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Ruthless killers...grizzly deaths...escalating stakes... A clandestine late night meeting in Kentucky, a murder in a seedy St. Paul motel, a mysterious investigator operating in the shadows and dueling political masterminds all collide to provide Mac McRyan with the ultimate test in ELECTING TO MURDER. Award winning author, Roger Stelljes, delivers an action packed story tha Ruthless killers...grizzly deaths...escalating stakes... A clandestine late night meeting in Kentucky, a murder in a seedy St. Paul motel, a mysterious investigator operating in the shadows and dueling political masterminds all collide to provide Mac McRyan with the ultimate test in ELECTING TO MURDER. Award winning author, Roger Stelljes, delivers an action packed story that is the 3rd full length novel in the McRyan Mystery Series. Stelljes' vivid characters, his gift for GRITTY and REAL DIALOGUE (slang/ jargon/behind the scenes dialog) as well as his uncanny sense of place and time, will put you in the middle of the action allowing you to feel the desperation of Mac McRyan and his fellow detectives. FIRST CASE - Prequel THE ST. PAUL CONSPIRACY DEADLY STILLWATER FIRST DEADLY CONSPIRACY - Special Edition 3 Book Box Set ELECTING TO MURDER


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Ruthless killers...grizzly deaths...escalating stakes... A clandestine late night meeting in Kentucky, a murder in a seedy St. Paul motel, a mysterious investigator operating in the shadows and dueling political masterminds all collide to provide Mac McRyan with the ultimate test in ELECTING TO MURDER. Award winning author, Roger Stelljes, delivers an action packed story tha Ruthless killers...grizzly deaths...escalating stakes... A clandestine late night meeting in Kentucky, a murder in a seedy St. Paul motel, a mysterious investigator operating in the shadows and dueling political masterminds all collide to provide Mac McRyan with the ultimate test in ELECTING TO MURDER. Award winning author, Roger Stelljes, delivers an action packed story that is the 3rd full length novel in the McRyan Mystery Series. Stelljes' vivid characters, his gift for GRITTY and REAL DIALOGUE (slang/ jargon/behind the scenes dialog) as well as his uncanny sense of place and time, will put you in the middle of the action allowing you to feel the desperation of Mac McRyan and his fellow detectives. FIRST CASE - Prequel THE ST. PAUL CONSPIRACY DEADLY STILLWATER FIRST DEADLY CONSPIRACY - Special Edition 3 Book Box Set ELECTING TO MURDER

