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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 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?


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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 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?

30 review for Dead End

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    I have really enjoyed the Kaely Quinn Profiler series. I hated reading book three so fast but I could not turn the pages fast enough. Mehl is a fantastic suspense author. She keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole book. This was a great ending to a super series. I gave this book 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Grace Grzy

    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 storyli 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 loved finally getting the conclusion to Noah and Kaely's romance. I think everyone has been waiting for it since book one! But I appreciated how the author didn't move too quickly on that subject; it was much more realistic to be slower and more drawn out throughout the series. 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. FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kailey

    This was a great end to this series! I had been hooked into Kaely’s story since the beginning. I love how this was wrapped up. The story kept me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed the message about forgiveness and healing. I also enjoyed the different character perspectives that we got with this book. I have loved Kaely and Noah and am very pleased with the ending. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alo This was a great end to this series! I had been hooked into Kaely’s story since the beginning. I love how this was wrapped up. The story kept me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed the message about forgiveness and healing. I also enjoyed the different character perspectives that we got with this book. I have loved Kaely and Noah and am very pleased with the ending. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    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 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! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erin Laramore

    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 ser 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. Special thanks to NetGalley for an e-copy of this book. I was under no obligation to write a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    Dead End is a great conclusion to the Kaely Quinn Profiler suspense series. Once again Kaely finds herself involved in a case with Noah Hunter. These 2 FBI agents are beginning to have feelings for one another, but they are both gun shy because of their pasts. The current case definitely hits too close to home for Kaely as it is a copycat serial killer who is copying her father who is currently in prison. I really enjoyed the psychology of this book as Kaely dug deep to try and read her father t Dead End is a great conclusion to the Kaely Quinn Profiler suspense series. Once again Kaely finds herself involved in a case with Noah Hunter. These 2 FBI agents are beginning to have feelings for one another, but they are both gun shy because of their pasts. The current case definitely hits too close to home for Kaely as it is a copycat serial killer who is copying her father who is currently in prison. I really enjoyed the psychology of this book as Kaely dug deep to try and read her father to see if he had any connection to this copycat killer. She was also having to come to grips with both her imaginary friend as well as with her profiler imagining of the UNSUB. I loved how Noah tried to keep her grounded and also his care and concern for her. Through his support, Kaely was finally able to deal with her past, find forgiveness for her father, and learn to lean on her faith. In turn, Kaely was able to lead Noah back to his faith and to realize that God had nothing to do with his wife's death. Lovely ending to another great thriller series. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    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 las 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! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Best In Suspense - Kelly Underwood

    What an incredible roller coaster ride! Dead End gives readers so many thrilling plot twists as Kaely Quinn finds herself in the worst possible predicament: facing her serial killer father in an attempt to locate a copy cat killer. Of course, Kaely is one of the most complex characters ever written. She deals with her emotions in the most unusual ways, but this case sends all of her senses spiraling out of control. While the plot is complex, the characters are even more intricate. Kaely is compli What an incredible roller coaster ride! Dead End gives readers so many thrilling plot twists as Kaely Quinn finds herself in the worst possible predicament: facing her serial killer father in an attempt to locate a copy cat killer. Of course, Kaely is one of the most complex characters ever written. She deals with her emotions in the most unusual ways, but this case sends all of her senses spiraling out of control. While the plot is complex, the characters are even more intricate. Kaely is complicated and at times dark, yet struggles with the fact that she’s human just like everyone else. She never dealt with her past and can’t justify her father’s horrific actions with the fact that he’s still her father. And Noah has waited for Kaely for three books now and in Dead End he watches her unravel as she tries to navigate her inner and outer worlds. But how can he help someone who won’t accept any help? I’m a fan of this entire series. I recommend reading these in order so definitely start with Mind Games (it’s on Kindle Unlimited). But Dead End brings so much drama and tension with some surprising plot twists. I highly recommend this series to any suspense fans – the plot twists and unique characters make this one of my all time favorites! Overall: 5 stars (I loved it, couldn’t put it down) Suspense: 5 stars (Non-stop edge-of-your-seat suspense from start to finish) I received an ebook review copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Mehl's novel has a definite emphasis on character growth. There is really no suspense until near the end. Much of the book deals with Kaely's inner battles about her killer father, such as guilt. She also battles a feeling she will die young, something from childhood combined with a threat from an evil man she confronted in her FBI work. She also struggles with her faith, wondering if it is enough to get her through the hard experiences she anticipates coming. There are several other psychologica Mehl's novel has a definite emphasis on character growth. There is really no suspense until near the end. Much of the book deals with Kaely's inner battles about her killer father, such as guilt. She also battles a feeling she will die young, something from childhood combined with a threat from an evil man she confronted in her FBI work. She also struggles with her faith, wondering if it is enough to get her through the hard experiences she anticipates coming. There are several other psychological themes explored. What makes a serial killer, a psychopath? How do childhood experiences play a part? What part does the devil have in it? How does one handle anger toward God because of personal tragedy? This is an interesting book for readers who like to get in the minds of main characters since suspense appears only near the end. There are good explorations of many themes involving evil behavior, its causes and cures and healing from its effects. While the edition I read contained no discussion questions, I think this book contains much to think about and discuss. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Dixon

