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Big Sick Heart: A Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Mike Markel
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Police Detective Karen Seagate is having a rough time with her family, the police department, and her drinking. A high-profile murder that has the Chief breathing down her neck is not what she needs, especially with a brand new partner just promoted from uniform rank. Still, Seagate intends to track down the killer. The victim, Arlen Hagerty, created plenty of enemies as he clawed his way to the top of his Soul Savers organization. The organization's founder, whom Hagerty shoved out of the way, Hagerty's wife, his mistress, his debate partner, and the politician he was blackmailing--all had reason to wish him dead. But who would kill a man who was dying anyway? Author Mike Markel creates a compelling mystery with intriguing and conflicted characters in his first novel.


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From the Author

Big Sick Heart is the first book in the Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery series. The sequels are Deviations and The Broken Saint.

I want to thank the many readers who have sent me gracious messages about these books. I appreciate them all.

If you haven't tried Big Sick Heart, I invite you to do so, and I hope you enjoy it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 480 KB
  • Print Length: 215 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1602151229
  • Publisher: BooksForABuck.com (May 23, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GXB1J6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,082 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Such A Shame September 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This author has lost out big time because of one serious flaw: they didn't vet their formatting for their mobile reading edition! How can a reader stay "in the story" and enjoy how the plot and characterizations develop when there end up being hundreds of missing chunks of text every time there's hyphenation at the end of a mobile screen's pagination!

Authors involved in self-publishing and / or self-promotion have GOT to take a hand in making sure their e-versions function correctly.

There's corrupted software out there destroying your publishing effort.....and other authors stealing your readers because THEY vetted their editions better. NOT that they necessarily wrote a better story....just because they were more careful with their production software.

As I said in my title, it is such a shame this author didn't do their production homework so I could have focused on the story they intended to present!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting For The Sequel October 2, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As someone who really enjoys crime fiction, I found Big Sick Heart to be excellent. It was a fast read (probably because I couldn't put it down) with a very interesting story line. More than that, though, I finished the book and immediately went to see if the author had written a sequel. I feel like I "know" Karen Seagate (with all of her demons) and Ryan Milner well enough now to want to see them together again. This book will not disappoint you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good mystery September 25, 2012
By Dog Mom
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read about 25 percent of this book on my Kindle and just gave up. As another reviewer mentioned, the female lead seems to be an alcoholic, but suffers no ill effects from hard drinking. The characters were wooden and unbelievable, but the worst flaw was the dialogue. Totally unbelievable. I saw that the author comes from a background of non-fiction writing and it shows. He needs to go through a civilian police academy for correct police procedures and then go sit in a cafe and LISTEN to the way people talk.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want more of this! May 31, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
First: I couldn't put this out of my hands and read it through in one go.

It's not only a well written mystery story, it is a study of characters that stands proudly for itself. The leading characters, detectives Ryan Martin and Karen Seagate are so well and realistically described that they begin to live in your mind and your soul, that you feel you can touch their emotions and affections. You feel that you have been there and met people just like them. It's always so great when you meet characters that seem to breathe and live a life all of their own. Sometimes I felt compelled to get inside, to prevent one character from doing something or help someone to accomplish something else.

The "simple" muder case that develops into something far more threatening and dangerous is well grounded and is controlled all the time, steadily rising the tension and the apprehension. I can't wait to see more of this author and this series.Great one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary gumshoe August 6, 2010
Format:Paperback
Big Sick Heart is a first novel from Mike Markel. Detective fiction often suffers from too much plot at the expense of character development. This novel does not. By the end of the story, we know something about our lead characters (and some of the lesser lights as well).

The mystery is not unraveled by an astonishing flash of insight or an averted gaze at the wrong moment. Here the detectives do detective work: making the phone calls, doing the interviews, going into the field, and searching the web.
The action moves along crisply, alternating surprises with false leads.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Plot and Characters, but . . . August 17, 2012
By J. R.
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
PLEASE, Mr. Markel, edit your work before posting it.
I cringed every time Seagate said "me and Ryan" when
it should have been Ryan and I. It seemed to be said
at least once a chapter, if not more. There were
other errors, but "me and Ryan" really stood out.

That said, I really enjoyed the characters and the
plot and hope you are crafting a sequel as they are
too good not to continue into a trilogy or more.

The police proceedural genre has found another
excellent author, but please EDIT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written January 31, 2014
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Great book. well developed characters. Seagate needs to restrain her drinking. This book makes LDS look good. I am not LDS, but respect them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! December 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I started reading this book mainly because it was free! I love to read a lot and usually look for free books first. Many of the books which are free aren’t very good but this one was an exception. I really enjoyed it and subsequently purchased the next two books. I am hoping that Markel will continue this series and write more.

I was really surprised to read the comments about the book not being believable. I totally disagree. I believe it is more about how some people are not comfortable with non-traditional gender roles. In this book the female was more mature, stronger and her personal life was a train wreck. On the other hand, the male was the kinder, gentler character—but still very believable.

Additionally, the comment about how the female protagonist was an alcoholic but didn’t really exhibit all of the bad effects of alcoholism. This is entertainment, not real life! Think about all of the James Bond books and movies. James Bond drank like a fish but never showed any type of ill-effects from his alcohol use. He would down a few drinks then jump in his car and drive 100mph after the bad guy. Seriously, most of us want entertainment to counter all of our reality.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars More than a mystery!
This is the second book by Mike Markel I have read and again he did not dissapoint! I really enjoy his ability to make a mystery into something so much more. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nade
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Old Fashioned Whodunnit
"Big Sick Heart" is a good old fashioned whodunnit, and I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed it! The plot was entirely believable, and the end was surprising. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Graham Downs
3.0 out of 5 stars Boozer
Main character was a messed-up detective. But6 I have heard that some people can't handle their personal and professional lives separate. Read more
Published 5 months ago by kady51
4.0 out of 5 stars well written, suspenseful, and evocative
Very well written first chapter in a series I shall continue to read. Don't be turned off by the religious element-this isn't one of those so-called cozy mysteries with... Read more
Published 5 months ago by kiki dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Detectives Learn About Stem Cell Research and Heart Disease
Author Mike Markel, an apparently modest man, works as Director of Technical Communications at Boise State University, Idaho. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Karen J. Dahood
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Who Done It
I received this book free from Story Cartel in exchange for review.

I have to say right away that it was hard to put the book down and I did not want it to end! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Sick Heart by Mike Markel
I received this book as a free download in exchange for an honest review.
Big Sick Heart by Mike Markel is a book I immediately liked for the characters and the mystery. Read more
Published 6 months ago by helene moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Big, Sick Heart
I got this as a free copy on Story Cartel, and decided to take a chance on it and a break from all the romance novels I've been reading lately. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Angeloris
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I received a copy of the book from story cartel to read and review. It was well-written. Some of the chapters seemed a little longer than they should be but overall for a detective... Read more
Published 6 months ago by sjledge2
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit slow, but enjoyable
This is the only book I have read by Mike Markel. Overall, the book was solid. It wasn't much of a mystery/crime book as the story took a lot of time to develop. Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. Templeton
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