30 review for Electing To Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    A tight presidential election, a Republican candidate named Donald (with a son named Donald, Jr.), a clandestine meeting, Super PACs, and election fraud. Wait! Electing To Murder was published in 2013! And it’s fiction! Roger Stelljes’ third McRyan cop mystery is a political thriller that takes Detective Michael MacKenzie McRyan away from his beat in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Milwaukee and even to Washington, D.C. What begins as a “simple” murder at a sleazy hotel on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul so A tight presidential election, a Republican candidate named Donald (with a son named Donald, Jr.), a clandestine meeting, Super PACs, and election fraud. Wait! Electing To Murder was published in 2013! And it’s fiction! Roger Stelljes’ third McRyan cop mystery is a political thriller that takes Detective Michael MacKenzie McRyan away from his beat in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Milwaukee and even to Washington, D.C. What begins as a “simple” murder at a sleazy hotel on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul soon turns out to have far deeper implications. McRyan is a young detective from a family of cops. He started out as a lawyer, but after a couple of life-changing events, he left his promising law career and joined the St. Paul police force, like a long line of McRyans before him. He rose through the ranks quickly, and is now a highly regarded homicide detective. His girlfriend, Sally Kennedy, is working as an aide on Minnesota Governor James Thompson’s presidential campaign. Mac is smitten with Sally, and she with him. She is also intoxicated with the buzz of the political race; the campaign takes her on the road constantly, while Mac stays put in St. Paul. At least until now. The victim turns out to be a political blogger. When another dead body shows up, and a former FBI agent-turned political investigator Dara Wire comes on the scene, things get more complex. She’s working for Joyce “the Judge” Dixon, a throwback, cigar-smoking pol who’s respected by all, including Mac. Judge is known for his political savvy. He respects Vice President Donald Wellesley, the GOP candidate, but there is no love lost on his campaign manager, Heath Connolly. Connolly is considered to be a man who will do anything to win. Turns out Ms. Wire knows just a little about that clandestine meeting and was tracking the guy who turned up dead in the motel room. With her ties to the Judge, and Mac’s partner “Dick Lick” having been shot in one of the many adventures that make Sally cringe with fear for her cop boyfriend, McRyan and Wire team up to get to the bottom of these politically motivated murders. At this point, I’m wondering, “When does the FBI come in?” I mean, how does a civilian – granted, former FBI agent – get involved in an official police investigation. I know – fiction! Got it! While I’m at it, there are some very creative names in this book: Moriarity and Holmes. Lyman Hisle. The latter name, a character who’s a lawyer, might seem obscure, but Lyman Bostock and Larry Hisle were outfielders for the Minnesota Twins in the 1970s. Well played, Mr. Stelljes! Having spent 30 years in the Twin Cities area, I appreciated the many references to streets and cities in the metropolitan area. I only wish I could appreciate the Milwaukee citations, but my family moved from there when I was a toddler. There are also plenty of fictional places, like McRyan’s Pub, that add authenticity, even charm, to the book and to the series. McRyan is a likable guy. He’s confident, capable, and smart. With the addition of Dara Ware, we didn’t see much of his team in this one, although they were plenty active behind the scenes. We did catch glimpses of Sally when she wasn’t out on the campaign trail. Now that she’s caught the political bug, I hope this won’t mean a permanent change of venue for our couple, as St. Paul gives this series a unique flavor. There’s also that special spark between Sally and Mac that would make Mac a dull guy if Sally weren’t around. With the election just days away, our crime-fighting duo keeps pounding down coffee as the corpses appear like flies on flypaper. Whoever is behind this does not want to leave loose ends. There is action, strategy, romance, and suspense – so much to like in this one. Stelljes tried hard to surprise me, but I had a pretty good idea what his tricks might be and was behind it all. It was all well executed. The biggest distraction for me was the need for proofreading. I tried to give the author the benefit of the doubt with the prepositional phrases when Mac would use “I” instead of “me”, but he’s a very intelligent man. Yes, I know that many people talk that way, but come on! Mac would know better, wouldn’t he? Besides, he often (not always, but many times) got “whom” right. The other error that I noted several times was the use of an apostrophe in plurals. NO! Mr. Stelljes, please find a proofreader who knows grammar and will do your writing justice! Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let me say that I enjoyed Electing to Murder. It’s a tad long and slows down in places, but mostly, the pages fly by. There is a mystery man in this one, someone behind the scenes pulling the strings, and that may bother some readers. Does that happen in the world of politics and international espionage? Possibly. I found it intriguing. Let’s hope that our 2017 version of Russiagate doesn’t approach anything portrayed by Stelljes’ imagination!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Electing To Murder is book three in the McRyan Mystery Series by Roger Stelljes. One night in St Paul Jason Stroudt was killed in his motel room. This incidental start Detective Michael Mckenzie McRyan on a rollercoaster ride to try and find who killed Jason Stroudt and why. Readers of Electing To Murder will love the ending of this book. I enjoy reading this series and the characters especially Detective Michael Mckenzie McRyan. I like the way Roger Stelljes portrays and intertwine his characte Electing To Murder is book three in the McRyan Mystery Series by Roger Stelljes. One night in St Paul Jason Stroudt was killed in his motel room. This incidental start Detective Michael Mckenzie McRyan on a rollercoaster ride to try and find who killed Jason Stroudt and why. Readers of Electing To Murder will love the ending of this book. I enjoy reading this series and the characters especially Detective Michael Mckenzie McRyan. I like the way Roger Stelljes portrays and intertwine his characters especially the relationship between Detective Michael Mckenzie McRyan and Richard Lich. Also, I enjoy the way Roger Stelljes takes the readers of Electing to Murder on a suspensive ride until the ending of the book. Readers of Electing To Murder will learn about electoral fraud. Also, about law enforcement protocol in The USA. Reading Electing To Murder will give you incite into the shenanigans and procedure of being elected to the President of The USA I recommend this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lori McD

