Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Deadly Catch Book Review

I have a good mystery book for you to read and it's one of those rare type of books that is just the right size, not too small nor is it too big. Something you can read in a day or two depending on how fast you read. It's called Deadly Catch written by E. Michael Helms.
“The first cast of the day turned my dream vacation into a nightmare. . . .”

After twenty-four years in the U.S. Marines, recently retired Mac McClellan is happy to be a civilian again. He is enjoying a leisurely fishing vacation in the Florida panhandle when he hooks a badly decomposed body.

Then, when a bag of rare marijuana is discovered stashed aboard his rental boat, he realizes someone is setting him up to take the fall for murder and drug smuggling. Mac’s plans for a more laid-back life must be put on hold while he works to clear his name as the number one suspect.

Mac launches an investigation with the help of Kate Bell, a feisty saleslady at the local marina with whom he has struck up a promising relationship. Along the way he must butt heads and match wits with local law enforcement officials, shady politicians, and strong-armed thugs from the Eastern Seaboard to sniff out and bring the real smuggler and killer to justice.
My Thoughts:

I can feel for Mac because I have had a few vacations planned that did not go just the way that I thought that they would. Of course, no dead bodies turned up while I was fishing nor did I get accused of anything, but I can see where having your vacation almost ruined would really suck, especially when you have used all of your time up and there is no more until the next year!

Mac just wanted a little bit of relaxing and fishing and just some peace and quiet after being a Marine for 24 years and a divorce behind him, he really wanted to take some time and reflect on what to do in this next phase of his life.

Dead bodies have a way of changing those plans and things don't go well with the local sheriff, who for some bizarre reason doesn't like Mac, so he tries to make it look like Mac is a suspect but that doesn't go over so well. People know Mac well enough to know he is a pretty good man and they ask for his help in snooping around to see if he can find anything.

And snooping is what Mac is good at so there will be sparks a flying and a few more murders along the way. It's a book full of action and surprises, so if you love a good mystery and want to know why the bad guys did what they did, then you will really want to read this quick and easy murder/mystery book!

Happy Reading!
About the Author:
E. Michael Helms is a USMC combat veteran. His memoir of the Vietnam War, The Proud Bastards, has been called "As powerful and compelling a battlefield memoir as any ever written . . . a modern military classic," and has been in print for over 20 years.

His work has also appeared in the books: Semper Fi: Stories of U.S. Marines from Boot Camp to Battle (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2003); Soldier's Heart: Survivors' Views of Combat Trauma (The Sidran Press, 1995); and Two Score and Ten: The Third Marine Division History (Turner Publishing, 1992).

Book One of his two-part saga of the Civil War, Of Blood and Brothers, was released in September 2013, with Book Two following in March 2014. The first of his Mac McClellan Mysteries, Deadly Catch, was published in November 2013. Deadly Ruse, the second in the series, is scheduled for release November 2014. The Private War of Corporal Henson, a semi-autobiographical fictional sequel to his memoir, The Proud Bastards, is due out June 2014.

Helms lives with his wife in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Upstate region of South Carolina, where they enjoy canoeing, hiking and bird watching. 
I thought this was a good little mystery that one of you might enjoy so I thought I would give my hard copy to one winner. You will really love this book! Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!


Gala said...

I'm still looking for my favorite one