    Dead End by Nancy Mehl 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. I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed Dead End by Nancy Mehl 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. I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Iola

    Dead End is the third book in Nancy Mehl’s Kaely Quinn Profiler series. Kaely works in law enforcement, profiling and catching serial killers. She’s also the daughter of a serial killer, something that has shaped her life and career (for better and worse). And he’s back. At least, there is another serial killer on the loose, and he’s using her father’s signatures. The suspense aspect of the plot was excellent. It’s obvious that Kaely’s father isn’t the killer: he’s safe in jail. So who is it? It Dead End is the third book in Nancy Mehl’s Kaely Quinn Profiler series. Kaely works in law enforcement, profiling and catching serial killers. She’s also the daughter of a serial killer, something that has shaped her life and career (for better and worse). And he’s back. At least, there is another serial killer on the loose, and he’s using her father’s signatures. The suspense aspect of the plot was excellent. It’s obvious that Kaely’s father isn’t the killer: he’s safe in jail. So who is it? It must be someone who knows her father well, but who? I had my suspicions, and they were wrong. That made it a nailbiting read that was hard to put down. Kaely isn’t always an easy character to relate to. She has her strengths: she’s intelligent, dedicated, and good at her job. But those are also her weaknesses: she can’t detach from her job, and she sometimes puts her own physical and mental health at risk to break the case. She comes across as mostly normal, but that hides a lot of inner insecurities and awkwardness. Some of that awkwardness comes through in her faith. She’s been forced to seek answers to some of the hard questions about Christianity: can God save even the vilest sinner? Does anyone ever get so far from God that they can’t be saved? Does she have to forgive her father for his sins? Yes, there were strong faith aspects, and they were a strength of the story. The writing was generally strong, although there were a couple of annoying instances when the point of view character discovered something but the reader didn’t know what. I guess that was supposed to add suspense. It kept me reading, but it did irritate me. My view is that if we’re in the viewpoint character’s head, we should be part of the conversation and not have the salient points blurred out for us to discover later. But that’s a minor point in an otherwise excellent romantic suspense novel. It is the third book in the series, but can easily be read as a standalone—while there are a few references to earlier events, they are minor (and won’t spoil the earlier books if you accidentally read them out of order). Thanks to Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    E.E. Kennedy

    DEAD END By Nancy Mehl FBI Profiler Kaely Quinn has a unique problem. At age twelve, she learned the devastating news that her beloved father, Ed Oliphant, was a vicious serial killer who was ultimately sentenced to life in prison. Now, though having determinedly put her past behind her, Kaely is asked by the FBI to interview the very man who caused her family such devastation. Someone is copying Oliphant’s crimes. Though she realizes that she’s the obvious choice for this assignment, Kaely is und DEAD END By Nancy Mehl FBI Profiler Kaely Quinn has a unique problem. At age twelve, she learned the devastating news that her beloved father, Ed Oliphant, was a vicious serial killer who was ultimately sentenced to life in prison. Now, though having determinedly put her past behind her, Kaely is asked by the FBI to interview the very man who caused her family such devastation. Someone is copying Oliphant’s crimes. Though she realizes that she’s the obvious choice for this assignment, Kaely is understandably hesitant. For the past two decades, a cloud of suspicion and foreboding has darkened all her relationships, even her walk with God. A strange sense of guilt propels Kaely to accept the challenge. For the sake of the all the victims in both Oliphant’s and the copycat’s wake, she needs answers to these questions: How did the new killer know details never shared with the public? How has Oliphant been communicating with the outside—or has he? Everyone at the prison is a suspect. When and where will the copycat strike again? And the equally compelling question for Kaely: how could the loving father who raised her also have been the monster she knows him to be? Author Nancy Mehl deftly brings understanding and expertise to DEAD END, the third in her Profiler suspense series. The darkness in this plot is inescapable as the tension builds. There are distinct elements of spiritual warfare and as she moves ever closer to learning the truth, Kaely is also nearing a breakdown—or even death at the hands of a madman. For readers familiar with Mehl’s cozier books, this thriller will prove a surprise, but rest assured, the story is firmly based in her strong faith and understanding of people. Highly recommended.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gail Pallotta

