Friday, February 17, 2017



 by E. Michael Helms

Review by Mahrie

 Are there really ghosts? And will a ghost cough up information to solve a murder? Deadly spirits has a great premise but the book has a slow start that is a bit stiff. However, IT GETS BETTER AND BETTER and turns out to be a darn good read. It kept me guessing and choosing one wrong killer after the other. The point of view character is male. So get used to the references to female physiology that are not offensive but decidedly male.

 E. Michael Helms

Michael Helms grew up in Panama City, FL, on the beautiful coast of the Florida Panhandle. He joined the Marines after high school graduation and served as a rifleman during some of the heaviest fighting of the Vietnam War. His tour of duty was cut short when he was wounded three times in one day. Helms discounts it as “waking up on the wrong side of the foxhole.”

His 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 26 years (currently with Simon & Schuster/Pocket).
He's also written a semi-autobiographical novel about combat vets struggling with PTSD, and a Civil War/Reconstruction era saga based on a true family.

Seeking a respite 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 was named Library Journal’s “Debut Mystery of the Month.” The second Mac McClellan Mystery, Deadly Ruse, premiered in November 2014. It won the 2015 RONE Award for “Best Mystery.” Deadly Dunes was published in March 2016 by Camel Press. Deadly Spirits will follow in January 2017. These mysteries are set in the Florida panhandle where Helms grew up.

With his wife, Karen, Helms now lives in the Upstate region of South Carolina in the shadows of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys playing guitar, hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, and is an avid birdwatcher. He continues to listen as Mac McClellan dictates his latest adventures in his mystery series.

E. Michael Helms

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