Adult Book Review

Deadly Spirits by E. Michael Helms

The Book:

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Book Title: Deadly Spirits

Book Author: E. Michael Helms

Page Count: 266

Publishing Date: January 15th, 2017

Publisher: Camel Press

Date Read: December 12th, 2017

Synopsis: When PI Mac McClellan’s girlfriend convinces him to join the Palmetto Paranormal Society, he becomes embroiled in a case of whooodunnit. The society president, while investigating an old hotel, is found dead at the foot of the stairwell, his neck broken. The man’s secretary and current squeeze stands horrified beside his body. Authorities rule the death an accident. Mac has doubts—no one heard the man tumbling down the stairs. Then the secretary dies in an apparent suicide. Two deaths in two paranormal investigations, and not a peep out of either victim. Mac suspects there’s more going on than a vengeful spirit.
Book 4 in the Mac McClellan Mystery series, which began with Deadly Catch. Reads as a stand alone.

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The Review:

Deadly Spirits will take you on a mysterious ride full of surprising twists and turns. It is fast paced, unpredictable, and full of excitement! If you love a well written murder mystery, then this one is for you!

Did anyone else read Nancy Drew when they were young? I was reminded of those books while I was reading Deadly Spirits. I really enjoyed this book! It was supposed to be book 4 in the Mac McClellan Mystery Series, but was promised to read like a stand alone, and it certainly did, but it also made me decide to add the first 3 books to my TBR!

So, now that my TBR is 3 books larger, let’s talk about Deadly Spirits. It was fast paced and highly entertaining. It had bits of humor, intrigue, and plenty of mystery to go around. It had a well developed plot, captivating writing style, and nice, descriptive world building.

I really enjoyed the interesting plot that involved a murder happening during a paranormal investigation. Talk about spooky! The story really pulled me in and didn’t let me go until the last page. It was certainly a “whodunnit” type of plot, and it was very well done.

The writing style was fantastic. I never found myself bored or confused. I was able to picture everything in my mind, and I just couldn’t put the book down!

I was really intrigued with Mac’s character too. He was brave and determined. He was astoundingly good at his job, and was very likable. But he also had a bit of a wandering eye that made me roll my eyes a few times, so he wasn’t unbelievably perfect.

I loved the mystery aspect of the story. I was constantly trying to figure out who the killer was and was trying to put the puzzle pieces together. I loved how the story surprised me and kept me involved until the very end! If the first 3 books in the series are this good, then I may have a new favorite series! 4.5 stars!


Thank you to the author for sending me this free copy in exchange for my honest review!

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25 thoughts on “Deadly Spirits by E. Michael Helms

    1. Thanks. I had most of the Nancy Drew books as a kid. Unfortunately they were misplaced when I left home for college 😦 So it would be super expensive to try to find them again. But this one had the same feel as those books, so I really enjoyed it!

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    1. I had seen another blogger review it and had added it to my list a while back, but then I saw your 5 star review and knew I had to get to it sooner. He saw my interest and sent me a copy too and I am so grateful to him and to you! I loved it and now I want to read the whole series!

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