A Season To Kill

A Season To Kill

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by Michael Mucci

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Chris DeAngelo, a known drinker, is appointed as the new sheriff of the small hunting town of Macon, Pennsylvania. In an attempt to make his predecessor who gave him a chance proud, he dives right in to the job, making plenty of mistakes along the way. Surprisingly, while investigating a local missing person, he uncovers a mysterious series of cold cases, and in the


Chris DeAngelo, a known drinker, is appointed as the new sheriff of the small hunting town of Macon, Pennsylvania. In an attempt to make his predecessor who gave him a chance proud, he dives right in to the job, making plenty of mistakes along the way. Surprisingly, while investigating a local missing person, he uncovers a mysterious series of cold cases, and in the process, unwittingly unravels layers of treachery and deceit that infect his town.

As DeAngelo gets closer to discovering the deadly secret so many have tried to keep hidden, he finds a target on his own back--right in the middle of hunting season-- A Season to Kill.

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In Mucci's thriller, a sheriff in a Philadelphia suburb surmises that a string of missing people is actually the work of a serial killer. Christian DeAngelo is the new sheriff in town, promoted from deputy after Sheriff Holbrook succumbed to a heart attack. During Holbrook's legendary reign, the town of Macon didn't have a single murder in over 20 years. But Macon's had its share of mysterious disappearances: a local reporter points out to DeAngelo that Roger Sharpe is the 11th missing person in as many years. Evidence suggests, however, that someone killed Roger, and DeAngelo, noting that at least some of the vanished have committed infractions (like meth-dealing/-manufacturing Roger), believes the others are murder victims as well. DeAngelo, a notorious drunk, may have to step away from the barstool if he wants to stop a murderer. Author Mucci sets up a juicy murder mystery, opening with a coldblooded murder and an early indication of conspiracy, with DeAngelo uncovering someone's sizable deposits (i.e., payoffs). The sheriff's investigation largely comprises DeAngelo perusing the files of the 10 preceding cases, making headway only when more than one witness steps forward and there are additional murders, these with actual bodies and crime scenes. Readers will likely piece together all the information and name a killer well before DeAngelo does. But the novel's latter half really ignites. DeAngelo starts to overcome the town's uncertainty of its latest sheriff (even Holbrook's widow and the mayor had described him as an inept boozer). When he decides not to drink, DeAngelo and the story focus on the nitty-gritty particulars of the missing person cases, which might lead to a serial killer. Deer-related metaphors abound since the alleged murders happen at the height of deer-hunting season and readers are privy to a murder that resembles a hunt. But Mucci ensures that most of these are subtle and often playful; an anxious man's panting, for example, is equated to a struck deer "lying on the ground, waiting to die." Readers may guess the ending, but the sheriff's diligent investigation is worthy of cheers.

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Michael Mucci, a graduate of Penn State University, grew up in a small town in central PA. Over the past 25 years, Michael has lived and worked in Mexico, the United Kingdom, Zimbabwe and South Africa. He has travelled to over 40 countries and enjoys exploring, hiking, collecting antiques and ancient artifacts and spending time with friends, family and his cat Jynx at his home in Southwest Florida. A Season to Kill is Michael's debut novel.

