robert Magellan, his cousin Father Kevin and former cop, Mallory Russo decide to open up The Mercy Street Foundation. It's sole purpose is to fund investigations into missing person cases that the police have given up on. Cry Mercy is the story of the first case the foundation takes on. But first they need staff. Ann Nolan is a police officer with the Silver Hills, California police department. When she learns of a rumor on the streets, that the Mexican drug lord Anthony Navarro, is looking for his only child and is willing to pay handsomely for the information. His child is the same child that Ann legally adopted four years earlier. Fearing for her child, Ann fills out an online application to work for the Mercy Street Foundation as an investigator. With the help of her best friend and the chief of police, she assumes the identity of a fallen officer, Emme Caldwell. And heads east to the small town of Conroy, Pennsylvania. And hopefully a safe place for her and Chloe. Nick Perone's niece, Belinda has been missing for five months, the police have run out of leads and they have other cases that need their attention. So in desperate need for some sort of answers, Nick submits an application for help from the new foundation to search for missing persons. He and "Emme" work closely together and following up on a lead, they learn that Belinda has been in contact with other children like herself. Children whose mother's used the same sperm donor. Donor 1735. As they get closer to the answers of Belinda's whereabouts, Emme learns that she has traded one monster for another. And this one is determined to put an end to her meddling. This story deals with a cold case. There is a lot of footwork and digging for information. For me this book dragged. But once they get on the right tract, it picked up and was really good. Fast paced and intense. If you can get through the first several chapters it's a great story. We also learn more about Robert's missing wife and his infant son. Some questions are answered but those answers lead to more questions. Overall I liked the book, it wasn't the best in the series but it was a good read. I'm looking forward to the next one.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    I loved how the Mercy Street Foundation is starting to take shape with this book. The characters we meet in the last book seem to getting more closer, Robert coming out of his fog and they are building a family while doing tough work. I think the addition of a new investigator was a good one. I felt for Emme/Anne. Had I been in her situation I would have done exactly what she did, grabbed my kid and ran. I knew it was going to bite her in the butt, but hoped that once her reasoning was out the o I loved how the Mercy Street Foundation is starting to take shape with this book. The characters we meet in the last book seem to getting more closer, Robert coming out of his fog and they are building a family while doing tough work. I think the addition of a new investigator was a good one. I felt for Emme/Anne. Had I been in her situation I would have done exactly what she did, grabbed my kid and ran. I knew it was going to bite her in the butt, but hoped that once her reasoning was out the others at the Foundation would understand and forgive her. I loved how each of the members seemed to do what they could to help Emme out in her new job and area. Of course with Chloe being the doll she was it wasn’t hard for them to love her. I was glad to see how things ended with the two of them. I am torn with Susannah’s findings. There is a part that is happy, that there is closure, but with her find it just brought about all sorts of other questions. The missing girl, Bell/Belinda made me sad. I can see why her back ground, the people she met, and what she was trying to find out was so important to her and to the other kids. I hated that bad people were able to track them down and do what was done to her and their group. I look forward to reading more, to seeing what direction the group goes in next, to see how Robert deals with these new facts.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

    Cry Mercy is the second book in the series and can be easily read as a stand alone. The story continues to follow the events from the first book and all of the principal people return in their former roles. Book two introduces Mercy Street's second new hire, Ann Nolan, a former detective from California who applied under the alias Emme Caldwell. She is running from evil and has uprooted her and her young daughter in hopes of finding a new life in Pennsylvania. She is assigned the case of a missi Cry Mercy is the second book in the series and can be easily read as a stand alone. The story continues to follow the events from the first book and all of the principal people return in their former roles. Book two introduces Mercy Street's second new hire, Ann Nolan, a former detective from California who applied under the alias Emme Caldwell. She is running from evil and has uprooted her and her young daughter in hopes of finding a new life in Pennsylvania. She is assigned the case of a missing teenage girl who disappeared leaving only one clue behind. Unraveling the girls steps lead Emme to a fertility clinic and eventually a sperm donor, a Congressman who turns out to be her biological father. The girl's uncle and guardian, Nick, assists Emme with the case when witnesses seem reluctant to talk to a 'cop'. As Emme tries to escape the clutches of one evil man from her past, this case puts her directly in the path of another man just as deadly. This was a riveting story with a fast-paced plot. The ending had quite a twist and I enjoyed the new characters contribution to the Mercy Street foundation. The fact that every person employed by Mercy Street feels like family is a bonus

