First Line Fridays #5 – Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl

Hi Readers, Happy Friday! Just wanted to take a quick second to share with you the first line from one of the most fantastic romantic suspense I’ve read in a while, Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl!

The seemingly deserted street was lined with empty houses, their windows as blank and vacant as the eyes of those who had become casualties in St. Louis’s war on heroin.

I know what you are thinking. You’re like “Wow, this first line is a bit intense” and it is. This first line really pulls you into the story and shows you just how bad the crime was in Mercy’s hometown. You can already feel the tension and it just builds from there!

From the Back Cover

Following in her absentee father’s footsteps in a law enforcement career, U.S. Marshal Mercy Brennan has just recovered from being shot in the line of duty. And, unbeknownst to her, her father’s recent reappearance in her life has put her in the sights of St. Louis’s most powerful gang. Her boss assigns Deputy U.S. Marshal Mark St. Laurent–Mercy’s ex-boyfriend–to get her out of town until her safety can be guaranteed. Unaware of the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark, it isn’t until a freak ice storm strands them at a remote location and out of contact with the district office that the full severity of their situation becomes clear. As the storm worsens, the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy to put them in great danger. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive–if help is even coming at all? 

About the Author

Nancy Mehl is the author of 22 books, including the Road to Kingdom and Finding Sanctuary 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. Nancy writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson. Visit to learn more.

What are you reading this week?

I would love for you to join in on the First Line Friday fun by commenting below! Also, don’t forget to check out what other first lines Readers and Bloggers are sharing by heading over to our host blog, Hording Books!

Happy Reading! 😊

14 thoughts on “First Line Fridays #5 – Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl

  1. Happy Friday! Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund. Here I’ll share with you the first line from chapter 4 of the same book.
    “Mercy stood in the long line of tenants waiting for a turn at the water spigot at the back of the building.”

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  2. I will definitely have to check this book out. I love Nancy Mehl novels.

    Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I am sharing the first line from Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter: I am currently on chapter 4, so I will share a line from there.

    “The sun was almost overhead by the time Connor has a moment to breathe.”

    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading! 🤗💚📚

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  3. It definitely sounds intense. 😊 I’m featuring a novel by Crystal L. Barnes on my blog called Husband Hunting. My current read is Prudie’s Mountain Man by Elaine Manders. I’m about to start chapter 5, so I will share the first line from that chapter. “Prudie sneaked a sidelong glance at her intended.” I hope you will enjoy a fantastic weekend!

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  4. Oooo, Nancy’s books frighten me! I’ve never made it past the prologues! I’m currently reading The Reluctant Guardian by Susanne Dietze… “With a furtive pat, Gemma Lyfeld blotted her nerve-damp palms on her white muslin gown.”

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  5. I’ve started reading more Suspense, but this might be too intense for me. 🙂 I’m sharing from Kelly Irvin’s Through the Autumn Air today. Here is the second line:

    “Mary Katherine Ropp stood motionless in the middle of her kitchen, a platter holding a two-layer German chocolate cake covered in whipped cream cheese frosting nestled in her hands.”

    Have a wonderful weekend!


    1. It’s actually not that bad. I don’t like the really scary/creepy/intense books like the one’s written by authors such as Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti, but if you like a good suspense story, I highly recommend this one! If you read it, let me know what you think! Happy Reading 😊

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  6. I don’t think I’ve heard of this one but I’ve read her Mind Games book last year and looking forward to the next in that series 🙂
    Today on my blog I featured A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund which I just finished last night. My next read is going to be Where Hope Begins by Catherine West so I’ll share that first line here: “My husband is leaving me.” I think I’m in for an intense read! Hope you have a wonderful weekend with some quality reading time 🙂

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  7. Happy Weekend! My first line is from “When Love Blossoms: Book 2 of the Kindred Lake Series” by Elaine Stock:

    “Kierra Madden grasped the phone tighter in both disbelief and gratitude.”

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  8. More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer:
    May- 1896- Honey Grove, Texas
    “The council has denied your appeal, Miss Kemp.” Mayor Longfellow delivered the blow with a finality that threatened to buckle Abigail’s knees.
    Loved what I have read from Nancy Mehl.
    Am finishing up The Number of Love by Roseanna White, next is The Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund.

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