Mind Games (Kaely Quinn Profiler Book #1)

Mind Games (Kaely Quinn Profiler Book #1)

by Nancy Mehl

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Kaely Quinn's talents as an FBI behavior analyst are impossible to ignore, no matter how unorthodox her methods. But when a reporter outs her as the daughter of an infamous serial killer, she's demoted to field agent and transferred to St. Louis.

When the same reporter who ruined her career claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders, ending with Kaely's, the reporter's ulterior motives bring his claim into question. But when a body is found that fits the poem's predictions, the threat is undeniable, and the FBI sends Special Agent Noah Hunter to St. Louis.

Initially resentful of the assignment, Noah is surprised at how quickly his respect for Kaely grows, despite her oddities. But with a brazen serial killer who breaks all the normal patterns on the loose, Noah and Kaely are tested to their limits to catch the murderer before anyone else--including Kaely herself--is killed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493416066
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Series: Kaely Quinn Profiler , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 15,741
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Nancy Mehl (www.nancymehl.com) is the author of more than thirty books, including the Defenders of Justice series. She received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. Nancy writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their puggle, Watson.
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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As she poured the sparkling red claret into the serial killer's glass, she wondered if it reminded him of blood. She pushed it toward him, but he ignored it. Kaely smiled. Just as she thought.

"You strangle your victims because you don't like blood," she said. "You took food from their refrigerators. You're on a limited budget and saw a way to profit. But you only took cheese, fruit, vegetables, desserts, yogurt ..." She tapped on the base of the wineglass. "You're a vegetarian, but not vegan."

She pulled the wineglass away and pushed another toward him. This time she filled it with white wine. He reached through the shadows and picked it up.

Kaely riffled through the pages of the file she'd brought with her. Then she leaned back and stared at the chair across from her. He was a white male. Between twenty-five and thirty-five. He worked a menial job. Was shy around people. Probably awkward. Yet he seemed to have a purpose. But what was it? All of his victims were different. A successful black male attorney, a poor Hispanic female artist, and a white male college student.

It wasn't something inherent about them, so whatever it was that drove him to punish them was something they did. He was angry with the people he killed, but he didn't enjoy the act of killing. Didn't feel good about it. Strangling them from behind meant he didn't have to look them in the eyes. Afterward, he posed them, their arms folded across their chests. It was a sign of remorse.

"I'm confused," she said. "There's no connection between your victims. Different sexes. Different races. They don't live near each other. You don't seem to have a kill zone."

"You're confused?" he whispered. "That's new for you."

"Hush," she said. "I'll tell you when you can talk." Kaely frowned at him. The rules were very clear. They weren't allowed to speak unless she gave them permission.

A disturbance to her right made her shift her focus to the table nearest her. A chubby, florid-faced man and his haggard-looking wife scowled at her as they addressed the waiter they'd called to their table.

"What kind of place is this?" the man asked loudly. He pointed at Kaely. "You let crazy people in here? You need to remove that woman."

Louis Bertrand, the owner of Restaurant d'Andre, stomped up to the table, his face set and his hands gesturing wildly as if they had a mind of their own. "This is not a crazy woman, monsieur. This is the famous FBI profiler, Kaely Quinn. That is her table, and she is allowed to use it whenever she wants."

"But this is unacceptable," the man said, his face growing even darker. Kaely began to worry about his blood pressure.

"It is acceptable to me, monsieur," Louis stated simply. "But you are not. I will ask you to leave now. No charge for your meal."

The man began to sputter and curse. His wife, seemingly embarrassed about the entire incident, grabbed her purse, stood up, and hightailed it out of the dining room. Her husband continued to protest. He gestured again toward Kaely, his eyes wide with anger and confusion. "But she's talking to herself. There's no one there!"

Kaely felt her cheeks grow hot. She hadn't meant to use her private technique in front of other people. She'd been so focused on the information in the file she'd forgotten she was in public.

"I do not care what she does, monsieur. She is welcome in my restaurant any time." Louis grabbed the man's arm and helped him to his feet. "She caught the man who killed my only son. She cleared my Andre's name, and she will be shown the respect, n'est-ce pas? If you cannot do so, then you must leave, oui? And please do not cross my door again."