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bookgeek

    What I call a beach read... the kind of book you listen to when you don't want a lot of extra fluff or deep thought. The "A" story line is the missing persons case of a college student who left her room one morning and vanished. Fast forward 6 months and the case is cold and the police have moved on. The uncle of the missing girl applies to the Mercy Street Foundation for help as he has exhausted all of his leads. In a matter of weeks, the investigator has discovered that the missing girl was se What I call a beach read... the kind of book you listen to when you don't want a lot of extra fluff or deep thought. The "A" story line is the missing persons case of a college student who left her room one morning and vanished. Fast forward 6 months and the case is cold and the police have moved on. The uncle of the missing girl applies to the Mercy Street Foundation for help as he has exhausted all of his leads. In a matter of weeks, the investigator has discovered that the missing girl was searching for her birth father which leads into the interesting world of sperm donors, the children conceived (donor siblings) and the emotional consequences. The ending isn't a surprise for anyone paying a smidgen of attention to the plot line but the journey was worth the trip. I had an idea of the destination but no clue how we were going to get there. The "B" story line felt like an afterthought. The investigator is on the run from her adopted daughter's biological father who is a big-time drug dealer. This plot line was introduced in the first 2 chapters and then dropped until the last 2 chapters. The resolution was anti-climatic. The narrator was good and was able to keep the character's voices clearly defined.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Hagen

    Cry Mercy, by Mariah Stewart, B-plus, narrated by Joyce Bean, produced by Brilliance Audio, downloaded from audible.com. I enjoyed Stewart’s “Truth” series so much that I immediately bought this one when it was available. Apparently this is already the second book in the “Mercy” series. The Mercy Foundation was set up to provide service to families tracking down a missing family member after the police had given up. Their first case is one involving the disappearance of a sorority girl. Mercy has Cry Mercy, by Mariah Stewart, B-plus, narrated by Joyce Bean, produced by Brilliance Audio, downloaded from audible.com. I enjoyed Stewart’s “Truth” series so much that I immediately bought this one when it was available. Apparently this is already the second book in the “Mercy” series. The Mercy Foundation was set up to provide service to families tracking down a missing family member after the police had given up. Their first case is one involving the disappearance of a sorority girl. Mercy has just hired their first full-time investigator. She has secrets involving her identity but does solve their first case. The woman’s disappearance in this book leads to an investigation of an e-mail group, all of whom were conceived from donor sperm collected from a particular sperm bank, and all of whom were trying to track down their donors.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    The reason that I give this book just two stars instead of three, is because, in fleeing a potentially dangerous situation and driving from California to Pennsylvania, our main character, a policewoman, fails to leave behind her CAR AND LICENSE PLATES by which she could be traced! It seems to be a very basic thing to do when you are changing your identity and occupation. She DOES lie in order to get a job as an investigator. The reason she leaves California is that the natural father of her four The reason that I give this book just two stars instead of three, is because, in fleeing a potentially dangerous situation and driving from California to Pennsylvania, our main character, a policewoman, fails to leave behind her CAR AND LICENSE PLATES by which she could be traced! It seems to be a very basic thing to do when you are changing your identity and occupation. She DOES lie in order to get a job as an investigator. The reason she leaves California is that the natural father of her four year old adopted daughter has decided since he can't father any other children, that he wants Chloe. Emme has an assignment to find out what happened to a client's young niece. It ends up involving a number of children fathered by artificial insemination. A few parts are exciting.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Reaney

    A little more .... The plot of this story is enough to keep your interest. It is missing the richness and texture that some other authors give to their characters. We are also left out of the milestones of the other characters. Apparently Mallory becomes engaged to Charlie, but we aren't invited to the celebration. The touching moments of adopting a kitten with Trula are left unexplored. Most importantly, an emotionally bonding scene between the two main characters of this story at the resolution A little more .... The plot of this story is enough to keep your interest. It is missing the richness and texture that some other authors give to their characters. We are also left out of the milestones of the other characters. Apparently Mallory becomes engaged to Charlie, but we aren't invited to the celebration. The touching moments of adopting a kitten with Trula are left unexplored. Most importantly, an emotionally bonding scene between the two main characters of this story at the resolution of the case is not even addressed. (I won't spoil the who-dunnit.) For me those are the hooks that keep me wanting to come back and check in on the characters and the new cases. All in all, a decent read for the car, waiting room, etc.

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