Fatal Frost (Defenders of Justice Book #1)

Fatal Frost (Defenders of Justice Book #1)

by Nancy Mehl

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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441230669
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Series: Defenders of Justice , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 36,604
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

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.
Nancy Mehl (www.nancymehl.com) is the author of more than thirty books, including the Road to Kingdom, Finding Sanctuary, and Defenders of Justice 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. She writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson. She is part of The Suspense Sisters: www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook.

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Fatal Frost 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are not religious at all, you might find this book a little preachy. However I freely acknowledge at I believe that everyone prays at one time or another, especially in extreme circumstances. That is the case in this book. Not extended morality. No sex. Violence certainly. However, this story has gang and cartel members, so violence was inevitable. Give this book a try. It was a different sort of read for me, but I did enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book can't wait to read more from this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a real page turner, great plot, great characters! I loved the Christian aspect, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Held your interest to the end. Characters were real
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you for being a support to law enforcement. They put their lives in danger for us everyday. I am working to write my first novel and I hope I can write books that catch the reader the way yours did me
train_lady 3 months ago
Riveting and profound. This book really moved me. Nancy Mehl has a wonderful way of making her characters seem alive. It's like reading a compelling narrative of a real event. The struggle Mercy had with her feelings for her father, for Tally (her best friend), and Mark (her former boy friend) seems so real. And then there is the ending which spins completely out of control, and ends in a way I would not have imagined. I was given the second book in this series, so it is the first of Ms Mehl's works I've read. That book was so good, I had to read the other two books. After reading this book, I've immediately started on the third book. It looks like it will be at least as good as the first two. If you love mysteries, action, and the U.S. Marshal's service, read these books!
train_lady 3 months ago
Riveting and profound. This book really moved me. Nancy Mehl has a wonderful way of making her characters seem alive. It's like reading a compelling narrative of a real event. The struggle Mercy had with her feelings for her father, for Tally (her best friend), and Mark (her former boy friend) seems so real. And then there is the ending which spins completely out of control, and ends in a way I would not have imagined. I was given the second book in this series, so it is the first of Ms Mehl's works I've read. That book was so good, I had to read the other two books. After reading this book, I've immediately started on the third book. It looks like it will be at least as good as the first two. If you love mysteries, action, and the U.S. Marshal's service, read these books!
ganderson523 4 months ago
Mercy Brennan is a US Deputy Marshal working out of the St. Louis office. She is from a dysfunctional background with her father leaving her family when she was a child, her mother falling apart, and Mercy taking care of her younger brother. Her father is a policeman and has returned to St. Louis and has tried to fix their relationship but Mercy doesn't quite trust him. He is working undercover with a drug cartel when he is killed. Her life is in danger because it is thought that he left a flash drive with her. In an attempt to keep her save, her boss sends Mark, her partner/former boyfriend, her best friend, St. Louis cop, Tally and Mercy to a cabin under the pretense to meet up with a WITSEC needing their protection. Mercy isn't aware of her danger and that her father left a flash drive with her. Where is it? Things get dangerous with a killer snowstorm leaving them without power and cell phone service and a mole within the department giving away their location. A year ago, Mercy broke up with Mark because he got religion. She called on God as a child but He didn't help her. Now, Tally tells her he has been going to church. But as their situation gets bad, Mark's God may be their only hope against a Mexican cartel and St. Louis gang. Lots of danger, action and the dilemma of not knowing who to trust.
GrandmaKaye More than 1 year ago
Fatal Frost is a thrilling narrative mixing loyal officers betrayed by weak or greedy people, street gangs working with vicious drug cartels in St. Louis with Los Angeles connections, injuries exacerbated by a severe snow and ice storm, and a missing piece of vital evidence. I like the contemporary references to communications and situations. I especially appreciate U.S. Deputy Marshal Mercy Brennan, an imperfect heroine who grows and changes during the novel. Many can relate to her changing relationship to God. These characters are so realistic that I had to remind myself that this is fiction, not a news story. Fasten your seatbelts before reading this excellent first book in Nancy Mehl’s Defenders of Justice series, and then look forward to more books which follow. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Fatal Frost, and recommend it highly. I received a complimentary copy of Fatal Frost and was under no obligation to post a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended to readers who enjoy stories of suspense and action filled chapters including moles working against the law. This story, I believe, will keep the interest of the reader from the first to last page. It concerns law enforcement trying to rid the streets of gangs and suddendly drugs by the cartel which managed to blackmail many who worked in law enforcement. When an estranged father suddenly appears in the life of his daughter who also is a Federal Marshal, like him, she does not know want a relationship. She does agree to meet him for coffee and when he asks for forgiveness she refuses. Shortly thereafter his body is found beaten and riddled with gun shots. The cartel believes he was able to pass off a thumbdrive to his daughter and goes after her. She, on the otherhand, does not have it. Or, does she. She can only trust two people -- a fellow marshall she has known since childhood and her ex. She does not realize the cartel is after her and suddenly finds she is on the run from the cartel.