Kaely sighed to herself. She'd been judged and criticized for her process by those she'd worked with. She quickly scanned the room. Other diners stared at her too, although it seemed they wanted nothing more than to avoid Louis's wrath. She hated to embarrass the kind restaurant owner. He'd wanted to do something to thank her for her help in locating his son's murderer last year, but she couldn't allow him to disrupt his business. Tonight would be the last time she'd come here. For Louis's sake.

Kaely gave the restaurant owner a brief smile and turned her attention back to the file as Louis escorted the sputtering man to the front door.

"He's not the only one who thinks you're crazy, is he?" the killer said softly.

"No, he's not, but I'm used to it. Now be still. I can't talk to you anymore."

She was flipping through the file one more time when Louis came up to the table. "I am sorry for that man's rudeness. It will not happen again, mon cher amie. What have you decided for dinner tonight?" he asked.

"I'll have the salade niçoise with salmon, Louis," she said.

"Good choice. It is délicieux. Iced tea to drink?"

She nodded. Louis used to argue that a little wine wouldn't hurt her. She had nothing against wine, but she didn't like anything that softened her sense of control, including alcohol or drugs of any kind. Her mother had become addicted to pain medication when Kaely was seventeen. Thankfully, she'd kicked it, but watching her mother's struggle had convinced Kaely that pharmaceuticals were something to be avoided, if at all possible. She slowly pulled the glass of water she'd used for her invisible guest's wine back to her side of the table.

"And for ...?" He jerked his head toward the seat across from Kaely.

"You don't need to placate me, Louis. I know there's no one there. It's just ... it's a way I work through information sometimes. I'm ... I'm sorry I caused you a problem."

The restaurateur paused a moment before saying, "You could never cause me a problem, mon amie. You are my friend and always will be. Everything I have is yours. If it wasn't for you, Andre's death would still be considered a suicide. Proving he was a victim of a serial killer gave my boy back his dignity. You eased his mother's mind — and mine as well. We will always be grateful to you."

"Just doing my job, Louis. That's all."

"It might be just a job to you, ma chère, but to me it means more than I can ever say." Louis actually bowed and clicked his heels together before turning around and heading toward the kitchen. Kaely was happy to see how successful Restaurant d'Andre had become. The restaurant had been Louis's salvation. He'd put his heart and soul into it, and somehow it had helped to ease his pain.

Kaely turned back to the file. She stared at the reports and pictures spread out in front of her. The file had been overnighted from Nashville, where three murders had recently occurred. Although Nashville could have asked for assistance from the FBI at Quantico due to the federal serial murder statute, the police chief there had called Kaely's boss, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's field office in St. Louis, Solomon Slattery. The chief had asked Solomon to let Kaely peruse it first. He was afraid there would be another killing before the FBI could gather their resources together.

Kaely reread the information. Each person had died in their own home, strangled with something that had been removed from the scene. The medical examiner narrowed the ligature down to some kind of leather strap, but that was as close as he could get. There were no signs of a break-in. Whoever killed them had been given access into the victims' houses or apartments. None of the victims knew each other, and they had nothing in common. The perpetrator had to be someone they felt safe with. He probably dressed as a public employee. Someone from the electric company, the cable company, the water company. But the victims didn't share any of these services. Two of them used the same electric company, but one of the victims lived in a house where all the utilities were paid for by the owner. True, the killer could have changed uniforms, but Kaely didn't think so.

This was an organized killer, but there was also an odd randomness involved. He planned his murders, which showed organization, but it was clear he wasn't certain when people might be home and within his reach. One of the murders happened when a victim had taken the day off to drive his mother to the doctor. It had been a last-minute decision. The killer couldn't have known.

"Your MO is the same, but what is your signature?" she whispered to the man sitting across from her, making sure she couldn't be overheard by others around her. "What is it that drives you to kill?"

There was no response from her dinner companion.

As she carefully flipped through the file page by page, a waitress brought her food. Kaely quickly gathered the pictures together and closed the file so the young woman wouldn't see images that would shock her. When Kaely began training as part of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit, referred to as the BAU, they horrified her too. Now they were just clues to a puzzle. It wasn't that she didn't care about the victims — she did. But this was the only way she could do her job. She worked for the victims. Getting justice was her way of caring. Allowing herself to fall apart wouldn't help anyone. Eventually, she learned how to build a wall of protection around herself and her emotions. Sometimes the wall cracked, but she'd always found a way to repair the breach.