    Don't know WHY GR doesn't have the right book cover and info about this book... it's recently released, but still.... ANYWAY, we have a change of pace in this book. Mac gets pulled into homicide and politics and potential voter fraud via electronic voting machines in this fast-paced thriller filled with suspense and intrigue. The Setting: 2012 - about 1 week before the presidential election. No, it's not Obama vs. Romney - of course not! It's the Republican vice presidential candidate (Republicans Don't know WHY GR doesn't have the right book cover and info about this book... it's recently released, but still.... ANYWAY, we have a change of pace in this book. Mac gets pulled into homicide and politics and potential voter fraud via electronic voting machines in this fast-paced thriller filled with suspense and intrigue. The Setting: 2012 - about 1 week before the presidential election. No, it's not Obama vs. Romney - of course not! It's the Republican vice presidential candidate (Republicans are currently in office in this one) versus the Democratic candidate, current governor of Minnesota. We're introduced to Dara Wire, an early 30s former-FBI agent who's trailing the Republican presidential candidate's campaign manager around the country for the Democratic candidate's campaign manager. See, Connolly, the Republican presidential campaign manager, is known to be oily and do anything to get around the rules. His idol is Joe Kennedy Sr,, for heaven's sakes! The event that sets everything off takes place in Kentucky, at a cabin in the woods, where some big meeting is going down between Connolly and several mysterious men. Dara is there, but she's clueless about what's going on. She gets some pictures, but there are 2 other guys that she doesn't know in the position that she really wants. So Dara goes to find another position to take pictures and watch, when all hell breaks loose. A limo pulls up, and Dara only gets a shot of the security men and a leg coming out of the limo. But that's when someone spots the other 2 men taking pictures, and shots are fired. Dara can't take the chance on being followed, so she gets out of there - fast. Fast forward 12 hours or so, and Mac is pulled into a homicide investigation at a rundown motel in downtown St. Paul. No ID or luggage or anything in the room. They're only lucky to discover a boarding pass that slipped behind the bed. The pass says that this is Jason Stroudt, who turns out to be a DC/political blogger... and one of the 2 guys that Dara spotted at the meeting the night before. Of course, Mac doesn't know that - yet. As Mac follows the leads, he meets Dara, because The Judge hired her. So Mac gets pulled into the political side, while trying to keep the focus on the murder. In the process, Dara ends up shooting the hired killer after the other guy at the Kentucky cabin, who's at the home of the Judge's 2nd in command. Montgomery, Jason Stroudt's partner in biz, is trying to show/tell something important when the meeting is interrupted by the killer. Dara was on the trail, and manages to save one of the people in the house, but the 2nd in command (Dem campaign) and Montgomery are killed. When Mac arrives, the body of the hired killer is gone - plenty of blood, though. Mac arranges to meet Dara, The Judge, and Sally at the McRyan Pub. But once again, whoever's behind all of this is in step, and a drive-by shooting ensues, wounding Dick Lich. Dara and Mac team up with the Judge's resources to track down the killer or killers. Which leads us and them on a merry chase around the country, ending up in D.C. with meetings with the FBI Director and the Attorney General. Seems all of this is about electronic voting machines with memory cards that change every 1 in 5 votes for the Democratic presidential candidate to a vote for the current Republican vice president. But can Mac and Dara prove who's behind it? And can they catch the really Big Fish, the Bishop, who's funding the entire thing and sending out his private mercenary team out to do the dirty work? They've already got 7+ murders and bodies to deal with, can Dara and Mac figure it out and prove it in time? ================ LIKE * A lot to like about this book - it's fast-paced, so there's no dragging. Lots of twists and turns, and good progressive disclosure of the real plot and who's behind it. But, as usual, there are almost too many players involved. That's real life, but it's sometimes hard to remember who's who, like that Duffy is the FBI agent in MN. Many of the "usual" cops and people are relegated to the background on this one, as Mac & Dara jet around the country. * LOVE Dara Wire. I know Sally & Mac are together, currently. But I'd like to at least see Dara and Mac as partners at work, if not in life. Maybe because I got to actually KNOW Dara through this last book, she just feels like a better fit for Mac (IMO) than Sally. But I don't really know Sally... other than the glimpses I've caught of her so far. She was featured as a secondary player in the 1st book (The St. Paul Conspiracy), but after that she was relegated to the background. With Sally off to DC and a political career... well, I just don't see that working out for Mac. * Good insight into politics. Makes me realize that it's as important to look at the campaign manager as the candidate - often that person becomes Chief of Staff or takes on an important cabinet or inner government position. And while the poor vice president in this story was shafted, it's still important to know who's running your campaign. If you're not in alignment with that person and totally on top of what he/she is doing in running your campaign, how can you expect to run a government? (OK, so that's probably really hard for the candidate, since at the national level, the party likely chooses for you. And the