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Fatal Frost (Defender of Justice Series #1)

Nancy Mehl
Fatal Frost (Defender of Justice Series #1)

Fatal Frost is the first book in Nancy Mehl's new series, Defender of Justice.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 joi... Read More


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Fatal Frost is the first book in Nancy Mehl's new series, Defender of Justice.

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.
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Nov 1, 2016
  • UPC: 9780764217777
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Publish Date: Nov 1, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042040"
  • ISBN: 0764217771

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Page turning, finished in two days! by Laura R on 1/4/2017
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I went on a fiction kick last year and read all sorts of new fiction books. It was great! The only problem is I didn't write ANY of them down and now I can't remember authors or titles to recommend to others! Thankfully, a couple of them have been review books so I have those particular titles. ;)

Fatal Frost is one of them. My sister is currently borrowing it after I recommended it. Because I read it in two days!! I'm a sucker for a good mystery, and there's nothing like a good Christian mystery because you can enjoy the suspense without worrying that there will be sexual immorality, language, or demonic-type evil (NOT a fan of those kind of mysteries).

Fatal Frost is the first book in a series called Defenders of Justice. Mercy Brennan is the star character, a female cop who took after her dad in law enforcement despite their rocky relationship. When he dies, a gang in St. Louis believes that he gave some important incriminating information to Mercy and they target her...eventually following her and her team members to her safe house, where an ice storm knocks out any way of contacting additional help. Lots of suspense, lots of surprises, and some great character development in the subplots. I really enjoyed this book. I've read a couple of the author's other mysteries and occasionally there will be more murder than I care to read about, so that would be the only negative to her books (not graphic, but when too many people die I start to want something lighter!! There's enough tragedy in the real world!). This particular book did not cross that line for me, though, and I enjoyed my couple days of page-turning suspense. :)

I'd give it 4.5 stars.

Chilling, attention-grabbing suspense by Vera on 12/30/2016
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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.

I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review of my honest opinions and received no compensation to review.

Christian Shelf-Esteem's review of Fatal Frost by Amanda on 12/18/2016
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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.

Stranded in an ice storm with the Cartel after her. by Berrcat on 12/8/2016
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I have a new favorite author. This books grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go until the very last page. When I finished the first thing I did was pray for our law enforcement. The beginning was scary in the fact that what was going on in the book could very easily be related to what we see in the news every day, especially since this book is based in St. Louis, not far from Ferguson, MO. Mercy's life is in danger something her father left her she doesn't even known she has. Her ex-boyfriend and best friend are assigned to protect her, but then they get stranded in an ice storm with backup unable to get to them (but those who want to kill Mercy can. Just when you think Mercy, her ex-boyfriend and best friend are about to get out of their dilemma and bring the cartel down, its Murphy's Law. If something can go wrong, it can, will and does. But when all else fails, God is there. Mark depends on his faith, Troy's becomes stronger, and Mercy realizes there is a God after all.

I find it interesting that she hates her father for leaving her mother when she was young, but she follows in his footsteps into law enforcement. Also I liked the way the author brought humanity to people we don't often want to see as human, just monsters. It makes you wonder what Angel and Troy could have become if not for their cartel and gang connections. This book was given to me by Bethany House for my honest opinion.

awesome read! by Mark on 11/27/2016
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All I have read by Nancy Mehl so far has been her Amish/Mennonite suspense novels, so this was a departure from what I normally read by her... and I think from what she normally writes.

This has got to be her best book yet. I seriously loved it, and enjoyed every page of it. It was suspenseful with plenty of surprises, there were some great characters, and Mehl outdid herself on the plot and setting. There were plenty of nail biting moments that kept me glued to the book until I finished it.

I like it when an author can weave a Christian message throughout the book, and not make it look contrived, and Mehl did it in this novel. The spiritual journeys of the three main characters added a lot to the book without making it preachy.

I also liked the US Marshal angle, It is one branch of law enforcement I don't know a lot about, and it made the book all the more interesting reading about their work and what they do.

The book had a satisfying conclusion that didn't wind up everything with the main characters, and left me wanting to read more. Looking forward to the next book.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Christian Shelf-Esteems review of Fatal Frost by Amanda on 11/19/2016
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3 Stars: It was GOOD -- I liked it/found it to be entertaining.

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.

