Cold Pursuit by Nancy Mehl ~ Book Review

August 5, 2023

About the Book 

Book: Cold Pursuit
Author: Nancy Mehl
Genre: Christian Mystery Thriller
Series: Ryland and St. Clair
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: July 11, 2023

Ex-FBI profiler River Ryland still suffers from PTSD after a case that went horribly wrong. Needing a fresh start, she moves to St. Louis to be near her ailing mother and opens a private investigation firm with her friend and former FBI partner, Tony St. Clair. They're soon approached by a grieving mother who wants them to find out what happened to her teenaged son who disappeared four years ago. River knows there's almost no hope the boy is still alive, but his mother needs closure, and River and Tony need a case, no matter how cold it might be.

But as they follow the boy's trail, which gets more complicated at every turn, they find themselves in the path of a murderer determined to punish anyone who gets in his way. With a killer on the loose set on finishing the job he started, will River be pulled back into her tormented past or finally face the demons that haunt her?

With her trademark blend of page-turning thrills and intricate plots, Nancy Mehl delivers a spine-tingling thriller that will keep readers up all night.

My Thoughts 

I have apparently been living under a rock because this is my first Nancy Mehl book and dare I say I am hooked?! From the very first page you are immediately immersed into the action of the story and it just doesn't let up. 

These characters were no joke. River has gone through some intense trauma in her previous job as an FBI Behavior Analyst which has her changing careers. Joining her is her partner Tony who also has gone through some stuff in the exact same FBI case. They both start a private investigators office in a suburb of St. Louis and start their very first case while hoping the past doesn't come back to continue haunting them.

I loved Tony he was loyal, heartwarming, protective and charming. He wants to protect River from getting hurt not only physically but emotionally as well. We not only meet these two characters but we also have the point of view of the villain. A disturbed young man with the condition of synesthesia which I have never heard but was completely enthralled with and as a psychology fan I had to do some more digging on. Truly fascinating. But he's definitely not the only villain in the story... The other character we meet is River's mom which has Alzheimer's and you get to see what life is like for River living with a parent who suffers from this type of memory loss. The author did an excellent job at portraying this for you.

There is a lot going on in this story but it flows together so smoothly you will lose track of time while you are reading it! There is a faith thread in the story and I can't wait to see the growth of River throughout the series. While there is no romance between the characters I think there is potential for some. I hope that as the series goes on they "see" what is right in front of them so to speak. That would make this reader very happy. 

Being that this is a series the author leaves you on a cliffhanger so now I need the next book so I am very impatiently waiting!

If you enjoy suspense storylines with creepy characters but a definite faith thread then I definitely recommend you grab this book! I for one can't wait to read more from this author!

My Rating: 4 Stars/ Really Liked it!

I received a copy of this book for review. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

Nancy Mehl is the bestselling author of over 50 books. She’s won the Daphne Du Maurier Award, as well as an ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award and a Carol award. She was also a finalist for the prestigious Christy award. Her short story, Chasing Shadows, was in the USA Today bestselling Summer of Suspense anthology. Learn more about her at and on her blog, the Suspense Sisters:

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