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April 16, 2017



Deadly Spirits

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Author: E. Michael Helms
Publisher: Coffeetown/Camel Press
Pages: 250
Genre: Mystery
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.

About the Author:   Born in Marietta, GA, raised in Panama City, FL, live in Westminster, SC, The United States

Twitter EMichaelHelms 
Influences Erich Maria Remarque, Sloan Wilson, Ross Macdonald, Robert J. Ray
 I was born in Georgia way back in the last century but grew up and lived most of my life in Panama City, Florida. In 2004 my wife and I moved to the Upstate region of South Carolina in the shadows of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, a land of stunning vistas and numerous waterfalls.

I’ve been traditionally published since 1990 when my Vietnam War memoir, The Proud Bastards, was published. It’s about my time as a combat U.S. Marine in 1967-68. It’s still in print after all these years, currently with Simon & Schuster/Pocket. I’ve since written a few novels in different genres. I’m currently writing the Mac McClellan Mystery series which is set along the coast of the Florida Panhandle where I grew up.

 MY THOUGHTS: Are mysteries your thing?   Well E. Michael Helms brings Deadly Spirits, a mystery you can't miss. First question is "Who Dunnit?"  This PI Mac McClellan book takes place in Florida.   Now if you don't believe in ghosts, then switch on your imagination and if you do believe, this is right up your alley.   Now the reason Mac has joined the Palmetto Paranormal Society is because of his "woman".   She wants to do a little ghost delving with her honey.  Seems like Mac perked the group up and things got going a little bit faster.   Not that that was a good thing for Mac, for the reader, yes.   Bodies, bodies and more bodies start showing up. These seem to be occuring at the haunted Navarro Hotel.   That is if you believe in tha buildings can be haunted. This was a little of a shock for the Palmetto Paranormal Society.  They hadn't seen this much action in a while.  But taking a look on the other side is what they're supposed to be all about.

Some of the bodies found, well, there could be reasonable explanations for them such as the society's president found at the bottom of a staircase. An Accident?  Could very well be.  Another a possible suicide?  But all of these bodies showing up couldn't be accidents or suicides!  Now the author puts you right in the middle of this Paranormal Society and what they are finding.  They now have a lot of questions that need answers.  Mainly, WHO DUNNIT?  The plot is full of twists and turns like a web of deceit that needs untangling.

Never a dull moment when Mac is around.   There's always danger and lots of action.  He lives a lifestyle similar to our lovable character in the Rockford files, trailer and all.  Could it be that he lives in that trailer because his clients seem to die before they pay?  He has a lot of good qualities that are important, he has a touch of being a bit old fashioned which means a man stands on his principle, he's good for his word and he is strong.  I think that's why I like Mac so much.

With each book, we learn more about Mac and what makes him tick.  The bad thing is, the end comes and it leaves you wanting more of Mac and his life.  I'm hoping there's going to be a bit more ghost hunting to come.

We are finally left with the question, WHO DUNNIT?  Do you know after reading this?  Was it human or ghost?   Read and find out.

I received a copy of this book from the author and PUYB and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS. 

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