Defenders of Justice
Mercy Brennan followed in her father’s footsteps in a law enforcement career, but she has no interest in any other connection to him. A U.S. Marshal in St. Louis, Missouri, she’s assigned to a joint task force with the St. Louis PD that puts her back into contact with her father and in the sights of St. Louis’s most powerful gang.
When the gang has reason to believe Mercy has possession of some highly sensitive and incriminating information, her boss assigns Mark St. Laurent–a Deputy U.S. Marshal and Mercy’s ex-boyfriend–to get her out of town until they can guarantee her safety.
Initially unaware of the danger she’s in and uncomfortable working with Mark, Mercy’s frustration escalates when she discovers the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark. It isn’t until a freak ice storm hits, stranding them at a remote location and out of contact with the district office, that the full severity of their situation becomes clear. As the storm worsens, the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy closing in to put their lives at imminent risk. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive–if help is even coming at all?
All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.”
Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries: Book 8
As Cheryl Cooper’s birthday approaches, she believes her new life in Sugarcreek, Ohio, is the best gift she’s ever received. She loves running the Swiss Miss gift shop, and even though there have been a few bumps along the way, she feels content. But an unexpected discovery in an abandoned laundry chute raises disturbing questions that could point to a woman who disappeared decades ago. Could she have been murdered? Is there a connection between her and the building that houses the beloved shop? As Cheryl begins a search for answers, her parents and brother come to town for a visit. Family tensions and disturbing clues from the past mix together to send her down a path that will challenge her personal relationships and finally solve an old mystery.
Finding Sanctuary: Book 3
Sophie Wittenbauer left her strict Mennonite hometown under a cloud of shame and regret. After a rough childhood, her teenage poor choices harmed others, leaving her with no choice but to change her life. Her entry-level writing job at a newspaper puts her in the right place at the right time to overhear office gossip about a prisoner who has information on a decades-old unsolved crime. While the other reporters write off the tip as the ravings of an angry criminal, Sophie can’t ignore it because she knows the name of this prisoner from her old life.
Upon learning from the man that one of the other suspects is hiding out in the Missouri town of Sanctuary, she takes on a false identity to investigate and meets the young pastor of a local church–the very man she’d loved as a troubled teenager. As she gets closer to finding the suspect, will the truth of her own past come out before she discovers the identity of the criminal–or the very person she’s seeking puts a fatal stop to her investigation?
Blessings in Disguise
Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries: Book 1
Meet Cheryl Cooper, who left a banking job in Columbus, Ohio, to run a gift shop, the Swiss Miss, in Sugarcreek, while her aunt Mitzi fulfills an overseas missionary call. Cheryl is just getting over a bad breakup with her longtime fiance and is looking forward to the slower pace among the Amish community. But as she explores a neighboring corn maze, she overhears a man’s menacing voice making serious threats. Upon her return from the unsettling experience, Cheryl discovers an ominous note and then a foreboding message in a Bible. Were they written by the same person she overheard in the maze? Cheryl joins forces with Naomi Miller, the woman who supplies the Swiss Miss with homemade treats, to find out the answers. But can they catch the culprit before his frightening intimidations are carried out?
Finding Sanctuary: Book 2
After years of upheaval, Sarah Miller’s life is finally settled with all echoes of the past stilled and silent at last. She spends her time teaching the children of Sanctuary, a town she is happy to call home.
When the sister Sarah hasn’t seen in years reappears, it stirs up hard memories of the past and their parents’ murder. Even so, Sarah’s joy at being reunited with 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 Sarah learns more about Hannah’s death, the circumstances seem eerily similar to her parents’ death. She enlists Paul’s help in digging deeper into these 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 man will do anything to hide–even if he must do away with the last remaining members of the Miller family.
Finding Sanctuary: Book 1
Wynter Evans is a promising young reporter for a television station in St. Louis, but even a bright future doesn’t take away her pain over the disappearance of her brother nine years ago. So when she stumbles across a photograph of a boy with an eerie resemblance to him, she can’t pass up the chance to track him down. With research for work as her cover, she sets out with one of the station’s photogs for the place where the picture was taken: the town of Sanctuary.
Almost as soon as she arrives, she meets the town’s handsome young mayor, Rueben King, and together they begin to uncover long held secrets that could tear the small town apart and change everything Wynter thought she knew about her life. As the truth of her family’s past hides in the shadows, it’s clear someone will stop at nothing to keep the answers she’s searching for hidden forever–even if the cost is Wynter’s very life.
Road to Kingdom: Book 3
Callie Hoffman knows she has a good life in Kingdom, Kansas. She’s thrilled to be engaged to Levi Housler, the new pastor of Kingdom Mennonite Church, and she spends her days working with her friend and soon-to-be sister-in-law, Lizzie Housler, at Cora’s Cafe.