Kaely thanked her waitress and took a bite of the salmon. Delicious, as always. After the waitress left, her companion picked up a soup spoon and began eating, slurping, making a mess.

"You're not refined," she said quietly to him. "Simple, really. Whatever it is that motivates you is simple too. Nothing complicated."

As he continued to gulp his soup, she realized he lived a very basic life. Unpretentious. A small apartment or boardinghouse. He owned an older car but probably kept it clean. Didn't throw trash around. Didn't like mess. She quickly wrote her thoughts down on her notepad. She wanted to stop. Wait until she was home to finish her "interview," but she felt compelled to finish. As if she had no choice but to keep going until she got the answer.

The waitress returned to refill her glass. "Sorry. I won't bother you again for a while. I can see you're working."

"You're fine," Kaely said. "Don't worry about it."

The waitress smiled and walked over to another table. Kaely overheard the woman at the table ask, "Could I have a doggie bag, please?"

"Of course, ma'am," the waitress said as she picked up some of the dishes on the table. "I'll bring it right out."

Kaely started to take another bite of her salmon. But before she could lift her fork, she froze. That was it. She dropped the fork and began looking through the file again. Finding the medical examiner's report, she went through it carefully. Then she reread the crime-scene investigator's notes. Sure enough, it was all there.

Finally, she began to shuffle through all the interviews. Friends, family, neighbors. Little by little, everything became clear. Kaely stared across the table.

A man sat there. Medium build, dumpy, in his early thirties. Blond hair, crooked teeth, wearing a T-shirt with writing on it.

"There you are," Kaely said with a smile.

"It isn't me," the man replied, onion soup dribbling down his T-shirt, which had a picture of a panda and the words Caring for Animals Isn't What I Do. It's Who I Am.

"Seriously?" Kaely said with a sigh.

She pulled a cell phone out of her purse. "Solomon?" she said when he answered. "I have something for you on that Nashville case." She listened for a moment. "I'm going to give you the profile, but I'm also going to tell you the name of Nashville's UNSUB."


