Friday, February 13, 2015

Blog Tour Book Review: Shadows in the Fog by Greg Messel

Title: Shadows in the Fog
Author: Greg Messel 
My Ratings: ♥♥♥♥♡
Pages: 429
Genre: Mystery 
Format: Paperback
Sources: Pump Up Your Books 
ISBN 13: 978-0-9854859-8-6

                      Shadows In The Fog 

The story begins on a stormy morning in February of 1959. The front page of the morning paper is dominated by news of the plane crash which killed rock ’n roll stars Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Richie Valens.

Private Eye Sam Slater is hired to perform what he thinks is a routine two-day job as a favor for a friend. However, it all goes terribly wrong when a young San Francisco policeman is gunned down while sitting in a parked car with Sam.

The murder sets off a chain of events which will pull Sam and his wife and partner, Amelia, into a dangerous web of intrigue in the dark, shadowy alleys and back rooms of San Francisco’s Chinatown.

In the winter of 1959, Amelia resigns as a TWA stewardess and is now Sam’s full time partner in the private eye business.

Sam and Amelia inadvertently come in conflict with the San Francisco mob boss after helping a crusading newspaper reporter who is working to expose corruption in Chinatown. Now a mysterious dark car follows the Slaters every where they go. Sam and Amelia discover a hidden world of corrupt cops, gambling parlors, brothels and human trafficking exists right under their noses.

At the same time, a rising California politician hires Sam and Amelia to find his daughter who disappeared without a trace three years earlier. The search is prompted by the sudden appearance of a letter from the woman, who was presumed dead.

As Sam and Amelia pursue these cases, they discover that all the clues lead them back to Chinatown. The Slaters want to avoid taking on the San Francisco crime lords head-on. However, when Amelia is kidnapped in an alley during the Chinese New Year’s celebration, Sam plunges himself into danger desperately searching Chinatown to find her before it’s too late.

The reader will be drawn into fast moving events which culminate in a harrowing conclusion as Sam Slater races against the clock on a foggy night in Chinatown.

Shadows In The Fog is the fifth book in the the award winning Sam Slater Mysteries Series but is a stand-alone thriller in the tradition of great whodunits.

                            My Thoughts

Now, this was my first time reading Messel's work and I enjoyed it dearly. I felt like it was just flit with so much suspense and greatly written he will have in audience feeding out of his palms.

Now, I don't really want to talk much about the plot to keep the spoilers from jumping out but just a brief overview in which I have read. Everything is not turning out for the best.

A San Francisco police man is kilt while he accompanies our main character Sam Slater. As we go further into the book Sam accompanies by his wife & partner Amelia in a dangerous adventure.

While uncovering the clues its nothing like they bargained for when the clues trace back to Chinatown, when Amelia is captured.Come along in this mysterious adventure to uncover the truth about who and what took place in the fifth book.

Its no surprise that this book has so much great ratings along with the series, its just one of those books that have you cringing to figure out what might take place next. This author just has a great wring style that shunned me because I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did.

The "Sam Slater" books all sound so great and very enthusiastic, that in the near future it will be on my bucket list to finish reading. I highly suggest everyone to give this series a good if your looking for something new and exciting to start of this great 2015 year.

                              Greg Messel

Greg Messel has spent most of his adult life interested in writing, including a career in the newspaper business. He won a Wyoming Press Association Award as a columnist and has contributed articles to various magazines. Greg retired from the corporate world and now lives in South Jordan, Utah. He has three adult children who are married and have 11 grandchildren. Greg has written eight novels. His latest is "Shadows In The Fog" which is the fifth in a series of mysteries set in 1959 San Francisco. "Fog City Strangler," "San Francisco Secrets," "Deadly Plunge" are sequels to the first book in the series "Last of the Seals." His other three novels are "Sunbreaks," "Expiation" and "The Illusion of Certainty." For a more detailed summary of Greg's novels go to Greg is currently working on his ninth novel--the sixth in the mystery series--"Cable Car Mystery"--which will be published in late 2015. 


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