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At a Stranger's Mercy

Badge and Bullets, Book 1
Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
Series: Badge and Bullets Series, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Making eye contact with a killer wasn’t exactly how Bradley Danforth had planned to start his day. As an accountant, he craved structure and routine. What he hadn’t anticipated was being part of a real-life murder mystery with him cast in the starring role. 

Death and sorrow were part of Max Donohue’s job description, leaving the detective hardened after years on the job. On his latest case, he’s the one stuck protecting the only witness in a sadistic homicide.

One death becomes two...then three. And soon Max and Bradley find themselves playing a deadly game of cat and mouse. Can Max save Bradley from the clutches of a serial killer? Or will the killer finish what he started?

At a Stranger’s Mercy is the first installment of a continuing series featuring the same two characters. It’s a suspenseful murder mystery that depicts detailed crimes, strong language, and adult situations. While this series will include a romance, it’s a slow burn that develops throughout the series.

©2019 Brittany Cournoyer (P)2019 Brittany Cournoyer

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The narration was the best part

First thing first, this is not a romance, it’s pure murder mystery with not even a kiss in sight. However, there is the possibility of a relationship further along the series, so inquiring minds need to stick with it to see what happens in that area. Secondly this book is not for the faint-hearted. The murders are gruesome and by this I mean in the headless kind of way – and that’s only to start.

It all started with Bradley waking up early one morning and decided to go to work instead of going back to sleep. When going out to his car he noticed a man coming out from his neighbours’ house. A man that made him uneasy and with a stare that he could only describe as evil. Getting home from work later that night he realises how right he’d been. The man he’d seen that morning had just murdered his neighbour in the most horrific of ways. And now he’d set his eyes on Bradley.

At first this book had me hooked, and I really enjoyed myself. Well as much as one can enjoy reading about twisted murders I guess, but you know what I mean. Sure I really disliked Max but I could live with that seeing as I liked the plot. Then about half-way through that changed too. The plot became too much, or rather not enough. I don’t mind that a plot isn’t credible - if I can still believe in the characters and the actions they take. That was not the case here. Max and the (non-existent) investigation turned more and more ridiculous and frankly it’s a miracle Bradley didn’t die along with many more victims.

Max, the detective assigned to the case is determined to do whatever it takes to catch the killer that keep sending dismembered bodies his way. Even if it means to dangle Bradley as bait for the killer – with or without his permission. Max has got to be the most unlikable (main)characters I’ve come across in a long, long while. He was arrogant, rude, self-satisfied, brash, accusatory and I would also say chauvinistic. How he ever became a detective is beyond me, I mean to you have to have some people skills, and not talk down to every single person he met, victim shaming and god know what else. It got old real fast. Bradley on the other hand was kind of just there. The witness, victim, bait. Scared out of his mind at times – sure. Still he felt more like a side character than a main one.

I wasn’t all that fond of Kenneth Obi’s voice for Max, then again I wasn’t fond of Max either so that fit. Obi definitely nailed his character perfectly in every aspect. Also, this was a voice of Obi’s that I was previously unaware of, so that was actually a nice surprise to pull out of the hat. As for the rest of it, Obi did a great job bringing this gruesome tale to life. So while I can’t say that the story worked for me his narration definitely did.

So in the end, the first part of the story drew me in, but the second one put me off. I can’t tell you if I’m interested enough to see Bradley and Max going forward, watch them develop. I’m a fan of murder mysteries and of Obi’s but I don’t know if that’ll be enough for me to come back. I guess time will tell.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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Addictive

Suspense, made for CSI junkies. Fabulous story brought to life. The voice acting was perfection... listener could easily distinguish between characters without the voices being forced!! Character changes sounded natural. Can't wait to hear where the story goes!!

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great story

At A Stranger's Mercy by Brittany Cournoyer is the first book in a new murder mystery/suspense series, Badge and Bullets. And what an absolutely brilliant beginning it is. Graphic and detailed descriptions make you feel like you are right there besides the characters, like you can reach out and touch the scenes. The characters are well written and make you care about their interactions and their ultimate fate. The romance aspect of this book is very slow burning, but you definitely feel the sexual tension and the building attraction between Max and Bradley. This intriguing and intense story is filled with drama and danger, twists and turns, and mystery and a promise for more fascinating things to come. I can not wait to see what lies ahead for Max and Bradley.