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scary, and yet, her skills of reminding me how God is always near keep me reading to the end. Total suspense in a unique way
TrixiO More than 1 year ago
First off, I must confess that I have a few other books by Nancy Mehl sitting on my shelf unread. It's not due to lack of interest, but a case of way too many books and way too little reading time! I've often fantasized I could clone myself just to get more reading in! That being said, I wished I wouldn't have waited this long to discover her writing because this book was beyond my expectations! I've read a LOT of suspense in a LOT of various topics & subjects written in this genre, however, the combination of thriller/psychological angle added an extra layer that had me hooked from the start. It's just like the title conveys, a definite mind game for both the reader and Kaely Quinn. Step into her world and it's as if you've stepped into a whole other dimension where the game of cat and mouse has dangerous & fatal consequences! Kaely's character was excellently portrayed; she's smart as a whip, excels in her job as an FBI behavioral analyst, and has a natural knack for reading people. She's what I would call a slayer of human monsters; those who kill without remorse or thought for life. The killer who has a personal vendetta against her wants to trip her up, make her doubt her abilities and mete out revenge for some unknown crime committed against him. She's desperately racing against time to save not only herself but those who are victims in a sick & twisted poem the killer writes just for her. With the help of special agent Noah Hunter as lead, can they stop this reign of terror and bring the psycho to justice before its too late? Like I said, this exceeded my expectations! I had an inkling of who might be behind it all about halfway through, but not until the very end did I find out if I was correct or not. Mehl throws in a lot of twists and turns to throw off the reader. The only thing I was a little disappointed in, there wasn't a lot of romance in the story. It was hinted at, and subtly under the surface, but it never fully developed. I love romantic suspense and watching the hero and heroine falling in love in the midst of danger. In spite of this, it didn't deter my enjoyment of the story. And I get to look forward to the second book where we revisit both Kaely and Noah, so there's hope for romance yet! A definite page turner and a thrilling mind game all through the pages, I honestly couldn't put this down. She hooked me from the start and never let up on the tension throughout. I really love an author who can stump you and keep you guessing until the very end. *I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House and was under no obligation to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own. *
auditor2 5 months ago
Kaely Quinn's talents as an FBI behavior analyst are impossible to ignore, no matter how unorthodox her methods. But when a reporter outs her as the daughter of an infamous serial killer, she's demoted to field agent and transferred to St. Louis. Then a poem is received and a task force is set up to prevent her murder. This is one intense book. My book club selected it for their August read and it is a bit outside their norm. But you can certainly tell the author did a lot of research for writing the book. And then view we got of BAU ovations was far more in depth than what you get on the television shows. Also, there were a lot of Christian aspects to the book. And despite the fact that Noah had not become converted in this book, there are more books in the series. So, we shouldn’t give up. And I will definitely have to finish the series.
train_lady 10 months ago
What a fantastic book! I can hardly wait for the next book in the series. I will say that Kaely is a very quirky person, but I get how she thinks, and it works for her. If there was a way this could be produced as a Hallmark Mystery, it would be a sure winner. Ms Mehl is good at dropping clues, and I was right there with the team trying to solve the mystery. I will admit the person I thought it was, wasn't the UNSUB. The way the team, especially Kaely and Noah, worked together was good to see. This is the kind of mystery I really love. Bring on more like it, Ms Mehl!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ConsultingWriter More than 1 year ago
I’m a big fan of mysteries, having grown up reading Doyle stories. The author was obviously inspired by characters such as Holmes and Poirot. The funny thing is that I’d run across one reviewer saying the author pulled the murderer out of nowhere. Why is this so amusing? Because as soon as the author introduced the character, I knew who the murder was. Perhaps I’ve read too many mysteries. That said, it in no way distracted from the story or left me disappointed. There were various red herrings throughout the novel. I appreciate this because it will keep the reader guessing. This is a Christian novel and the author holds back nothing when it comes to sharing her faith. I don’t believe it’s overdone, but I suppose some readers might. There is some romance, despite the main character’s previous partner having left due to a failed romance. I wasn’t so much interested in this aspect of the story. But the murders, the killer, and the main character’s back story were an interesting read. There was a whole lot of back story that could be a completely separate book. I didn’t think it interrupted Mind Games. Perhaps it might have taken some of the mystery away from Kaley? One thing I did notice was that there was a lot of telling and not as much showing. As a writer, I’ve been made aware that I do that myself so as I read this novel, it started to become more and more obvious. If the reader can ignore this (like I did), the main plot is good. The detective work of the murders is interesting. Overall this is a good read and I recommended it for mystery/thriller/suspense fans. I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House publisher. This review and the honest opinions therein are my own.