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A Season to Kill 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Tbear More than 1 year ago
This murder mystery is much more than your typical "whodunit". This book is very well written and the characters are both interesting and flawed, especially the sheriff. This is what grabs the reader, right from the beginning of the story, and makes the development of the people, their relationships, and the crimes happening in this small town so compelling. I figured out who committed the crimes long before the end of the book, but that didn't detract at all from from my enjoyment of the story, or my desire to read until the end. In fact, it was fascinating to follow Sheriff Chris DeAngelo follow the leads, and finally come to grips with what was happening as he attempts to solve this series of murders in the sleepy little town where he has spent his entire life. If you like James Patterson or John Sandford, you will enjoy A Season To Kill.
tenbar5 More than 1 year ago
Once I started the novel, A Season to Kill by Michael Mucci - I couldn't put it down. Story is told from the perspective of the main character, Chris, who has just stepped in as the new sheriff of a small town. As the story progresses, the reader meets a number of well developed and diverse characters (friends and acquaintances of Chris) - who feel like old friends by the end of the book. I'd recommend this book for those who enjoy a riveting mystery novel that keeps you hanging until the very end...... Hoping there will be a sequel....
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ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite A Season to Kill is a police procedural mystery novel written by Michael Mucci. When Louella Schmidt reported that her boyfriend was missing, Macon, Pennsylvania, Sheriff Chris DeAngelo was not all that alarmed about the well-being of Roger Sharpe. Sharpe was a ne'er-do-well in town about whom unsavory rumors had been swirling for some time. One such rumor credited the missing man with operating a meth lab; something DeAngelo wouldn't tolerate. It had only been a few days since Sheriff Holbrook had dropped dead from a heart attack, and DeAngelo's promotion still made him somewhat uneasy. Holbrook had mentored him and been patient throughout the blunders and the obvious problems DeAngelo had with alcohol, especially after his parents both died when he was barely out of high school. Louella's veiled references to his drinking echoed what he felt sure the entire town was thinking. When reporter Jake Ranser brought up the odd fact that Sharpe, if he failed to turn up, would be the eleventh Macon resident to disappear without a trace in the month of December, DeAngelo had to consider that something might indeed be amiss in the quiet town he had inherited as the chief law enforcement officer. Michael Mucci's police procedural novel, A Season to Kill, is an outstanding mystery that kept me captivated and eagerly reading from cover to cover. His police chief, Chris DeAngelo, is a marvelous noir anti-hero whose somewhat dreary life of bars and booze is shaken apart both by the death of his mentor and boss and the collective lack of faith shown him by the citizens he's sworn to protect. Watching him and his deputy, Rosemary Tippets, work to solve the mystery of Sharpe's murder and figure out the common thread linking the ten other missing persons is marvelous indeed. Mucci's plot is first-rate, and his writing style is smooth and assured. His Sheriff DeAngelo speaks in the first-person, making the reader privy to his thoughts and feelings in an upfront and personal way, and this stylistic device works wonderfully. A Season to Kill is a debut novel to be excited about, and this reviewer is eagerly anticipating the author's followup to this book. An impressive debut novel indeed! Michael Mucci's police procedural, A Season to Kill, is most highly recommended.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite What does Sheriff Clay Holbrook, unaccounted for bank deposits, eleven unsolved deaths in Macon, Pennsylvania, the Deerbusters, and the installment of the new Sheriff Chris DeAngelo all have in common? They are the main elements of a great crime, mystery, and thriller novel, A Season to Kill by Michael Mucci. During Sheriff Holbrook’s leadership, the town of Macon had eleven unsolved deaths that were ruled as merely disappearances. Suddenly, Sheriff Holbrook passed away and he is replaced by Chris DeAngelo. DeAngelo had been the deputy under the leadership of Sheriff Holbrook for over 20 years. Now with the latest death of Roger Sharpe, it is Sheriff DeAngelo’s job to uncover the murder. As DeAngelo begins moving forward in solving the crime, several other elements begin to unfold, including that of the unsolved deaths of over eleven years ago. I loved reading A Season to Kill by Michael Mucci because it is well-written, easy to read, and had a lot of essential mysterious components that kept me in suspense through and through. A Season to Kill puts me in the mind of the movies Along Came A Spider and Kiss the Girls in James Patterson’s Alex Cross Series. I once again visualized Morgan Freeman going through the challenges of trying to not only solve the death of Sharpe but that of Rose, Reisling, and Santapaula that are amongst the eleven unsolved murders. At the end of each day, I relaxed by reading this great mystery before turning in for the night. I just couldn’t put it down. Before this becomes a best-seller and turns into a movie, you want to get a chance to read A Season to Kill by Michael Mucci for yourself.
