Deadly Spirits by Michael Helms (McClellan Mystery Series Book #4) @EMichaelHelms


When PI Mac McClellan’s girlfriend convinces him to join the Palmetto Paranormal Society, he becomes embroiled in a case of whooodunnit. The society president, while investigating an old hotel, is found dead at the foot of the stairwell, his neck broken. The man’s secretary and current squeeze stands horrified beside his body. Authorities rule the death an accident. Mac has doubts—no one heard the man tumbling down the stairs. Then the secretary dies in an apparent suicide. Two deaths in two paranormal investigations, and not a peep out of either victim. Mac suspects there’s more going on than a vengeful spirit. Book 4 in the Mac McClellan Mystery series, which began with Deadly Catch.



Although this is book 4 in the series there was no problem at all reading it as a stand alone as the story is complete. The characters had a natural flow about them and there was enough back drop on who was who and how they fit together all in a very natural way.

Mac McClellan has worked as a PI for the last 2 years after leaving the Marines and 24 years service to his country behind him. This of course makes him a pretty focused guy when he has to be but not today. Today Mac is tagging along with his lovely girlfriend Kate Bell who is a member of The Palmetto Paranormal Society, not that he is a believer in ghosts and such things but simply for Kate.

There isn’t anything happening at the once Navarro hotel as far as spiritual activity goes except adding to any spirits already there as Dr. Ernest Bagwell, heading the ghost hunt, is found at the bottom of the stairs very much dead with a broken neck with a very distressed girlfriend at his side. Now Mac’s interest is certainly tweaked but this is just the first death in this little band of ghost hunters that are going over to the ‘other side’ faster than you can say ‘Is there anybody there?’

I couldn’t help but like Mac with his at times wicked humour and annoying view of every woman he meets. He just sort of grew on me the further I got into the book, I just couldn’t help myself. A real whodunit that uncovers more than a killer.  With layers of lies  and secrets affairs, it is a very busy entertaining read.  A great story, a mystery and light humour too.

I wish to thank the author Michael Helms for my ebook for this story which I have reviewed honestly.



I was born in Georgia way back in the last century but grew up and lived most of my life in Panama City, Florida. In 2004 my wife and I moved to the Upstate region of South Carolina in the shadows of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, a land of stunning vistas and numerous waterfalls.

I’ve been traditionally published since 1990 when my Vietnam War memoir, The Proud Bastards, was published. It’s about my time as a combat U.S. Marine in 1967-68. It’s still in print after all these years, currently with Simon & Schuster/Pocket. I’ve since written a few novels in different genres. I’m currently writing the Mac McClellan Mystery series which is set along the coast of the Florida Panhandle where I grew up.

TWITTER @EMichaelHelms


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