Friday, January 5, 2018

Attention: Mystery Lovers! Armchair Sleuths! Tome Tender Uncovers Great Reading Picks!

Settle in and discover TWO Hard-Boiled Mystery Series!

Mac McClellan Mystery Series by E. Michael Helms - Set in the Panhandle of Florida
and
Frank Mattituck by P. Wesley Lundburg - Set in the Wilds of Alaska

The New Year is here, it's time to find some GREAT New Reading!
Meet Mac McClellan

Deadly Catch

by E. Michael Helms


Series: Mac McClellan Mystery, Book One
Publication Date: November 12, 2013
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
ISBN: 1616148675
Genre: Adult Mystery
Number of Pages: 210
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

“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.



Deadly Ruse

by E. Michael Helms


Series: Mac McClellan Mystery - Book 2
Publication Date: November 11, 2014
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
ISBN-10: 1616140097
ISBN-13: 978-1616140090
Genre: Mystery/Intrigue
Print Length: 250 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 

Mac’s girlfriend, Kate Bell, thinks she’s seen a ghost. Wes Harrison, Kate’s former boyfriend, supposedly perished twelve years ago in a boating accident. But now she swears a man she spotted in a crowded theater lobby is Wes. Mac has his doubts--it was only a fleeting glimpse. But to calm her shattered nerves, he starts making inquiries.

A clue leads him from his home in St. George, Florida, to a Texas orphanage. There he uncovers startling information that turns both his and Kate’s world upside-down. Diamond smuggling, sex, deceit, and murder are just part of the twisted tale that emerges from Kate’s earlier life. Using wit, grit, and the ingrained military training of a former Marine, Mac starts to fit the pieces of this scrambled puzzle together.

Further clues point to the Palmetto Royale Casino and Resort near St. George. He and Kate discover that the casino is a front for big drug deals. When they barely escape a murder attempt, Mac knows he’s on the right track.

But he better play his cards right–because losing this high-stakes game could cost him his life.


Deadly Dunes

by E.Michael Helms


Series: Mac McClellan Mystery - Book 3
Publication Date: March 15, 2016
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN-10: 1603813470
ISBN-13: 978-1603813471
Genre: Mystery | Suspense
Paperback: 228 pages
Available from: Amazon
 
Hours after hiring Mac McClellan to investigate the supposed suicide of her archaeologist brother, single-mom Jessie dies in a car accident. Jessie had just showed Mac artifacts and a copy of a map Jake found, items that indicate Hernando de Soto and his explorers might have camped on Five Mile Island during the winter of 1539-1540. Studying the map, Mac determines the site lies in the middle of a planned resort, The Dunes. Declaring the area an historic site could shut the project down. Suspicions aroused, he forges ahead, even though he no longer has a paying client.

Everywhere Mac turns, greed abounds, and no one he interviews seems innocent, even Jessie's closest friends the Deckers, who have adopted her teenage daughter. Ron Decker's construction company is building the Dunes, and he is heavily invested in its success. Then there is the oily son and ex-stripper wife of an old curmudgeon who won't sell the one lot the project still needs to acquire. Jake's estranged wife Laurel had plenty to gain from his death, and as Mac continues to dig, he begins to wonder if Jessie herself had more at stake than he was led to believe.

No one is happy about Mac's persistence, and someone is unhappy enough to crash his truck and frame him for yet another murder. But Mac isn't giving up, no matter what the cost.

Book 3 in the Mac McClellan Mystery series.



Deadly Spirits
A Mac McClellan Mystery
by E. Michael Helms
Series: Mac McClellan - Book 4
Publisher: Camel Press (January 15, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1603813497
ISBN-13: 978-1603813495
Genre: Mystery
Paperback: 266 pages
Available from: Amazon

When PI Mac McClellan's girlfriend convinces him to join the Palmetto Paranormal Society, he becomes embroiled in a case of whooodunnit. The society president, while investigating an old hotel, is found dead at the foot of the stairwell, his neck broken. The man's secretary and current squeeze stands horrified beside his body. Authorities rule the death an accident. Mac has doubts--no one heard the man tumbling down the stairs. Then the secretary dies in an apparent suicide. Two deaths in two paranormal investigations, and not a peep out of either victim. Mac suspects there's more going on than a vengeful spirit. Book 4 in the Mac McClellan Mystery series, which began with Deadly Catch.

Meet Frank Mattituck


Skipper's Oath
by P. Wesley Lundburg
Series: The Frank Mattituck Series - Book 1
Publisher: Gaslamp Scriveners; 2 edition (September 9, 2016)
Publication Date: September 9, 2016
Genre: Murder/Suspense | Adventure
Print Length: 432 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
Alaska charter boat captain Frank Mattituck has established a tranquil fishing life that allows him to keep the haunting of his past at bay. He has a successful business and a solitary personal life that provides him control over his world. That is, until his sense of justice is awakened by the murder of a close friend and his solitude is broken by the rekindling of his relationship with Monica Castle. Suddenly, Mattituck finds he can no longer hide, and he finds himself helping State Trooper Todd Benson track down killers and criminals in Alaska, forming a unique crime-fighting duo.

In Skipper’s Oath, the first book in The Frank Mattituck Series, Mattituck’s life is turned upside-down by the disappearance of a friend. Mattituck sets out to find him, only to find himself face-to-face with a ruthless killer who turns his attention on Mattituck. The killer chases him through the Alaska wilderness and seas, and Mattituck must tap into his outdoors ingenuity to survive.