    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 a 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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    4.5 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 differen 4.5 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. I received a complimentary copy of Dead End by Nancy Mehl from Bethany House Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    A perfect conclusion for this series! Mehl has once again delivered a fantastic read that will keep you on your toes and eagerly turning the pages to see what happens next! I totally enjoyed this Fab read! I couldn't put it down because there were so many twists and turns that kept me awake until 4 am! I just had to see if Kaely and Noah succeed in their case. I have enjoyed Kaely Quinn to the very fullest. She's flawed like the rest of us are and my heart hurt for her. I just simply couldn't ima A perfect conclusion for this series! Mehl has once again delivered a fantastic read that will keep you on your toes and eagerly turning the pages to see what happens next! I totally enjoyed this Fab read! I couldn't put it down because there were so many twists and turns that kept me awake until 4 am! I just had to see if Kaely and Noah succeed in their case. I have enjoyed Kaely Quinn to the very fullest. She's flawed like the rest of us are and my heart hurt for her. I just simply couldn't imagine being in her spot. She was awesome in how she handled herself. I hated saying goodbye. Noah bless his heart. I love and admired him all the way through this book. Sometimes I just wanted to give him a good talking to. Fear is evil. It can make us do strange things and can keep us from living life. It also can make people do things they normally wouldn't do. Or just keep us from understanding. Fear is Satan. I thought Firestorm was good but this book easily takes first place in my opinion. All in all, anything that Mehl writes I know is going to be excellent. She's just that good! I gave this book 5 stars because it had all of the wonderful ingredients of a fabulous read! Plus, I love the cover. I highly recommend this excellent book! My thanks for a complimentary copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Wade

    “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” “In the dark of night, I’ll be there. I love you so, and I’ll never let you go. In the dark of night, I’ll be there . . .” I thoroughly enjoyed Nancy Mehl’s third book in the Kaely Quinn series. I read this while binge watching the TV show “Pr “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” “In the dark of night, I’ll be there. I love you so, and I’ll never let you go. In the dark of night, I’ll be there . . .” I thoroughly enjoyed Nancy Mehl’s third book in the Kaely Quinn series. I read this while binge watching the TV show “Prodigal Son” and it makes me wonder if the show writers were reading this series for ideas! I was a fan of the first book, not so much on the second book, and a fan again with Book 3. Definitely recommended if you have read the first two. I loved the plot of this one. There is a copycat serial killer on the loose who is copying the action of Kaely’s father, an imprisoned serial killer. It’s up to Kaely and agent Noah Hunter to talk to her father and hunt down this serial killer. What a wild ride! Although I guessed this one again plus the extra reveal, it was still very enjoyable. One complaint is another Christian book talking about the sinner’s prayer and no mention of baptism. * I received this book free from Netgalley and publisher Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. Check out more of my reviews on my blog! https://wadeurspider01.wixsite.com/we...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: Dead End (Kaely Quinn Profiler #3) Author: Nancy Mehl Pages: 320 Year: 2020 Publisher: Bethany House My rating: 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 Title: Dead End (Kaely Quinn Profiler #3) Author: Nancy Mehl Pages: 320 Year: 2020 Publisher: Bethany House My rating: 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! Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5stars "Punishing the children for the sin of the parents." What kind of sick message was this killer sending, putting the words of Scripture inside the mouths of his victims? It was already nearly incomprehensible that Kailey Quinn's father could have possibly trained a protege. But hard evidence was pointing in that direction. As an F. B. I. Special Agent, Kailey knows how to analyze behavior, but to be asked to interview her own father . . . a convicted psychopathic serial killer? At a risk t 3.5stars "Punishing the children for the sin of the parents." What kind of sick message was this killer sending, putting the words of Scripture inside the mouths of his victims? It was already nearly incomprehensible that Kailey Quinn's father could have possibly trained a protege. But hard evidence was pointing in that direction. As an F. B. I. Special Agent, Kailey knows how to analyze behavior, but to be asked to interview her own father . . . a convicted psychopathic serial killer? At a risk to her own psyche, she agrees, teaming with the one man whom she trusts more than any other, Noah Hunter. But even Noah has his doubts about Kailey's clarity of mind; can she prove him otherwise . . . or will this encounter with the infamous Ed Oliphant become a "dead end"? It's a race against time, for young women are continuing to die. "In the dark of night, I'll be there. I love you so, and I'll never let you go." This book will leave many of Mehl's readers requesting an encore performance from these two memorably unique teammates.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Doreen

