Thursday, December 13, 2012


Deadly Plunge

Greg Messel

  • Publisher: Sunbreaks Publishing (October 8, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0985485922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985485924

About the book . . . 

Former baseball player and newly-minted private investigator, Sam Slater is hired to find out why a rich, politically-well connected San Francisco man, Arthur Bolender, suddenly ended his life by plunging off of the Golden Gate Bridge. All those who know Arthur say unequivocally that he did not commit suicide. However, Bolender’s body was found floating in San Francisco Bay and his car was abandoned in the traffic lane of the bridge. Meanwhile, Sam’s romance with glamorous TWA stewardess Amelia Ryan continues to blossom and deepen. She is now his secret fiancee. Amelia also eagerly helps Sam solve his cases when she’s in town. The key to unraveling the mystery seems to be a strange old Victorian-style house. Bolender’s widow, a rich, seductive socialite named Maggie Bolender, was not even aware that her husband owned the house. What is really going on behind the doors of the mysterious house? Finding the answers will plunge Sam and Amelia into a dangerous world of political intrigue in the exciting sequel to “Last of the Seals.” 

Book Trailer-DEADLY PLUNGE by Greg Messel 

About the author . . .          

Greg Messel has written five novels and three unpublished memoirs.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.

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Reader Review . . . 

The Golden Gate Bridge is perhaps the most popular spot for suicides, but no one believes that Arthur Bolender was suicidal.  His sexy, not-so-grief-stricken widow has hired private investigator Sam Slater to discover what really happened the night his car was left on the bridge and his body was found in the water below.  Meanwhile, Sam and TWA stewardess Amelia Ryan have secretly agreed to marry; that is, if their relationship survives this case.

Deadly Plunge is the second in Greg Messel's Sam Slater mystery series.  The novels are set in San Francisco in the late 1950s and are vividly descriptive of the time and place.  I am looking forward to the next installment in the series to see what happens in the relationship between Sam and Amelia.

 4 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Pump Up Your Book book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  



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