St. Francis receives the Stigmata
Fresco attributed to Giotto
Mrs. Pierre Lorillard, residence in Tuxedo Park, New York
Photo Credit: Samuel H. Gottscho.
Tuxedo Park was
developed as a resort for Blue Blood
society in 1885 by Pierre Lorillard IV on property acquired by his
grandfather, Pierre Lorillard II in 1790.
From Merrimon Book Reviews
Dying For Mercy
by Mary Jane
Wheelock prepared for this party with precision and passion.
Anxious to reveal his recently renovated Pentimento, a
villa in the exclusive Tuxedo Park, Innis Wheelock built clues into the
very architecture and interior of his home. Eliza Blake,
co-anchor of a morning television show, attends the party, a party to
celebrate St. Francis of Assisi as well as the renovations of
Pentimento. Suddenly Innis's body is discovered in the
greenhouse. His apparent suicide by stigmata troubles Eliza
Blake. As she investigates the mystery accompanied by her
News colleagues who dub themselves the Sunrise Suspense Society,
Eliza Blake discovers the intricate puzzle within Pentimento. In
order to solve the mystery, she must explore the darker emotional and
spiritual life of Innis. As she enters deeper into the labyrinth
of clues, a mysterious killer is equally determined to stop her.
Some puzzles should remain unsolved. Will Eliza Blake be able to
unravel the mystery inside Pentimento and inside Innis's mind before it
is too late?
DYING FOR MERCY is a page-turning suspense with a complex, intricate
puzzle that will appeal to mystery lovers craving a rich maze of clues
to decipher. Indeed, the intricacy of clues stirs the
imagination. Most compelling is Mary Jane Clark's portrayal of the man
Innis Wheelock. The depth of Innis Wheelock's spiritual crisis,
revealed despite his death, creates an emotional depth. Often in
the suspense/mystery genre, the corpse once discovered, easily
disappears after serving to start the mystery or if more detailed to
demonstrate the brutality of a crime. In DYING FOR MERCY, the
author brings the reader inside the mind of the possible victim.
One feels Innis's desire for mercy. Those who enjoy Catholic
mysteries, whether Catholic themselves or not, will relish the author's
powerful portrayal of mercy, a craving that has become twisted within
the troubled soul. Also, the author's portrayal of Tuxedo Park
gives character to this mystery. Twisted and deeply chilling,
DYING FOR MERCY is unforgettable suspense!
Harper (Reprint: August 31, 2010)
Reviewed by Merrimon,
Merrimon Book Reviews