Book Review: Fatal Frost, by Nancy Mehl

From the Back Cover

Following in her absentee father’s footsteps in a law enforcement career, U.S. Marshal Mercy Brennan has just recovered from being shot in the line of duty. And, unbeknownst to her, her father’s recent reappearance in her life has put her in the sights of St. Louis’s most powerful gang. Her boss assigns Deputy U.S. Marshal Mark St. Laurent–Mercy’s ex-boyfriend–to get her out of town until her safety can be guaranteed.

Unaware of the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark, it isn’t until a freak ice storm strands 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 to put them in great danger. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive–if help is even coming at all?

“An out-of-control roller coaster of a romantic suspense novel! The first book in the Defenders of Justice series has something for every fan of the genre. . . . The characters are smart, cunning and know how to use their wits to get them out of tight situations. The plot is fast paced and is not standard or run of the mill. Nancy Mehl has raised the bar with her new series.”–RT Book Reviews

“Mehl has stepped up her writing skills with characters so believable that readers may find themselves praying for them.”–CBA Christian Market

About the Author

Nancy Mehl is the author of 22 books, including the Road to Kingdom and Finding Sanctuary series. She received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW and RWA. Nancy writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson. Visit http://www.nancymehl.com to learn more.

My thoughts:

Let me start by saying that this is not one of my favorite genres. I watch a lot of police drama television shows with my husband, so when I read books that is not my “go to” genre. I prefer romance and historical type stories.

That being said, I do have some things to say about the story. I really thought it was kind of predictable. I didn’t feel like it was very suspenseful. The ending was a bit of a disappointment. The plot was resolved as far as the police drama part, but the relational part between the two main characters was not. That didn’t make for a satisfying conclusion for me. This book is the first in the series, so I guess that is why she ended it the way she did.

The mechanics of the actual writing was good, and if you like this type of story I would say you should read it.

I would give Fatal Frost three out of five stars. Bethany House publishers provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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About Norma Downing

Christian romance author Norma Downing has been writing for years. She writes both contemporary and historical. She currently has a contract with CrossLink Publishing for her first novel, A Promise Made, set in Kansas in 1899.
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