January 12, 2018

Review Catch Up Marathon!: Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl

Bethany House; 320 pages; $15.99; Amazon
It's been a busy 24 hours for me. I meant to have this review written and posted last night, but I ended watching the movie "The Foreigner" instead. Instead of procrastinating (again), here I am writing my review for the mystery-thriller Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl. It's the second book in the Defenders of Justice series. I had reviewed the first book, Fatal Frost, yesterday. You can read my review here!

Dark Deception centers a woman named Kate O'Brien, who has been living in Shelter Cove, Arkansas. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by a serial killer. Her sister was murdered, but she survived. The killer was caught, tried, and sentenced to prison. Kate's life has never been the same. Not only did she lost her sister, but she also had to leave behind her entire life and join the witness protection.

Suddenly new evidence comes forward that suggests the man who was sent to prison wasn't the real killer, which means Kate will have to come out of hiding and testify in court again.

Tony DeLuca is assigned to escort her back to St. Louis. He's the same deputy marshal who protected her during the original trial. Tony is excited about his new assignment, as he has romantic feelings for Kate. Of course this is supposed to be a thriller, so there isn't too much time for romance, as he must protect Kate from an unexpected threat.

Final Thoughts

Nancy Mehl is hands down an incredible writer! She's great at writing intriguing characters, suspenseful plots, and imaginative descriptions. I read the first two books in the series back-to-back this week; well, not exactly back-to-back. I read Fatal Frost Wednesday night and then I read Dark Deception yesterday morning.

Overall, I loved reading Dark Deception. I liked both Kate and Tony (aka, the main characters). The plot is well-written with plenty of twists-and-turns. I highly recommend the book to mystery readers, as well as the first book in the series, Fatal Frost!

*Note - I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Nancy Mehl is the author of twenty-two books, including Road To Kingdom and Finding Sanctuary series, and a 2015 finalist for RT Book Reviews' Reviewers' Choice Award. 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.

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