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Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me guessing what was next. Kept me wondering who were really who they said they were. One of the better stories I have read in a long time. I enjoy spiritual background.
StephanieTiner More than 1 year ago
Mercy Brennan is a U. S. Marshal stationed in St. Louis Missouri. Her father is also a law enforcement officer, but he has been absent for most of her life, until now. After Mercy is shot in the line of duty, her father tries to reach out to her, neither of them realizing that by being in contact with her, her father has made her a target for the most dangerous gang in St. Louis. To protect her, her boss assigns her ex-boyfriend, U. S. Marshal Mark St. Laurent, and her best friend, Lieutenant Tally Williams, to get her away somewhere safe until they can stop those out to get her. Brennan is kept in the dark about the danger she is in until an unexpected ice storm traps the three officers in an isolated location with no way to call for backup. There is a mole in the U. S. Marshals and Brennan’s location may have already been leaked. Can they make it through the worsening weather and ward off any enemy threats long enough for help to arrive? This book left me feeling conflicted. Mercy Brennan is the kind of character you’d expect to see in real life. She has lived through tough times and came out a good and respectable person. She cares about other people and helping them but she is also human with fears and doubts. Mark St. Laurent and Tally Williams are also strong characters. Laurent is kind and protective of everyone. He relies on his gut and God. Tally is a great cop and friend, and as a person, he is the kind of guy you want out there on the streets. The threat against Mercy Brennan seems severe, that said, though I have lived in Missouri for some years now, I have yet to see St. Louis. The threat against her made me think more of New York and Chicago. I should not be surprised though, since I know in the back of my mind that St. Louis is a rather large city and therefore this level of threat makes sense and is believable. By the end of this novel, I felt like something was missing and should have been explained. There is one character whose actions did not always fit the character that he was shown to be. At first I thought that this was great, a character who stood somewhere between good and bad, a realistic character facing an internal conflict. However, by the end of the novel I had many questions about the character and his motivations that were never answered and I hold little hope that they will be answered in the future novels to come. I really wish the author would have addressed these questions. It is because she didn’t that I have conflicting thoughts about this book. All in all, I would say this was a good read and I enjoyed it for the most part. I would recommend this novel to fans of Dee Henderson or Gilbert Morris. I borrowed a copy of this novel from my local library and have permission from the publishers at Bethany House to use the image of the cover artwork featured above. stephanietiner.weebly.com
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
FATAL FROST by Nancy Melh book 1 in Defenders of Justice series Nancy has given us a good story, the characters were well defined not only as officers of the law. Also showing us their fears,the struggles, and how important true friendship is. The ending especially showed us, just how far would one go. With all they went thru, as wounds heal, so do the hidden ones start to heal. Just bought book 2 in this series.
Momof9Kids More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Nancy Mehl's writing and Fatal Frost did not disappoint!! Mercy Brennan followed her estranged father into a law enforcement career and is now working as a U. S. Marshal. She is assigned to a joint task force with the St. Louis Police, along with her partner, Mark St. Laurent....who happens to be her ex-boyfriend. Mercy's best friend and fellow law enforcement officer, Lt. Tally Williams, joins them in their hunt for members of a dangerous drug cartel and gang members who are working with them. The team is sent out to a "safe house" when it becomes apparent that the cartel is targeting Mercy because they believe she has something they want very badly to retrieve. The tension mounts as they drive into a snow and ice storm that no one expected. Now they are stranded in the middle of nowhere with no way to communicate with their superiors to let them know what is going on. What happens next?? Will the cartel arrive before help does?? Not going to tell you the rest of the story...you need to read it for yourself!!! I think you will love it....I know I did!!