candidate is running around, doing what he/she needs to do, trusting that the campaign manager has the best interests of the party and the candidate and platform in mind.) CONCERNS * With Sally likely leaving to pursue a political career in DC, will Mac go, too? Does that mean we'll lose touch with all these great characters we've come to know and love in Minnesota? I don't want to lose Dick Lick, Flannagan, Rock, Riles, Hisle, or any of the other folks we've met along the way. But I don't see how Sally and Mac can do a long-distance relationship for too long without breaking up. Maybe that's the point. I wouldn't fight it - Sally's OK, but somehow, she's not my cup of tea. But a break up would be tough... because Sally is Mac's 1st relationship since his divorce (and vice versa). They're supposed to be deeply involved and in love. Breaking up would really be hard to do for these two. * If Mac goes to DC, will he become a Fed? I can see the FBI (among others) wanting to hire Mac, especially after this last book. Mac would become a little fish in a big pond, which might be really good for him, personally and professionally. He wouldn't know everyone or be connected to everyone; sure he's got some heavy, useful connections, but maybe a bid dose of reality would hit Mac. (See my NITS/Beefs, below.) Except I don't see Mac doing well in an environment where he'd have his hands tied. And he would, if he joined the feds. * Mac's profit from his investment in the Grand Brew coffee shops makes him independently wealthy. But he's not the kind of guy to sit still. And his series means nothing if he's not investigating SOMETHING. So how does all this $ come into play? Will Mac create his own private investigations company? That doesn't feel right, either... Will the $ come in-between Mac and Sally? Will his ex come back and try to hone in on that money? True, Mac effectively shut her down in the prequel, but that doesn't mean she won't try. Frankly, I'd like to see her come back and try something or be involved in the next murder. NITS/Beefs * Usually, when a governor runs for office, he/she resigns. The campaign focus is so hot and heavy, it's tough to actually govern. Now, I realize there are exceptions to that rule, but still... It seems unlikely that Governor Thomson wouldn't have stepped down. But what do I know? * Getting "the Bishop" is cool and provides a great ending. But really? Everything tied up so nice and neat at the end of the book? Not reality. I'd like to see the Big Bad Guy get away, like he would in real life - or remain unscathed and untouchable. That's more like real life. And Mac needs a good dose of that real life. He's too charmed... too charming... too good. Yes, I know he's dogged and determined and logical and all of that. He's a GREAT cop - not denigrating his skills. But he wouldn't win every single one every single time. It's about time that he doesn't. * As with Mac, his dad, Simon, is just TOO GOOD. Everyone who's anyone in law enforcement knows the McRyans.... great for the books, but really? Sure, someone at the federal level would look up the info. But does EVERYONE connected have to personally know Mac or his dad? And there's NO HINT of anything at all in the background at any time? Look - my dad was in law enforcement and he had a distinguished career, even in his small fish pond. But *everyone* has regrets - some bad guy that got away, some case that didn't go as planned, some action that wasn't technically illegal but came back to cause trouble later - something! Mac and his dad are simply TOO GOOD... it's time for a dose or reality in more ways than one. * Personal stuff - Mac and Sally seem to LIVE their jobs. We know very little about their private lives, except for the gratuitous sex scenes between them in this book. Yeah, in the last book, we went from PG-13 for violence to R/Mature to include language and sex. But it doesn't necessarily feel organic; it feels as if the author's attempting to insert "grit" or kowtow to the demand for sex, language, and more violence. OK, the language is more "real" in the environment where guys are nicknamed "Dick Lick" and "Pecker". But we have YET to see Mac & Sally really interact with anyone outside business or their business associates. Now, I get that in this book, since the time frame is compressed to 7 days. And because Sally's been busy with the campaign. But what about her family? How do they feel about Mac and this relationship? Does she have brothers & sisters? Are her parents living? What about Sally's ex? Mac has a mother and 3 sisters. Other than a brief mention of one of the sisters in the last book, nothing. Only cousins and uncles in the force or at the McRyan Pub. Why? Shouldn't we know more about this family dynamic? Shouldn't Mac have told his family about his profit? What about the friends that Mac invested with - we don't know them at all. Don't they count? Mac's been business partners with them for years. It just seems that BY NOW, we'd have some insight into Mac's life (and Sally's, if she's going to remain important to Mac) other than the business side. Mac doesn't seem all that well-rounded simply by the written page. And yet Mac does seem to be a well-rounded guy. So tell us MORE about his off-duty life!!! ============ All that said, I really like this series, and I really like Mac. I have a soft spot for Minnesota, since I spent from 3rd grade to 12th grade growing up in rural Minnesota, 1 hr north of the Twin Cities. I like this series, and I really look forward to the next book... hope that this author will get the press he deserves, and I, for one, will go off to Amazon.com and write reviews on the McRyan series book there, too. WHEN'S THE NEXT BOOK? (Yeah, I know, this one just came out...)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mike Kennedy

