The Reveal Earns 5 Star Review from Leading Indie Reviewer

BigAl, the leading reviewer of indie books, has published a 5 star review of The Reveal:

I’ve read and reviewed four of the five previous books in this series, loving each of them. Going from memory, prior reviews have focused on the main characters, narrator and protagonist Karen Seagate, a recovering alcoholic with many imperfections, offset by a desire to do well, and her sidekick, Ryan Miner, her polar opposite, a devout Mormon family man. I’ve previously talked about how well the fictional city of Rawlings, Montana and the secondary characters reflect the geography and culture of the area it would be in, were it a real place. All of these things are still true. Maybe it’s time to talk about plot.

The short version is, the plots are good, with The Reveal as my favorite thus far. In this particular story we kick off with the murder of Virginia Rinaldi, a professor at the local college. Virginia’s liberal outlook has challenged and sometimes riled up the locals, including some of her peers, but she is almost universally loved by her students.

As Seagate and Miner investigate, they uncover a plethora of suspects and additional crimes are committed that may or may not be related to the initial murder. Just when I thought I’d figured out who did what, something new would happen to shake things up, and I, along with Seagate and Miner, would be forced to reevaluate. In the end, they figured it out. I was kept guessing until the end, even second guessing whether they’d arrested the right person until they’d tied up all the loose ends. This one kept me up late, eager to find out whodunit.

Thanks very much for the generous review, Al!



The Reveal Is Off to a Good Start

I published The Reveal about two weeks ago, and I’m pleased that the reviews are starting to come in, and they’re very positive.

Marjorie Meyer’s review is representative:

“As a reader of the five previous Seagate and Miner mysteries, I felt that each book I finished reading would be a hard act to follow. I have lost sleep, been late for work and temporarily ignored family and friends while reading this book. The Reveal is the best yet in the series. Mr. Markel’s ideas for story lines are contemporary page turners that will keep you reading long into the night. The two main characters, different in every way imaginable, have acquired an enviable working relationship. They not only complement each other, but through the series have developed a strong bond. The minor characters are very colorful and entertaining as well. As serious and disturbing as The Reveal’s subject matter is, the scenes and dialogue between characters at times will have you laughing out loud. The author has obviously done his homework as I found this story to be an educational police procedural as well as an outstanding mystery. The Reveal can certainly be read as a stand-alone; however, I strongly recommend reading the previous five books in order to appreciate character development. You will enjoy all of the stories. The subject matter of The Reveal is sensitive and timely, and is handled well throughout the book. I thought I had figured out the ending, but I was way off base, and surprised. Now I need to wait patiently for book 7. Mike Markel’s books should be on the Best Seller list!”

Thank you, Marjorie, and all the others who have spent some time with my two detectives and posted their reviews on Amazon. I do appreciate it.

Have a good holiday season!


The Reveal Is Now Available

I’m happy to announce the publication of The Reveal. This is Book 6 in the Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery series. It’s available as a Kindle ebook and a paperback.

Here is the blurb:

Many citizens in the small college town of Rawlings, Montana, are unsurprised to learn that Virginia Rinaldi, the world-famous sociologist, was murdered. A few are secretly pleased. Her political enemies knew her as an ideologue who used insults, threats, and blackmail to promote her unpopular social views. When Detectives Seagate and Miner begin their investigation, they discover that a local prostitute had recently moved into the professor’s house, angering Rinaldi’s college-age son. And when the community learns that the prostitute made a lesbian porn video with one of Rinaldi’s students, tensions on campus erupt, leading to more bloodshed. Drawn into a horrifying world of sexual violence and exploitation, Seagate devises a plan to flush out the killer. The plan appears to be on track–until Seagate unwittingly jeopardizes the life of her partner, Ryan Miner.

I invite you to give it a try. Click on one of the links above or visit the Books page here. Or read the Prologue in the Excerpts page here.

Happy holidays!


The Broken Saint is FREE on Amazon

The Broken Saint, the third book in my Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery series, is now free on Amazon. Here’s the blurb:

“Seagate and Miner investigate the murder of Maricel Salizar, a young Filipino exchange student at Central Montana State. The most obvious suspect is the boyfriend, who happens to have gang connections. And then there’s Amber, a fellow student who’s obviously incensed at Maricel for a sexual indiscretion involving Amber’s boyfriend. But the evidence keeps leading Seagate and Miner back to the professor, an LDS bishop who hosted her in his dysfunctional home. Seagate takes it in stride that the professor can’t seem to tell the truth about his relationship with the victim, but her devout partner, Ryan Miner, believes that a high-ranking fellow Mormon who violates a sacred trust deserves special punishment.”

If you haven’t tried the series yet, I urge you to give it a try. Thanks very much.


Spam A Lot

When I set up this site about a week ago, I had to make a lot of technical decisions about settings. One of the decisions had to do with whether I would let people comment on my little posts at will or whether I would moderate the comments before they could appear.

Being a cautious person, I chose to moderate. I’m not bragging, but I think I made the right decision.

I have received close to fifty comments, of which a good forty-five are simply spam. Some folks are advertising products or services. But most of the folks–well, I have no idea what they’re doing. They send me weird comments, such as “Your blog is endlessly fascinating. I learned so much from it–and I will be sure to visit you often.” These posts, often written in very uncolloquial misspelled English, clearly reveal that the writer has never visited my site; they never refer to anything specific that has appeared on my site, and they praise my skills inordinately. I’m a married man; I know I’m not endlessly fascinating.

What I don’t understand is this: What is the purpose? I understand why people want me to buy their weight-loss products or get in touch with them for a really hot time (cash only, please). I don’t get why they want me to think they LOVE my blog? Is someone paying them to post this nonsense?

Can someone explain what I’m not understanding? Or should I just be glad someone says my blog is endlessly fascinating? Now, if you REALLY love my blog or my books–or like them, or tried hard to like them, or have heard that someone likes them, or can imagine that someone likes them–and I’ve blocked your comment, I’m very sorry. Try me again, and this time work the name of one of my books into the comment. I guarantee your comment will be displayed for the whole world to see–not because your comment is endlessly fascinating but because I do want to hear from you and communicate with you, one humanoid non-spambot to another.


Thanks to Simon Whistler

I want to thank Simon Whistler, a fellow writer who has produced an excellent set of tutorials on how to create a WordPress site that incorporates full interactivity. I followed Simon’s advice and assembled this site with only a few hiccups along the way. I take responsibility for the shortcomings of the site; Simon’s advice is clear and accurate. Thank you, Simon!

And I want to thank my friend Effrosyni Moschoudi, a fellow member of eNovel Authors at Work, for pointing me to Simon’s tutorials.