Angst mounts as the strangler continues to claim more victims. Private eye Sam
Slater is worried that the Fog City Strangler may be eyeing his beautiful blonde wife, TWA stewardess Amelia Ryan. His anxiety is further fueled when TWA launches an advertising campaign with Amelia's picture on a series of billboards plastered all over the city. Sam fears the billboards may attract too much attention--the wrong kind of attention.
Meanwhile, Sam and Amelia are hired to try to find the missing daughter of a wealthy dowager who fears she has lost her only child. The missing woman went for a walk with her dog on Stinson Beach, near San Francisco, and seemingly vanished into thin air. The woman's husband arrived at their beach house and found the dog running loose but there was no trace of his wife. The police are stumped in their investigation.
As Sam and Amelia look into the disappearance of the woman on the beach they discover that nothing is as it seems at first glance. On a stormy night a shadowy figure sets fire to the beach house where the couple is staying--hoping to stop their investigation.
Greg Messel's Fog City Strangler is a stand-alone thriller but is part of the Sam
Slater Mystery Series--Last of the Seals, Deadly Plunge and San Francisco Secrets.
Greg Messel grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in
Edmonds, Washington on the Puget Sound with his wife, Carol. "Fog City
Strangler" is his seventh novel and is the fourth 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.
Follow news about Messel's writings and books at www.gregmessel.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
DNF - 0 stars Where I stopped reading: Sometime after chapter 5. Why I stopped reading: I wasn’t able to finish it. I was really excited to start this story. I love mysteries and this seemed like a great one. I was captivated by the setting of San Francisco in the 1950s. So it was disappointing when I finally called it quits and put this book down. The primary reason I had to stop was the pages of the book kept falling out. Whatever room I was reading in ended up littered with loose sheets of paper. If I had to turn back for any reason, I had to skim through the unattached sheets trying to find the relevant paper. The second reason I couldn’t go on involved an abundance of redundancy. In twelve pages, I counted nine references to how beautiful Sam’s wife was. One nice description and then moving on would have been so much more effective. By the time I got to Chapter 5, the incessant references to her tiny waste line, ample breast, beautiful figure, etc. started to make me a little queasy – enough already. I’d love to see this guy find the most ruthless editor on the planet. I hope that editor chops out about 1/3 of the book, and then sends it to a publisher with some really sticky glue to get those darned pages to stay attached. As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews. (I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
In Fog City Strangler, the fourth 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 wife Amelia, a TWA stewardess are hired by a wealthy San Francisco dowager to find her missing daughter who disappeared while walking her dog on Stinson Beach. And to complicate matters even more, there is a serial killer calling himself the "Fog City Strangler," who preys on beautiful young blonde women, and leaves his calling card by sending a note and a piece of the victim's clothing to the local newspapers. Sam is worried that the serial killer will go after Amelia, his lovely blonde hair wife, who is featured on TWA's latest billboard campaign. Author Greg Messel once again weaves another action packed tale of romance, mystery and suspense set in 1958 San Francisco. Written in the third person narrative, Sam and Amelia's latest riveting 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 marriage will be tested when the Fog City Strangler sets his sight on Amelia. Of the four books in the series, this book is my favorite as the focus on Sam and Amelia's relationship is taken to the next level with their marriage and it is cleverly interwoven with the two mystery investigations. I loved the balance of mystery and romance that the author interweaves throughout the story. Fog City Strangler 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, Fog City Strangler is one heck of an entertaining romantic mystery novel. Fog City Strangler will captivate your imagination, while the mystery and will keep you guessing as you follow Sam and Amelia on their latest investigative adventure. Fog City Strangler is the fourth 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 three 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!
