ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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...
Kathy Herman is back with her signature suspense in the second venture into the Roux River Bayou. While I did figure out who the perpetrator was fairly early, there was more than enough depth in this story to keep me occupied in putting the puzzle pieces into place to determine the 'why's and wherefore's' of the mystery, and a couple of twists at the end left me more than satisfied.
I love how Kathy also tied the term "Dangerous Mercy" into the story. All mercy involves risk...and her character Adele exemplified this very well, in spite of the reticence of many of her closest friends. When I closed the back cover of this book, Matthew 5:7 came to mind, especially in light of the twists at the end..."Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." (NIV)
If you would like to read the first chapter of Dangerous Mercy, go HERE.