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- Print Length: 496 pages
- Publication Date: December 26, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HDFN0PC
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,803,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Set in 1958, San Francisco private eye, Sam Slater has been hired by a wealthy dowager to find her missing daughter who disappeared without a trace. Stumped, he encourages his beautiful TWA wife to help him with the case. She is smart and daring so he likes when she helps but he also wants to keep her close to his side because in the midst of the city a serial killer roams the streets looking for his next victim.
As the two mysteries unfold, Sam and Amelia realize quickly that nothing is as it seems.
As I read this book it felt like I was in an old black and white movie classic. I had no idea what to expect with where the story was going and loved how it kept me guessing. Messel writes with a strong, rich prose that does not wander. He keeps you engaged from page one. I highly recommend this book.
First, I love that cover. That is what drew me to the book. I love a good mystery and that cover says this is going to be excellent. Thank you so much for my ARC!
My second thought was – close to 500 pages? I should have scheduled myself two days to read it. I can read 300 pages in one day no problem, 400 is pushing my limit, bordering on 500? I was kind of losing faith in myself.
Have no fear my friends, I did it. I read this today. All of it. It was that good. This is one of the books that you can pick up and sit down with for an hour, not even realize that time if flying by, and you have 1/3 of the book read. There are so many layers to this book, more than one mystery, and a whole cast of characters that leave you questioning who done it?
I like to joke around that I am psychic when it comes to books. Someone will come into a scene, there can be no hint about what direction that person will take, and I will immediately have a thought go through my head that says they are going to be responsible for this because of this and they will do it this way. 95% of the time I am right. I think it’s because of how much I read. Stories can start to become kind of predictable, I still enjoy them, I just keep reading ahead to see if I am right. That was not so in the case of the Fog City Strangler. I never quite knew who was responsible until when we were supposed to know. There are just a few characters that could have gone either way and Greg Messel kept me guessing.
I love it when an author can challenge me like that, when they can stay a step ahead of how my mind is working things. It doesn’t happen very often but it is really a treat for me when I find a book like that.
You know what else was a treat? The pictures that were scattered throughout the book of San Francisco in the 50’s. I loved stopping and looking at them, seeing the styles back then, seeing the people. I also smiled a lot through the book because even though I was born in 1974, I smiled when I read about full service gas stations, green stamp books, things that I can remember either in my lifetime or hearing my parents speak of that are mostly gone now.
Can we just stop here for a second and say that in the name of girl power I am renaming these the Amelia Slater series? I’m sorry boys, but Amelia is totally the brains behind this private eye operation. :)
All in all excellent book full of so much suspense, you won’t know for sure who is the culprit for one mystery and you will never guess the other one, until Greg wants you to know.
Private eye Sam Slater is just as anxious as everyone else that this murderer is caught soon. He is convinced that his beautiful blonde wife, TWA stewardess Amelia Ryan, will become the Strangler's next victim. His anxiety is further fueled when TWA launches an advertising campaign with Amelia's picture on a series of billboards plastered all over the city. Sam fears the billboards may attract too much attention - the wrong kind of attention.
Meanwhile, Sam and Amelia are hired to try and find the missing daughter of a wealthy dowager who fears she has lost her only child. The missing woman went for a walk with her dog on Stinson Beach, near San Francisco, and seemingly vanished into thin air. The woman's husband arrived at the couple's beach house and found the dog running loose but there was no trace of his wife. After two months, the police are stumped in their investigation.
As Sam and Amelia continue to investigate the disappearance of the woman on the beach, they discover that this particular case is more convoluted than it seemed from first glance. Especially when - on a stormy night - a shadowy figure sets fire to the beach house where the couple is staying - hoping to stop their investigation...permanently.
I truly enjoyed this mystery. This was the first book by Greg Messel that I've ever read, and this was a standalone mystery - despite it being the fourth book in the 'Sam Slater Mysteries'. The mystery - or should I say, mysteries - captured my attention right from the beginning. The characters were very well drawn - very true to the era in regards to attitude and speech - and I just had to find out how the story ended.
I must say that I found myself employing my various 'armchair detection' skills to solve each mystery. I had several of my own theories as regards to possible suspects, as well as ideas about what their potential motives might be. I wanted to keep reading to find out if my assumptions were correct.
I give 'Fog City Strangler' by Greg Messel a definite A! I look forward to reading more from this author in the future, and will certainly keep an eye open for the three previous books in the 'Sam Slater Mysteries Series' - 'Last of the Seals', 'Deadly Plunge' and 'San Francisco Secrets'.
Full Disclosure: Fog City Strangler' by Greg Messel read and reviewed by Mareena McGirr, an avid reader and book reviewer from Albany, New York. Many thanks to the author and Dorothy at 'Pump up Your Book' virtual book tours as I received a copy of this book for free from them.
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