Monday, January 2, 2017

Fatal Frost (Defenders of Justice #1) by Nancy Mehl - Mehl Ramps Up the Suspense in This Brand-New U.S. Marshals Series [review & giveaway]

Read an Excerpt - click here
My thoughts: Previous books by Nancy Mehl have focused on Mennonite or Amish communities interacting amongst those in secular communities and often laced with a strong element of suspense. In Fatal Frost Mehl steps firmily into the suspense genre aligning her characters in the U.S.Marshal camp and with the world of protection, gang-bashers,  and drug cartels.

I say this is a good fit for Mehl's talents as she takes the reader into the corruption that drugs, murder, and ill-gained money place characters. As the title indicates, the death defying chill of a severe winter storm and the deadly pursuit of evil men takes the reader into the mind, actions, and horrors of a spine chilling suspense read. Frosty indeed!

Character development is excellent and reveals weaknesses and strengths of each of the major players. Corruption in high places as well as low-life gang members run a strong thread of fearful encounters throughout the book. There is, however, a promise of hope as characters share their Christian faith.

As the first book in a series of Defenders of Justice, Fatal Frost has given me a sure-fire appetite for additional "defenders of justice" stories. Thanks Nancy Mehl for a good, Christian read.

About the book: Mercy Brennan followed in her father's footsteps in a law enforcement career, but she has no interest in any other connection to him. A U.S. Marshal in St. Louis, Missouri, she's assigned to a joint task force with the St. Louis PD that puts her back into contact with her father and in the sights of St. Louis's most powerful gang.

When the gang has reason to believe Mercy has possession of some highly sensitive and incriminating information, her boss assigns Mark St. Laurent--a Deputy U.S. Marshal and Mercy's ex-boyfriend--to get her out of town until they can guarantee her safety.

Initially unaware of the danger she's in and uncomfortable working with Mark, Mercy's frustration escalates when she discovers the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark. It isn't until a freak ice storm hits, stranding them at a remote location and out of contact with the district office, that the full severity of their situation becomes clear. As the storm worsens, the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy closing in to put their lives at imminent risk. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive--if help is even coming at all?
GIVEAWAY E-Book Copy of Fatal Frost
Begins January 2, 2017 @  8:30 p.m.
ENDS January 21, 2017 @ 12:01 a.m. EST

Find it at Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the author to facilitate a review of my honest opinions. I was not compensated and opinions are given freely.


  1. Wishing you and yours a blessed,healthy and happy 2017. I enjoy your blog and reviews.
    Marilyn and family

  2. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on this week! Always a pleasure to have you!


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