Fire Storm

Fire Storm

by Nancy Mehl


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When FBI profiler Kaely Quinn's mother is diagnosed with cancer, Kaely takes time off work to go to Dark Water, Nebraska, to help her brother care for their mother. Upon her arrival, she learns of a series of fires in the small town, attributed by the fire chief to misuse of space heaters in the frigid winter. But Kaely is skeptical, and a search for a pattern in the locations of the fires bolsters her suspicions.

After yet another blaze devastates a local family, Kaely is certain a serial arsonist is on the loose. Calling upon her partner from St. Louis, Noah Hunter, and her brother's firefighter neighbor who backs Kaely's suspicions, Kaely and her team begin an investigation that swiftly leads them down a twisted path. When the truth is finally revealed, Kaely finds herself confronting a madman who is determined his last heinous act will be her death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764231858
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Series: Kaely Quinn Profiler Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 79,889
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Nancy Mehl is the author of more than thirty books. She writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their puggle, Watson. To learn more, visit

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Fire Storm 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
SarahGraceGrzy 24 hours ago
Nancy Mehl has been a hit-or-miss author for me, but I fell in love with Mind Games, the first book in her newest series, Kaely Quinn Profiler. So, of course, I was thrilled to get an advanced copy of the second book in the series. Unfortunately, in many respects, Fire Storm didn't hold up to the stellar quality of story that its predecessor did. Fire Storm focuses a lot more on Kaely and her family than the suspense\mystery aspect of the story. And while I liked that fact at times, I wish the suspense had played a larger role in this book, as it did in Mind Games. That being said, there was still a goodly amount of suspense, just not as much as I expected. Also, considering the amount of air time the storyline with Kaely and her family got, the resolution was quite disappointing in that regard, as not much was resolved. The romance between Kaely and Noah picked up a bit more in this book, although it still played a very backseat role, which I very much liked. This is not your typical romantic suspense novel. Still, I was hoping for some resolution between these characters by the time the story ended, but that didn't really happen either. Mehl did a great job building up the storyline to and through the climax, but after the climax, we had less than 10% of the book to wrap the story up, which was nowhere near enough. If more time and care had been taken to ensure that all of the many storylines Mehl had running were wrapped up, my rating would have been 4 or 5 stars, but because I was left feeling so disappointed by the end, I had to lower my rating to 3. I understand that this is a series and there must be some storylines left open to continue on in book 3, but everything was left too open, in my opinion. One other aspect I was disappointed with: the spiritual themes. Mehl brings up some very intriguing, and even somewhat controversial themes in book one, so I was excited to see what she would do with those themes in book two. Unfortunately, nothing much was done in that regard. I would have loved to see the author attribute these themes to spiritual warfare, but instead, they were never really addressed. There is still room to do that in book three, I suppose, so I'm still hoping that will happen. All in all, this story is a very fascinating story, it just ended poorly, in my opinion. I still look forward to continuing Kaely's story in book three. I don't mean to bash this story, as there are still a lot of elements I appreciated in it. This review is simply my opinions, so take them with a grain of salt and check out Fire Storm for yourself! :) FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley for promotional purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
RGNHALL 8 days ago
5 Stars: 5/5 Stars Well, I didn't think it was possible for Nancy Mehl's second book in the Kaely Quinn Profiler series to be better than Mind Games, book #1, but it is! I was on the edge of my seat as I read and very anxious to discover the identity of the arsonist and stop him !!! I love Kaely Quinn. I think she and I could be friends if she actually existed outside the pages of this delightful book. Is book #3 ready yet??? I received a copy of this book from netgalley and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
ChatWithVera 9 days ago
Having met FBI Profiler Kaely Quinn in Mind Games (#1 in Kaely Quinn FI Profiler series) created by author, Nancy Mehl, it was nice to read of her mental strategy to profile and work through the mind boggling atrocities that have befallen a small town in Nebraska. Her own personal life and family connections are severely strained and convoluted; but faced with her mother's fight against cancer, she tries to overcome past hurts and disappointments to meet the needs of family. Fire Storm while a good stand-alone read, would be better enjoyed and understood if the reader has first read book #1 in the series, Mind Games. The author's talent for fleshing out her characters and balancing descriptions and dialogue allows for a thoroughly engaging suspense read. The realist development of emotionally or mentally flawed characters gives the reader a glimpse into the world of the criminal mind or the mind that evil has gained control. This is good clean, Christian fiction that is not overly heavy with preaching or theology. Just good clean reading about believable individuals in a flawed world. I highly recommend this series. DISCLOSURE:I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine and are freely given.
