Orna Ross

Blue Mercy

A literary family drama with patricide at its heart.

When Mercy Mulcahy was 40 years old, she was accused of killing her elderly and tyrannical father. Now, at the end of her life, she has completed a book about what really happened on that fateful night of Christmas Eve, 1989.

The tragic and beautiful Mercy has devoted her life to protecting Star from her grandfather. His behavior so blighted her own life as a child — she never wanted it to touch her darling daughter.

Yet Star refuses to read a word. Her contempt for Mercy is as painful as it is inexplicable.

What has Mercy done? What is she hiding? Was her father's death, as many believe, an assisted suicide?

Or something even more sinister?

In this book, nothing is what it seems on the surface, and everywhere there are emotional twists and surprises.

Set in Ireland and California, Blue Mercy is a compelling family mystery, combing lyrical description with a page-turning style. 

Praise for Orna Ross and Blue Mercy

“A lyrical, gripping and heartbreakingly beautiful tale of love, loss and the ever-present possibility of redemption.” — WE Magazine for Women

“Epic sweep…ambitious scope… an intelligent book”. — Sunday Tribune

“A riveting story…vividly brought to life.” — Emigrant Online
259 printed pages
Original publication


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