    Kaely Quinn is one of the most fascinating heroines. She is a profiler and the child of an infamous serial killer. She has an unconventional way of figuring things out. She is becoming mentally unstable and her partner, Noah, doesn’t always know what to do about his feelings for her and her methods. She gets drawn into a case when a mass grave is found in her hometown. The situation makes it seem like someone is trying to copy her father’s patterns and he may be the only one who can help them id Kaely Quinn is one of the most fascinating heroines. She is a profiler and the child of an infamous serial killer. She has an unconventional way of figuring things out. She is becoming mentally unstable and her partner, Noah, doesn’t always know what to do about his feelings for her and her methods. She gets drawn into a case when a mass grave is found in her hometown. The situation makes it seem like someone is trying to copy her father’s patterns and he may be the only one who can help them identify this killer. There’s great suspense. Mehl does a good job of making you question a lot of different people before you get to the surprising finish. It’s a hard book to put down. I’d highly recommend it. Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a free e-copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Kaely Quinn Profiler series: Book 1: Mind Games Book 2: Fire Storm Book 3: Dead End

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joleen

    Another page turner by Nancy Mehl. I so enjoyed the character, Kaely Quinn in the first two books in this series and in this one she did not disappoint. Still an unusual profiler, uh, "Behavioral Analyst", as the books are cute to correct. Kaely, highly affected, to the point of PTSD by her father's serial killing past as the Raggedy Man, she is now tasked with having to speak with her father in prison. She has not seen him in twenty years, and until the latest string of copy-cat killings, she h Another page turner by Nancy Mehl. I so enjoyed the character, Kaely Quinn in the first two books in this series and in this one she did not disappoint. Still an unusual profiler, uh, "Behavioral Analyst", as the books are cute to correct. Kaely, highly affected, to the point of PTSD by her father's serial killing past as the Raggedy Man, she is now tasked with having to speak with her father in prison. She has not seen him in twenty years, and until the latest string of copy-cat killings, she had never cared to see him. Now she simply must get information from him in order to stop the spree that is plaguing Des Moines. Very good book. (view spoiler)[Felt a bit disappointed that her father just didn't come right out and say who the new killer was, and was instead cryptic, but hey, there would have been no storyline if he had. (hide spoiler)]