train_lady 9 days ago
What a great book! Second in the series, and another hit. Nancy Mehl has invented a very complex character in Kaely Quinn. I really appreciate how difficult that is while keeping the story exciting. I'm not down playing the complexity of the other major, reoccurring character, Noah. Ms Mehl has a well developed technique for keeping the true culprit disguised, while setting out enough clues to help you figure it out. But that's not easy, because there a lots of clues, and it's really hard to sort the good clues from the misleading ones. It took almost the entire book before I realized who the arsonist was, and I was completely blindsided by the other surprise. Another plus with this author is her knack for keeping the chapters short. Other writers take note. It's very nice to have shorter chapters than longer for those of us who need to take a break at a logical place. Longer chapters make that harder.
KiahJT 11 days ago
5 star This book is utterly absorbing. I picked it up and absolutely could not put it down. I love the character of Kaely. She is an FBI behavioral analyst who is haunted by her past yet trying desperately to forge a future and reconnect with her mother. I adore the character of Noah Hunter, Kaely’s partner. He is witty and sassy and a perfect counterpoint to Kaely’s darker personality. I thought I had the mystery all figured out, but I was wrong but so close! The ending was fantastic even if it was a tad abrupt. I cannot believe this is only the second Nancy Mehl book I have read. I need to go looking for more. Mehl writes characters I instantly connect to, identify with and want to read more about their lives. I cannot wait for book three in this series! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. The views given are my own. #Firestorm #NetGalley #NancyMehl
Traesmama 12 days ago
An excellent addition to the Kaely Quinn series! This new series by Nancy Mehl is quickly becoming my favorite of hers. Fire Storm allows us to see more into the heart of Kaely as we watch the dynamic between her and her mother. It becomes clear that the past has been difficult for all of them and they have not been able to look past their own feelings dealing with it to extend grace to each other. Kaely trip to help her brother care for their mother offers us a more inside picture of Kaely and how she is not always willing to face her own reality. Kaely seems to always find work and danger and this trip is no different. She quickly finds herself immersed in an arson investigation. As her partner, Noah, joins her, they must also help the FBI office in Omaha try to capture a drug cartel. This proves to provide even more danger than expected, but Kaely quickly proves why she is so invaluable at what she does. As the arson investigation intensifies, the danger increases with Noah being injured causing him and Kaely to realize there may be feelings between them as more than friends that neither want to face. This book has very difficult to put down! It is full of mystery and intrigue that keeps you guessing until the very end. I cannot wait to see what adventure is next for Kaely Quinn! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Nancy Mehl and Bethany House. All opinions expressed are my own.
inspiremichelle 13 days ago
Fire Storm, Book 2 Kaely Quinn Profiler by Nance Mehl What a terrific book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Fire Storm. It definitively was a 5- star book. Fire Storm can be read as a stand-alone but Mind Games, Book One was too good a book to pass up. The characters are well developed and well written. It is an action packed, fast paced, full of suspense with a hint of romance. The author Nancy Mehl out did herself. I can’t wait to read the next book, to bad I have to wait. It’s a time for healing and forgiving for Kaely Quinn. Her character is multi-faceted, unique and spiritual. God is pruning her life and her faith will have to sustain her through her mother’s illness, family drama, attraction to Noah and fighting an evil arsonist. Nancy Mehl hit on a hard subject of mental illness or was it just a demonic spirit. You will have to read Fire Storm to judge for yourself.
KimberlyRJ 13 days ago
What a page turner! This story gripped me from page one and held my attention to the end. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.
PrincessGlor 13 days ago
WOW! This was an explosive read-literally! This book kept me on my toes and guessing at who the culprit would turn out to be in the end. It had plenty of fantastic twists and turns that made it nearly impossible to put down. I love Kaely-she is such a fascinating and unusual character. Her processes are so different and make for exciting reading. I am EAGERLY waiting for book 3 in this set. I can not wait to see where Nancy takes us next in Kaely's adventures. I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own
MKWD52 14 days ago
Fire Storm in the second in the Kaely Quinn Profile series. This series just keeps getting better. Her special friend that we were introduced to in the last book returns. Kaely is estranged from her mother who is very ill with cancer. She does want to spend time with her mother but agrees at the request of her brother. An arsonist is starting fire in her mother's town. Kaely is soon dragged into finding who the arsonist is. The clues point to one of two people but there is a twist that I did not see coming. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Thanks to Netgalley and Bethany House Publishers for providing me an e-copy of this book to read and review. This book is due to be released on August 6, 2019.
