Friday, March 27, 2015

Danger and long-held secrets -- Deadly Echoes

Nancy Mehl has written another good mystery set in a Mennonite community in Deadly Echoes, her second Finding Sanctuary book.

The fictional town of Sanctuary, Missouri, is a quiet, secluded place, but it certainly has its share of mystery and peril.  Nancy blends Mennonite and "English" residents of the community in a story filled with danger, suspense, and a fair share of romance.  The Mennonite element does not seem as prominent in this story as in some of Nancy's others but does add an interesting piece to the story line. The back story is developed throughout the book at just the right pace while the characters deal with life-threatening situations.  The characters are well developed and keep the interest level high as the story progresses.

Fans of Christian suspense should find Deadly Echoes very enjoyable.  Thanks to Bethany House for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the book:

After a youth filled with tragedy and upheaval, Sarah Miller's life is finally settled with all echoes of the past silent at last. She happily calls Sanctuary her home and spends her days teaching at the local school.

Sarah's joy at her recent reunion with her sister, Hannah, and meeting the niece she didn't know she had is too soon interrupted when Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason informs Sarah her sister has been killed.

As she learns more about Hannah's death, the circumstances are eerily similar to their parents' murder. Sarah enlists Paul's help in digging deeper into the murders the police are dismissing as burglaries gone wrong. Paul's concern encourages Sarah's growing feelings for him, but as their investigation peels back the layers of lies almost twenty years old, they get close to uncovering the truth one person will do anything to hide--even if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family.

About the author:

Nancy Mehl is the author of eighteen books and 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. Visit her website at

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