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Greg Messel s San Francisco Secrets has great characters and a great setting in 1958 San Francisco Messel does a good job evoking that time and place A good editor would have helped Messel avoid too much unnecessary repetition that slowed the story down.I received this book through Goodreads First Reads. Greg Messel in his new book, San Francisco Secrets Book Three in the Sam Slater Mysteries series published by the author gives us another adventure with Sam Slater and Amelia Ryan.From the back cover Noted novelist and newspaper editor Edgar Watson Howe once said A man who can keep a secret may be wise but he is not half as wise as a man with no secrets to keep As the spring of 1958 arrives in San Francisco, it seems that baseball player turned private eye, Sam Slater and his fianc e, 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 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.Sam Slater is back and his third case is a lot tougher than the previous two and those cases almost got him killed What is the one thing in our lives that we hold onto because, when found out, can cause us all kinds of trouble The answer secrets And this case is loaded with secrets Everyone is carrying secrets, including Sam and Amelia However they are not willing to kill to keep their secret while there is someone who is and really does not want his secret exposed San Francisco Secrets is a wild ride filled with vivid detail Mr Messel has given us a very exciting thriller set against the backdrop of 1958 San Francisco This is an evenly paced page turning mystery adventure as we try to figure out who did it before Sam does Not a chance On top of everything the romance continues between Sam and Amelia Thank you Greg Messel for giving us a mystery done old school I am glad I found this talented author and am so excited that there will be a next book in this series.If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to where they are available On Demand.To listen to 24 hours non stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.orgDisclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from Pump Up Your Book I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. FREE DOWNLOAD ♞ San Francisco Secrets ⚖ Noted Novelist And Newspaper Editor Edgar Watson Howe Once Said A Man Who Can Keep A Secret May Be Wise But He Is Not Half As Wise As A Man With No Secrets To Keep As The Spring Of Arrives In San Francisco, It Seems That Baseball Player Turned Private Eye, Sam Slater And His Fiancee, 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 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 Show Less This was a First Read book I won through Goodreads.I said in my review of the first book in this series, Last Of The Seals, that it was a good story ruined by bad writing But I also expressed hope that Messel s writing would improve Sadly, in this third novel in the series, it doesn t He commits the same errors here that he did in that one, bringing what could be another great story to its knees with bad writing The novel again opens a long introduction, this time recapping events in the first two books events he brings up again and again and again in the body of the book.Messel again scatters photos from the late Fifties throughout the book, and provides a page of almanac type data cost of living, top movies and TV shows, Billboard 1 songs from 1958 They do add a sense of the times to the story, but that s something he should deliver through his writing, not rely on photos and data to do.Passive sentences abound throughout the narrative and the prose is plodding with too many sentences starting, Sam saidor Sam didThe dialog is stiff, unnatural, almost childish, and too often repetitive with two characters parroting each other s lines several times And everyone even the lowbrow thieves and killers speaks as if they ve graduated with a degree in English from a major university.Messel still does too much telling instead of showing and often gets the two confused, telling when he should be showing and showing when he should be telling Sometimes to make sure the reader gets it, he tells then shows In one scene, he tells us Sam introduces his former teammates to Amelia then he shows us Sam introducing them to her Does he think the average reader is so clueless that he can t comprehend that Sam saying, Amelia, this is Scotty Jacobsen, my favorite catcher on the Seals is introducing Scotty to Amelia The story also wanders The scene cited above comes in a chapter that starts with Sam driving to visit his mother, segues into his family history, digresses into his history then becomes a four plus page flashback scene of Sam and Amelia having their dinner interrupted by the arrival of five of his old teammates Many scenes should have been cut because they add nothing to the story such as the one cited here or put on a starvation diet because they ramble too long quite a feat for an author who writes short chapters anyway.The book opens with a bank robbery but it s not the main plot of the novel That crime the murder of another PI investigating the blackmailing of a physician doesn t happen until 50 pages into the book That s too late because most of what comes before is either backstory or has nothing to do with the main plot.These gaffs are unacceptable, especially in a third novel and especially from an author who according to his bio always loved writing and worked as a reporter, columnist, and news editor for a daily paper.On the plus side 1 Messel relatively short chapters that make for easy reading.2 He does a good job of transporting the reader back to 1958 when many people smoked, men wore sport coats and ties and women wore hats to go out, and Elvis Presley was the idol of the day He also didn t wedge today s PC malarkey into a story set almost 60 years ago.3 Pictures scattered through the book added a touch of reality to this work of fiction And it was nice to actually see places Messel talked about 4 The many botched sentences and punctuation errors that were rife in the first book are missing here.Those few good points aren t enough to offset Messel s atrocious writing so I won t be back for the further adventures of Sam and Amelia. Once again, this author has given us a great story I was immediately swept into both cases that Sam gets involved with I was able to read the book fairly quickly This time around, Sam gets a visit from an old flame and ends up having to help her with a case He also gets involved in a black mail case that puts him and Amelia in some sticky situations Let s just say, I d be checking my brake lines before attempting any of those steep San Francisco hills Speaking of San Francisco the author has once again sprinkled photos of life during the 1950 in the area I always enjoy that.We