Thursday, January 3, 2013

Last of the Seals Book Review

Thank you for stopping at my spot on the Last of the Seals Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway. This Online Book Tour is brought to you by Pump Up Your Book.  I will provide you with a synopsis of the book, review on the book, Greg Messel, a small bio.   Visit the other blogs on this Book Tour to learn more about this book.


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.


Greg Messel has written five novels and three unpublished memoirs.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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My Review:

What a good book.  The author did such a great job at describing the characters and also of the area made me think I was back in time.  Once I started reading the book I had a hard time putting it down.  There was a lot of action in it. I really liked Sam and felt bad when his baseball career ended, but glad he landed on his feet working for his friend.  I think anyone who likes suspense and cozy mysteries would like to read this book.  I am looking forward to reading more from Greg Messel.

Visit a few of the other stops along the tour and come back to my blog to read my review on Deadly Plunge.

Sam Slater Mysteries Series Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Monday, November 5
Interview at Examiner
Tuesday, November 6
Wednesday, November 7
Book Feature at Between the Covers (Deadly Plunge)
Thursday, November 8
Friday, November 9
Book Review & Guest Blogging at My Reading Table (Deadly Plunge)
Monday, November 12
Book Review at Teena in Toronto
Tuesday, November 13
Read-A-Chapter at As the Pages Turn
Wednesday, November 14
Guest Blogging at Night Owl Reviews
Thursday, November 15
Book Trailer of the Week at Pump Up Your Book
Monday, November 19
Interview at The Solitary Bookworm
Tuesday, November 20
Interview at Literarily Speaking
Wednesday, November 21
Book Trailer Reveal at Beyond the Books
Thursday, November 22
Friday, November 23
Book Trailer Reveal at Rainy Day Reviews
Monday, November 26
Interview at Blogcritics
Friday, November 30
Book Review at Bless Their Hearts Mom (Deadly Plunge)
Monday, December 3
Book Review at Colletta’s Kitchen Sink (Last of the Seals)
Tuesday, December 4
Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book
Thursday, December 6
Book Spotlight at Mary’s Cup of Tea (Deadly Plunge)
Friday, December 7
Interview at Broowaha
Monday, December 10
Book Review & Interview at Jersey Girl Book Reviews (Deadly Plunge)
Tuesday, December 11
Character Letter to Santa Claus at Literarily Speaking
Wednesday, December 12
Book Review at All Grown Up (Deadly Plunge)
Thursday, December 13
Book Review at The Self-Taught Cook (Deadly Plunge)
Wednesday, January 2
Book Review at The Book Connection (Last of the  Seals)
Thursday, January 3
Book Review at Kaisy Daisy’s Corner (Last of the Seals)
Friday, January 4
Book Review at Colletta’s Kitchen Sink (Deadly Plunge)
Monday, January 7
Guest Blogging at The Writer’s Life
Tuesday, January 8
Book Review at Kaisy Daisy’s Corner (Deadly Plunge)
Wednesday, January 9
Book Review at Rainy Day Reviews (Deadly Plunge)
Book Review & Interview at From the TBR Pile (Deadly Plunge)
Thursday, January 10
Book Review at Sarah Ballance (Deadly Plunge)
Friday, January 11
Book Review at Vic’s Media Room

I received a Copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for the review, and the review is honest and my responsibility.

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