Thursday, January 3, 2019

Book Review - Mind Games by Nancy Mehl


FBI Behavioral Analyst Kaely Quinn's methods may be highly unorthodox, but her talent is undeniable. She's done her best to establish a new life for herself after being demoted and transferred to St. Louis when a reporter revealed she's the daughter of an infamous serial killer. But when that same reporter claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders, ending with Kaely's, it seems her old life has followed her.

When a body is found that fits the poem's morbid predictions, Kaely and her new partner, Special Agent Noah Hunter, are forced to move past his skepticism of her approach and work together to unravel the deadly riddle.

With a brazen serial killer who breaks all the normal patterns on the loose, Noah and Kaely must race to catch the murderer before anyone else, including Kaely, is killed.


Nancy Mehl ( 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:, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook.


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.

Blessings - Julie

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