I’ve wanted to check out Wendy Cartmell’s Sergeant Major Crane mystery series for some time. After all, we both write about military criminal investigators. Wendy’s is an investigator for the British Army’s Special Investigative Branch, the English version of the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigative Division. My protagonist is a special agent for the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service. So when Wendy sent me a tweet asking me to check out her book No Mercy
, I jumped at it. No Mercy
is a collection of short stories, including the Sergeant Major Crane story that gives the book its title. It also includes samples of several of Wendy’s Crane novels. Wendy writes with a clear pen and a sharp eye for detail, both for police procedure and military life (the latter she learned as the wife of a career soldier). She has a wicked wit for devising plots, especially plots in which some deserving soul gets his just reward. God help you if you’re an abusive husband!No Mercy
is a delightful romp through murder and mayhem, and a great introduction to Sergeant Major Crane. As we say in the naval service, Bravo Zulu, Wendy Cartmell. Well done.