Kelly Hodgkins 14 days ago
At the end of Mind Games, I couldn’t wait to start the next one and Fire Storm doesn’t disappoint! Nancy Mehl is in fine form from the start. Kaely has driven to care for her ill mother with whom her relationship has been strained for years. Her brother, with whom she’s only recently reconnected , is helping with her mom too and their relationship is under pressure with past hurts rising to the surface. To this, a recent spate of home fires is added and Kaely immediately sees its more than just coincidence. She determines she has to help the small town find out what’s really going on. As a suspense novel, to give more of the story would be to spoil it. Putting it down, once begun, was impossible and I recommend a cuddly German Shepherd is near to hand, the villain of this one is truly chilling. I loved the psychology in it, the twists in the mystery and the supporting characters are well-developed but my favourite part was the interplay between Kaely and her FBI partner Noah. Trust is hard to build and Nancy unpacks this complex topic beautifully with these two. Forgiveness, guilt and redemption are looked at through the lens of Christianity and it’s elegantly woven into the story. The mystery’s ending is satisfying but once again, I’m eager for the next book in the Kaely Quinn Profiler series! It’s a five out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale and highly recommended!
LLangley 14 days ago
Author Nancy Mehl's second book in the Kaely Quinn series, "Fire Storm," will not disappoint fans of the series focusing on the work of an FBI behavioral analyst. Full of edge-of-the-seat suspense, rich, realistic characters, and interesting plot twists, the book proves to be a great weekend read. After her brother calls her to their mom's hometown to help care for their ill mother, Kaely Quinn finds herself curious about the number of suspicious fires that have been set around the small town. She quickly finds herself in the middle of a mystery, trying to balance time with her ailing mother while hunting down a potential serial arsonist. While fans of Kaely Quinn will find a few answers to their questions about her, they'll have to hang on for the next installment, because other questions are left unanswered. It's a satisfying ending, though you'll be left disappointed that you have to wait months for the next book to find some answers. . . like, what about her "imaginary" friend Georgie? And what happens with Noah? We'll just have to wait and see! But I'm sure Mehl's next offerings in the Kaely Quinn series will be just as exciting as the last two have been. Now we just have to hang on and wait. Note: I received a copy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for this honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
DixieJudy 15 days ago
Mehl has scored again with this great book in the Kaely Quinn Profiler series. The first book Mind Games was on serial killings and this one on a serial arsonist. Kaely Quinn is a very unique character in the way she comes to conclusions in her job as a behavioral analyst with the FBI. She is the daughter of a renowned serial killer and because of this she has changed her name. Kaely is estranged from her family and has recently been in contact with her brother. Now she visits her mother who is dying with cancer and while in this small town of Darkwater finds multiple fires are taking place. This causes Kaely to think perhaps arson is the cause. Noah, her partner is contacted and together they begin to investigate the fires and this causes tension with her brother as he feels like she is neglecting their sick mother. Suspense at it’s best and lots of action in Mehl’s latest thriller…… I am grateful to have received a copy of Fire Storm from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
KaileyBechtel 15 days ago
I knew that this book was going to be great! It definitely didn’t disappoint! I didn’t want to put it down. I just had to know what was going to happen. I loved getting wrapped up in the investigation and trying to figure out who did it. I highly recommend this book! I can’t wait for the next one! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Anonymous 16 days ago
Genre : Christian, Action, Mystery, Psychology thriller, slight romance, humor My rating: 5 stars Language: Clean! (There is mention of someone "swearing", but they do not list the words) Age Range: 15+ Content: Killing, fires, death - actually, it was mild compared to the first one. Favorite Character: Kaely Quinn and Noah Hunter Conclusion: It was fantastic! It was suspenseful and kept me turning the pages, just to see what would happen. Must read for those who love suspense and action, mixed with psychology. I was able to mostly figure out who did it, it was the why that I wasn't sure on. It still was good and I highly recommend this book! Book was from Netgalley for me to review. All opinions are my own and this is my honest review.
