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Published September 2020

A presentation of latest Christian books to hit the stores

Dead End (Kaely Quinn Profiler #3)

Author: Nancy Mehl

Genre: Christian Fiction, Mystery , Romance

ISBN 13:

Publishing Date: March, 2020

Availability in London:
Creation Bookstore.

Available in: Paperback

Reviews courtesy of: Goodreads


When a body is discovered in a field in Iowa, the police uncover fourteen additional corpses ranging from 20 years old to recent. The remains point to a serial killer with an MO the authorities have seen before--Ed Oliphant, a man who has been in prison for over 20 years . . . and is Special Agent Kaely Quinn's father. After several failed interview attempts to discover if Ed has been training someone to be a copycat killer, the police turn to Kaely in St. Louis.

Kaely promised herself she would never step foot in her hometown or set eyes on her father again. She's always refused to confront her past, but if she wants to prevent any more deaths, she must come face-to-face with the man she's hated for years.

As more bodies are discovered, Kaely races against time and her own personal turmoil to uncover the killer. Will this most personal case yet cost Kaely her identity and perhaps even her life?


Sarah Grace rated “Dead End” a 5 out of 5 STARS
I was so excited to finally read the conclusion of the Kaely Quinn Profiler series! This book picks up not long after book two. There is a copycat killer and Kaely may be the only one who can stop him. Forcing Kaely to face her biggest fears was a great tipping point to end the series. Kaely's reactions and emotions felt very realistic throughout and it was easy to relate to her, even if you hadn't been through the trauma she had. I also enjoyed Noah's character, although I feel like his storyline, small as it may be, could have been wrapped up better. His emotions throughout the story as well were spot-on. The ending is climactic and intense, and I wasn't able to put the book down! I did not guess the villain's identity, so the shock factor was high.

I mentioned in my review of the second book the issues I had with the lack of conclusion regarding the spiritual issues, so I was intrigued to see where this one would end. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite what I was wanting. I appreciated that the subject of spiritual warfare was recognized, and in some way it was wrapped up. I just wish there had been a little more finality to it and a little more emphasis put on it.

Overall, I greatly enjoyed this conclusion to the series, and look forward to reading more by this author! I highly recommend this to lovers of suspense\mysteries, especially with slow romances and spiritual themes.

Maureen Timerman rated “Dead End” a 5 out of 5 STARS
This is the third book in this series, and yes, I have read them all, not that I would want to, but, I do think you could read this one alone, the author does a wonderful job of bringing you up to date.

With this book, Kaely's father has now been in jail over 20 years, and now there are new murders with the same MO, how can that be?

There are so many twists and turns here, and no I did not see them coming, you will think you have your mind made up, when the rug is quickly pulled out from under you.

This is the end of the series, and yes, I would love to continue here, and the answers are forthcoming, will they be as you hope? There is a bit of sweet romance, and a lot of forgiveness, both to others and oneself, and throughout the book there is a love of God.

I will miss these characters, but am looking forward to the next read from this author, she never disappoints!

Kelly Bridgewater rated “Dead End” a 4 out of 5 STARS
I adore suspense, romantic suspense, and thrillers novels. I get excited about a novel or series that features a reoccurring serial killer. I know. You're probably turned off now, but I love the hunt for someone and picking up on the clues and red herrings, trying to distract me from figuring out who the villain is. In Nancy Mehl's current series, Kaely Quinn Profiler, I have enjoyed the series because of the heroine's perspective. Being a serial killer's daughter is completely different and unique. She brought something new to the table. There is some romance between Kaely and Noah, a fellow officer, but nothing to touchy-feeling. Not for the true contemporary romance fans. Way more downplayed. I loved the action and suspense in Dead End. It really captured my attention. I was at lunch at work and reached the climactic point at the end of my lunch, and I didn't want to return. Needed to see how the story played out. The little disappointment for the story was that I figured out who the killer was in this novel before the end. Not that it took away from the story. I just read so many of these suspense novels that I usually have them figured out. Overall, Dead End was an enjoyable read. Definitely a series for my keeper shelf. If readers enjoy Lynette Eason, then I recommend picking up this series.

