4.5 out of 5 Stars
Thank you to author E. Michael Helms for calling this wonderful book to my attention!
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.
Mac might just be my new favourite person… I am legitimately disappointed that he’s fictional! A man after my own heart, he drinks (a man who has a flask of scotch in him pretty much at all times?? COME ON!), he’s funny and self-deprecating, a little pervy, has a big dog and a big truck. I just realised that, besides the big dog, I pretty much just described my man. NO WONDER I LOVE MAC SO MUCH! 😂
Some of Mac’s comments got a LITTLE old. Like describing women “from stem to stern”, or things like a character introducing herself as Brie and him thinking, “Brie, like the cheese. Tasty.” But, at the same time it suited him so well I didn’t mind. I could just picture him in an old film noir or pulp fiction kind of detective story! He seemed like he was a character from a different time.
I loved the mix of ghost hunting (especially with Mac’s disbelief) and mystery. I honestly wish there had been a little bit more in the ghostly realm in the book. But, I definitely won’t complain.
All in all a really fun mystery and I can’t wait to read more of Mac’s adventures!!
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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.
Deadly Spirits is Best Served with a 12 yr Old Dewar Whisky
Just pour it in your glass, over ice, or on “the rocks” (as I sometimes like to use whisky rocks). However you enjoy it…. just make sure you ENJOY IT!