Fatal Frost #1   -     By: Nancy Mehl
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Fatal Frost #1

Bethany House / 2016 / Paperback

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After acquiring information about a local drug gang, Deputy U.S. Marshal Mercy Brennan was shot in the line of duty during a drug raid. Her father was killed during a shootout between two rival drug gangs. Drug addiction brings out hidden identities, dishonesty and corruption.  Mercy must search for the truth. She has prayed for help and yearns to hear God speak to her.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764217771
ISBN-13: 9780764217777
Series: Defenders of Justice

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Mehl Ramps Up the Suspense in This Brand-New U.S. Marshals Series

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?

Author Bio

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 www.nancymehl.com to learn more.

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  1. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Mehl's new series
    December 10, 2016
    beckie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    "Fatal Frost" is the first book in the new series "Defenders of Justice" by Nancy Mehl. Mehl has steered off into a completely new direction. The new series though still in St Louis, centers around Mercy, a US Marshall, and her two crime fighting friends Tally and Mark. The plot is what if the police/black shootings were not so shall we say, black and white. What if it were a conspiracy to appear that way to keep both the public and the authorities attention else where while another party were taking control? Mercy and her men are about to find out.

    I like that Mehl is trying something new. I think the new series is good. I don't especially like Mercy. She's a bit of a cold fish. I do like Tally and Mark. I received this book in exchange for a review from Bethany House.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Suspense and intrigue
    December 8, 2016
    Just Commonly
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Fatal Frost is the first book in Nancy Mehl's Defenders of Justice series. I love starting new series. It's like meeting new people. There's the excitement in the not knowing as well as the intrigue in what to expect. This book started off just like that, filled with excitement and intrigue. It's action filled adventure as we dive into the workings of street gangs and law enforcement. I enjoyed Fatal Frost overall, the characters, the plot and the premise. I do believe it moves smoothly enough without any hiccups. However, with all the action, and so many characters, I can't seem to truly grasp the full development of our main characters, Mercy, Mark and Tally. Since it's the start of a new series, I'd give it a pass, hoping that we can revisit some of the supporting characters a bit more. With Mercy and Mark, we do get more characterization, a nod towards their past relationship, why it didn't work and what's happening now. As Mercy is obstinate in personality, Mark and Tally were approachable and understandable. I do find the scenes with them makes it more interesting, and as the suspense builds, so does my interest in them as a character. Though the faith element of hope and trust comes into play, how it's weaved may have been a tad bit abrupt. In all, I have find Fatal Frost entertaining, as well as suspenseful to a point that I would look forward to the next book in the series, hoping for a certain conclusion that seemed to have escape me here.

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
  3. Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    great romantic suspese
    December 3, 2016
    Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the first book in the defenders of justice series. Great start to this new series. U.S. Marshal Mercy Brennan is recovering from being shot and doesn't know that her father who has just returned to her life has put her in jeopardy. Her boss gets her ex boyfriend to help guard her and keep her safe. There is some romance and a lot of suspense in this story. Will any of them survive or will the mole take them all down? I received this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion.
  4. Western Ky
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Thrilling Suspense
    December 1, 2016
    Katrina
    Western Ky
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have not read many of Nancy Mehl's books, but each one that I have read has taken me on an adventure that I loved. This book is no different. I love suspense novels and this is book has spine tingling suspense that I couldn't put down.

    From the first page I was immediately drawn into the story which takes place in Missouri. This story centers around US Marshal Mercy Brennan. Mercy is shot during an undercover sting and saved by the one person she trusts, her childhood friend Tally who is currently with the St Louis PD. When her estranged father is murdered she suddenly becomes a target and her superiors want her out of the city. Under the guise of investigating a man in witness protection she and fellow US Marshal Mark St. Lourent along with Tally head out to a small town about 130 miles away. Unfortunately someone is set on them not making the drive and with the weather conditions they may not.

    Mercy is a complex character, but one I grew to really love. She has trust issues do to her father's abandonment and doesn't let anyone close, expect for Tally. She and Mark have a history and not one she wants to revisit. Mark has always loved Mercy and he will protect her even if that means putting his own life in danger.

    This is a spine tingling, suspense that is filled with many twists and turns. The characters are engaging. The setting is detailed and perceptive. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves suspense.

    I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Exciting start to a new series!
    November 30, 2016
    Hookmeinabook
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Fatal Frost is the story of U.S Marshal Mercy Brennan. The book starts with Mercy getting shot in the shoulder by a gang member as they were raiding the house of a known gang leader. But as Mercy is recovering from being shot, she is surprised by her dad showing up to reconnect with her. Her dad had abandoned her family when she was ten years old , Because of that Mercy has hardened herself so that she could never be hurt again so she is not eager to forgive her father but she does agree to meet with him. During their lunch meeting, she noticed that he seemed agitated and the way he was speaking to seemed like he was saying goodbye... So she was not surprised to find out that later that evening her dad was murdered by a gang in the middle of St Louis. But she is surprised when someone breaks into her house during the funeral.

    Lieutenant Tally Williams of the St Louis Police Department, Mercy's best friend and U.S Marshall Mark St. Laurent, Mercy's ex-boyfriend/Partner are worried about Mercy's safety. It appears that she is the next target of the gang because they believe her dad gave her a USB with video evidence of something that could ruin their plans for their city. So knowing that she would never leave St Louis without a reason, Their Supervisor's set up a simple case to send the three of them on. Mercy finds it strange that she was to check on a situation that she has not been told anything about and but stranger then that was having Tally and Mark as her partners but had learned to do as she was told. While they were on route to their destination, suddenly a horrible, violent snow storm approaches their location, leaving slick streets and blinding snow which causes them to veer off the road and crash into a tree. Now instead of keeping Mercy safe, they are stranded in the middle of a snowstorm and no one knows where they are. When they finally get to their destination, something seems off to Mercy, She quickly discovers that the person they were checking on is not who he appears to be. Later in the evening, it appears that someone told the gang Mercy's location. What will Mercy do when she discovers the real reason that Tally and Mark brought her there? What will they do when they discover they are stuck in the middle of nowhere with a snowstorm that gets worse by the minute and their backup does not even know where they are? Can they survive long enough to get help or will their mission to keep Mercy safe end up costing them all their lives?

    What did I think about the book?

    So this is book 1 of the Defenders of Justice series and I cannot wait for the rest of the series!

    The book was full of nail biting moments and the plot grabs you from the beginning and does not let go until the end. There is a slight lag in the middle but it quickly picks right back up. The characters were good, I loved how strong Mercy was, That she was not the "damsel in distress" type. I loved the way Mark showed his faith in a way that made it real to Mercy and Tally. He did not mention it every few minutes but they could tell by his actions and his faith was contagious. The only thing that I did not like in the story was that the ending seemed rushed. I know that if it really happened it would have probably seemed that fast but I had to read it about 3 times because I was sure that I had missed something. The book had led up to an epic ending which it was, but I just thought that seemed rushed, cut off a bit. It may be that it will continue in the next book which would make the ending a "sort of, cliff hanger" but I guess we will have to wait and see. There are guns and some small amounts of violence but nothing graphic or descriptive. I would recommend this book to someone who wants to read an exciting criminal fiction book that has just a small bit of romance. Overall I rate the book 5 out of 5 stars. *****

    I would like to thank Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy. I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.
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