Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Review: A Season to Kill by Michael Mucci

Title:  A Season to Kill: A Chris DeAngelo Novel (Book One)
Author:  Michael Mucci
Genre:  Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Crime
Release Date:  2nd Edition, January 13, 2017

About the Book:

Newly appointed Sheriff Chris DeAngelo was working what he believed to be a routine case, until he finds a clue that points to the latest in a string of murders, and confirms that there's a killer on the loose. With the small town of Macon, Pennsylvania now in a panic, will DeAngelo uncover the clues in time to prevent another murder? Or will his attempt to stop the killer make him the next victim?

A 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist

A 2016 Readers Favorite Honorable Mention winner - Murder Mystery

"Author Mucci sets up a juicy murder mystery, opening with a coldblooded murder and an early indication of conspiracy...the novel's latter half really ignites."  (Kirkus Reviews)

"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." (Manhattan Book Review)

"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."  (San Francisco Book Review)

"A captivating crime thriller bursting with rural flavor and hard hitting revelations. Highly recommended for all crime & mystery fans, but especially for those of the Justified book & TV series. 
You'll savor DeAngelo's discoveries through his own eyes as he fumbles and second-guesses his way through them en route to a compelling character arc.Coupled with a pace that is perfectly suited to both the character and the rural setting, this book - reminiscent of those in Elmore Leonard's Raylan Givens series - is highly recommended." (

"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. A Season to Kill is a debut novel to be excited about, and this reviewer is eagerly anticipating the author's follow-up to this book. An impressive debut novel indeed! Michael Mucci's police procedural, A Season to Kill, is most highly recommended."  5/5 Stars (Readers'Favorite)
Buy Links: Amazon 
My Review:

This story pulls you in from the first few pages.  Michael Mucci does a great job placing the reader right smack dab in the middle of Small Town USA.  Actually, it's Macon, Pennsylvania... but with all the characteristics you'd find in a small town anywhere that hunters show up in numbers during hunting season.

When the Sheriff of Macon suddenly dies, his spot in the department is filled by Chris DeAngelo.  Known for his drinking and not exactly who you would think of as being the new sheriff, Chris begins to take his job seriously and soon starts putting pieces together regarding a string of "disappearances" over the past eleven years.  Although it becomes fairly apparent to the reader as to who is responsible for these disappearances, it seems to take Chris quite a while to figure things out.  Perhaps that's because of his drinking problem... I'm just not sure.

There was quite a bit of repitition and needless wording in the first half of the book, but things began to pick up a bit in the second half.  All in all, it was a pretty good read.

* Disclosure:  A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the author.  Although a review was not required, I was compelled to provide one.  All comments, thoughts and opinions are my own.

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About the Author:

Michael Mucci, an award-winning author has spent his entire adult life traveling and exploring the world. Being a zealous adventurer and explorer, he has lived on 3 continents, and has traveled to over 40 countries.

From rafting down the Amazon in a dug-out canoe, panning for gold in Alaska, or going on safari in Africa , Michael has enjoyed learning and participating in different cultures around the world.

He grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania where the people and places have inspired his novels and now calls southwest Florida home.


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