When a young archaeologist is found dead from an alleged suicide, P.I. Mac McClellan is called in to investigate. Hours later, the woman who hired him is killed in a car accident. With nothing to go on but but vague suspicions and a few artifacts from a nearby site, Mac is determined to discover who is behind the deaths and why. As the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, his investigation leads him to a possible camp site of Hernando de Soto- and a planned multi-million-dollar beach resort. The more Mac digs, the more he realizes that everyone seems to have something to hide, and somebody is willing to do whatever it takes to keep him out of the picture.
Author E. Michael Helms knocks it out of the park with his latest addition to the Mac McClellan Mystery Series. Deadly Dunes is a fast-paced mystery with a colorful cast of characters and a well-developed plot that will keep you guessing. Full of witty dialogue and nail-biting suspense, readers will be captivated as they follow along with Mac, from sandy beaches to gritty nightclubs, as he investigates an intriguing trail of clues that will have you reading well into the night. Highly recommended for fans of crime, mystery, and suspense, Deadly Dunes is an entertaining read that is hard to put down.
Rating: 5 stars
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About the author…
E. Michael Helms grew up in Panama City, FL. He played football and excelled in baseball as a catcher. Turning down a scholarship offer from the local Junior college, he joined the Marines after high school graduation. He served as a rifleman during some of the heaviest fighting of the Vietnam War until wounded three times in one day. Helms discounts it as “waking up on the wrong side of the foxhole.”
Helms’ memoir of the war, “The Proud Bastards,” has been called “As powerful and compelling a battlefield memoir as any ever written … a modern military classic,” and remains in print after more than 20 years.
His military writings have also appeared in the books: “Semper Fi: Stories of U.S. Marines from Boot Camp to Battle” (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2003); “Soldier’s Heart: Survivors’ Views of Combat Trauma” (The Sidran Press, 1995); and “Two Score and Ten: The Third Marine Division History” (Turner Publishing, 1992).
A long-time Civil War buff, Book One of Helms’ two-part historical saga, “Of Blood and Brothers,” was released September 2013. Book Two followed in March 2014. Seeking a change from writing about war, Helms decided to give mysteries a try. The first novel of his Mac McClellan Mystery series, “Deadly Catch,” was published in November 2013 and named Library Journal’s “Debut Mystery of the Month.” The second Mac McClellan Mystery, “Deadly Ruse,” premiered in November 2014.
While concentrating on his mystery series, Helms dusted off a manuscript dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that sat in his desk drawer for over two decades. “The Private War of Corporal Henson,” a semi-autobiographical fictional sequel to “The Proud Bastards,” was published in August 2014.
With his wife, Karen, Helms now lives in the Upstate region of South Carolina in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys hiking (when his body cooperates), camping, canoeing, and is an avid birdwatcher. He continues to listen as Mac McClellan dictates his latest adventures in his mystery series.
You can learn more by visiting http://www.emichaelhelms.com/