obiebookworm More than 1 year ago
A week into his new post, Sheriff Chris DeAngelo has more on his plate than he plans when a Macon, Pennsylvania, local and highly suspected meth dealer suddenly vanishes. Initially figuring that the case is drug related, Chris begins to wonder if it has any probable connection to an eleven-year period of unexplained disappearances—all strangely occurring in the month of December. Chris’ sleuthing not only unwittingly opens a Pandora’s box into the unsolved cases of ten missing people, but also unearths the ugly truth behind his seemingly unsuspecting childhood borough. First-time author Michael Mucci spins a story shrouded in deception. Designed with a hard-boiled edge to it, Mucci’s first-person narrative features Chris DeAngelo, a man whose past and personality peg him as an underachiever. It doesn’t help that his self-perception is that of “a half-drunk loser.” Mucci surrounds his well-developed principal character with an equally well-developed foiled cast (including his close childhood friends) who either tactfully or tactlessly reminds him of his limitations. Regardless of the patronizing tone and personal problems, Chris determines to piece together a flurry of puzzling and ostensibly unrelated evidence. Throwing in one red herring after another, Mucci does an excellent job keeping readers engaged as they, too, are trying desperately to identify the plot’s villains. Carefully weaving in possible clues, Mucci’s approach to storytelling is nothing less than unnerving. A combination of a humble small town ambiance and a laid-back cast, Mucci’s fictional setting offers miniscule amounts of anticipated behind-the-scene situations. Mucci instead focuses the bulk of his narrative on dialogue, Chris’ relationships with close friends, and Chris’ brainstorming amid ongoing investigations. Holding to a continual undercurrent of tension from chapter to chapter, Mucci slowly but ultimately builds to a nail-biting climax. Kudos to Mucci for creating a brilliantly written and truly suspenseful debut novel! Indubitably, A Season to Kill is not only earmarked to be a highly popular and best-selling read, but also one story that this reviewer would love to see on the Silver Screen. Originally posted on San Francisco Book Review, Anita Lock-Book Reviewer
GiltBuckram More than 1 year ago
“Over the past eleven years a cancer had been quietly growing in Macon, and during the past week it had erupted into an ugly tumor. Fate had handed me the scalpel. To do the operation, I needed a steady hand and a cool eye." -Chris DeAngelo Sheriff Holbrook of Macon, Pennsylvania has died suddenly and the town is distraught and wary that Deputy Chris DeAngelo can fill the enormous shoes Sheriff Holbrook has left behind. The rookie sheriff has been known to drink too much in public and discovers nearly the entire town, including the mayor, believes he is ill-equipped to handle his new position. Unprepared or not, Chris is about to be tested on his ability as sheriff. Days after Sheriff Holbrook’s funeral, simpleton Louella frantically rushes into Chris’ office claiming her boyfriend, Roger Sharpe—rumored drug dealer, has gone missing. On top of Roger’s disappearance, Chris believes the police department may have been misappropriating funds, but he’s skeptical to believe that the respectable Sheriff Holbrook would be capable of embezzling. But, Jake Ranser, local newspaper reporter, piques Chris’ interest with a theory called, “The Curse of December”, that for the past eleven years each December a person goes missing, never to be seen or heard from again. Throughout the investigation, Chris continues to have a nagging feeling that there’s a larger picture and something is terribly wrong in the town of Macon, but his friends the “Deerbusters” (Phil, Michael, and Cindy) as they’ve termed themselves, ease his anxieties of “The Curse of December” and sum up Jake Ranser as a nosy, pot-stirring reporter looking for a good story. The prologue of Michael Mucci’s debut novel, A Season to Kill, immediately sets the tone for the entirety of the book, with a hunt ensuing in the woods, although the prey and hunter are both human. The story of an underdog was an overall easy read with well-developed characters and storyline. In this page-turning thriller, Michael Mucci will gratifyingly delight your senses, make you question conspiracy or coincidence, and intrigue your curiosity, while whetting the appetite for a chilling well told narrative. A Season to Kill left the reader championing the new sheriff in town. **** 4 Stars A Season to Kill by Michael Mucci 310 Pages Published October 2015 by Rook Publishing Genre: Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller ISBN-13: 978-0692556825 *Disclaimer: This review was originally published in Manhattan Book Review, which can be read here. Gilt & Buckram . . . the framework that holds adventure.