Book Review: San Francisco Secrets by Greg Messel


As the spring of 1958 arrives in San Francisco, it seems that baseball player turned private eye, Sam Slater and his fiancée, TWA stewardess Amelia Ryan, are surrounded by people who have secrets.


A prominent doctor, John O’Dell is being blackmailed by someone who has discovered a dark secret from his past.  When the private investigator trying to catch the blackmailer is murdered, Dr. O’Dell hires Sam Slater to try to pick up the pieces. Someone is playing for keeps and will do anything to protect their own secrets.


Meanwhile, Amelia begins her new job as an international stewardess which takes her on adventures to New York City, London, Paris and Rome. In hot pursuit is a womanizing older pilot who has his sights set on Amelia.


Their lives get even more complicated when a mysterious woman from Sam’s past returns.


Sam and Amelia’s relationship will be tested as they work together to solve the mystery on the foggy streets of San Francisco.


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Greg Messel grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in Edmonds, Greg Messel 8 (1)Washington on the Puget Sound with his wife, Carol. San Francisco Secrets is his sixth novel and is the third in a new series of Sam Slater mystery novels. Greg has lived in Oregon, Washington, California, Wyoming and Utah and has always loved writing, including stints as a reporter, columnist and news editor for a daily newspaper.


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Reader review . . .

San Francisco private investigator Sam Slater has been hired by Dr. John O’Dell to find out who is blackmailing him with a secret from his past.  But Amelia, Sam’s fiancée, is understandably concerned when they discover Dr. O’Dell’s previous investigator is missing and foul play is assumed.  Meanwhile, Sam is worried about Amelia’s new assignment with TWA.  Not only is she away from home longer now that she flies to Europe, but the pilot doesn’t seem to take no for an answer.  There are secrets all around the couple, including the ones they are keeping.  The question is whether their relationship can survive when the truth is exposed.

The third novel in the series, San Francisco Secrets is probably my favorite so far.  The characters now have well-developed personalities and interactions that keep the story moving.  I enjoyed watching Sam and Amelia’s relationship continue to grow.  The “whodunit” aspect was easily solved, but the suspense of “what will they do next?” kept me spellbound to the last page.

4.5 stars

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