Frank Mattituck and Trooper Todd Benson embark on a wild pursuit of the ruthless killer terrorizing the waters of Prince William Sound. Mattituck goes from Charter Boat Skipper to taking an oath to serve the law enforcement needs of the people of Alaska, ultimately putting him at a crossroads where he can either walk away and continue his life of hiding, or square off with his demons and make a difference in the world around him. 




Poacher's End
by P. Wesley Lundburg


Series: The Frank Mattituck Series - Book 2
Publication Date: March 3, 2017
Publisher: P.Wesley Lundburg
Genre: Mystery | Thriller
Print Length: 381 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
A fishing poacher murdered.... hated by the entire town.... a long line of people who would be happy to kill him....

But Frank Mattituck and his friend Alaska State Trooper Todd Benson are at odds over who killed the despised halibut poacher, Ned Simmons. A friend of both Mattituck and Benson is the prime suspect, and Todd carries out his investigation accordingly, causing a rift in his and Mattituck's growing partnership. Monica Castle gets involved, representing the accused. They all find there is a long line of people with plenty of motive to kill the surly old fisherman. Suddenly, the case is wide open, and the resulting pandemonium spins them all in a dizzying whodunit as they try to figure out who brought Ned Simmons to his grisly end.


Hinchinbrook's Hunted
by P. Wesley Lundburg


Series: The Frank Mattituck Series - Book 3
Publication Date: November 10, 2017
Publisher: P. Wesley Lundburg
Genre: Mystery | Suspense | Action & Adventure
Print Length: 287 pages
Available from: Amazon

A hunting trip gone awry, a best friend from childhood dead . . . 

Alaska crime-fighting duo Frank Mattituck and State Trooper Todd Benson are called into action to investigate the accidental hunting death of Justin Harris, only to discover there was more to Justin's friendship with Outdoor Outfitting Store owner Wilson Garrett than originally thought. Behind the scenes is a hidden life that, when it comes to light, sends Mattituck, Todd, and Monica headlong into a web of deadly secrets. As they unravel the web, the question becomes: Was Justin's death a mere hunting accident after all?

About the Series:
Alaska charter boat captain Frank Mattituck has established a tranquil fishing life that allows him to keep the haunting of his past at bay. He has a successful business and a solitary personal life that provides him control over his world. That is, until his sense of justice is awakened by the murder of a close friend and his solitude is broken by the rekindling of his relationship with Monica Castle. Suddenly, Mattituck finds he can no longer hide, and he finds himself helping State Trooper Todd Benson track down killers and criminals in Alaska, forming a unique crime-fighting duo.

Meet the Authors

E. Michael Helms


E. Michael Helms grew up in Panama City, FL, on the beautiful coast of the Florida Panhandle. He played football and excelled in baseball as a catcher. Turning down a scholarship offer from the local Junior college, he joined the Marines after high school graduation. He served as a rifleman during some of the heaviest fighting of the Vietnam War until wounded three times in one day. Helms discounts it as "waking up on the wrong side of the foxhole."

His memoir of the war, The Proud Bastards, has been called “As powerful and compelling a battlefield memoir as any ever written ... a modern military classic,” and remains in print after 26 years.

The Private War of Corporal Henson, a semi-autobiographical fictional sequel to The Proud Bastards, was published in August 2014.

A long-time Civil War buff, Book One of Helms' two-volume historical saga, Of Blood and Brothers, was released September 2013. Book Two followed in March 2014.

Seeking a respite from writing about war, Helms decided to give mysteries a try. The first novel of his Mac McClellan Mystery series, Deadly Catch, was published in November 2013 and was named Library Journal's Debut Mystery of the Month. The second Mac McClellan Mystery, Deadly Ruse, premiered in November 2014. It won the 2015 RONE AWARD for "Best Mystery." Deadly Dunes was released in March 2016. Deadly Spirits launched January 15, 2017.

With his wife, Karen, Helms now lives in the Upstate region of South Carolina in the shadow of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys playing guitar, hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, and is an avid birdwatcher. He continues to listen as Mac McClellan dictates his latest adventures in his mystery series. 
Click Here to learn more about E. Michael Helms and his books!

P. Wesley Lundburg


P. Wesley Lundburg has been an Alaska Charter Boat Captain, Coast Guardsman, college English professor, and professional editor. Wes holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Literature. He works full-time in higher education as a college dean and professor and writes most every day as part of his “down time” and fun time.

Wes launched his fiction-writing career in 7th grade with a teacher-acclaimed UFO abduction story, became addicted to writing, and hasn’t stopped since. Besides his current set of novels, most of his published work has been creative essays, particularly nature pieces, and he has written many outdoor travel articles. He has also published academic papers, and presented papers and workshops in his field of Literature and Communication. His greatest joy has been in writing fiction, however, and he has written numerous short stories, some of which have seen publication.

Wes’ writing is steeped in characters and a sense of place. Raised in San Diego, California, and having lived more than 17 years in Alaska, these are the sources of his major fiction works. In Alaska, he served in the Coast Guard and later ran a one-boat fishing charter company. Wes now lives on Long Island, New York, with his wife, five kids, very small dog, and a smattering of wild bunnies that hide and dart around his back yard.
Click Here to learn more about P. Wesley Lundburg and his books!

2 comments:

  1. Well, this is a VERY nice surprise! Thank you so much for the wonderful "shout out" of my Mac McClellan Mystery series. I'm much more than flattered and grateful. I appreciate all the support you've given my work through the past several years, Ms. Reviewer Extraordinaire! :-)
    --Michael

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    1. Always a pleasure! How could I NOT share great reading?

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