Blog Publicity Tour: Last of the Seals


Greg Messel
has written four novels and three unpublished memoirs.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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The year is 1957 in San Francisco. Sam Slater is a lifetime minor
league baseball player for the San Francisco Seals. The Seals have just
one more season left as San Francisco is about to become a major league
city. The Giants are coming to town in 1958 and the Seals will be
displaced. Sam has come to the end of his baseball career and is going
to join the private detective agency of his best friend. When his friend
is brutally murdered, Sam must go it alone and try to find out why.
Along the way he is swept off of his feet by a beautiful Elvis-obsessed
TWA stewardess named Amelia Ryan. Sam and Amelia try to unravel the
mystery together. Sam’s best friend, Jimmy inadvertently saw something
he shouldn’t have. Sam and Amelia have pictures in their possession that
have crime families in San Francisco and Chicago very worried. Then a
young woman Sam has been searching for is found dead on the beach.
Suddenly, Sam and Amelia find themselves in danger. On dark and foggy
San Francisco nights, trouble is lurking just around the next corner.


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Baseball? Check. Murder? Check. Mystery? Check. Romance? Check.


That is right this book has all the above and more. From page one you go back in time and follow the life of Sam. His greatness at baseball is closing as the world turns and people move and life happens. Sam turns in his glove for a maganifying glass so to speak as he goes from the Seals pitcher to the solo person in a duo private investigation firm. 


Amelia later joins to make the dynamic duo leap into clues and mystery to find out who and why two people are dead. 


Greg is a masterful author weaving multiple substories into one great masterpiece.  You have history and baseball facts from the Seals. Which I enjoyed because I like baseball and I like history. Win win for me!!! The characters are so realistic and the love at first sight doesn’t have them in bed the next day. Which is great because I love when an author lets a couple bloom. 

This is an easy read that would make anyone proud to have on their shelf. This is the first of a mystery series for Greg but it won’t be the last I read as I found the book captivating and entertaining. And I can’t wait to pick up the next of Greg’s books.


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