Noelle Holten: Dead Mercy

Today I’m excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Dead Mercy. My review is written with thanks to the real life Sarah Hardy from Book On The Bright Side for inviting me on the tour and to One More Chapter for my copy of the book.


A brutal murder…

When a burned body is found with its teeth missing, DC Maggie Jamieson discovers that the victim may be the husband of one of her probation colleagues.

A dark history…

As the body count rises, the team becomes increasingly baffled by how the victims could possibly be connected until a clue leads them to a historical case that was never prosecuted.

A terrible secret…

In order to catch the killer, Maggie must piece together what happened all those years ago before it’s too late.


I love the DC Maggie Jamieson series and it just goes from strength to strength. Maggie can be a difficult character to get to know but I enjoy how she seems to open up slightly more with each instalment. Her relationships with her colleagues and the other characters in the novel are always intriguing and I loved seeing how these grew in Dead Mercy. 

Holten addresses some brutal and gruesome crimes in Dead Mercy and I love that she does not shy away from giving us the gory detail. It is clear that the crimes in the novel are horrific, but there are also some chapters from the point of view of the killer and these details make the novel incredibly engaging and difficult to put down. 

It is clear that the author has undertaken a lot of research and is very knowledgeable about the procedures she uses in Dead Mercy. This allows her to plot her work immaculately so that there are lots of red herrings and the reveals are always exciting. 

Holten has definitely made herself one of my favourite crime writers. I will always look out for her work and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. 

Dead Mercy is available from Amazon.

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