Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Review: Cold Threat by Nancy Mehl

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  The second in a series and before I proceed, I absolutely suggest starting with book one in this series as there is a lot of character development for River and Tony in book one that is necessary to understand the happenings in book two.  

For book two, I was so glad I read it during the cold month of January and highly suggest reading it now OR holding it for next year during the holiday season as it had perfect wintry vibes.  River and Tony head to his parent's house to help his dad who is still in law enforcement with a serial killer that has moved from Des Moines to Burlington and at the beginning there seems to be no ties from one victim to another.  

Another book by Nancy Mehl where the pacing was just so spot on.  The way the author drops the hints and the action were just so good.  Right when I thought it would pause something is thrown our way and I was honestly gasping out loud on an airplane!  Although there was one moment where I predicted something, but it was still satisfying to be right and to see the story go there (sorry vague, can't spoil!)

As I stated yesterday, this book also had strong Christian fiction themes running throughout the book.  It fit with the character of River and Tony, but even still for me it was distracting from the mystery.  The mystery is still good and I will read the next one, but just needed to share.  

I am excited that we don't have to wait too long for book three to arrive,  as it will be here this summer!


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Partner in Crime Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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