Fatal Frost, written by Nancy Mehl, is book 1 in the Defenders of Justice series. U. S. Marshal Mercy Brennan is in the process of reestablishing a relationship with her father, Nick, an officer with the St. Louise police department, when he is fatally shot. It has become aware that Nick was working with members of a gang, and now that Nick is dead, the gang has targeted Mercy. Mercy’s boss developed a plan for Mercy to go check on a man in the witness protection program. He also sends her ex-boyfriend and fellow marshal, Mark, and her friend and neighbor, Tally. Tally is also in law enforcement. The real reason for this assignment is to get Mercy out of town for her safety.
While on their way to the assignment, they are in a snow storm and end of going off the road. A snowmobile, driven by the supposed man they are to check on, arrives and takes them to the house he is staying at. But all is not what they are expecting. The man is really a member of the gang. Mercy, Mark and Tally have no way of knowing who they can trust. There are also moles at the U. S. Marshal department and they don’t even know if they can trust their boss. Mercy finds the chip her father left in her jacket at their last meeting and she does not share this with anyone as she does not even trust her friends.
This is a good romantic suspense book. It is more a suspense than romance as there is so much taking place in the story. There are several characters in the story but are introduced in a way that they are easy to follow. The story is written so well, that I felt cold while reading the part about being caught in the storm. I felt so sorry for Tally when he was tied up outdoors without proper clothing. While I was reading I was constantly wondering who the good guys and who the bad guys were.
I appreciate how the author used the situation Tally and Mercy were in to help show them that God is faithful and helps during even the worst situation. I also liked that while Tally was considering leaving the force for his son who was struggling with his job, Tally made the decision to stay with the force due to the death of a young man. If some good could come form this young man’s death, it would be to help other kids stay out of trouble and to know that they mattered to the world and to God.
I want to thank the author and Bethany House Publishing for providing me with this book. This is my honest review.
Series:Defenders of Justice (Book 1)
Publisher: Bethany House
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