Thursday, February 29, 2024

Cold Threat By Nancy Mehl

Cold Threat
by Nancy Mehl
Publisher: Bethany House
Series: Ryland + St. Clair
ISBN: 9781493445240

Who doesn't love a good suspense novel? I really enjoy this author's writing and her series! She's even going to be our book club author for March! She sent me her book for review.


Twenty years ago, several people were murdered in Des Moines, and the only evidence left behind was a snowman ornament hanging on a tree on their front lawns. With a suspect behind bars, the killings have come to an end--or so everyone thought. But now crimes with a similar MO are happening in a small Iowa town, and a local detective believes the killer is back and ready to strike again.

With little time on the clock before they have another murder on their hands, private investigators River Ryland and Tony St. Clair must work alongside Tony's father to find evidence that will uncover an evil that has survived for far too long. As the danger mounts and the suspect closes in, it will take all they have to catch a killer--before he catches one of them.

My Review:

Wow, Cold Threat was such a nail biter! Book one in this series reminded me a lot of the author's The Quantico Files series. This one really stood out on its own!

River and Tony head to Iowa to help his dad solve a cold case while still trying to figure out who the Strangler's partner is. The same one that seems intent on taking out River. Needless to say, that partner is never far from River's mind.

As they begin to untangle the mystery of whether or not the same person is responsible for the new crimes being done where his father lives, they still have to deal with the Strangler's partner threatening River. Being with Tony's family while trying to figure the new crimes out adds a whole layer of stress neither of them was prepared for.

River is dealing with a lot: her past, her mom's health & their fractured relationship, her absent father wanting back into their lives, her "relationship" with Tony, and her fragile faith. I can tell you, you can feel her struggle in each situation. It's so wonderful when Tony comes alongside her to encourage her and speak Truth to her.

I'll admit there was a bit of a creep factor with the crimes. Reading as it all unfolded and as they started to connect the dots, came with a lot of twists and turns. I had no clue who cold be behind those crimes until almost the end!

The faith in this story... let me tell you! It's strong and beautiful! I'm so grateful when author's make faith, a struggle with faith, and/or a growing faith as a major part of a character's growth. It was so well done in this story and I loved it!

I'm really looking forward to book three!

About the Author:

Nancy Mehl ( is the author of more than fifty books, a Parable and ECPA bestseller, and the winner of an ACFW Book of the Year Award, a Carol Award, and the Daphne du Maurier Award. She has also been a finalist for the Christy Award. Nancy writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their puggle, Watson.


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