Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl (review by Kristi)


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?

Paperback 304 pages                 Published November 1, 2016, by Bethany House Publishers


My review:  Sometimes I find it difficult to write a review for a book. This is one of those times. The reason? I didn’t really care for this book. I didn’t care for the characters or the story. This book just wasn’t my cup of tea.

First, I didn’t find the characters in this book to be very dimensional. I found Mercy to be kind of shallow and I never really felt connected to her. I thought her character needed more depth. I really didn’t care about Mark or Tally either. I also didn’t find the gang or cartel members to be all that intimidating.

I wasn’t really impressed with the storyline either. I didn’t find it riveting but too far out there to be believable. I enjoy a good suspense novel from time to time and this book didn’t provide me with the rush I like to feel while reading suspense stories. I was completely grossed out when Mercy pukes after receiving a concussion and then finds herself in a passionate kiss with no mention of brushing her teeth or rinsing her mouth. Yuck!

This was the first Nancy Mehl book I have read and, unfortunately, it will probably be the last. Perhaps I’m just not into books about drugs and crooked cops? My recommendation is to skip this book and find another in the genre to enjoy.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are mine.

About the author:  Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband, Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. First published in 2001, she has now authored nine books, including an omnibus mystery collection, Cozy in Kansas, which contains three of her previously published Ivy Towers mysteries. Book three in the series, For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls, won the American Christian Fiction Writers Mystery Book of the Year award. Nancys main writing interests lie in mystery although her new Harmony Series leans more toward the romantic suspense genre. Nancy runs a HUD program for the city of Wichita and is president of a volunteer organization, Wichita Homebound Outreach. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Kansas Authors Club.
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