A Season to Die

A Chris DeAngelo Novel

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
281 Pages
Reviewed on 10/26/2016
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Author Biography

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.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite

Michael Mucci writes another 'edge of your seat, can’t possibly put the book down' murder mystery in A Season to Die. Just when they thought things were settling down, Chris DeAngelo and his deputies are called back into action. In two short months since taking office, Sheriff Chris DeAngelo has endured a maelstrom of murder and mayhem. Macon, PA was supposed to be a quiet town; instead the neighbors are ruthless, feeling justified in taking the law into their own hands. After the murder of a prominent politician’s wife, the serene community turns into a war zone, and it is DeAngelo’s job to discover who the enemy is? One death after another, are they somehow related? Pressured by the mayor and the locals, DeAngelo investigates. Connecting the dots, following the evidence, building a case, Sheriff Chris DeAngelo does his duty against a relentless foe.

Michael Mucci’s adventuresome spirit and world explorations certainly have contributed to his gift of storytelling. A Season to Die is full of thrills and spills, murder and mystery! Growing up a small town in PA, Mucci has a clear understanding of the people and surroundings of Pennsylvania. Using his first hand knowledge, he gradually lures the reader into the narrative’s community setting. A Season to Kill follows the steps taken in a criminal investigation. The story elements are well balanced; however, the characterization takes center stage. The novel is written in first person, therefore the reader is aware of the main character’s thoughts and internal dialogue. Often his actions and his thoughts are not always the same; one must keep up appearances. However, seeing the inside and the outside of the protagonist gives insight into his evolving character.

Mucci keeps the canvas of the setting fresh by including the weather descriptions, and the dangerous, cold and snowy road conditions add suspense. In addition, the inclusions of dates and lapses of time pace the action. A Season to Die is full of twists and turns as it reaches its climactic “whodunit” conclusion. Mucci wraps up the loose ends well, but the last words reveal that there is more to come for Sheriff Chris DeAngelo of Macon, PA. “When duty calls, you respond.”

Jack Magnus

A Season to Die: A Chris DeAngelo Novel is a police procedural novel written by Michael Mucci. Sherry Mills was on her way home from work, and she had a lot on her mind. The weather was getting increasingly hazardous with the snow and early dusk making the curving riverside road challenging enough to have her drive more slowly and cautiously. Sherry was pleased about the changes she would be making to her life and her new-found resolve to overcome her opiate addiction. She never did have time to take those first steps, however, as her life was instantaneously snuffed out by the bullet that penetrated her windshield, and, moments later, her brain. Macon, Pennsylvania Sheriff Chris DeAngelo had his recent encounter with George Jepper on his mind when he got the call about the shooting victim. Jepper's home was about to go into foreclosure, and he had stepped over the line when Chris delivered the notice to him, threatening Chris with his shotgun and talking about killing his family and then himself. Chris was able to talk Jepper down, but he was determined to provide continued support for the troubled family. Now, he was faced with the duty of telling State Senator, and possible Republican gubernatorial candidate, Steven Mills, that his wife had died. And Mayor Elaine Strick was demanding answers, and she wanted them right away.

Michael Mucci's police procedural novel, A Season to Die: A Chris DeAngelo Novel, gives the reader a look into what it's like to be a small town sheriff. Chris DeAngelo's not all that sure about his role as Macon’s chief law enforcement officer, and watching as he navigates his world is fascinating and compelling. His continued consciousness of his outsider status and deliberate efforts not to abuse his position as sheriff make him one of the more intriguing police characters I've run across. Mucci's plot is complex and will be challenging to the vast majority of those mystery fans who pride themselves on finding the solution before it's revealed. I loved the first book in this series, A Season to Kill, and found this well-written and suspenseful book to be a worthy successor to that marvelous debut novel. A Season to Die: A Chris DeAngelo Novel is most highly recommended.

Vernita Naylor

Michael Mucci, author of the crime mystery thriller, A Season to Kill, is back with A Season to Die: A Chris DeAngelo Novel. In A Season to Kill, under Sheriff Halbrook’s leadership, the town of Macon, Pennsylvania had eleven unsolved deaths that were ruled as merely disappearances. Once Sheriff Halbrook suddenly passes away, Chris DeAngelo becomes the Sheriff. He had been a Deputy under the leadership of Sheriff Halbrook for over 20 years. In A Season to Die, Sheriff DeAngelo must solve the sudden, cold blooded shooting of Senator Steven Mill’s wife, Sherry. Why did this happen? Is this a political stunt to improve the Senator's ratings? Was Senator Mills involved in any kind of way? Will there be more killings? Is this another serial killing similar to the one that plagued the town previously? It is Sheriff DeAngelo’s job to uncover the murderer and discover the truth behind the killing.

When I reviewed A Season to Die: A Chris DeAngelo Novel by Michael Mucci, I saw that it offered the same elements of suspense, intrigue and mystery as A Season to Kill. You will enjoy reading A Season to Die and be on the edge of your seat as you turn each page. You will feel like you are watching one of James Patterson’s Alex Cross books that was turned into a movie, from Along Came A Spider to Kiss the Girl, as you embark along Sheriff DeAngelo’s path in A Season to Die. You will be so enthralled reading this book that you won't be able to put it down. If you love a well-written book of crime, mystery and suspense, relax with a copy of A Season to Die: A Chris DeAngelo Novel by Michael Mucci.