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    What a fantastic ending to the Kaley Quinn series. I devoured this book in an evening because I couldn't put it down. I stayed up late to finish because I had to know the ending. The mystery in this one that involved Kaley's dad and his crimes which made the mystery super interesting to me. The ending had a couple twists that took me by surprise and made the book that much better. This was truly a great finale to a fantastic set. My hubby and I have both enjoyed reading about Kaley and her adven What a fantastic ending to the Kaley Quinn series. I devoured this book in an evening because I couldn't put it down. I stayed up late to finish because I had to know the ending. The mystery in this one that involved Kaley's dad and his crimes which made the mystery super interesting to me. The ending had a couple twists that took me by surprise and made the book that much better. This was truly a great finale to a fantastic set. My hubby and I have both enjoyed reading about Kaley and her adventures. In fact as soon as I finished Dead End, he grabbed it to read. So he is definitely a fan as well. Enjoyable way to spend an evening. I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    5 Stars: 5/5 Star Rating I was hooked on this book from the very first page and it didn't end! This book was full of suspense, twists, turns, and surprises. I thought I had figured out "who done it" several times and boy, was I surprised! I love when a suspense author surprises me with the ending! While this book is the third in a series, it could be read as a stand-alone as enough detail is given to fill the reader in on important information needed to fill in the blanks. I do recommend readin 5 Stars: 5/5 Star Rating I was hooked on this book from the very first page and it didn't end! This book was full of suspense, twists, turns, and surprises. I thought I had figured out "who done it" several times and boy, was I surprised! I love when a suspense author surprises me with the ending! While this book is the third in a series, it could be read as a stand-alone as enough detail is given to fill the reader in on important information needed to fill in the blanks. I do recommend reading the entire series though, as it is one of my absolute favorites!!!! Kaely Quinn is one you won't likely forget!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Dead End ( Kaely Quinn Profiler #3 ) By: Nancy Mehl Dead End is book three and the last in the series in Kaely Quinn Profiler series. I really have enjoyed this series and hate to see it end. I was drawn in at the start and could not put it down. Suspense and mystery keeps you on the edge of your seat and trying to read faster to see what is going tom happen next. I loved how the series ended. I really love the message in this story of forgiveness and healing. I was given a complimentary copy of t Dead End ( Kaely Quinn Profiler #3 ) By: Nancy Mehl Dead End is book three and the last in the series in Kaely Quinn Profiler series. I really have enjoyed this series and hate to see it end. I was drawn in at the start and could not put it down. Suspense and mystery keeps you on the edge of your seat and trying to read faster to see what is going tom happen next. I loved how the series ended. I really love the message in this story of forgiveness and healing. I was given a complimentary copy of this book, but was not told that I had to give a positive review. All opinions are mine.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    5 stars! My favourite of all the books, but I loved the entire series. I had my suspicions in the book and felt pretty good about some of my hunches at the end. , but it was so hard to really know for sure. I like that. There was suspense, a little romance, growth in characters, intrigue, family dysfunction, and much more. I hope Kaely and Noah make appearances in a future series. I listened to the audio version for all three. The narrator was good, but some male voices were not to my liking. I 5 stars! My favourite of all the books, but I loved the entire series. I had my suspicions in the book and felt pretty good about some of my hunches at the end. , but it was so hard to really know for sure. I like that. There was suspense, a little romance, growth in characters, intrigue, family dysfunction, and much more. I hope Kaely and Noah make appearances in a future series. I listened to the audio version for all three. The narrator was good, but some male voices were not to my liking. I don’t like it when a narrator forces a voice for the opposite gender.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kristine Morgan

    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. I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thoughts are my own 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. I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Vera Godley

    This book is a fitting conclusion to the suspense series by Nancy Mehl which included MIND GAMES, FIRE STORM, and now DEAD END. The two protagonists are FBI agents Kaely Quinn and Noah Hunter. Their friendship goes back for years and fell just short of a romantic relationship. Each went their own way for awhile. They were reunited in Dead End when a copycat serial killer emerges replicating those crimes committed years prior by Kaely Quinn's deranged father. As an FBI profiler, Kaely has a unique This book is a fitting conclusion to the suspense series by Nancy Mehl which included MIND GAMES, FIRE STORM, and now DEAD END. The two protagonists are FBI agents Kaely Quinn and Noah Hunter. Their friendship goes back for years and fell just short of a romantic relationship. Each went their own way for awhile. They were reunited in Dead End when a copycat serial killer emerges replicating those crimes committed years prior by Kaely Quinn's deranged father. As an FBI profiler, Kaely has a unique method of evaluating the clues and finding psychological killers. But it comes at a cost to her personally. Noah Hunter questions her system feeling it puts an emotional or mental strain on her. This time around the serial killer is replicating those crimes committed by Staley's father who has been in prison for years. But law enforcement calls on Staley to become involved much to the chagrin of Noah who feels this is just too much! I highly recommend this series. Keep in mind that this is a tense series but it is also strongly Christian and doesn't entail the graphic wording of secular stories. A clean, safe read that will keep the reader on edge. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Dean

    This was a fantastic edge-of-your-seat conclusion to Kaely's story. The author did a great job at portraying characters who are real and who struggle with issues that are relatable to many of us. If you love a good clean mystery that also has a message of love, forgiveness and healing, you will want to read this book. **I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own.**