    I really liked the latest in the latest installment in the Mac McRyan series. I think this book was a step up from Deadly Stilwater, #2 in the series. I found this book fast paced, and a page turner. Stelljes did a great job using the presidential election theme as a vehicle to drive the story line. Mac McRyan reminds me a lot of another fictional Minnesota detective who does what it takes to get the job done, John Sanford's Lucas Davenport. There characters are very similar. Both are no nonsens I really liked the latest in the latest installment in the Mac McRyan series. I think this book was a step up from Deadly Stilwater, #2 in the series. I found this book fast paced, and a page turner. Stelljes did a great job using the presidential election theme as a vehicle to drive the story line. Mac McRyan reminds me a lot of another fictional Minnesota detective who does what it takes to get the job done, John Sanford's Lucas Davenport. There characters are very similar. Both are no nonsense detectives who get the job done. Both are independently wealthy, as well as, both being former hockey stars at the University of Minnesota. Stelljes even pays a complement or takes a shot at Sanford, I have't decided which yet, in the book. It comes Mac is talking to his girlfriend, Sally, about some money he recently came into and a possible purchase he might make. Mac tells Sally that "a rich cop with a Porsche is kind of cliche". Sanford's Davenport drives a Porsche 911. I am really looking forward to the next McRyan book, although I am a little disappointed with a possible scenery change for the series. I won't give away where the series might move too. But being a native to the Twin Cities, I alway find it kind of neat to read about a fictional story happening right in your backyard with streets and places you can picture. This is a really good book/series in the crime fighting/thriller genera.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tulay

