Publisher: Sunbreaks Publishing
Date of Publication: April 2012
The year is 1957 in San Francisco. Sam Slater is a lifetime minor league baseball player for the San Francisco Seals. When his friend is brutally murdered, Sam must go it alone and try to find out why. Along the way he is swept off of his feet by a beautiful Elvis-obsessed TWA stewardess named Amelia Ryan. Sam and Amelia try to unravel the mystery together. On dark and foggy San Francisco nights, trouble is lurking just around the next corner.
This book was nothing like I expected it to be. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I know I must have because I devoured the book. I was worried that it was going to be all about baseball. Instead, I was treated to two mysteries and a very sweet romance. The book takes place in 1957, when most men wore suits to work and chivalry was alive and well. The nostalgia in the book made it a fun read. Imagine be able to fill your gas tank for $5.00? The two mysteries were pretty good and well written.
Sam is a great character. He is a war hero and a pitcher for the San Francisco Seals. As his career is coming to an end, he is looking forward to his future as a private investigator with his best friend. He also meets Amelia who throws him for a loop. I loved watching their romance blossom. He was such a gentleman. Amelia was a perfect match for him. I could see them working together in the PI business.
This is the first book I have read by Mr. Messel. The Last of the Seals is the first in a series. It looks like the next one comes out in 2013. I look forward to reading the further adventures of Sam and Amelia.
About the author:
Greg Messel has written four novels and three unpublished memoirs. He published his premiere novel “Sunbreaks” in 2009, followed by “Expiation” in 2010 and “The Illusion of Certainty” in 2011. “Last of the Seals” is the first in a series of mysteries which are set in 1957 San Francisco. The second book in the series “Deadly Plunge’ will be published around Christmas of 2012. Greg grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has had a newspaper career as a columnist, sportswriter and news editor. He won a Wyoming Press Association Award as a columnist while working for a daily newspaper in Wyoming. Greg also spent many years in the corporate world as a Financial Manager. He now devotes his energies to writing at his home in Edmonds, Washington on the Puget Sound just north of Seattle, where he lives with his wife, Carol. To get your paperback copy of LAST OF THE SEALS by Greg Messel:http://www.amazon.com/Last-Seals-Greg-Messel/dp/0985485906/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1339973921&sr=1-1
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