However, Callie’s idyllic life is interrupted when a body is discovered on the road outside Kingdom and the deceased turns out to be a victim of a serial killer. As Washington County’s new sheriff begins questioning Kingdom residents, Callie and the rest of the town are appalled at the prospect of a killer among them. The very reason Kingdom exists is to protect the people from the temptations and dangers of the outside world, but all the town founders’ attempts to plan ahead couldn’t prevent a threat like this.
Unsettled at this unforeseen danger, Callie is concerned when it appears Levi knows more than he’s telling. Desperate to find answers for herself, Callie never expected that she’d have to face some of her own past’s skeletons.
As Callie and the residents of Kingdom fear this danger for which they never planned, they must learn anew that only God knows the future and their trust must always lie in Him.
Road to Kingdom: Book 2
Gentle and unassuming Hope Kauffman has never been one to question or try to make changes. She quietly helps her father run Kingdom Quilts and has agreed to the betrothal her father arranged for her with the devout but shy Ebbie Miller.
Despite Hope’s and other Kingdom residents’ attempts to maintain the status quo, changes have already begun to stir in the small Mennonite town. The handsome and charismatic Jonathon Wiese is the leader of the move to reform, and when one of Kingdom’s own is threatened by a mysterious outsider, Jonathon is one of the first to push for the town to arm itself. Hope’s fianci, Ebbie, is at the forefront of those demanding the town stay true to its traditions of nonviolence.
Road to Kingdom: Book 1
Page-Turning Romantic Suspense Set Against the Backdrop of a Small Mennonite TownLizzie Engel is used to running away. At eighteen, she left her Mennonite hometown, her family, and her faith with plans never to return. Five years later, Lizzie finds she’ll have to run again. False accusations at her job, a stalker, and a string of anonymous threatening letters have left her with no other options. This time, however, her escape is back to Kingdom, her hometown.As Lizzie becomes reacquainted with Kingdom, she realizes she may not have left her Mennonite roots and her faith as firmly in the past as she thought. She draws on the support of Noah Housler, an old friend, as she hides out and attempts to plan her next steps.When it becomes painfully clear that the danger has followed Lizzie to Kingdom, suspicions and tensions run high, and she no longer knows who to trust. With her life and the lives of those she loves at risk, Lizzie will have to run one last time–to a Father whose love is inescapable.
Harmony: 3 in 1
Follow the lives of the Mennonites in Harmony, Kansas, and outsider Gracie Temple, who comes to live among them. Gracie has trouble fitting in from the start when she inherits a heavy secret from her estranged uncle. Then just when Harmony starts to feel like home, her graphic design career puts her in a suspicious position that threatens the town’s way of life. And when life and love are finally falling in place, Gracie’s attempts to help a Mennonite teen realize her dreams backfire. Will Gracie ever be in harmony with the town she has grown to love?
Harmony: Book 3
Can graphic designer Gracie Temple have it all: the big city life and a job at a successful advertising firm? Just when she feels life coming together she receives an unknown uncle’s inheritance in a quiet Kansas Mennonite community. The house comes with a dark legacy and a cast of interesting neighbors, including farmer Sam Goodrich. Can Gracie shake off the dust of this town or will its secret charms pull her in to stay?
Harmony: Book 2
In the sequel to Simple Secret, watch how a raging current of deceit runs through the once peaceful Mennonite community of Harmony, Kansas. As soon as Gracie decides to stay in town and take freelance work involving a local land developer, the townspeople blame her for bringing on this change that could ruin life as they know it. Gracie’s motives in romance with Sam, in helping an oppressed teenager, and in trying to make a living are all suddenly drawing suspicion. Should she leave or stay and fight for what she has come to love?
Harmony: Book 1
Set your GPS for the small town of Harmony, Kansas, where a city girl becomes embroiled in mystery and romance. Graphic designer Gracie Temple is engaged to Sam Goodrich. As she returns from chaperoning her protégé, Hannah Mueller, during summer art classes in the city, Gracie is eager to finish her wedding plans and marry the man of her dreams. But unexpected events threaten to disrupt the peaceful lives of those in Harmony—and Gracie’s wedding. Hannah goes missing, and Gracie’s happy plans become a mess of suspicion and fear. Will Gracie ever find contentment and marital bliss in Harmony?
There Goes Santa Claus
Ivy Tower Mystery: Book 4
It’s a few days before Christmas and Ivy and her new husband Amos are awakened by noises on their rooftop. Amos’s joke that Santa Claus must have arrived early quickly loses its humor when a man dressed as Santa goes flying past their second-story window and lands head first into the snow. He’s carrying a sack in which they find a Cabbage Patch Doll with a note addressed to “Ho Ho”. Who is “Ho Ho”, and why was Santa on their roof in the middle of the night?