    Political murder mystery. This book could be another House of Cards. Main character Mac is bipartisan, and I believe author is too. Good level headed Republican vice president and democratic governor Minnesota, running for the presidency. Campaign manager Connelly for the VP is thousands times worse than Karl Rove, VP son also helping. But he's not like his father. In the other side, respected MN judge and his trusted investigator ex-FBI Wire. Super packs, big money, election fraud. Innocent peop Political murder mystery. This book could be another House of Cards. Main character Mac is bipartisan, and I believe author is too. Good level headed Republican vice president and democratic governor Minnesota, running for the presidency. Campaign manager Connelly for the VP is thousands times worse than Karl Rove, VP son also helping. But he's not like his father. In the other side, respected MN judge and his trusted investigator ex-FBI Wire. Super packs, big money, election fraud. Innocent people trying to expose the irregularities in this campaign is being killed, Mac McRyan, twin cities favorite good cop starts to investigate the murders. This author never fills the pages with long, useless dialogue or descriptions, every sentence clearly lets the readers understand his characters. Good read, especially in this election year.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carol and Gary Curtis

    Excellent series. This story did not disappoint. It did bogged down sometimes, early on but picked up later. The lead character is quite interesting and I'm sure will be just as daring in future sequels.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Feduchin

    A really workmanlike book, well worth reading and really quite satisfying. However there are problems. This author's primary problem is his apparent admiration for his own character! He extols his virtues, not to mention his good fortune, at pretty well every turn. Mac McRyan is tall, lean, exceedingly handsome, undoubtedly a heart-throb, has incredible sex, is surrounded by totally gorgeous dames, is highly intelligent, exceedingly (that word again) perceptive, smart, confident, and to cap it al A really workmanlike book, well worth reading and really quite satisfying. However there are problems. This author's primary problem is his apparent admiration for his own character! He extols his virtues, not to mention his good fortune, at pretty well every turn. Mac McRyan is tall, lean, exceedingly handsome, undoubtedly a heart-throb, has incredible sex, is surrounded by totally gorgeous dames, is highly intelligent, exceedingly (that word again) perceptive, smart, confident, and to cap it all has just become wealthy. Phew, if that doesn't put you off don't bother to read any further.. The story plot is pretty darned good and moderately believable for a thriller with political overtones. Some of the problem is that Mac is a little too lucky and too damned good and that can get a little irritating, as I've indicated above. His instincts are almost unbelievable, his liberties with his job (he's only a local detective) are just too much. Finally, the author commits a sin: The bad man, who is discovered in the last fifth of the book, is an unknown character! That means you, the reader don't get the opportunity to imagine which character he might be. I tried, indeed, following the usual rules I thought I might know who it had to be, but as a result of that sin I was miles out. It's a pity, Someone should tell Mr Stelljes about that particular rule because it damages an otherwise fairly good book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Black Butterfly

    ANOTHER GREAT READ, I LOVED THE OTHER BOOK, BUT THIS ONE WAS? GEEZ WHO-DID-DO-IT? THIS BOOK HAD ME STUMPED TILL THE BADDEST GUY WAS FINALLY REVEALED. I LOVED THE ACTION AND THE STORYLINE, EVEN THOUGTH IT FRIGHTENED ME BECAUSE POLITICAL ELECTIONS HAVE BECOME VERY SUSPECT TO ME. WHAT WAS DONE IN THE BOOK I BELIEVE COULD REALLY HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE (if it hasn't already). SHUTTER! I LOVE MAC AND HIS LADY LOVE SALLY, BECAUSE THEY STANDBY EACH OTHER AND THEIR CONVICTIONS. IT'S NICE TO SEE A RELATIONSH ANOTHER GREAT READ, I LOVED THE OTHER BOOK, BUT THIS ONE WAS? GEEZ WHO-DID-DO-IT? THIS BOOK HAD ME STUMPED TILL THE BADDEST GUY WAS FINALLY REVEALED. I LOVED THE ACTION AND THE STORYLINE, EVEN THOUGTH IT FRIGHTENED ME BECAUSE POLITICAL ELECTIONS HAVE BECOME VERY SUSPECT TO ME. WHAT WAS DONE IN THE BOOK I BELIEVE COULD REALLY HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE (if it hasn't already). SHUTTER! I LOVE MAC AND HIS LADY LOVE SALLY, BECAUSE THEY STANDBY EACH OTHER AND THEIR CONVICTIONS. IT'S NICE TO SEE A RELATIONSHIP THAT WORKS FOR A CHANGE, THEY HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO CHEAT BUT DON'T BECAUSE THEY KNOW HOW THAT FEELS (so do I). BRAVO!! TO THEM, IF YOU HAVE A GOOD THING WAITING FOR YOU AT HOME, WHY WOULD YOU SETTLE FOR SLOPPY SECONDS. I LOVE THIS SERIES BECAUSE IT SHOWS THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE TRUE TO NOT ONLY THEMSELVES BUT TO FRIENDS, JOB, BELIEF, COUNTRY AND DOING THE RIGHT THING. WHEN YOU MIX IN A LOT OF ACTION, MURDER, TWISTED VILLIANS, AND LITTLE ROMANCE. WOW! NOW THAT'S MY KINDA BOOK. AMEN! ;D

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Carpenter

    Good story line, but-- Stlljes does a nice job on this storyline dealing with election fraud. There are a few jump the shark moves that take our hero from a local detective to leading the FBI toward resolving the murders and the money that funded the murders. My biggest issue is with his grammatical errors and typos. I hope he learns the appropriate use of when to use "me" after a preposition.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Richard Hallmark

    Mac did it again, whew what a ride A St. Paul detective Mac Mc Ryan and his counterpart, Ms. Wire, led us on a exhilarating chase. It jumped all over the country and ended in a very unsuspecting way. If your a murder mystery addict you'll love this one. Can't wait to read the next installment.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tara Guertin