  28. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    I could sum up my review of 'Dead End' easily with just one adjective—BRILLIANT. But being a woman of many words, I find the phrases spine-tingling, heart palpitating, suspenseful, and deliciously creepy, add quite adequately to the mix! FBI agent, Kaely Quinn, is one of the most unorthodox heroines to ever grace the pages of a novel with her unconventional methods of profiling criminals. Kaely—both courageous and vulnerable—tough, yet wounded by the heinous crimes committed by her father, an in I could sum up my review of 'Dead End' easily with just one adjective—BRILLIANT. But being a woman of many words, I find the phrases spine-tingling, heart palpitating, suspenseful, and deliciously creepy, add quite adequately to the mix! FBI agent, Kaely Quinn, is one of the most unorthodox heroines to ever grace the pages of a novel with her unconventional methods of profiling criminals. Kaely—both courageous and vulnerable—tough, yet wounded by the heinous crimes committed by her father, an infamous serial killer. As she is faced to confront her haunting past, will it bring emotional healing or destruction to Kaely? This award worthy story with as many twists and turns as a maze, is guaranteed to leave the reader in a frantic frenzy trying to figure out who's-doing-it and why! Just when I thought I had it nailed, the author pulled another clever twisty on me and off I went chasing another theory. It humbles me to say that my days as an amateur sleuth are fast coming to an end as I never did crack the case. ;-) With just the right dash of romance and a spiritual thread of redemption and forgiveness throughout, 'Dead End' is definitely one not to be missed! *I was given a complimentary copy of this novel from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I was SO EXCITED to see Hoopla had the next Kaely Quinn book... well, that the next book was even out! I just love these books and ones like them. There is so much depth. It sounds weird to say, but Kaely's struggles make her so human and I just feel so much for her. I also really like that these books are all about one character so you really can see how she changes and grows and just get to know her. I've enjoyed seeing her relationship with her brother and Noah shift and improve. While Noah i I was SO EXCITED to see Hoopla had the next Kaely Quinn book... well, that the next book was even out! I just love these books and ones like them. There is so much depth. It sounds weird to say, but Kaely's struggles make her so human and I just feel so much for her. I also really like that these books are all about one character so you really can see how she changes and grows and just get to know her. I've enjoyed seeing her relationship with her brother and Noah shift and improve. While Noah is a secondary character, we get to see his growth too. Kaely has suppressed and run from her past, her pain, and her fear for so long but she is starting to break. It's all starting to catch up with her. The emotions warring with the knowledge. Her FBI training against the memories of being a little girl. Things don't match up and she's not sure how to feel. While I can't really relate to her experience, I do relate to stuffing away my feelings and how that can come back to bite you later on. "When she first became a Christian, all kinds of memories had flooded her mind. Circumstances she'd ignored, thinking it was the best way to manage past hurtful situations. God allowed them to surface so He could help her face them and find freedom." I can say this has been true for me as well. God has been good about bringing to the surface things I didn't know were in me so that He can work on them and make me more like HIm. Kaely also says later, "I have a tendency to bury hurt. I'm not completely unaware of it." Yep. Pretty much. I have to say, at first, when I realized what Georgie/Kaely was saying about the UNSUBS, that they were (view spoiler)[demons (hide spoiler)] , I wasn't too sure what I thought. (view spoiler)[See, I know and totally believe that demonic activity exists, but I also know that they cannot possess a believer because the Holy Spirit lives inside of us. So how could this be happening? But then I realized that it wasn't possession. A demon (probably) could be around us, trying to mess with us, and not be possessing us. Really scary though and I never saw that plot twist coming. (hide spoiler)] It was cool/nice, of Mehl to give us the little behind-the-scenes of (view spoiler)[Ed's coming to faith (hide spoiler)] . We usually only know what Kaely knows, but this time, we know something she doesn't. God can redeem ANYONE. It's never to late while there is still breath in our bodies. I NEVER saw the identity of the Copycat Killer coming. Not who it was nor the reason why they were doing it. (view spoiler)[A half brother? Jealous because Ed was in the lives of Kaely and Jason but not him. Two serial killers in one family? Wow. It's shocking what kind of evil can exist in a person. (hide spoiler)] We see Kaely having to deal with her past and her emotions. As a part of that, she goes to meet with (view spoiler)[Georganna, her friend from when she was a girl. There is some good healing there and they are able to start rebuilding a friendship (hide spoiler)] . It's sweet and I was really happy for her. She also talks to (view spoiler)[Melanie (hide spoiler)] and part of their conversation is really good!! Almost everyone deals with the fear of trusting people. But your background makes it harder. Children are supposed to trust their parents. They are their foundation. To find out who your father really was traumatized you, so you're much more sensitive to betrayal... God isn't always on our timetable. You know, sometimes handing our problems over to Him and waiting on His response is all we can do. Some things we can't fix on our own no matter how hard we try." And then the person remarks that Kaely seems like the kind of person who wants to find solutions to everything and when she can't, it frustrates her. I can relate :) Even worse is when I do find a solution but can't make it happen because I don't have the ability. From this talk, we also find out some backstory on Ed. It's really interesting. (view spoiler)[He had really bad parents, including a dad who beat him and his little sister. It was terrible. Ed made her a little wire angel as a toy and she loved it. One day, the beating killed her. His mom tied her hands and feet with red ribbon and Ed made a little wire angel for her before they buried her. No one made excuses for what he did but the idea that the Enemy took advantage of the situation is a good one. The other idea, that Ed took the profiler's suggestion because he wanted to be stopped, came as a surprise. (hide spoiler)] The ending is terrific. If this is the end of the Kaely Quinn books, well done! If there are more, I'll be thrilled but I enjoyed the ride very much. These are excellent books if you like raw characters, depth, and puzzles. They do deal with some pretty serious evil too though. One last thing (I didn't know where to stick this) is that I appreciate the way Mehl brought in therapy. Getting help for mental struggles has a stigma attached to it and a lot of people struggle for far too long before getting help, if they do at all. So I liked how she spoke so positively and lovingly about it. "Even Christians need help sometimes... If you need help for your body, why can't you seek help for your mind?" I really liked this quote: "I don't think forgiving someone means you have to tolerate their behavior... forgiving means you let it go but don't necessarily forget. You still need to protect yourself. Your heart, your emotions."