also get to visit with Sam and Amelia I love this couple together Their relationship is tested as Amelia begins her international flights A slime ball captain makes a play for Amelia As a woman in the 2010s, I felt badly for what she has to endure as a stewardess I know sexual harassment was common back in the 1950s, but is still gets to me Women have come along way In a way, the problems on her flight bring Sam and Amelia closer together For fans of their romance, I think you ll love this book I look forward to their next adventure 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 fianc e, 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 starsDisclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from Pump Up Your Book I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. So, Sam Slater is hired to solve the case that killed the last detective while his fiance is moving up in the Stewardess world She is going on international flights, now, and her captain is a womanizer She is all stressed out about the job That and a woman from Sam s past threaten to ruin their relationship, assuming that Sam will survive his case.I really didn t like this book I felt that the characters were flat and the plot was predictable The writing wasn t amazing, either It took me a long time to get through, even though it should have been a quick read, because I honestly didn t want to read it.One thing I will say, though, was that I thought the pictures were cool There were photographs thrown in that related to the story to help the reader get in the 1950 s mindset, I suppose They were a nice addition More novels should be picture books.Also, I won this through Goodreads. Greg Messel pens San Francisco Secrets , the third book in the Same Slater Mysteries Series and the first one that I have read from this author, in a plot filled with mystery Combining real historical facts with fictional characters that were strong, the author made the story line believable This book was good enough to stand alone from the series, as I didn t feel I was missing all that much from the first two books.although I wished I had read the series from the beginning A must read for all mystery fans.This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review. How far would you go to protect your secrets In San Francisco Secrets, the third book in the Sam Slater Mystery series, former baseball player turned private investigator Sam Slater is back with a new case to investigate Sam and his fiancee, TWA stewardess Amelia Ryan are hired by prominent San Francisco Dr John O Dell, who is being blackmailed by someone who has discovered a dark secret from his past Dr O Dell had initially hired another private investigator to solve the case, but he is murdered when he gets too close to the truth, and Sam is hired to pick up the pieces of the case But secrets abound everywhere in San Francisco even Sam and Amelia have secrets that they protect and exposed secrets can be dangerous and deadly.Author Greg Messel once again weaves another tale of romance, mystery and suspense set in 1958 San Francisco Written in the third person narrative, the reader follows Sam and Amelia on their latest investigative case In this riveting fast paced story, secrets protected and exposed are the key to solving the case of who is blackmailing Dr O Dell and the murder of the private investigator But there is someone who will do anything to protect their own secrets, and Sam s discovery could have deadly results Sam and Amelia s latest mystery adventure takes the reader on a thrilling ride with enough twists and turns that will keep them guessing And if that isn t enough to whet your appetite, Sam and Amelia s relationship will be tested as they have their own secrets to deal with in addition to the appearance of a mysterious woman from Sam s past complications arise for Amelia when her new job as an international stewardess is put in jeopardy when a womanizing older pilot has set his sights on her Of the three books in the series, this book is my favorite as the focus on Sam and Amelia s relationship and past is prominently explored I loved the balance of mystery and romance that the author interweaves throughout the story I was thoroughly fascinated with Ameila s portion of the story, and the late 1950s stewardess requirements and lifestyle.San Francisco Secrets is rich in detail and vivid description of the authentic 1958 San Francisco time period The author provides the reader with some really wonderful historical facts, statistics and pictures from that time period, you can t help but become captivated with the amount of interesting information that the author provides the reader throughout the story.With a cast of characters who are interesting and draw the reader into their lives with their witty dialogue and dramatic interactions and a riveting storyline that has enough intrigue, suspense, twist and turns, and a steamy romance that keeps the reader engaged and turning the pages, San Francisco Secrets is one heck of entertaining romantic mystery novel.San Francisco Secrets will captivate your imagination, and the mystery and amount of secrets will keep you guessing as you follow Sam and Amelia on their latest investigative adventure.San Francisco Secrets is the third book in the Sam Slater Mystery Series, but can be read as a stand alone story The author does reference characters and storyline plots from the other two books in the series, but he interweaves them so smoothly that the reader won t get lost or feel like they have missed anything However, I would recommend that you follow the sequence of the books in the series, because once you have been drawn into Sam Slater s latest investigative adventures, you will be hooked and want to follow him onto his next adventure Disclaimer I received a copy of the book from the author publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Publicity Tours.http jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot I was given this book in return for an honest review two years ago and I ve finally had time to see what Sam was up to in the next book Sam Slater recently retired from the Seals baseball organization when the dreaded New York Giants came to town Sam agreed to go into the private investigator business with his best friend Weeks later, Jimmy was murdered, and Sam only has Amelia to weather the sadness, but Amelia, a TWA Airline stewardess stands by her man and helps him during his cases as she loves the intrigue Amelia and Sam take over the case when Jimmy died and discovers Dr John O Dell, a prominent doctor is being blackmailed by someone that knows a dark secret that the doctor rather not be known The blackmailer has killed before and he will kill again unless his demands are met and he is determined to take Sam and Amelia out if they get in his way