    I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down. It fits in perfectly with this crazy political season we are having. As far as people saying they won't read Roger's books anymore because of how this story may have portrayed Republicans, IT'S FICTION PEOPLE! He had to pick a side!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elissa

    Power, greed and politics play out against murder, mayhem, and solid police work. Devious dealings by one candidate's campaign manager start a chain reaction resulting in killings across the country with McRyan in the thick of things. Labeled #3, this is actually the fourth outing for the detective (there is a prequel) and his major cases are briefly recapped but more to establish his bona fides than for background. Other than continuing characters, this "case" stands on its own as an exciting p Power, greed and politics play out against murder, mayhem, and solid police work. Devious dealings by one candidate's campaign manager start a chain reaction resulting in killings across the country with McRyan in the thick of things. Labeled #3, this is actually the fourth outing for the detective (there is a prequel) and his major cases are briefly recapped but more to establish his bona fides than for background. Other than continuing characters, this "case" stands on its own as an exciting police procedural and thriller. I am "reading" this as part of the boxed set [[ASIN:B071JCWW3Q Mysteries, Thrillers and Killers: Crime Thriller Box Set (Mac McRyan Mystery Series, Books 4-6)]] and the clear narration [AUDIO!] keeps the action moving as you race through the streets of St. Paul or track a vehicle in Kentucky. (Just realized the good guys spent almost as much time in the car as I did, listening!) Disclaimer: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I'm not entirely sure why this one took me so long to read - I actually really enjoyed it. Between traveling & work, I guess time got away from me. Anyway, it was also especially creepy to be reading during the election season, as there were a frightening amount of similarities... and this was written long before the 2016 season. One of the things I liked about this book is when Mac and Wire figured out what was going on, it was maybe only 40% into the book. I was like, man, this is going to be a I'm not entirely sure why this one took me so long to read - I actually really enjoyed it. Between traveling & work, I guess time got away from me. Anyway, it was also especially creepy to be reading during the election season, as there were a frightening amount of similarities... and this was written long before the 2016 season. One of the things I liked about this book is when Mac and Wire figured out what was going on, it was maybe only 40% into the book. I was like, man, this is going to be a wild ride trying to put all these pieces together. There's so many players in the whole scheme occurring. But I honestly really enjoyed this one. I'm not sure it was my #1 favourite in the series, but every time I had a moment to sit down and read it I was right back in with the characters.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Abishere

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really liked the first two books But rank this one slightly below those. Although the theme is quite good, not surprisingly it has something to do with electing, the story left me wondering a bit. McRyan’s temporary new partner, a fired ex FBI agent is not only allowed to shoot without getting arrested….no…as a civilian she is allowed to help out in a running police investigation, interrogate suspects help the FBI arrest a suspect (as was McRyan well out of his derestriction I might add) and s I really liked the first two books But rank this one slightly below those. Although the theme is quite good, not surprisingly it has something to do with electing, the story left me wondering a bit. McRyan’s temporary new partner, a fired ex FBI agent is not only allowed to shoot without getting arrested….no…as a civilian she is allowed to help out in a running police investigation, interrogate suspects help the FBI arrest a suspect (as was McRyan well out of his derestriction I might add) and she was temporarily reinstated to arrest a guy she completely fucked up Mafia style, which was the reason she got fired in the first place. I found that all a tat hard to believe. If you are able to get over this, it is a fun read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Wood

    I love Stelljes, his characters, his painting the setting for each event, his deep research into subjects he covers, his slowly developing plots - sometimes he does get bogged down in detail - a minor flaw for a great read - the audiobook performance was an easy 5 - the eBook helped me slide through the slower parts - overall I recommend this to political fans - not overly "thrilling" but a solid read -- lots of action but a rather formulaic plot which surprised me for Stelljes, very rare that I I love Stelljes, his characters, his painting the setting for each event, his deep research into subjects he covers, his slowly developing plots - sometimes he does get bogged down in detail - a minor flaw for a great read - the audiobook performance was an easy 5 - the eBook helped me slide through the slower parts - overall I recommend this to political fans - not overly "thrilling" but a solid read -- lots of action but a rather formulaic plot which surprised me for Stelljes, very rare that I figure that final plot twist of his but this one I did rather too easily - still a solid 4 overall.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Before you start this one, please note it is the fourth book in a series: I would recommend you read them in order to make sure you understand all of the back story of the characters. This is a pretty good series: the author’s writing style makes you feel as if you are right there in the middle of the action, and you will have a hard time putting it down. In comparison to the previous three novels, this one is more intense. If you enjoyed the previous three books of the series, I’m fairly certain Before you start this one, please note it is the fourth book in a series: I would recommend you read them in order to make sure you understand all of the back story of the characters. This is a pretty good series: the author’s writing style makes you feel as if you are right there in the middle of the action, and you will have a hard time putting it down. In comparison to the previous three novels, this one is more intense. If you enjoyed the previous three books of the series, I’m fairly certain you will enjoy this one, also. I picked this up for $3.99 in the Kindle store, and certainly received more than $3.99 worth of entertainment value out of it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Teresa W

