Book Review – “Deadly Stillwater” by Roger Stelljes – Thriller Novels and Suspense

“Deadly Stillwater” is the third book of what is currently a five-book series of police, action-adventure mysteries set in St. Paul, Minnesota. No doubt, there will be more to come. Although series books are very much in vogue these days; I usually dislike them, because they all-too-often cheat the reader. I feel a story should be distinct and complete from cover to cover and not simply a teaser to get the reader to buy yet another book. By and large, Roger Stelljes’ suspense novels featuring ‘Mac’ McRyan and a cast of quirky St. Paul homicide detectives don’t do that. They are self-contained and you really don’t need to read them in sequence. While they are nominally cop stories, they are much more action-adventure than police procedurals and fun reads. Think Mitch Rapp with a badge, shooting first and asking questions later. Because this series is set in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, they will always draw comparison to John Sandford’s highly successful “Prey” books. I think Stelljes’ books have considerably more action and running around (the characters are always running or racing somewhere), while Sandford’s have better suspense and character development, but both series are good reads. Roger Stelljes’ books are on Kindle, and you can frequently find them in the Kindle Countdown Sales. Pick one up, they are great for the beach or a long airplane ride.

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