Book Review: Deadly Ruse by E. Michael Helms—and a Giveaway!

Deadly RuseDeadly Ruse
A Mac McClellan Mystery #2
E. Michael Helms
Seventh Street Books, November 2014
ISBN 978-1-61614-009-0
Trade Paperback

Mac McClellan, retired Marine, is enjoying his life on the gulf coast of Florida. He’s got his camper trailer and is dating Kate Bell, a woman he met at the local marina. But when he and Kate attend a showing of “Dead Man Walking” at the local classic cinema, Kate faints when she sees a man in the lobby who looks like her former boyfriend.

Wes Harrison died in a boating accident twelve years ago, Kate tells Mac. Although Mac finds it hard to believe, Kate insists it was Wes they saw. When Mac begins to probe into the circumstances surrounding Harrison’s death, he finds that Kate’s former boyfriend was involved in some shady activities. Would he have staged his own death?

Readers who enjoy private eye novels set in Florida, like Stuart Kaminsky’s Lew Fonseca series, will like Mac McClellan’s action-packed adventures.

Reviewed by Susan Belsky, October 2014.

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To enter the drawing for an Advance
Reading Copy (pre-publication copy) of
Deadly Ruse by E. Michael Helms, leave a
comment below. The winning name will be
drawn Wednesday evening, January 14th.
Open to residents of the US and Canada.

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19 thoughts on “Book Review: Deadly Ruse by E. Michael Helms—and a Giveaway!

  1. I live in South Florida and love mysteries set in my beloved state—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this book!

  2. This does sound like a puzzle which would be fun to solve. And I would enjoy following along on the journey to the solution.

  3. I would love to receive an Advanced Readers Copy of the book Deadly Ruse. I haven’t read anything by E. Michael Helms so this would be refreshing. Thanks for the opportunity.

  4. I live on the Gulf Coast and am always looking for books with settings in the south. I also love a good mystery and these characters sound fun!

    Thanks so much for a chance to win!

  5. I scooped this book up on the day it was released. I had read Deadly Catch, the first of the Mac McClellan books and loved it. Deadly Ruse was every bit as good and better. Now I’m waiting for number three!

  6. Sounds like one I should read & review. Hope chances are not diminished by another win for someone who did not respond after two wins. Do you notify by mail of is winner posted somewhere?

    • I notify by email from cncbooks1@gmail.com and, if I don’t get an answer, I try to find the person on Twitter or Facebook or their website if they’ve listed one that still works. Those searches are mostly useless. Either my emails are going in people’s spam folders or they’re using addresses they don’t think to check.

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