GrandmaKaye More than 1 year ago
Although she may have some continuing emotional problems, the heroine Kaely Quinn has built a productive life for herself, in spite of her family history. Kaely doesn’t have many friends or colleagues whom she really trusts, but several FBI Special Agents play major roles in this exciting mystery. In Mind Games, Nancy Mehl’s excellent writing kept me reading until the very end to figure out who the murderer actually was. With a large cast of characters of diverse personalities, realistic quirks, and a variety of skills and intelligence, this author kept my interest from the beginning through the last page. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mind Games, and recommend it highly. I look forward to more novels about Kaely Quinn, Profiler. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
Nancy Mehl has definitely upped her supsense game with the release of Mind Games. I've read several of Nancy's previous novels and really enjoyed them. Something about this book just goes to the next level. I'm not sure if it's the subject matter or just the evolving skills of the writer but it captured my attention and held it like none of the others have. With this new series we also get a new heroine. Her name is Kaely Quinn and she's an FBI Behavioral Analyst. She's also the daughter of a notorious serial killer. Obviously Kaely has chosen this career to right some wrongs but as you'll find out her motives go deeper than that. She is a character that is not only believable but likeable as well. Nancy's writing allows us to see her from both her professional side and her personal side. I think I'm like most suspense readers in that I love to try to figure out the killer before the story reveals it. About mid-way through I knew I had it. But then there were some very believable red herrings thrown in that I fell for. I began to doubt my assumptions and waffled back and forth. The fun part is that my original guess turned out right . . . but I wouldn't have voted for that if I had to. To me that is the sign of a wonderfully written tale. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment that will be released later this year. If this first book is any indication, it's going to be a thrilling series. There's a little bit of romance thrown in that I look forward to seeing develop further. If romantic suspense is your interest then I recommend you pick this book up. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
DarleneLTurner More than 1 year ago
FBI Behavioral Analyst Kaely Quinn is the most sought-after profiler the FBI has seen, but she has an intriguing past—one that she fights to put behind her. Plus, her techniques to create a profile are unique, disturbing, and unheard of. However, she gets results. When a new case is thrust upon her, she must face her past and solve the riddle the UNSUB has created before the next victim is taken. Special Agent Noah Hunter is put in charge of the Elephant killer case and has to work with the controversial profiler, Kaely Quinn. This mystery is the most confusing one he’s tackled and they’re running out of time. Kaely’s life is in danger and he must solve the killer’s next move to save her. Mind Games is the first novel I’ve read by Nancy Mehl and I must say I’m now a fan! This book had me from the first page. It’s dark and creepy but intriguing. The plot will have you guessing until the end and also trying to figure out the mysterious poem the killer has penned. The characters are interesting and come to life on the page. Kaely is mysterious and will keep you on the edge of your seat. The reader will cheer for her and also hold their breath as the killer lurks close by. Noah is the protector every woman wants. The ending will give you goosebumps and make you think long into the night! I can’t wait for the next book in the series, Fire Storm, coming in August. I give Mind Games four stars. This is one book you might want to read with the light on! **Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a book! To begin with, I was creeped out in the prologue, but it never ended. This was such a good book because as I read, I was getting to know Kaely Quinn, or I was trying to figure out the mystery, or I was just blown away by all the details that went into this amazing book! Another thing that was important to me was that even though it involved crime scenes, murder, and sleuthing, the author kept the book clean and classy- no foul language or overly descriptive scenes offended my sensibilities. Men and women who are fans of suspense and police drama will definitely want to read this book. This one gets five stars from me! I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
What a great way to start off the new year! This book was everything I enjoy - great characters, a mystery that keeps you guessing, and complex relationships. This is book one in the Kaely Quinn Profiler series and I can't wait for the next book in the series. I love the character of Kaely as she is extremely fastidious and logical about everything which makes her a great profiler. She is able to see things that other people don't and figure out the unsub's in her cases quicker than other agents. She doesn't let emotions distract her and yet you can tell she is a very caring person. Her background is rather sad and it is the basis for the latest crimes. Her father is a serial killer and there are some that think she knew all along, even though she was a child. Family members and victim's families are angry and she's not sure which one is behind the vicious crimes that are happening. This case is one of the hardest for her because it's so personal. I really love how Nancy Mehl weaves the faith of the characters so brilliantly throughout the story. She also has one character who is skeptical and handles this in a realistic way. The faith of the believers in the story is so well written and not contrived. The ending was a real surprise and it was so nice to read a mystery where I didn't figure out "who done it" until the author revealed it. I so enjoyed seeing the relationships between Kaely, Alex and Noah as they were complex and interesting. As FBI agents, Alex and Noah are very believable and I enjoyed their interaction with Kaely and each other. This is a great book! I enjoyed each and every page and it was so hard to put down. If you enjoy a good mystery and a wonderful story, you'll love this book! I highly recommend it and give it 5 out of 5 stars. *This book was provided to me by Bethany House. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