magnificentk 16 days ago
Fire Storm is the sequel to Mind Games, and if you haven’t read this, I highly recommend it. Best not to read this series out of order. I loved Mind Games as hoped Fire Storm would deliver the same high action suspense. I was not disappointed in the least! Fire Storm starts off with Kaley heading to Nebraska to help take care of her ailing mother. Of course, all of her family drama weighs on her, and she immediately becomes involved in an off-book investigation. A serial arsonist is on the loose and Kaley begins to work up his profile. Fire Storm delves deeper into Kaley’s character, and readers see her internal struggles with her relationships, especially with her mom but also Noah. How can she trust anyone after her tumultuous past? Kaley struggles with how overly-dedicated she is to her profession, at the risk of hurting others in her life. This fabulous suspense tale that takes you into the mind of an arsonist as Kaley works to hunt down the villain. If you love intricate story lines with surprising twists and turns, be sure to pre-order your copy of Fire Storm (release date is 8/6). If you haven’t read Mind Games, definitely start with this - it’s one of my all-time favorites and if you are a fan of suspense, both novels will give you a thrilling, action-packed story that leaves you desperate for the next installment. I received an ebook review copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
HedaHG 16 days ago
Once again, this Kaely Quinn thriller was hard to put down. I enjoyed getting into the psychological side of an arsonist's thinking and seeing how Kaely tracked this one down. It seemed to drag a bit in some of the hospital scenes to me, and the final scene/wrapup felt rushed, but the book held my attention enough that I didn't wind up skimming it, so that's saying something. I do hope we get more of Kaely's dad's story/wrapup in the final book in this series and see how she learns to integrate her unique talents into a more day-to-day life. Another good addition to an interesting series; one of the few Christian fiction mystery series with recurring characters that holds my attention.
Becky5 16 days ago
Life is cold in this chiller/thriller by Nancy Mehl. Fire Storm, #2 Kaely Quinn Profiler Series, takes place mostly in a town called Darkwater. It is winter, and as cold as winter can get. Relationships are cold, too. Omaha doesn’t want Noah and Kaely’s help. Kaely herself is having trouble dealing with the chilly relationships between herself and her brother and her cancer-stricken mother. Conversely, it’s hot in town. Multiple fires lead Kaely and Noah to believe that arson is the cause of Darkwater’s destruction. Jason gets hot under the collar when Kaely puts her job before her family. Kaely feels the heat as the fires increase without a viable suspect. I raced to read this exciting, terrifying novel as quickly as I could. Only the need to function kept me from pulling an all-nighter to discover who really was behind the evil visiting the town. Mehl manages to tie up loose ends realistically and bring things to a satisfying conclusion...until she masterfully inserts a dangling issue that may create a cliffhanger for books to come. Faith, fear, trust, unbelievable tension, and the mind of a madman combine to make this a thriller you won’t want to put down. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinions, which are solely my own.
kristine-morgan 16 days ago
Kaely Quinn is back. She is taking time off to care for her mother, but of course things heat up in her mother's small town. Kaely finds herself profiling a serial arsonist. Nancy Mehl really has a way with suspense! She has created an intriguing character in Kaely Quinn. She is multi-faceted character who is becoming more comfortable with sharing her faith. I really enjoy reading Kaely's stories, even if they do cost me sleep! There is also a touch of romance which is quite enjoyable. So grab a cup of hot chocolate and curl up for a long can forget sleep until you are done! I was given a copy of this book by with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.
Fala19 16 days ago
Kaely Quinn is one of the most unique and interesting characters I've ever read about. In Fire Storm we get to know her and her family better when she returns to Nebraska to care for her sick mother. When there's a string of suspicious fires around town, Kaely questions whether they're accidents like the officials have ruled or if there's something more sinister going on. I'm not gonna lie, the first book in this series was spectacular, one of the most suspenseful books ever. To say my expectations were high for this one would be an understatement. Was it as good as Mind Games? Not quite. Occasionally, things felt robotic and stilted, and the ending was abrupt, feeling a bit rushed. But in no way does that mean this was a bad read. I did, mostly, enjoy it. It was nice getting to see more of Kaely's family. I felt like I was beginning to understand her better. And the mystery was good, keeping me invested and trying to figure it out alongside Kaely. I finished it in two days which is fairly quick for me. Despite the few issues I had with this book, I still plan to continue the series. I want to know what happens to these characters. Plus, I just read the synopsis for the third book and oh my! Sounds like it's gonna be a doozy! I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.
