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Review: Fire Storm

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Review: Fire Storm

Fire Storm by Nancy Mehl
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Christian Fiction
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: Aug 2019

Someone is setting fires in Dark Water, Nebraska. FBI behavioral analyst and profiler, Kaely Quinn, arrives in the small town to help her brother care for their mother and is almost immediately intrigued by the pattern she sees. Officially, town officials are blaming faulty space heaters for the fires but Kaely sees a pattern developing. Could Dark Water be sheltering a serial arsonist?

Fire Storm is heavy on the suspense, with just a few romantic sparks. The story is more about Kaely’s investigation, and her unusual procedure for pointing law enforcement to the culprits than it is about any outside relationships she may have. The story also delves pretty deeply into Kaely’s familial relationships. Her father was a serial killer, and when that was discovered, her mother shut herself off emotionally from both of her children. While her brother, Jason, has revived his relationship with her, Kaely still feels the distance. Can she balance working with the local sheriff and fire chief to find a killer, with caring for a mother she really doesn’t like very much?

I’ve read several of Nancy Mehl’s suspense books before this one, and this  one ranked pretty high in the suspense stakes. While Kaely hit on a suspect pretty early in the book, proving it was a whole ‘nother ballgame. I liked that Kaely wasn’t a perfect, super-human, crime solver. She had her faults, and her technique that helped her solve the case was definitely unique.

Fire Storm is book #2 in Mehl’s Kaely Quinn Profiler series. While it can be read as a stand-alone (which is how I read it) I think there might be some necessary background in Mind Games, book #1. I’m going to be going back and reading that one now, too! Suspense readers will enjoy this story.


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