Author Greg Messel
Published December 16, 2013
Source I received this from the author for an honest review
Purchase Links AMAZON B & N
As 1958 nears an end San Francisco is being terrorized by a man who calls himself the “Fog City Strangler,” who preys on pretty young blonde women. The strangler announces each murder by sending a note and piece of cloth from the victim’s dresses to the local newspapers.
Private eye Sam Slater is worried that the Fog City Strangler may be eyeing his beautiful blonde wife, stewardess Amelia Ryan. Sam’s angst mounts as the strangler continues to claim more victims. His anxiety is further fueled when TWA launches an advertising campaign with Amelia’s picture on a series of billboards plastered all over the city. Sam fears the billboards may attract too much attention–the wrong kind of attention.
Meanwhile, Sam and Amelia are hired to try to find the missing daughter of a wealthy dowager who fears she has lost her only child. The missing woman went for a walk with her dog on Stinson Beach, near San Francisco, and seemingly vanished into thin air. The woman’s husband arrived at their beach house and found the dog running loose but there was no trace of his wife. The police are stumped in their investigation.
As Sam and Amelia look into the disappearance of the woman on the beach they discover that nothing is as it seems at first glance. On a stormy night a shadowy figure sets fire to the beach house where the couple is staying–hoping to stop their investigation.
For my first book by Greg Messel I have to say I was highly impressed. I really felt like I was stuck in the 1950's. I thought, by looking at the cover, that there was going to be a lot of murders in the fog full of crazy details and full of gore. Sadly, that's not quite how this story went. But, it was still an excellent read.
It took me about 100 pages until I was 'hooked' and just wanted to keep reading and reading with out putting it down. At this point, I was mad when I had to shut my kindle and go to work, haha. That's why it is a 4.5 instead of 5 stars.
I loved the main characters. They were really sweet together. I remember when I was a newly wed and that bliss of newness when you first get together. Their love made me flash back to those early days of my own marriage and that brought warmth through me.
The next book is coming out later in 2014 and I think I am going to deff try and keep my eye out for it. I am even contemplating going back and reading the ones before this. I had no idea this was a series book. It was so well written as a stand alone. Which I know can be hard. Another reason I was so impressed with this story.
Overall -- if you like a good mystery and need to shake up the 'norm' then this might just be the book for you!
About the Author:
Greg Messel grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in Edmonds, Washington
on the Puget Sound with his wife, Carol.
City Strangler is
his seventh novel and is the fourth in a new series of Sam Slater mystery
novels. Greg has lived in Oregon,
Washington, California, Wyoming and Utah and has always loved writing, including
stints as a reporter, columnist and news editor for a daily newspaper.
Follow news about Messel’s writings and books at
Socialize with Greg!
Greg Messel is giving away a 3 book set of his Sam Slater Mystery Series (Last of the Seals, Deadly Plunge and San Francisco Secrets AND a $25 Amazon Gift Card!
- By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
- One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive the 3 book set and $25 Amazon Gift Card.
- This giveaway begins February 3 and ends on March 28.
- Winner will be contacted via email on Monday, March 31, 2014.
- Winner has 48 hours to reply.