TamaraTilley More than 1 year ago
FATAL FROST by Nancy Mehl is chilling. U.S. Marshal Mercy Brennan has been injured both physically and emotionally. She’s recovering from an on-the-job shooting and dealing with the reappearance of her absentee father. If that’s not enough, her boss teams her with ex-boyfriend Mark St. Laurent in a witness protection assignment. When a freak ice storm strands Mercy, Mark, and childhood friend Tally Williams, in the middle of nowhere, short of their rendezvous point, and cut off from all communication, their carefully fabricated cover begins to unravel. Mercy is furious when she finds out Mark and Tally have been sent to protect HER. Somehow, her last interaction with her father has put her in the crosshairs of one of St. Louis’ most notorious gangs. Hold up in a farmhouse, feeling like sitting ducks, Mercy, Mark, and Tally must wait out the storm, praying their back-up shows up before the gang members find them. And, knowing there is a mole in the department, they’re not sure who they can trust. This is my first Nancy Mehl novel, and you can be sure I will be back for more. Suspense, romance, great characters, and interesting plot twists all work together to create a great story. Knowing this is the first in a series, I can’t wait to read book two in the Defenders of Justice series.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Fatal Frost Defenders of Justice #1 By Nancy Mehl Mercy Brennan has never been able to depend on anyone since her father walked out on them, on her. The only person to penetrate her icy wall of protection is her best friend Tally Williams who was her friend before her father ruined everything. Her former boyfriend Mark St Laurent was close until she broke it all off. Mercy's biggest concern is doing her job well - which has been put on hold following an on-the-job shooting incident when the U.S. Marshals and the St. Louis Police Department attempted to arrest a known drug dealer/gang leader. St. Louis has a problem the Cartel is moving in and they are joining forces with the local gangs to put law enforcement out of business permanently. And Mercy has been targeted! Keeping her safe and unaware of the situation has fallen to Mark and Tally. With a suspected mole within the midsts of the Marshals, need-to-know has become imperative. But when everyone is suspect who do you trust? A dangerous storm moves in, stranding Mercy, Mark, and Tally in a remote location with no way of contacting anyone for assistance. Worse the very people that they are trying to hide from may have them in their sights. Can they survive long enough to discover who has betrayed them or will the Cartel win this battle? And with her life on the line can Mercy trust someone to be there for her when she most needs them? Or will she again be disappointed? This is the first book in the Defenders of Justice series from Nancy Mehl and it will be interesting to see where the series goes from here. After this case, I think the US Marshals need to invest in a sat phone - though that would take away some of the suspense if contact was easy to establish. Readers who enjoy Inspirational Suspense books will enjoy this book. One word of warning this is not the type of book to start in the evening if you have to work the next day - you'll want to read just one more chapter before putting it down - it will keep you up all night reading!
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, FATAL FROST is the first book in Ms. Mehl's newest series and it is definitely an edge-of-your-seat reading experience. In the first few pages we are introduced to the gang-ridden streets of the inner city of St. Louis--an area where you don't go with your car doors unlocked! And even where you don't stop at traffic lights if you see gangs loitering around! Sadly, the recent opinion of law enforcement is foremost in this book. They are the enemies, and killers, and it is up to them to take control of the city and get rid of the nasty, hated, evil police (please note, this is not the opinion of this reviewer and not of the author, this is simply a work of fiction that is saturated in the opinions of some in society). You know who is behind the murders, behind the crimes in this fast paced book, and you know what they are after. What you don't know is enough to keep the pages turning. Where... How... When... and Why. Those who love romantic suspense will love FATAL FROST. Mercy is a U.S. Marshal, so technically not police, though close enough. She is hard, having seen and been through a lot, and isn't much on close friendships, relationships, and even God. She has a thick wall that will take a super-hero to breach. As a result she did keep the reader at a distance, but once she began to open up to others in the book she began to let the reader in. A fantastic suspense that is sure to keep you up late reading.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
Fatal Frost Nancy Mehl Book Summary: 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? Review: I really enjoyed this book. The twists and turns were fun. I also liked Mark the most. It was a well written book with a good struggle about faith. Mercy had a lot going on. She was someone who was struggling. Despite this she was empathetic at times, although she had a lot of baggage. The story was realistic in the fact that drug trafficking seems to be overwhelming. They way the ending went it was tense and things seemed to go well than the twists and turns began. Definitely a series to look forward to. I would like to thank Net Galley and Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Although Mercy is law enforcement like her father, she wants nothing to do with him. But when she's put into a gang force unit, she comes back in contact with her dad. Right before his death he supposedly gave her something. But Mercy has no idea what he might have given her. Now the gangs are after her and she must join forces with a US Marshal to find out why the gang thinks she has this information. Small problem, this US Marshall is also her ex-boyfriend. This was one of those books that the reader is thrust into the action from the very beginning and swept into the story. There is non-stop drama and action. The romance between the two main characters was sweet. The faith aspects were strong and woven throughout the story. Those were the positives. And if I was only judging the book on the way it drew me in and had me rushing through the book, I would give it a 5 stars. But the cons were a bit too in my face. I really had the sense that the author was pushing her own opinions and agenda with this book. There was a part in the beginning of the book that mirrored an actual event that was probably prominent in the news while the author was writing the story. It was very clear what side the author was on, based on the outcome of the episode. This felt incredibly in my face. Also the "good" guys were so "perfect" that I couldn't relate to them at all. It was as if they were the writer's ideal version of what a Christian should be. So while the story drew me in and captured my attention, these things brought the overall experience down for me. I've read this author's books before and loved them. So I think it was just this book. If you like action and adventure with clean romance that have very strong spiritual notes and a conservative view than you will fall in love with this story. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. All thoughts expressed are my own.
