Book Review: “Deadly Plunge” by Greg Messel

January 11, 2013 at 7:16 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Greg Messel in his new book, “deadly plunge book coverDeadly Plunge” Book Two in the Sam Slater Mysteries series published by the author takes us back into the lives of Sam Slater and Amelia Ryan as they try to solve a murder that looks like a suicide.

From the back cover:   Former baseball player and newly-minted private investigator, Sam Slater is hired to find out why a rich, politically-well connected San Francisco man, Arthur Bolender,  suddenly ended his life by plunging off of the Golden Gate Bridge. All those who know Arthur say unequivocally that he did not commit suicide.  However, Bolender’s body was found floating in San Francisco Bay and his car was abandoned in the traffic lane of the bridge.  Meanwhile, Sam’s romance with glamorous TWA stewardess Amelia Ryan continues to blossom and deepen. She is now his secret fiancée. Amelia also eagerly helps Sam solve his cases when she’s in town.

The key to unraveling the mystery seems to be a strange old Victorian-style house. Bolender’s widow, a rich, seductive socialite named Maggie Bolender, was not even aware that her husband owned the house. What is really going on behind the doors of the mysterious house?  Finding the answers will plunge Sam and Amelia into a dangerous world of political intrigue in the exciting sequel to “Last of the Seals

Sam Slater is back and his second case is a lot tougher than his first and his first almost got him killed.  One thing is for sure Arthur Bolender died in the fall from the Golden Gate Bridge.  Everyone says it was suicide his widow says it was murder and there are lots of people who do not want Sam to investigate this death and find out which is correct.  “Deadly Plunge” is a wild ride filled with detail of the Cold War climate back then.  Mr. Messel has given us a very exciting thriller set against the backdrop of 1958 San Francisco.  This is an evenly paced page turning mystery adventure as we try to figure out who did it before Sam does.  Not a chance.  On top of everything the romance continues between Sam and Amelia with a nice cliffhanger at the end of the book.  Thank you Greg Messel for giving us a mystery done old school.  I am glad I found this talented author and am really looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pump Up Your Book.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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