Thursday, April 12, 2018

Empty Promises by James M. Jackson

Empty Promises
by James M. Jackson

GENRE:   Mystery/Suspense/Domestic Thriller


If you love the suspense and plot twists of domestic thrillers, this page-turner will be for you. Seamus McCree’s first solo bodyguard assignment goes from bad to worse. His client disappears. His granddog finds a buried human bone. Police find a fresh human body.

His client is to testify in a Chicago money laundering trial. He’s paranoid that with a price on his head, if the police know where he’s staying, the information will leak. Seamus promised his business partner and lover, Abigail Hancock, that he’d keep the witness safe at the McCree family camp located deep in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan’s woods.

Abigail is furious at his incompetence and their relationship flounders. Even his often-helpful son, Paddy, must put family safety ahead of helping his father. Seamus risks his own safety and freedom to turn amateur sleuth in hopes he can solve the crimes, fulfill his promise of protection, and win back Abigail. Wit and grit are on his side, but the clock is ticking . . . and the hit man is on his way.


“Silver-tongued even as a kid. Comin back, he wore his money loud. Rentin a million-dollar spread on Chicaugon Lake. Sportin an Amasa bumper sticker on his brandy-new Escalade SUV was kinda rubbin everyone’s nose in it, wouldn’t you say? I know he tried callin some of the folks he knew, and they wasn’t much interested in seein him, ’cept a few of the guys who thought maybe they could hit him up for a job. My daughter, Jenny, and her husband turned down his offer to buy them dinner. You got me talkin, Seamus, and I don’t remember what your question was. I didn’t get my nap this afternoon, and I’m feelin beat.”

“I’m not even sure I had one, and I don’t have the excuse of having a piano key for every birthday either. You want to stay here tonight rather than drive to town?”

“Oh, hell no. I woulda kept drinkin if I was gonna do that. I’m off. You give me a call first thing if Elliot shows. Otherwise, I’ll give Pete Bjork a holler, let him decide whether to call the sheriff.”

“Can I ask one more favor? Can you drop me near where I left my other ATV? I’ll walk in the rest of the way and bring it home.”

Owen produced a large yawn. “Roger Wilco that.”

What, Patrick wondered, did Owen mean using the name of the main character of the Space Quest science-fiction computer games he had discovered twenty years ago at a church rummage sale? A janitor with a quest for “truth, justice and really clean floors” didn’t seem to fit at all.


4 Stars
This action-packed, intelligent book was a pleasure to read.  It’s apparently 5th in a series but read just fine as an exciting and suspenseful stand-alone.  When I started reading I was a bit surprised and uncertain because it felt like the story was well in progress already.  It took me a few pages to “catch up” and figure out the setting and circumstances surrounding the beginning of the story.

As I read, I grew to really appreciate the relationship between Seamus, his son and his lovable, adorable granddaughter.  The personalities of the major characters were well-developed, adding considerable depth to the intense mystery.

There were plenty of twists, and as the story progressed the complications compounded the headaches for Seamus and Patrick as they tried to unravel the clues of a very convoluted case.

Reviewed by Laurie-J

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

James M. Jackson authors the Seamus McCree series consisting of five novels and one novella. Jim splits his time between the deep woods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Georgia’s Lowcountry. He claims the moves between locations are weather-related, but others suggest they may have more to do with not overstaying his welcome. He is the past president of the 700+ member Guppy Chapter of Sisters in Crime. You can find information about Jim and his books at You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and/or Amazon.


James M. Jackson will be awarding the chance to name a character who will appear in FALSE BOTTOM (Seamus McCree #6) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Jim Jackson said...

Laurie -- thanks for taking the time to read Empty Promises and sharing your review with your readers.

I'll stop back from time to time to respond to any comments or answer any questions your readers have.

Lisa Brown said...

I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win :)

Kay Shackleton said...

A fantastic review. As a relative newbie to this series, I love reading positive reviews and sharing them with others that I'm attempting to convert to the cause!