    Riveting, You can't wait to read the next page Roger Stelljes never fails to impress in his Mac McRyan novels. Electing To Murder continues that trend. A simple homicide in a seedy motel would not seem connected to a presidential race........ But, this is where Stelljes layers a complex story that will keep you glued to your chair. I don't want to spoil the plotline. But you will be hooked on the first chapter. Bravo River !!!!!!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    Ripped From the Headlines Election rigging, Russian influence, the good and bad of politics- Check. While investigating a murder in St Paul, facts come to light resulting in multiple additional murders. This takes place several days before a Presidential election. Moving from the Midwest, to DC to Florida in pursuit of the mastermind, Ryan once again shows his smarts and bravery. The character are richly drawn, the plots are intriguing. One of my favorite series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    Took me a long time to get through this book. A lot of politics and I don't like politics. Lots of characters (more than I like) and many with Russian names. Was glad to be done with it. Some of the book regarding the investigation held my interest, but a lot of the political stuff I just skimmed.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mary Knopp

    Another good book by Rodger stelljes This is the third book I have read by this author. I couldn't put it down and was really wound up in the story. It is a very involved story and involved presidential politics. I only had one complaint, and it is a weird complaint. I didn't like the name of Darla Wire. It confused me when she was referred to as "Wire"

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amk256 King

    It’s getting three stars because I really like this author but I found this book tedious. The last 20% was better than the first 80%. Too many 🚗 ✈️ and political talk. Distracted from the characters and I really couldn’t careless what happened to them. At least now I can move on to something else. I will be reading the next instalment from this author tho. Haven’t given up on him yet!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    An Exciting Book! There were so many twists, turns, and new discoveries in this book that I was constantly thinking what could be next? This is definitely a book worth reading. The characters are strong and motivated. The author does a wonderful job of keeping you on the edge of your seat!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Roger A.

    Really Enjoy Reading This Series I have enjoyed all the books in this series. Being from Minnesota I get a kick out of visualizing the locations. But that aside, the stories hold my attention and have enough twists and turns to maintain your interest. Recommend the book and series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Lawrence

    Review of: "Electing To Murder" While I like this author's writing style, I hate politics, so when this story got bogged down with political text and dialogs, I bailed out and didn't finish. Sorry.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    It's possible..... First time reading this author and will read more! Good balance of character development, p!ot and intensity to keep readers engaged. Story was time!y and written for a quick read!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Reba

    Hold on, you're in for a ride. Though I'm not a 'political thriller' reader, I definitely got into this book...deep and fast. The protagonists are believable and very likeable, the antagonists are truly detestable, and the plot is thick and twisted.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary Russel

    Page turning political thriller Suspenseful plot. Believable well developed characters. Lots of twists and turns with a great ending. Highly recommend for lovers of political mysteries.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    They keep getting better! Roger Stelljes nails mystery, drama, dialogue, irony and intriguing plot! Characterization is engaging and keeps the reader wanting the series to grow on. One of the best page turning series I’ve read this decade!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Donna Alspach

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The first part of this book started off slowly. Once the "detecting" started the book got better. I liked the characters in this book. This book is dated 2013 and the subject of the book is election tampering. How timely.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Penelope Sturm-Borkert

    Great reading This book caught my attention immediately & never failed to peak my interest. Excellent plot & development of information to solve mystery Great reading This book caught my attention immediately & never failed to peak my interest. Excellent plot & development of information to solve mystery

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