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Higgins

    Kaely Quinn is back in her most heart pounding case yet as Nancy Mehl delivers the third installment in the series! Kaely Quinn thought she had left her past behind her. After changing her name to get away from her father, a famous serial killer, she joined the FBI to stop predators like him. But when a body is discovered in a field near the town she grew up in and then more bodies are unearthed dating back to the time he killed with his same MO, she is brought in to see if she can get informatio Kaely Quinn is back in her most heart pounding case yet as Nancy Mehl delivers the third installment in the series! Kaely Quinn thought she had left her past behind her. After changing her name to get away from her father, a famous serial killer, she joined the FBI to stop predators like him. But when a body is discovered in a field near the town she grew up in and then more bodies are unearthed dating back to the time he killed with his same MO, she is brought in to see if she can get information from her father on who he is working with. Kaely doesn’t know if she is ready to face her father and she hasn’t spoken to him since he was arrested and put in jail. The more Kaely pursues this new killer, the more she feels she is losing her own identity. With each new clue that turns up, Kaely feels more involved in the case and more afraid for her own life. Will she be able to solve the case before anyone else dies? Or is she the killer’s next victim? If you have read any of this series, you know you are in for a real treat. There is action, suspense, drama, and a sprinkling of romance at just the right moments. I love the relationship Kaely has with Noah and the way her relationship with her father is portrayed. Both those relationships are so very different but so vital in shaping how she approaches life and what she is dealt. I have been waiting since the first book in the series to meet, Ed Oliphant, the notorious Raggedy Man serial killer. Nancy Mehl sure did deliver with these interactions. Even though they were few and we didn’t get to see much of Ed, it was just the right amount along with his interactions with Kaely made for such good story telling. Throughout this book I felt I was really able to connect with Kaely as a character and understand her more. There was such a good character arc for everyone in this story; the way it played out in the final few chapters were executed so well. Readers will feel it is a very satisfying conclusion to the series, even if we might want more of the story was tied up nicely. It’s one of those fine lines an author must walk of continuing on with the characters or leaving the reader wanting just a little bit more. There easily could have been more but at what cost? Would we have loved the story or tired of the characters? Ending here is the perfect place to leave readers enjoying these characters and the adventures they went on. Even though this can be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading the series from start to finish to get a feel for the story and characters. Readers that enjoy a good mystery with characters full of flaws and looking for what matters most in life will not want to miss this one. I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

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