Wise Bear Media Reviews "Fog City Strangler" by Greg Messel -- 5 Paws! Fog City Strangler is a great classic mystery novel reminiscent of stories created by Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and Mickey Spillane. This is Messel’s best work to date. The story gets off to a quick start as our protagonists find themselves caught in an arson-induced fire. The novel then takes readers back a few weeks to fill in the gaps before the fire becomes center stage again. A serial killer labelled “The Fog City Strangler” is running rampant in Sam Slater’s 1958 San Francisco. His target? Beautiful blondes in their 20s and 30s. Yes, this is a tad predictable given the book’s attractive co-protagonist, the former Amelia Ryan, now Mrs. Sam Slater, but Messel’s mysteries have always been less about gotcha elements and more about character development and rich plot details. In fact, he does a splendid job of bringing multiple storylines together for a harmonious and satisfying conclusion. Another storyline involves Sam’s day job as a private investigator who is hired by a wealthy widow to investigate the sudden disappearance of her adult daughter and sole heir. A routine walk on the beach somehow results in her unexplainable disappearance; and while there is no direct evidence to single out her oft-traveling businessman husband… dun… dun… duuun! Messel does a good job of once again balancing the various storylines between requisite sleuthing and personal character details which helps to engage the readers more fully in the believability of Sam and Amelia as top notch crime solvers. In fact, this novel marks a turning point for Amelia as an equal partner within the family private investigation business. Without disparaging Sam’s classic role, I think it’s fair to say that Amelia is the brains to his brawn. Where Sam is sometimes at a loss of what to do when the trail goes cold, Amelia has a plethora of ideas—albeit some of them riskier and more impulsive than Sam would prefer. While it’s no surprise that Amelia is a potential target for the book’s eponymous homicidal maniac, all doubt of imminent danger is removed when Amelia is featured in a nationwide billboard campaign for TWA—yes, she is still a stewardess, although I have to believe that plot device should be coming to a natural conclusion hopefully soon. Messel’s excellent writing skills make the story an easy unfolding-type experience. There are a few unexpected twists which make the novel that much more enjoyable. The author has a good formula going as do all great traditional mystery writers of their time. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote approximately 60 mystery stories; and while some mysteries stand out more than others, the character of Sherlock Holmes is one of the most familiar iconic literary figures of all time. Sam and Amelia may not be in the same league as of yet, but as characters, they are the most compelling elements of this series both independently and as a fascinating power couple.
FOG CITY STRANGLER by Greg Messel is a heart stopping,heart pumping Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/ romance set in 1958 San Francisco. "Fog City Strangler is a stand-alone thriller but is part of the Sam Slater Mystery Series--Last of the Seals, Deadly Plunge and San Francisco Secrets." WOW! What an action packed, thrill-ride of a tale,with a serial killer, a murderer who stranglers young blonde women, and the investigation that follows. Meet Private eye Sam Slater, and his lovely blonde wife, Amelia. What a page turner! Mr. Messel draws the reader into this fast paced, action packed, suspense thriller and holds them there with his engaging, and thoroughly enjoyable characters. A 1958 Jack the Ripper in San Francisco,watch out,for you will not see it coming. If you enjoy thrillers, suspense, mystery, and a bit of romance than I would highly recommend picking up FOG CITY STRANGLER for your reading pleasure. A must read! I look forward to his next adventure. Received for an honest review. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: Mild REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Greg Messel in his new book, “Fog City Strangler” Book Four in the Sam Slater Mysteries series published by the author gives us another adventure with Sam Slater and Amelia Ryan. From the back cover: As 1958 nears an end San Francisco is being terrorized by a man who calls himself the “Fog City Strangler,” who preys on pretty young blonde women. The strangler announces each murder by sending a note and piece of the victim’s clothing to the local newspapers. Angst mounts as the strangler continues to claim more victims. Private eye Sam Slater is worried that the Fog City Strangler may be eyeing his beautiful blonde wife, TWA stewardess Amelia Ryan. His anxiety is further fueled when TWA launches an advertising campaign with Amelia’s picture on a series of billboards plastered all over the city. Sam fears the billboards may attract too much attention–the wrong kind of attention. Meanwhile, Sam and Amelia are hired to try to find the missing daughter of a wealthy dowager who fears she has lost her only child. The missing woman went for a walk with her dog on Stinson Beach, near San Francisco, and seemingly vanished into thin air. The woman’s husband arrived at their beach house and found the dog running loose but there was no trace of his wife. The police are stumped in their investigation. As Sam and Amelia look into the disappearance of the woman on the beach they discover that nothing is as it seems at first glance. On a stormy night a shadowy figure sets fire to the beach house where the couple is staying–hoping to stop their investigation. Greg Messel’s Fog City Strangler is a stand-alone thriller but is part of the Sam Slater Mystery Series–Last of the Seals, Deadly Plunge and San Francisco Secrets. Jack The Ripper in 1958 San Francisco. Well okay it’s not Jack The Ripper but there is a serial killer who is targeting blondes and is using the cover of fog. It is very difficult to see in really thick fog and sound is amplified so at night this can cause a really frightening situation. Greg Messel knows how to make the best of this and turn it into a truly harrowing experience. Plus Mr. Messel has them investigating a missing person. Two different cases both of which put them in deadly danger. ”Fog City Strangler” 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. Disclosure 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.”