Erin Laramore rated “Dead End” a 4 out of 5 STARS
This is the 3rd and final installment in the Kaely Quinn profiler series by Nancy Mehl. While the story line in this one can stand alone, having the background of the prior 2 books helps. Kaely is an FBI profiler and the daughter of an infamous serial killer. When some bodies are found in her old hometown that copy the MO of her father's kills, she's called on to face her own personal demons and come face to face with the person who fractured her life 20 years ago.

As a fan of suspense, this series fully drew me in. I enjoyed the unique perspective and quirks of Kaely and her profiling technique. The story lines of all 3 books and this one in particular were quite enticing. My one complaint is that the emotions seem stilted at times and out of proportion, and there's a lot of repitition in how feelings are stated in the book. I've struggled with this for all 3 books, though I don't remember it being quite as pronounced in the first book. I also struggled with Kaely's statement that she would deal with her feelings later, that she needed to press on with the case. Because she is a behavioral analyst and well versed in human psychology, she should know better than the average person how much that doesn't work. Her Christian witness was also frustrataing at times. The ending was still satisfying though, and the overall storyline mostly made up for these deficiencies in my mind. While the first book had pretty much zero romance and there was only a hit of it in the second book, this one had all the angst of a romantic suspense novel. I would recommend this book and series for fans of Christian romantic suspense.

Paula Shreckhise rated “Dead End” a 5 out of 5 STARS
Nancy Mehl takes us deeper into the life of FBI agent Kaely Quinn in this third book of her profiler series.

There is never a chance to get bored reading about this interesting character. Kaely has a strong faith but still struggles with unresolved issues concerning her father who is incarcerated. Ms. Mehl has done an admirable job of portraying her subjects as real, conflicted as they are. There are many layers to them that show us why they behave as they do.

Kaely is still reeling from her last case and surfs the Net for possible drug related cases. She comes across a breaking news article that brings back the awful memory she has of her father, a serial killer. She is afraid it could be happening again. To her surprise, she and her partner Noah Hunter are approached by the DeMoines Chief of Police and she is facing the possibility of confronting her father. Noah cares for Kaely but is scared as she regularly puts her life in danger. She is a Christian but is finding it hard to see the Will of God in the whole picture. They come to realize that they are fighting not only flesh and blood but evil forces behind evil people.

Exciting and complicated, this story leaves you guessing at times and comes to a fascinating conclusion, with the principal players stronger and more resilient.

Can’t wait to see what Nancy Mehl come up with next!

Janet Marie Dowell rated “Dead End” a 5 out of 5 STARS
This book is very exciting. It keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end. The characters are so well written that you literally feel like you're part of the story. I have really enjoyed this series. I would recommend this book to anyone.

Kaely Quinn is an FBI Special Agent who is really good at her job.......sometimes too good. She's focused on data and facts so she won't have to deal with her emotions. Sometimes we all deal with other things to keep from facing what's really bothering us. She's dealt with hatred and betrayal most of her life. God is the only one who can give her the peace she needs to move on.

Kaely's father is a mass murderer who kills just for the fun of it. She has hated him for years and the current case she's assigned to forces her to face her worst enemy. She must come to terms with her past in order to face her future.

To see if she how she deals with her past.... to see if she finds the peace she needs, and to see if she fixes her relationship with her have to read the book.

Marsha Dixon rated “Dead End” a 5 out of 5 STARS
Great conclusion to the Kaely Quinn series. I’m sad to see it end. Kaely is forced to face her own feelings and fears. The book is also about love and forgiveness. The suspense pulled me through to the end. The romance between Kaely and Noah was brought through equally well. Thoroughly enjoyed this series and will be looking forward to reading other books by this author.

Gail Pallotta rated “Dead End” a 5 out of 5 STARS
F.B.I. Profiler Kaely Quinn’s father, Ed Oliphant, who’s in prison has a copycat killer. When the authorities fail to gather information from him about the crimes with his MO that have been committed recently, they solicit Kaely’s help. She’s lived with hatred and resentment of her father for such a long time and vowed never to visit her hometown or him again. Yet, she’s an excellent profiler who dedicates her life to her profession, and that includes shutting out feelings she may have for her associate, Noah. The psychological difficulties associated with seeing her father again are enormous, but Kaely agrees to do it. Noah insists he make the trip with her.

