Dark Deception: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

Dark Deception Nancy Mehl

Dark Deception – Too Dark for Me

I was so excited to receive a copy of Nancy Mehl’s newest release, Dark Deception. It is the second in her Defenders of Justice series, and I really liked her first novel (Fatal Frost) in the series (see my review here.) I wanted to like it, but it was really just too dark for me.

Dark Deception follows Katie O’Brien, a survivor of a tormented serial killer that killed her twin sister. She’s in the witness protection program and deputy U.S. Marshal Tony DeLuca has vowed to keep her safe at all costs. When it looks as if the killer may go free, Katie is called upon to testify. But will she get that opportunity? Can Tony keep Katie safe? Will more have to die before this is resolved?

I was given Dark Deception in exchange for my honest review. It was very bleak. To be in the mind of a killer is not a place I like to be. There was a lot of focus on the actual killings. I think the point could have come across without so much gore. There were several redemptive characters, and Mehl did a good job of intertwining faith and God into the storyline without being preachy. The book can be read as a stand-alone, but characters from Book One are mentioned and it may be confusing to a first-time reader. Additionally, there were a LOT of moving parts. I understand this is a mystery, but there were almost too many characters to keep track of. I’m a fan of Nancy Mehl’s, but Dark Deception is not my favorite.


Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!


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Fatal Frost: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

Fatal Frost – A Chilling Thriller

Fatal FrostWell, Nancy Mehl has gone and done it now! I’ve been in my happy place with her previous writings – what I call Mehl Mennonite Mysteries. If you haven’t read them (the Road to Kingdom and Finding Sanctuary series), then by all means get crack-a-lackin’! That being said, I’ve now entered a new phase thanks to Mehl: Crime and Suspense thrillers! And (shh)…I like it! Mehl’s latest novel, Fatal Frost (first in her Defenders of Justice series) will leave you on the edge of your seat, turning page after page late into the night!

Fatal Frost follows U.S. Marshal Mercy Brennan, who is recovering from being shot in the line of duty. Her cop-dad has never been a shining example in her life. So when he comes back around after her injury, she’s less than enthused. Little does she know, being around her dad now exposes her to a vicious gang…and she is in grave danger. Mercy’s boss tasks fellow Deputy U.S. Marshal (and ex-boyfriend), Mark. St. John with getting Mercy to safety…during one of the worst ice storms their area has ever seen. Much is in jeopardy – and who can be trusted is unclear. Will they make it? Read and find out!

I was given Fatal Frost in exchange for my honest review and I found it riveting. The characters are realistic, engaging, and worth cheering for. And the bad guys? Well, Nancy Mehl has done her job: They are complex…and you certainly do not want them to win! Mehl looks to be off to a great start with this new series, and I cannot wait for Book Two!


Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!

Deadly Echoes – A Gripping Read – Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

Deadly EchoesOften times when an author has had a hit with his or her first book in a series, there is a bit of a letdown when the subsequent novels release.  They just are not up-to-par with the first and the reader is found wanting more.  When I received Deadly Echoes, Nancy Mehl’s second novel in her Finding Sanctuary series, I thought it would be hard for her to keep pace after such a wonderful kickoff with Book One, Gathering Shadows.  I need not have worried.  Mehl delivers yet another smash hit with Deadly Echoes.  One warning though: be prepared to lose some sleep.

Deadly Echoes tells the story of Sarah Miller, the school teacher of the small town of Sanctuary.  She is happy and content with her small-town life…until she receives word that her sister, Hannah, has been killed.  With the help of Deputy Sherriff Paul Gleason, they start to uncover details of Hannah’s death that are ominously similar to her parents’ murder.  As they get closer to the truth, the more danger both they and Hannah’s 10-year old daughter are in.

I was given Deadly Echoes in exchange for my honest review.  It is a phenomenal read.  Mehl expertly crafts each character with precision and finesse.  I do not recommend it be read as a stand-alone, as there are too many references to the storylines and characters from Book One (so definitely read Gathering Shadows if you haven’t already.)  Deadly Echoes is chock-full of mystery, suspense, romance – and even a lovely reminder along the way about loving yourself as God loves you.  Deadly Echoes is a real page-turner and a gripping read – be prepared to lose some sleep as you read late into the night!

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Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!