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"This story is addictive and an easy one to get lost in.... The characters are well-drawn, the even pace builds tension, and the ending satisfies."

--Edie Dykeman, BellaOnline mystery reviewer

"Another deftly crafted mystery/suspense masterpiece from author E. Michael Helms, Deadly Dunes is the third title in his outstanding Mac McClellan Mystery series. Very highly recommended reading for action/adventure mystery buffs."

--The Midwest Book Review

"E. Michael Helms has the perfect blend of action, suspense and mystery that is sure to grab anyone who like a semi-hard-boiled PI tale. Great dialogue, along with detailed scenes set the mood for every page."

--Dianne Bylo, Tome Tender Reviews

5 Stars: "Deadly Dunes is a sleuth mystery with good action and suspense.... The dialogue is witty and I like Mac's dry sense of humor."

--Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite Reviews

"The Florida Panhandle is a terrific locale for a crime tale. The action is well-paced and the military interlude--where the sleuth shoots photos of a cheating ex-Army husband--is wrought with precision."

--Robert J. Ray, author of the Matt Murdock Mysteries

"An apparent suicide, a missing map, a dead client--Mac's latest case takes him from the earliest history of modern Florida to a present day murder in his own backyard. The story grabs you on page one and the twists and turns don't let go until the do-or-die conclusion."

--Kait Carson, author of the Hayden Kent Mystery series

"Michael Helms has done it again! In this engrossing, nonstop action adventure, Mac McClellan investigates treasure hunters, greedy developers, and even greedier heirs."

--Connie di Marco, author of the national bestselling Soup Lover's Mysteries

"Mac confronts a colorful host of characters, all of whom lie, cheat, and steal their way onto his list of suspects.... Add in a sexy locale, exotic dancers, and more twists and turns than salt water taffy on a pulling machine, this clever whodunit is the perfect getaway, a great beach read that includes the actual beach."

--Elena Hartwell, author of One Dead, Two to Go

About the Author

E. Michael Helms grew up in Panama City, Florida. His memoir about serving in the Marines as a rifleman during some of the heaviest fighting of the Vietnam War, The Proud Bastards remains in print after twenty-five years, and he recently published a fictional sequel, The Private War of Corporal Henson. A longtime Civil War buff, Helms is also the author of the historical saga, Of Blood and Brothers. He has written two other novels in the Mac McClellan Mystery series, Deadly Catch and Deadly Ruse. Helms lives in South Carolina with his wife Karen. For more information, go to emichaelhelms.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Mac Mcclellan Mystery (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Camel Press (March 15, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603813470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603813471
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,795,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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so what happens when you are handed a case that a sister claims her brother was murdered or was it a suicide .
and what does Ron and Angie Decker and knowing the brother and his sister .
but what happens when both sibiling . turn up dead but not together .
who killed Jake and Jessie and what was their motive or was one motive where as the other a suicide .
and what happens when two more people turn up dead . who did it and why .
you will find B&E & love triangles and murder and mayhem and jealousy and heartbreak and being set up even though they did not do so but who did find out by buying and reading and then stay tuned for more mystery .
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An apparent suicide, a missing map, a dead client, Mac’s latest case (and his first as a full-blown PI) takes him from the earliest history of modern Florida to a present day murder in his own backyard. The story grabs you on page one and the twists and turns won’t let go until the end.

I was breathless. Read it in three sittings did not want to put it down and did not want it to end. I was lucky enough to snag an advance copy of this book, and I want to put my name in the hat right now for the next in the series.
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When Mac McClellan debuted in E. Michael Helms' nicely-paced mystery Deadly Catch, he woos readers quickly. Newly-retired, newly-divorced, this U. S. Marine has had enough of trouble. He's come to Florida's Panhandle to catch a few fish, relax, and enjoy being a civilian again. But Mac has a way of finding trouble, or maybe it finds him? He casts his line and reels in a badly decomposed body, a young woman, local, and finds himself set up to take the fall for her murder . . . and for smuggling drugs. With the help of Kate Bell, who'd rented him the boat he used on that fateful fishing trip, he worked his way through, around, and out of the situation. And into a promising relationship with Kate.
Back again in Deadly Ruse, Mac's crime-solving talents catch the eye of Frank Hightower, a private investigator and good friend of Kate's father. Hightower needs help and sees Mac as a natural. He talks our hero into becoming a licensed PI and, as Mac studies, the story picks up speed while Mac pulls together a dangerous puzzle that involves gambling, drugs, and murder. If handled badly, this case could be the end of Mac, and of Kate.
Readers won't be disappointed with Deadly Dunes, number three in this highly-entertaining series. Author Helms evidently loves history as much as he loves mystery, and he provides Mac with his first official client . . . who, once she has Mac's attention, ends up very dead herself. Seems her archeologist brother's death, ruled suicide, might not have been? And he had proof Hernando de Soto and his explorers had camped on nearby Five Mile Island during the winter of 1539-1540. He had an old map, and artifacts to prove what he believed.
Mac's hooked, even though there's no one to pay his fee.
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E. Michael Helms has done it again. He’s written a fun, spunky mystery involving Mac McClellan, and I find myself crushing on him much like the overly spirited cop, Dakota. Mac is the token ex-marine turned P.I., equal parts gentleman and appropriate amounts of perve. Cunning, but not too lucky.

I like that in this installment, Helms works in the fact that private investigators don’t have the luxury f only working one case at a time if they want to get paid. Mac has to take time away from the big case everyone is grumbling about to an unseemly one that will cut him a check. As per the norm with Mac McClellan books, it was easy to get into, a breeze to read, and satisfying to finish.

My only lament was due to my over excitement at the possibility of more archaeological tidbits. I love archaeology and was anticipating Mac going a little more Indiana Jones in this book than usual due to the nature of the big case. This is to no fault of Helms, who included what was appropriate for the story and the characters, merely a personal disappointment.

As usual, I look forward to the next Mac McClellan book. He’s a personal favorite of mine and made a great addition to my summer mystery binge reading.

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Living on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Mexico, I just knew I had to read this series. I’ve read the first two books and couldn’t wait to see what kind of pickle Mac got himself into this time.

Newly retired and looking for something new, Mac landed in the Florida Panhandle. It seems he’s a magnet for trouble and inadvertently ends up in a couple of murder cases.

An encounter with the enchanting, Kate, spurs him to put down roots. A young woman insists her brother, an archaeology professor, didn’t commit suicide, but was murdered. The plot thickens when she mysteriously dies in a car accident after speaking to Mac.

As suspects crawl out from under the woodwork, the author keeps you busy sifting through the false leads to find the motive and the killer or killers.

Mac. What can I say. Retired from the military, he’s got a bark he needs to tame. His girlfriend Kate is quick to remind him he’s no longer in the military and she doesn’t take orders.

It’s never mentioned but I wonder if Mac’s a Jimmy Buffet fan. He sure feels like a fellow parrothead.

The bullets fly. There are multiple car crashes. Beer and scotch are consumed. And you’re taken on a treasure hunt. What a bounty.

I’ve become familiar with the setting for this series and it’s fun to recognize locations and land marks.

I almost forgot to mention. There’s a shiny new character you’ll be meeting. His tag is Henry the Eighth, and you’ll love him!

With lots of action, a mystery that’s not easily solved, a feeling of coming home, and character’s I’ve become quite fond of, I was kept entertained. I’m enjoying this series and hope there is more to come.

I received this book for my honest review.
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