Deadly Ruse

A Mac McClellan Mystery, #2

It’s time to stay up late and get sucked into book two in the Mac McClellan Mysteries series.

Kate Bell's former boyfriend, Wes Harrison supposedly perished twelve years ago. It was a boating accident. Now she’s Mac's girlfriend. Kate thinks she's seen Wes in theatre lobby. Mac has his doubts. He barely saw him and isn’t sure. But Kate is stressed out about this. So Mac make inquiries to see what is going on and to ease her stress. He goes from his home in St. George, Florida and then to a Texas orphanage on a clue. Kate and Mac's worlds are turned upside-down.

Deadly Ruse is a story that quickly unveils a web of deceit, murder, sex, and diamond smuggling. This all comes from Kate's earlier years. Mac used all the skills of being a Marine to solve the mystery. He started to fit the mixed up pieces together, just like a jig saw. A place stands out. Palmetto Royal Casino and Resort that is near St. George. Well the casino is a front for drug deals. Mac knows right away that he's on the right track when they barely escape with their lives. How good is Mac at playing cards? Losing this high stakes game could mean his life and Kate's.

E. Michael Helms wrote a wonderfully paced mystery that is filled with all the deceitful things a reader can find good when reading a book. This is a story that will keep your attention and hold you on the edge of your seat. Is Wes Harrison dead or is he involved in the drug operations? This was a great-high stakes mystery for any mystery or suspense lover. I found I couldn't put the book down.

Book Blurb for Deadly Ruse

Mac’s girlfriend, Kate Bell, thinks she’s seen a ghost. Wes Harrison, Kate’s former boyfriend, supposedly perished twelve years ago in a boating accident. But now she swears a man she spotted in a crowded theater lobby is Wes. Mac has his doubts--it was only a fleeting glimpse. But to calm her shattered nerves, he starts making inquiries.

A clue leads him from his home in St. George, Florida, to a Texas orphanage. There he uncovers startling information that turns both his and Kate’s world upside-down. Diamond smuggling, sex, deceit, and murder are just part of the twisted tale that emerges from Kate’s earlier life. Using wit, grit, and the ingrained military training of a former Marine, Mac starts to fit the pieces of this scrambled puzzle together.

Further clues point to the Palmetto Royale Casino and Resort near St. George. He and Kate discover that the casino is a front for big drug deals. When they barely escape a murder attempt, Mac knows he’s on the right track.

But he better play his cards right–because losing this high-stakes game could cost him his life.

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2014 5.00