The character Kaely Quinn is complex and psychologically frightening. Having been the daughter of a pathalogical serial killer and bearing the brunt of that association as it shapes her own life she is mentally convoluted. She is not inept socially but she is definitely a different sort of person. This ably suits her to discover the identity of serial killers as an agent of the FBI. Being targeted by a new threat from a serial killer that includes her as the end target, she and a team of agents pursue the daunting task of discovering the mind of this monster as he, or she, goes on a spree of killing fulfilling the lines of the poem predicting his actions. The suspense builds as several likely individuals are identified as probable murderers keeping the reader in suspense as Kaely Quinn's life is threatened. Again, Nancy Mehl has written a highly readable suspense novel with primary characters whose faith leads them through their days and decisions. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine alone and are freely given.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mind Games by Nancy Mehl is one of the best suspense novels I have read this year. This is such an interesting premise: A profiler who is the target of a serial killer. It will definitely keep you on your toes. Nancy Mehl is truly playing “Mind Games” with the reader. It made me sit back and say “WOW”! I wanted to read this book about Kaely Quinn because it takes place in St. Louis, where I lived for twenty years. This is familiar territory for me but the story is completely unique! The twists and turns of the case make it a real page turner. Excellent research makes this novel feel very authentic. And the writing style is so effortless, it puts you right there with Kaely every step of the way. The faith thread is the “bones” of the story because Kaely truly relies on God through all the difficulties. Yet Ms. Mehl portrays her as a flawed person who is functioning well at her job as an FBI profiler. The supporting characters were very well-drawn and pique my interest into what is in store for the next book. Without being a cliff-hanger, you know there is much more in store for Kaely Quinn. If suspense is your go-to genre you won’t want to miss this intriguing book by Nancy Mehl. *I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* Paula Shreckhise
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I devoured this book. I can’t remember the last time I read a book so fast. This is probably the best Nancy Mehl book I have read. I am so happy this is a series and we get to be with these characters more. Nancy had me guessing the whole time until the moment of reveal. She had so many plausible suspects. Faith was woven in seamlessly without seeming forced and there was even a time of miraculous intervention, I loved that Nancy had that as part of her story. If you love suspense this is MUST read. I can’t wait for the next one. A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.
magnificentk More than 1 year ago
For fans of psychological thrillers: the name of the book rings true. The intricate plot plays with your mind and you’ll still be thinking about the book long after you finish it. The chase for a serial killer is on, but Kaley Quinn’s method of investigation is unique. Now she’s the target and teams up with FBI agent Noah Hunter to try to get one step ahead of the killer by solving twisted riddles. So many red herrings and plot twists, you’ll be guessing who the killer is until the last page. You’ll suspect every character in the book by the end. The story is intense and the intrigue pulls you in. This is definitely a page-turner that you won't want to put down. I received an ebook review copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Pooke More than 1 year ago
Race with a Murderer! A serial killer is planning on murdering people, and has sent a sinister poem about it to the local newspaper. The ultimate target is Kaely Quinn, a Behavioral Analyst for the FBI, the best profiler they have. But the stalker is saving her death for the very end. He has put very convoluted clues in the poem about the killings he plans to commit. Each one is a re-creation of a murder investigation in which Kaely was involved. But she has been a part of so many, and the clues are very vague so it is difficult to pinpoint what he is doing next. Kaely has two very unusual traits. First, she is a very dedicated Christian, and secondly, she is the daughter of a notorious stalker. Her method of identifying stalkers, along with her unshakable belief that God helps her as well, have caused her to live the life of a loner. This expertise has prompted jealously among her peers who treat her as an outcast and ridicule her. She seems almost physic, but she is not. You will be kept on your toes while reading this because there are a number of people that could be the stalker. The author does a good job keeping the reader in suspense about who the guilty one is—or if Kaely will survive. I wasn’t sure who did it until the very end. Kaely gives a very good explanation of how she came to faith, and why she is convinced God exists. Be warned, since this book is about killings, there are some descriptions of the way the victims die. It is not as detailed and graphic as secular media, but there is a certain amount of detail. Keeping that in mind, I would recommend this 5-star book to those who like intense thrillers. Bethany House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Mind Games, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