A real winner by rhondagayle on 11/17/2016
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A terrible storm with snow, ice, and freezing temperatures are awful enough to deal with but Mercy and Mark have drug cartel members after them. Mercy has something they want and they'll do anything to retrieve it. Mercy and Mark have had a previous relationship together but it's over so that creates further complications to the entire ordeal. What will they do to remain alive and they have another agent with them and they have never met him before. Can they trust him?
I love suspense novels and this is one of Nancy Mehl's best works. I can't wait for the next book in the series! Hurry up and get to writing, Nancy. After more fans read this, they're going to be anxiously awaiting it too. Thank you for writing something I could really enjoy in my spare time. It's a winner!
I rate this book 5 stars!
This book was a gift and my review was my own decision and all thoughts expressed are my own.

Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 11/14/2016
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I really enjoy a book that is relevant to our current times. And in my opinion you can't get much more relevant than Nancy Mehl's newest series, Defenders of Justice. I just finished the first book, Fatal Frost and I think you could unfortunately read a very similar story in the news today.

The story centers around U.S. Marshal Mercy Brennan who is working out of the St. Louis area. From the opening chapter we are thrust into the ongoing conflict between law enforcement and drug cartels. The action is fast and the situations are life and death. As the story progresses the stakes just continue to get higher and higher.

Nancy has done her homework so the drama rings all too true. You will find divided loyalties between family members and coworkers. Money is a powerful enticement but threats against those you love are even more compelling. The story explores all of this and allows the reader to see inside the conflict as well as getting a glimpse of what promises to be a resolution.

I completely enjoyed this first book and can hardly wait for the next books to come out. Mercy Brennan, Mark St. Laurent, and Tally Williams are characters that I look forward to getting to know better. If you like a true-to-life story that has a bit of a romantic overtone then you are going to enjoy this novel.

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

Believable, Taut Romantic Suspense by Babbling Becky L on 11/13/2016
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Nancy Mehl's name has come to mean two things to me: heart-in-throat suspense and a feeling of "this is so believable!" Ms. Mehl's latest novel, Fatal Frost, had me off balance and fighting for self control the whole book through.(It was so very hard not to peak ahead for the clues I couldn't quite decipher.)

Mercy, a US Marshall, her former boyfriend, Mark, another US Marshall, and her best friend, Tally, are hiding from the cartel. Problem is, there is a mole in the home office. Can they stay alive long enough to escape the clutches of the cartel and root out the mole?

If you desire romantic suspense that impresses you with its realism and frantic pace, Nancy Mehl is an excellent choice!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. This review is freely given and all opinions are my own.

GOD is there in the midst of the Storm by Carol on 11/4/2016
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In one word BRILLIANT. This book was incredibly brilliant. The characters were well defined and they seemed to come alive from the pages. You come to care about them as the pages fly by. You can sit there reading and realize eventually uh oh - I haven't eaten - I better go get something ready. Your stomach is kind of funny that way. This is a story about Mercy, whose father was a member of the gang task force - him and mercy met for lunch and she felt that funny about it after she left - well not too long after she got home she got a know on the door and she looked through the peep hole and saw her neighbor and friend - she knew right away before he was in the door - her father was gone. well the gang was ordered to kill him if he would not keep Mercy under his thumb to keep her from going after the gangs - and if he didn't they would show a tape doctored of course that she killed someone in cold blood. Well an informant gave him the original video showing the truth of who really shot him - and now the gang thinks he gave it to her - now they are after her to get it back - she has no idea about anything = that is just the first two chapters - so - where is the tape? will the gang get to her? What is that amazing twist that no one will see coming in a million years? How does her ex boyfriend fit into this? Why was she ordered out of town? Will things ever b e back to normal or will the gang get to her and she get to HEAVEN first? You will not believe that answers to these questions and more. I received this book from NetGalley to read in exchange for an honest review.

Constant Danger by Maureen on 11/1/2016
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This story reads like the headlines, something we have been reading about and watching almost on a daily basis, and ironically it takes place around St. Louis, MO. Once that cover is turned on this book, you won’t be happy until the last page is turned.
Mercy Brennan is a U.S. Marshall and along with her former boyfriend Mark, and her best friend are sent on a mission to help a witness protection having problems, or so they are told.
If you enjoy a book with non-stop action, you will not be disappointed here, and my only hope throughout were that the characters I cared about would survive, and how any do is a mystery.
I have read a lot of Nancy Mehl’s books, and this one is a big change from all of the previous ones, but she sure got my attention fast and kept it throughout.
I received this book through Net Galley and Bethany House Publishers, and was not required to give a positive review.


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