A Season To Kill

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
257 Pages
Reviewed on 01/16/2016
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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, going on safari in Africa to tent-camping 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle and riding his motorcycle through the European countryside, 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 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.

Jack Magnus

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.