The year is 1957 in San Francisco. Sam Slater is a lifetime minor league baseball player for the San Francisco Seals. The Seals have just one more season left as San Francisco is about to become a major league city. The Giants are coming to town in 1958 and the Seals will be displaced. Sam has come to the end of his baseball career and is going to join the private detective agency of his best friend. When his friend is brutally murdered, Sam must go it alone and try to find out why. Along the way he is swept off of his feet by a beautiful Elvis-obsessed TWA stewardess named Amelia Ryan. Sam and Amelia try to unravel the mystery together. Sam’s best friend, Jimmy inadvertently saw something he shouldn’t have. Sam and Amelia have pictures in their possession that have crime families in San Francisco and Chicago very worried. Then a young woman Sam has been searching for is found dead on the beach. Suddenly, Sam and Amelia find themselves in danger. On dark and foggy San Francisco nights, trouble is lurking just around the next corner.
This is the exciting premise of Greg Messel’s new romance mystery, Last of the Seals. I personally love romance mysteries. Mysteries have me on the edge of my seat and the romance gives it a sensitive edge that readers like me can relate to.
But have you ever wondered just why authors write a certain kind of book? Like, where do they get this inspiration from? Have they always had the book in them or did a certain movie, a particular song, something from real life make them say, “I need to write about that!”?
For Greg Messel, the idea came to him on a visit to San Francisco a few summers ago. For some time he had wanted to write a mystery involving a private detective but being a baseball lover, he also wanted to incorporate the Seals into this book.
“I went to the Giants’ ballpark,” he says, “and I began thinking about the old San Francisco Seals team. The Seals were a minor league team which preceded the major league San Francisco Giants. I had some recollection of that time from my childhood and what I had read about the Seals. 1957 was an interesting year in San Franscisco. It was the end of an era as the Seals would disappear into the mists of time.”
That’s when Greg decided that his private detective would be a Seal who was just ending his baseball career and his main female character, a TWA stewardess, would become the love interest for this private detective/baseball player.
“It was a very different world for women in 1957,” he says. “Women had few outlets for a career, especially ones where they could travel to glamorous locations. The story is appealing to a wide array of readers. It has baseball history, romance and mystery.”
Last of the Seals is Messel’s fourth book and he will be publishing the second book in the series by the end of 2012.
Visit Greg Messel’s website at www.gregmessel.com for more information.