For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls
Ivy Tower Mystery: Book 3
Ivy Towers is finally getting married! But before she can walk down the aisle she has to plan the wedding of her dreams. Doing that isn’t as easy as she dreams, especially since she is trying to run a rare bookstore, and help the town get a jump-start on a new library.
When new resident Delaphine Shackleford steps in and offers to be Ivy’s wedding planner. Seeing this as the answer to her prayers, Ivy accepts. But Delaphine’s ideas are so off the wall wacky that Ivy doesn’t know quite what to do.
Hiring Delaphine not only drives Ivy to the brink of madness, but it also plunges her into the middle of a bizarre murder mystery.
Ivy Tower Mystery: Book 2
Ivy Towers is working hard to get Miss Bitty’s Bygone Bookstore on its feet in Winter Break, Kansas, when she discovers a map hidden inside an old music box. Could the map lead her to the “Lost Gambler’s Gold?” The legend of the ill-fated 1860s gambler had circulated among residents for as long as Ivy can remember. But when Ivy follows the directions to where X marks the spot, what she digs up uncovers a mystery that leads to more than she ever imagined. Lives will be changed, old secrets revealed, and Ivy will learn that lost treasure can sometimes turn out to be much more valuable than a chest full of gold.
In the Dead of Winter
Ivy Tower Mystery: Book 1
WORKING IN A BOOKSHOP CAN BE MURDER!
A sad errand brings Samantha “Ivy” Towers back to Winter Break, Kansas — the small town where she spent her summers as a child. She’s taken on the job of making funeral arrangements for her Aunt Bitty. Ivy has curly red hair, boundless curiosity, and a keen ability to spot “facts” that don’t make sense. Almost immediately, Ivy begins to suspect that Bitty’s death, caused by a fatal fall in her bookshop, wasn’t accidental after all.
A missing book, a message scrawled by an unknown person, and an extra coffee cup leave Ivy with more questions than answers. And then, her childhood friend Amos Parker, now the sheriff of Winter Break, becomes surprisingly anxious to get Ivy out of town.
As Ivy uncovers the truth behind her aunt’s “accident,” she finally finds a place to call home and also rediscovers the young girl she tried to leave behind
Curl Up and Dye: Book 3
Watch the tangled mess that Hilde gets herself into when she realizes that Mabel Winnemaker, her latest client at Druther’s Funeral Home, has gone missing. Hilde knows that the body she is asked to work on at the funeral home is not the same person as in her reference photo. Unhappily for Hilde, everyone else doubts that Mabel is missing.
The situation heats up hotter than Hilde’s curling iron — and forces her to answer some tough questions: Is she being silenced when the funeral director accuses her of stealing a diamond ring? Will Hilde Higgins’s former boyfriend help her unravel the issue — or only bring more trouble to her life? And most important of all, what happened to the real Mabel… and why?
Bumping off Binky
Curl Up and Dye: Book 2
No one would call Hilde Higgins an “ordinary” hairstylist — not with her own purple-streaked locks, punkish clothing, weird love of SPAM salad sandwiches, and long list of soon-to-be-buried clients at funeral homes throughout Wichita, Kansas. To top the list of oddities off, Hilde has a rather unusual phobia — she has an unexplainable fear of clowns.
Hilde also has a knack for getting herself into unusual situations — like finding the clown-clad corpse of Harold “Binky” Tuttwiler in a cemetery. Binky — a local businessman who moonlights as a volunteer clown at the children’s hospital — had clearly been murdered. The police quickly zero-in on a prime suspect: Adam Sawyer, a handsome stockbroker who also dresses up as a clown to entertain sick kids. The very same Adam Sawyer who is Hilde’s new boyfriend.
Once again, Hilde is forced to switch from hairdressing to sleuthing, because only she can discover who really bumped-off Binky. Can Hilde solve the mystery before a Kansas twister blows all the evidence away?
A Wedding to Dye For
Curl Up and Dye: Book 1
An Ice Storm Can Be an Unwelcome Guest at a Wedding. But So is a Dead Pastor With a Knife Sticking Out of His Back!
Hilde Higgins has planned her wedding to the last detail. The date is set, the church has been reserved, the guests have been invited, and the caterers are standing by.
The one thing Hilde can’t control is the weather. As the wedding party gathers for a rehearsal dinner at the boarding house where Hilde has lived for the past several years, a catastrophic storm coats the town of Eden, Kansas, in several inches of ice.
The power is out and the partygoers are stranded without a way to reach the outside world. Their situation becomes even more perilous when Reverend Barney Whittle, a stand-in for Hilde’s pastor who was unable to attend the dinner, is found outside, covered in ice, stiff, and thoroughly dead.
His death might have been seen as an unfortunate accident–except for the knife found sticking out of his back.
I love Nancy’s books because they keep me turning pages long into the night when I should be sleeping!Lynne Young