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Criminal Minds, without the buzzing flies

Every so often, my husband likes to watch Criminal Minds, a crime drama about people who profile serial killers and the like. It’s really an interesting show and I enjoy the friendships and banter among the main characters, as well as how they put all the puzzle pieces together and find the creeps. BUT there’s the “ick” factor too, so I know if I hear buzzing flies I should most definitely not look. I haven’t seen too many crime dramas show up in the Christian fiction realm, so I quickly signed up for this one. I was absolutely NOT disappointed. And here’s ….

About the BookMind-games-194x300

Book: Mind Games

Author: Nancy Mehl

Genre: Suspense

Release Date: December, 2018

Publisher: Bethany House

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 are tested to their limits to catch the murderer before anyone else, including Kaely, is killed.

My Thoughts

VERY happily I can say, 5 stars or more!!!! I really enjoyed this book, Kaely was a very interesting leading lady. When you read, you do have to keep her background in mind, her painful experiences, as she found out her seemingly good Dad was a psycho. And then later, betrayal by people she knew and worked with, because she has a unique way of profiling. She is very damaged goods, trying to trust in God, leaning on the Lord and going through healing processes, knowing it all happens in God’s timing. And extra points for not making it a romance. That was very refreshing.

This story is great for people who like an intense story line and don’t mind a bit of darkness. There is no gore or ugly descriptions, but there is mention of things that people who do work in this field encounter, which could be uncomfortable for people who are more used to fuzzy romances and Amish fiction. But if you are willing to step out of your comfort zone and give another genre a try .. then definitely, this is a worthy one to break the ice.

The spiritual discussion was good too. Kaely was great in her description of why she as a logical thinking, all business woman believes in God and the Bible and in salvation through Jesus Christ. The author did not write Kaely’s dialog in a preachy way, it was clear, concise and natural.

There was nothing cheesy or eye roll inducing either. The writer has a very good style. At first, it bothered me, because everything was in very short, clear sentences. Even though it was not written first person, I almost felt I was reading something Kaely or one of her co-workers wrote, because it had that short, staccato rhythm that is often associated with the way FBI agents or people in the justice system are portrayed in movies and on TV.

And for anyone who knows me and my love for cats … I did feel badly for her little lonely kitty.

Disclaimer: I received this as a gift, I am under no obligation to provide a review and receive no compensation for it, other than a really good read.

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About the AuthorNancy-Mehl-200x300

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.

Guest Post from Nancy

Writing Mind Games is a dream come true. I’ve been interested in FBI profiling for years. I’ve read about it, studied it, and watched every TV special I could find on the subject. So when the chance finally came to write the book I’ve always wanted to write, I jumped at it. Thankfully, through the help of another writer, I was hooked up with a retired FBI profiler. I was so excited. Until I found out I had almost everything wrong. Yes, I had some understanding about profiling, but I knew nothing about the FBI and how it works.

First of all, the FBI doesn’t call the men and women who profile criminals, profilers. They’re called Behavioral Analysts. The plot for Mind Games had my analyst running around the country solving crimes while she was stationed in St. Louis. Uh, no. Behavioral analysts do travel, but they all work out of Quantico in Virginia. So…I rewrote.

There were ways around my conundrum, but one solution led to more and more problems. We finally worked through them. Then I spent the next few months learning acronyms. CIRG, CJIS, NCAVC, HRT, UNSUB, CNU, THU, ViCap, CODIS, SWAT, ERTU, OPU, THRU, ERT… Well, the list goes on and on. The FBI is made up of many specialized units. And a plethora of acronyms, it seems.

I rewrote Mind Games three times before my source said we were good to go.

If you assume I’m out of the woods now, you’d be wrong. I haven’t had the nerve to open up the manuscript I sent her for book two in my Kaely Quinn Profiler series. I figured I had Fire Storm right but… Well, I can tell from her email comments I’ll be doing more rewriting. Sigh.

So is it worth it? A resounding yes! I love learning, and as long as my analyst friend hangs in with me (she has the patience of Job), I’ll keep at it.

I hope you enjoy Mind Games. It’s edgy but fun. Kaely Quinn is a quirky character. She was thrown out of Quantico because her version of profiling is… Well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out!

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To celebrate her tour, Nancy is giving away a grand prize of a copy of Mind Games and the three books in Nancy’s Defenders of Justice series, plus a $20 Starbucks gift card!

Two additional winners will also receive a copy of Mind Games!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Click HERE to enter.

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