James Montgomery Jackson
Stories that are "North of Cozy and South of Noir"
Seamus McCree Books 1-3
For Readers New to Seamus McCree ...
The first three Seamus McCree novels (Ant Farm, Bad Policy, and Cabin Fever) are now in a "boxed set" available for Kindle at $7.99 (a 1/3rd discount off the individual prices). Of course you can read any of the novels for free on Kindle Unlimited.
ANT FARM: In this first novel in the Seamus McCree series, thirty-eight retirees meet a gruesome end at a picnic meant to celebrate their achievements, and financial crimes consultant Seamus McCree must uncover the evil behind the botulism murders.
But the deadly picnic outside Chillicothe, Ohio, isn't the only treacherous investigation facing Seamus; he also worms his way into a Cincinnati murder investigation when the victim turns out to be a church friend's fiancé.
While police speculate this killing may have been the mistake of a dyslexic hit man, Seamus uncovers disturbing information of financial chicanery, and by doing so, puts his son in danger and places a target on his own back. Can Seamus bring the truth to light, or will those who have already killed to keep their secrets succeed in silencing a threat once more?
BAD POLICY: It’s the first “IRA six pack” since the 1970s and The Troubles in Northern Ireland. And Seamus McCree is in hot water. Again.
Seamus returns to Cincinnati after a routine business trip to discover his home has become a crime scene. The murder victim posed in his basement is an acquaintance who endured the six pack: bullets to his ankles, knees, and elbows. Forced to prove his innocence, Seamus uncovers a twisted trail that leads back to his Boston roots. He’s stunned to learn the truth about his father’s death and the resulting divorce of Boston’s Irish mafia and the Provisional IRA.
CABIN FEVER: With his house in Cincinnati in ruins, Seamus retreats to the family cabin for some well-earned rest and relaxation. But his plans for a quiet, contemplative winter in the wilds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are thrown out the window when he discovers a naked woman on his porch during a blizzard. The mystery woman is suffering from hypothermia, frostbite, high fevers, amnesia—and rope burns on her wrists and ankles.
Snowbound at the cabin, without transportation or phone coverage, Seamus struggles to keep the woman alive and find a way to get an SOS message out. What he doesn’t know is that a domestic paramilitary organization is hunting for an escaped female prisoner—and closing in on his isolated refuge.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING about the Seamus McCree series
I love Seamus McCree—a savvy PI who tackles the mysteries of life with heart and brains and humor.”
“The Seamus McCree series is one to watch!”
"Cabin Fever is a recommended pick both for crime and mystery readers who enjoyed the prior Seamus McCree story in Bad Policy and for newcomers such as this reviewer, who encounter Seamus here for the first time.
"Seamus McCree is a protagonist that if you're ever a woman running from evil incarnate you want on your side. He's one smart protagonist and James M. Jackson is one fine writer who I compare to William Kent Krueger and Craig Johnson in that he knows how to reel in the reader, turn a phrase and pace a book perfectly that you have to know what's going on and can't stop thinking about it. Highly recommend for thrilling mystery."