“Bruised, battered, scarred…He doesn’t care. He’s got the answer to all of it. Healing for everything that hurts us.” —Mark St. Laurent, Fatal Frost
With twenty two books to her name, I’m a little surprised I haven’t read Nancy Mehl’s work…until now. Fatal Frost, opens in St. Louis where the U.S. Marshals and local police are working to thwart a powerful drug cartel’s plan to take over their city. Hope surges when a CI slips a video into the hands of officer Nick Brennan, but fades just as quickly when a mole within the department betrays Brennan—resulting in his death. The last person to have contact with Nick, his daughter Mercy, is now targeted by the cartel. Immediate and decisive action by the U.S. Marshals Service may be the only way to protect Mercy, ensnare the cartel, and root out the mole.
Mehl’s opening scene is intense and she lays a lot of groundwork in the first 7 chapters. As the scene shifts away from St. Louis, more pointed attention is given to Mercy, her partner Tally, and her ex-boyfriend Mark. Of the three, Mercy was the hardest for me to connect with due to her obstinate nature. However, Tally and Mark were able to soften her edges while adding an element of hope and compassion to an otherwise dire tale. The action scenes engaged me more than the rekindling of the romance between Mercy (aka Frosty the Snow Cop) and Mark. Otherwise, my introduction to Nancy Mehl’s voice and writing style was positive and I’m sure I’ll read more from her in the future.
I would recommend Fatal Frost to suspense readers, those who enjoy books detailing police procedures, as well as men (despite being a romantic suspense novel).
With thanks to Bethany House for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own.
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