PTBradley More than 1 year ago
Nancy Mehl had me on the edge of my chair from the get-go. I loved the way she opened the book with Kaley Quinn interviewing a fantasy but real serial killer. There are so many twists and turns to the story that will keep you glued to the page. Kaley is likable and so competent. I want to be Kaley Quinn! And Special Agent Noah Hunter. The name alone is enough to make a girl’s heart speed up. And it does make Kaley’s heart beat faster, but she’s so determined not to fall in love…you know she will…eventually. But will it be with Hunter? Guess I’ll have to wait for the next book to find out. Or maybe the next one. I can’t wait for the next book! I received a copy of Mind Games from the publisher, but I'll be buying a copy for my sister. My opinion of the book was not influenced in any way. I just loved it.
Librarycataloger More than 1 year ago
I must admit that my limited knowledge of criminal profiling has been gained from watching Criminal Minds on TV so this book has been an enlightening reading experience. I was drawn into this story from the very beginning and the poem that the killer sent to Kaely was certainly a unique way to keep her (and me!) guessing! Kaely Quinn is an extremely fascinating character and part of the suspense in this story revolves around Kaely and her unusual method of finding the criminal. Kaely's traumatic experience when she was very young has left her with very few people that she can trust and she has very few close relationships. Her former FBI partner Adam fell in love with her and this ended their partnership and now her new partner Noah seems to be going down the same path. I am anxious to read the second book in this series to see if there is a romance waiting to be explored or if this partnership will also be jeopardized. Mind Games has taught me so many interesting facts about the FBI and the way that they solve their cases and I have a new admiration for these men and womem who work to not only solve crimes but to prevent them from ever happening. I have also been reminded of the troubled society that we now live in and of the need to believe in and trust in a Higher Being. Kaely knows God personally and we witness it throughout this book in her thoughts and her actions. In one instance, as Kaely rushes to solve the poem and prevent another death, she asks God for help. "Lord," Kaely prayed out loud, "please show me whatver it is I need to see. Deliver me from these awful dreams. And give me insight into whoever wrote that poem. Help us to stop him before he kills again. Thanks." And as Kaely and Noah work together, Noah begins to wonder about his own relationship with God. Yes, Mind Games is faith-based but it isn't overly preachy. I can only imagine how much time and research went into writing this book and I applaud Nancy Mehl for her efforts. I recommend Mind Games to anyone who loves suspense and mystery mixed with a touch of romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and I voluntarily chose to write this review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.)
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Read this book at night...if you dare... When I started Mind Games I was expecting the usual romantic suspense fare, something that I absolutely love, as this was the first book that I've read by Nancy Mehl. I was wrong. Boy, was I wrong! What I got was a taut thriller with such depth of psychological drama that it fairly hummed on the page. Dark and riveting, readers get the chance to go with Kaely as she delves into the mind of a serial killer. Which is a bit of an uncomfortable place to be, even when it's only on the printed page and you are safe at home in your own living room. To say that I had a hard time putting Mind Games down would be an understatement. Saying I was glued to the page wouldn't do it justice. I've read literally hundreds of suspense books over the years and I have to say that I've not run into one quite like this one before. The closest would probably be Brandilyn Collins. The heroine is just not what you EXPECT which keeps the hero, and readers, a little off balance. I loved it! Nancy Mehl kept me guessing from beginning to the end. I've read and watched, even listened to, so many suspense and mystery stories that I've gotten fairly good at identifying the killer(s), sometimes within a few minutes. This time I had 3 strong suspects and 1 lesser, and, while it was 1 of the main 3 and the one my mind kept going back to every so once in awhile, Nancy Mehl really did play Mind Games with readers in the getting there. I can honestly say that I am really looking forward to reading the next Kaely Quinn Profiler book and that I just can't wait for it to release! (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
