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Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl – A Review

fatal-frost-coverI love “meeting” the works of people I’ve not read before.  Nancy Mehl is a new author to me, and this novel is a first in the Crime/Drama genre for her.

Mercy Brennan is a U.S. Marshal, just like her estranged father before her.  He shows up, following a work incident, in her life and attempts a reconciliation.  Mercy is skeptical but agrees to spend some time together.  Unknown to her though – his life is in danger.

As events unfold, Mercy herself finds she and her teammates in serious danger.  As the possibility of their lives being taken by a criminal they’ve been tracking and attempting to infiltrate she is able to watch the very real faith of the colleague she is the closest to.

This novel felt like a T.V. script – quick paced and action filled.  Mercy is a hardened investigator and challenges her partner to prove to her that God is real.  I must admit, at times it felt like the insertion of faith elements felt like afterthoughts to the story.  Remove any of the “God talk”, and the story wouldn’t have changed at all.

That being said – this would be a great book to give to someone who doesn’t want to read something that comes across like a testimony, or an ultra clean Christian romance novel.  I was caught up in the action to be sure, but would have loved to see more of the faith Mercy’s partner show how he made decisions and life choices.

Thanks to Graf Martin Communications and Bethany House Publishing for the opportunity to independently review this book.

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