caribougirl 16 days ago
3.5 stars for this suspense novel by Nancy Mehl. This is book 2 in the Kaely Quinn Profiler series. This book stands alone and reading book 1 is not necessary (nor is book 1 spoiled at all in this book, other than eliminating a suspect), but I would recommend it to get the full story behind the family dynamics in this one. In book 1, we learn that Kaely is the daughter of a renowned serial killer. She has changed her name and become a behavioral analyst with the FBI so that she can catch monsters like her father and lock them away. In book 1, someone was out to make her pay for her father's sins. Here in book 2, we see a bit more of the broken family her father left in his wake. Kaely's mother is sick and her brother has been taking care of things, but he finally calls on Kaely because he needs help. Upon arrival, Kaely gets swept into a suspicious string of arsons, and can't help but try to solve the case. This book had a good story-line, an intense villain, family drama, and even a little bit of a hint of romance. My reason for not giving it 4 or 5 stars was that some of the conversations were stilted and some of the writing felt a bit "choppy" to me. Not drastic, but it just didn't flow as well as some other books I've enjoyed. Also, there were a lot of people downplaying what I thought as a perfectly plausible theory and calling it insane. And there was a lot of repetition of that particular conversation. But, in spite of that, it was an overall good book. There was also an underlying theme of letting go and forgiveness. I would recommend to those who enjoy inspirational suspense and mystery. Special thanks to NetGalley and Bethany House publishers for an advanced E-copy of this book. I was not required to write a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.
Nicole_C 16 days ago
An intense, thrilling suspense novel by Nancy Mehl. Fire Storm can be read as a stand alone novel, but readers who want to understand more about Kaely Quinn’s background will definitely want to read book one in the series, Mind Games, first. The romance thread in this book is very light, and the storyline focuses primarily on Kaely’s job as a profiler and finding out who is the serial arsonist. The clues dropped throughout the novel all make sense once the arsonist’s true identity is revealed. An enjoyable read! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
Christianfictionandmore 16 days ago
FBI Agent Kaely Quinn prefers the title of Behavioral Analyst over Profiler. She is an expert at reading people and has a very unique method for piecing together data to identify UNSUBs. Kaely's partner, Noah Hunter, accepts her unorthodox methods, but not her propensity for putting her work before anything, including her own safety. In Fire Storm, the second book in Mehl's Kaely Quinn Profiler series, Kaely picks up a newspaper as she draws close to her destination of Darkwater, Nebraska immediately recognizing the possible presence of a serial arsonist in the small town where her mother lives. Although she has come to relieve her brother in care-giving for their mother, Kaely ends up embroiled in not one but two cases as Noah joins her to offer his assistance. Fragile family relationships are stretched as is her relationship with Noah as Kaely once again throws her whole being into finding the bad guys. Fans of suspense and psychological thrillers will be pleased with Mehl's latest offering. I am grateful to have received a copy of Fire Storm from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
MaureenST 16 days ago
I met Kaley in the previous book in this series, and what a smart, caring woman she is, and you can’t imagine all that she has dealt with in her life. This book does not disappoint, and we get a deeper look into what makes her tick, and wonder how she does what she does. If you like non-stop action this book is constantly making you duck your head, and you will be guessing as to who the culprit is, right to the end, and boy was I fooled. I love the way the author’s mind works and she keeps me page turning, with my mind trying to guess the outcome, but never quite guessing the total picture. I am not so patiently waiting for another book in this series! I received this book through Net Galley and Bethany House Publishers, and was not required to give a positive review.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 16 days ago
Come along with a FBI profiler as she begins her second book in a series trying to pin down a serial arsonist. Kaely Quinn goes to Nebraska to help her brother care for her mother who has cancer and finds herself incredibly suspicious of a series of fires happening in the area, supposedly due to space heaters. Kaely knows better. She and her partner Noah must find the arsonist begore he escalates. This reads somewhat like an episode of Criminal Minds; however, I missed book 1 in the series and found myself struggling a bit with this because it seemed I was missing a lot of back story. I also just couldn't connect with this character. I do own the first book so maybe I can connect better when I read it. *My thanks to the publisher for a copy of the book via Net Galley. The opinion stated here is entirely my own.