Fatal Deeds

When Korean War veteran Augustus M. Churchill was voted out of his sheriff’s seat a dozen or so years ago, he set up shop as a private investigator in his hometown of Concord, Massachusetts. He loves New England, plays cribbage, drinks Sam Adams, gives his “Gone Fishing” sign plenty of hang time, and, when prodded, advances the cause of justice with the help of his elusive romantic interest, Happy Fremont. For this small-town PI, life is good. But when a young woman gets herself into a small jam with the law, Churchill agrees to gather evidence on her behalf. The routine investigation, however, unfolds into blackmail, double-cross, and savage murders that send his client packing. Now, the savvy PI finds himself unraveling a complicated scheme reeking of highbrow blood, local politics, and scandal-laden real estate deeds. Fatal Deeds is an original and intricate suspense novel, laced with history, romance, local color, and humor. Best-selling author Andrew McAleer spins a genuine mystery – reminiscent in plot and character of the best of the Golden Age of Mystery.

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“Fatal Deeds is a strong and much recommended pick.”
—Midwest Book Review

“In this new world of detective mysteries that is controlled by initials – C.S.I. and D.N.A. it is refreshing to meet Detective Gus Churchill who operates in the style of Sam Spade or Nero Wolfe. I could envision Agatha Christie enjoying a cup of tea while reading McAleer’s Fatal Deeds on a rainy day.”
—T.M. Murphy, author of The Belltown Mystery Series

“Intelligent and compelling, Fatal Deeds is a solid story of crime and small-town life.”
—Robert B. Parker, author of the Spenser and Jesse Stone novels

“Andrew McAleer’s prose is leaner than a home run to Pesky’s pole and his wit just as quick. Fatal Deeds is a top-rate mystery and best of all, private eye Gus Churchill and his ‘Watson’, Happy Fremont, sleuth in my hometown — Concord, Massachusetts!”
—Doris Kearns Goodwin, New York Times best-selling author

“Gus and Happy are Concordians, yet embody the strength of the American spirit wherever it might be encountered. . . . Andrew McAleer has created characters and a setting, like Holmes’s gaslight era, that will continue to enlighten us.”
—Robin Moore, New York Times number 1 best-selling author of The French Connection and The Green Berets

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