Kenneth Obi does a fantastic job narrating this story and bringing the characters to life. Great job!
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  • Zizawah
  • Reston, VA United States
  • 05-19-19

Engaging story

I enjoyed most of the story and the story is wonderfully narrated. Voices are distinct and easy to follow and makes the story more chilling and scary. The ending of the story was kind of weird. I am not sure I understood why the police didn’t protect their bait better. No one on standby nearby? Rescue requires waiting around twice? I feel so sorry for the bait and seriously police just seems incompetent. However the story is engaging and the MCs are fun to listen to so overall I enjoyed the story.

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Brittany's words & Kenneth Obi's voice are magical

Bradley was just going to get coffee because he got up early!!! He noticed a stranger in his neighborhood with creepy, evil eyes. Then he gets beat up that night. So now his life is in danger!!! Max is veteran cop whose pretty much seen it all, until now. He volunteers to protect Bradley while trying to find a killer.
Kenneth's voices for Bladley & Max are perfect, especially Max's!!!! It's growly!!! oh & the killer's voice is really creepy!!!! It gave me goosebumps!!!!

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Wow.

Oh my wow... this is one of those books that you just can’t put down. It’s keeping your attention from page one and just won’t let you go before the end...
masterfully narrated for a very enjoyable listen.

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  • Cat
  • Missouri
  • 06-30-19

Chilling, bite your nails suspense

Bradley had no idea how much worse is already bad day could be until he locked eyes with a stranger that sent shivers up his spine and he had no idea just how much this would change his life until he comes home that night and finds his neighbor has been murdered in a gruesome way and that he is the only witness.
He meets Max the lead detective that is hot but once he opens his mouth Bradley sees what a butthole Max really is. Though he didn't remember anything that night he is brutally attacked and left for dead, Max takes interest in the man.

Wow, Wow, Wow! This story is so awesome. It is well written, great characters and a spine-tingling mystery/suspense. There is a touch of violence though it is well handled and most are off-page. The relationship is slow-burn and in this book, Bradley and Max build more a protector /victim relationship with a touch of a slow-burning, budding relationship.

I loved Kenneth Obi's performance. He gave both Bradley and Max distinctive voices and the serial killer was scary, spine-tingling and chilling, especially the creepy laugh!
If you like good, chilling suspense, I highly recommend this.

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  • Hannah
  • MISSISSIPPI, US
  • 06-25-19

Good listen

Really enjoyed this book and Kennith Obi did a great job narrating! Can't wait for the second book.

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At A Stranger’s Mercy

I struggled at first with the characters in the book, I didn’t find either one particularly likeable. I’m glad I stuck it out as they grew on me. This is not a romance but it ends with the promise of a potential one. With the story, at times the police procedures seemed really lacking. I hope as the author writes this series that portion gets better.

It also took me a few chapters to get into the narration because I’d just listened to multiple books with a female narrator. I thought the narrator did a great job with a lot of different characters. The one thing that bothered me was the pauses. There would be a long pause in the middle of what seemed like a paragraph and then just a follow up sentence. It happened several times.

Overall, really enjoyable and I’ll definitely be listening to the next book!

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 06-07-19

New to me author but not for long.

Wow the suspense of the serial killer getting to find out at the end had me guessing the whole way through. The very very slow burn of Brad the Accountant and Max the homicide Detective was well written, can't wait to continue their journey. Loved Kenneth Obi's narration

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  • Kirsty Mc
  • 05-16-19

Beyond amazing!

I’m not even finished listening to At a Stranger’s Mercy yet but oh my goodness what I have listened to started amazing and just keeps getting better. I seriously loved Brittany Cournoyer’s book when I first read it and when I saw that Kenneth Obi was narrating it I was excited. He’s definitely my top narrator and I knew he would do the novel justice.

I wasn’t wrong on that. Kenneth Obi brings all the characters to life. Both Bradley and Max are voiced even better than how they sounded in my head when I was reading the book. The stranger is brought to life in a very chilling way - Bradley was voiced amazingly to show me how terrifying he was from the first moment he’s seen. Sometimes I can get easily distracted when listening to audiobooks - and I use them to keep me engaged when doing things that don’t need my whole concentration. At a Stranger’s Mercy doesn’t let me do either of these things. When I’m listening to this my whole attention and focus is on the words I’m hearing - just like I was when reading the book. A thoroughly gripping story with characters that have made me care for what happens to them. A beyond 5* listen for me and one of my top listens from Kenneth Obi (and this is hard to narrow down!).