Mrs. Mehl kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what might happen to Kaely psychologically from one minute to the next and whether or not her father might try to hurt or kill her during the visit. The strategy Kaely went over and over kept me wondering if she could pull off the meeting and end up with the needed information. Then in a twist there’s a murder for Kaely and Noah to solve, and all the while they care for each other, but aren’t allowing those feelings to surface. As with all of Mrs. Mehl’s books, this is an incredible read. Kaely’s problems seem insurmountable, but she has a strong faith in God. Her relationship with Noah runs into one obstacle after another with both of them so bogged down in past heartaches they can’t see beyond them. However, their determined spirits give them a chance for love if they can save Kaely’s life and her sanity. I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy mystery, suspense, romance and crime novels. It’s one of the best.

Connie Saunders rated “Dead End” a 5 out of 5 STARS
I loved this book! Kaely Quinn Profiler has been one of my favorite series and this is the perfect way to end it. Dead End centers around finding a Copycat Killer who targets young women by using the methods of the infamous serial killer known as the Raggedy Man. Kaely Quinn's father is the Raggedy Man who has previously been mentioned but this book finally allows us to see the two of them together. I won't soon forget the scenes between Kaely and Ed Oliphant because they allowed me to fully understand the deep emotional trauma that she's felt these many years. Dead End also has a reunion between Kaely and the real person behind her imaginary confidant Georgie and there's a satisfying resolution in the relationship of Kaely and FBI Special Agent Noah Hunter. They've been professional colleagues, supportive friends, and now, there seems to be so much more. "He'd seen the best and the worst that she had to offer. And he was still here." Oh, I am really going to miss Kaely and Noah!

Most of all, I'm going to miss the strong faith element that Nancy Mehl has included in these books. Dead End specifically stresses the reality of spiritual warfare and the evil forces that surround us. How often do we overlook the constant threat of evil in our lives?

If you enjoy psychological thrillers filled with spiritual themes and Christian romance, you will want to read Dead End! I am looking forward to more great reading from this author.

Lisa Johnson rated “Dead End” a 5 out of 5 STARS
Dead End is unlike other suspense books I have read to date. Nancy Mehl has drawn readers in with her lead character, Kaely Quinn, and her background story. Kaely is first introduced to readers in Mind Games and then Fire Storm where Kaely’s family history and work is slowly revealed within suspense filled tales.

Here, in the third installment, Kaely is having to face her greatest fear, seeing her father. She is also helping to solve what the police are calling copycat killings. Kaely goes into the case with her eyes open, but what is really exposed is her heart. Nancy Mehl did a great job of showing what happened to Kaely in her youth and how that shaped who Kaely is today. There are overtones of spiritual warfare and how that can be real and impact a person. The other theme in the book is forgiveness, shown by how hard Kaely finds doing so in regard to her father.

Noah, Kaely’s partner, is beside her as she seeks to help stop the killing of women and bring the perpetrator to justice. What Kaely doesn’t count on is the personal road to healing that she must travel. Noah and Kaely have had moments where they thought they had more than a friendship and I think Nancy handled their future quite well in the nail-biting novel.

Readers can read this as a standalone, though I think they will enjoy it if they read the first two books in the series. Will there be future books in the series? I couldn’t tell, and there is no sneak peek into what is coming next from the author in the back. The series is very high octane with suspense, danger, exploring spiritual warfare and the reality of God. In one way, I can see this being the final book but in another I would hate to stop reading of Kaely’s unique way of helping solve mysteries. Either way enjoy the book Dead End!

Kristine Morgan rated “Dead End” a 5 out of 5 STARS
Wow! I just finished reading this book. It was a real dilemma because I wanted to know what happened, but I didn't want the book to be done. This book was full of suspense with a dash of romance. Several plot twists kept the story moving. I love the depth of character development. All in all, this is the culmination of a fantastic series. So grab a pitcher of iced tea and settle in for a fantastic read.