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
Although her father was mostly absent during her growing up years, U.S. Marshal Mercy Brennan still followed in his law enforcement footsteps. Her father’s recent reappearance in St. Louis (STL) has put Mercy in the sights of STL’s most powerful gang, and this puts her in danger. Because of this, Mercy’s boss assigns Deputy U.S. Marshal Mark St. Laurent – Mercy’s ex-boyfriend – and the St. Louis PD allows her best friend, Lieutenant Tally Williams, to provide protection for her. She does not know the true story, but when they are stranded in a remote, unknown location during a blizzard/ice storm, the seriousness of their situation becomes crystal clear. They have not reached their destination of Piedmont, MO, and they have no way to contact their bosses with communications down. Mother Nature and the potential enemy lurking nearby (maybe in that barn over there) put everyone in significant danger. How do you find someone when you don’t know where they are? A remote location, danger in the storm and bad guys stir the pot to brew up this suspenseful, inspirational fiction caper. This story throws you right into the action from the first chapter and keeps going. I could do without the romantic plight, but that is trivial. The tension can be gripping, and you root for Mercy, the strong female lead who’s so good at hiding her emotions, but that you can also tell struggles, especially with her faith. Like all of us, she has room to grow, and Mehl displays that, while balancing Mercy’s obvious strength and independence. This romantic suspense series is one I wouldn’t mind following as this literary journey continues beyond this first story in her ‘Defenders of Justice’ series. -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
This is a great start to a new series by Nancy Mehl. The story is very timely in view of events in many cities around our nation over the past several years. Full of action and suspense, the author includes a bit of romance and shares a message of hope and faith to bring it all together in a delightful read. So much of what we read in the news seems to attempt to make good look bad and bad look good. This story shows a multi-faceted view of good versus evil. The cartel doesn’t just stop with getting its tentacles wrapped around the gangs in St. Louis but works its way into the law enforcement community. While the police and U.S. Marshals are working with confidential informants and undercover officers who have found their way deep into the gangs and cartel, they learn that the cartel has bought off one or more among their number. It has become a time of not knowing who to trust. Chief Deputy Batterson is determined to protect his people while trying to find out where the leaks are in the department. He sends two of his best plus a Police Lieutenant to the home of a person in the Witness Security Program to determine why the person has suddenly become fearful that his identity has been discovered. After they are caught in a blizzard and slide off the road into a tree, the story escalates to a totally new level of tension. The stakes have suddenly grown exponentially as the three begin to realize the true nature of what they are up against. I can’t say that it all plays out the way I would like for it to end but that is so often the way real life works as well. I recommend you read this book and keep on the lookout for the second book in the series.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
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.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Fatal Frost starts off with adrenaline pumping action for the characters. This story was an intense read for me with a sense of foreboding throughout. The whole situation with the drug lords infiltrating a city seemed too close to true life. Not knowing who to trust, as it seemed anyone could be bought was a bit nerve wracking as well. Mercy, a U.S. Marshal, is assigned along with her best friend Tally and ex-boyfriend Mark to a case to protect a witness. However there are so many secrets and so much suspicious activity going on I, like Mercy was just about leery of everyone. Throw in a freak ice and snow storm and you have a thriller to curl up with to make a couple of winter nights go faster. This is one of those stories where it felt like I was feeling the cold along with Mercy. There is a thread of tension and underlying romantic feelings still between Mercy and Mark. The author really put this team through the ringer and I was unsure the good guys were going to save the day. Definitely set some time aside for this fast action read. I received a copy for free from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all the views expressed are my own.