Mind Games by Nancy Mehl was amazing. This is the first in her new series, Kaely Quinn Profiler, and I was hooked from page one. This book rivals Dee Henderson novels with multiple, twisting plots, complicated characters and layer upon layer of suspense and mystery. While I didn’t finish it in one sitting (I would have loved to), I thought about this book all night long and couldn’t wait to pick it up again in the morning. I can’t wait to read the second in the series and hope it doesn’t take too long to come out. This is a series that I could read from start to finish without a break in between and wish I had the opportunity to do just that. The storyline pulled me in, the deep characters hooked me and I couldn’t wait to see how the author brought it all together. Highly recommend. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher but was not obligated to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I am so impressed with this book! I thought that the premise for Mind Games sounded interesting, however they way the author crafted the storyline of this novel made it far exceed my expectations. It is really unlike any other book I have read. I liked the main characters, Kaely and Noah, and found that they worked well together. I was also intrigued by various side characters in the story. I absolutely loved the way that Kaely’s mind worked. It was impressive to see how her train of thought progressed through the various options to come to the correct conclusion. The suspense and tension of trying to figure out who the mastermind was behind the killings really propelled the story and lead to a superb ending that has me anxiously awaiting book two in the series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
RockandMinerals4Him More than 1 year ago
This book is on the level of an Agatha Christie novel . . . but a GOOD Agatha Christie Novel. Kaely, the daughter of a serial killer, is an FBI agent with an unorthodox method, but is VERY good at her job. When she receives a poem predicting a string of murders, she is determined to stop a potential serial killer from achieving their goal. This book covers it all: fast action, suspense, a touch of romance, wonderfully written characters, psychoanalysis, faith, and a bit of banter. I didn't expect such a well thought out mystery aspect to this book: a lot of times, Christian fiction is more focused on the romance and the Christian "fluff" than an actual plotline, but this one is an exception. The storyline is strong all the way through (I read this in a day . . . AT COLLEGE . . . the week before finals--I literally couldn't stop until I finished the book) and it is amazing. The mystery is truly strong in this one . . . AND the plot twist at the end was STUNNING. also that little sentence at the end about the cat CREEPED. ME. OUT. You'd think a book about a serial killer and murders would do me in, but THE CAT. This is the first book by Mehl I've read (I've been meaning to read some of her other work, but this is the first I've read, it being Book 1 in a series), and I've heard that it's the best one . . . which makes me a little sad for her other books, but I'm definitely going to check the rest of them out! So if you haven't read this one yet and like mystery/suspense, definitely check this one out! It's one that will not disappoint. My Rating- 10/10 Things Liked- -Kaely!!! She was such a well defined character, and the character development was REAL -Very little romance! -SUCH A WELL WRITTEN MYSTERY -THE PLOT TWIST -Talk about God . . . but woven in and not preachy Things Disliked- -There ARE murders and stuff described . . . buuuuut then, it's literally a book about a serial killer SO Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review; I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. This book review first appeared on- https://losingthebusyness.wordpress.com/2018/12/05/book-review-mind-games-by-nancy-mehl-blogmas-2018-day-5/
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
The author has really outdone herself with this book. I have never been so engrossed in a story like this one. The title is perfect because the story is gritty, intriguing, heart pounding, and filled with deceit and unimaginable mind games that can give you nightmares. I have to put this author at the top of my list as favorite mystery writer. Kaely is a very high tech, super smart woman who has a gift of discernment. Her savvy attitude drew me in right away. I could sit with her for hours and watch her as she deciphers clues. Someone is out there taunting her with a cryptic poem which will lead to untimely deaths if Kaely can't catch them in time. The brilliance of the writing is so powerful I am in awe of how creepy the character who is taunting her gets. She is not liked by some on her team in the Behavioral Analyst Unit. It made me think of the show Criminal Minds and this book would make a perfect story for the show. I loved the background on Kaely and especially who her father was. That was a very pivotal part of the story and the author used it seamlessly to weave it throughout the book. There is a Christian element to the story that I found very tasteful and perfect as a addition to the story. Why does God let bad things happen? That's a question Kaely is asked by her partner. The way she answers the question is well done and shows her trust in God. Kaely is fighting an enemy that thinks they have the upper hand, but Kaely is very determined and has a mind that looks past the obvious. I was extremely surprised by who the serial killer was and the author had me guessing throughout the story. It is non stop action with a battle of wits mixed with a powerful good vs evil quality to it. Hold on for a bumpy and psychological ride where you don't know when the next strike of the enemy will happen. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
I have read several books by Nancy Mehl, and Mind Games is the best yet! Romantic suspense is a genre of Christian fiction that I really enjoy, so I was anxious to give this one a try. Imagine the basic premise of an episode of Criminal Minds or something similar on TV . . . but with a profiler who is much "quirkier." Kaely Quinn is a character you can't help but get interested in from the very beginning, and you just never know what she might come up with, or how she might do it. This "who-dun-it" kept me guessing up to the very end, making it really hard to put the book down. There are some elements of romance in the story, but suspense really carries the weight. I highly recommend this book and am anxious to see where Nancy Mehl takes her readers -- and Kaely -- in the next installment. Thanks to Celebrate Lit for providing a copy of the book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.