DRAGONY RISING getting notice

Finishing a book for a writer is a challenging time.

We think we know what we did, and we can convince ourselves that the plot was rich and compelling, the characters well-drawn and interesting and that the story worked in all aspects that we planned.

Then the readers have their say.

I have been amazed and pleased as the reviews of the fifth Frank Nagler Mystery, DRAGONY RISING,  have arrived because reader have been caught up in the story’s complexity and characters.

DRAGONY RISING is the most complex of the Nagler Mysteries, starting with an old cold case, an explosion that levels part of downtown Ironton, N.J., Detective Frank Nagler’s troubled mindset, and the arrival of the Dragony, an ancient organization bent on domination.

Here is a few of the comments from 5-star reviews DRAGONY RISING has garnered.

Thanks to all for reading the book and taking the time to thoughtfully comment.


This fifth installment in this mystery series is a terrific reading for fans of the detective genre. This mystery book enveloped you in the mind of detective Frank, who possessed the moral fortitude to investigate the crimes in Ironton, New Jersey. The characters in this book are well-developed, and the events are dark and compelling. An intriguing and incredibly realistic crime story was expertly written by the author. I wholeheartedly endorse this book, especially if you enjoy mysteries with creative themes.


I have enjoyed the previous novels immensely. The author manages to sustain the action, find new things to relate about Ironton, NJ and additionally keep the characters fascinating, deeply layered, and credible. These novels chronicle a town and people through changes that are not always good.


This novel is absolutely fantastic! This is the 5th book of the series, and probably my favorite one. Could not recommend it enough!


Dragony Rising: A Frank Nagler Novel by Michael Stephen Daigle is the fifth and best Frank Nagler Novel
Like many of us living in the Garden State, Detective Frank Nagler has seen his hometown of Ironton, NJ, undergo many changes over the past several years. Although I want to believe the level of scandal in Ironton is more fictional than typical. The author describes the scandals within the city’s government, the stench of its corruption embedded deep, rivaling the dank stagnant stench emanating from the old bog just outside town.
From the opening sentence, Dragony Rising was a page-turner. Every time I thought I could put the book down, it beckoned me to keep reading.
I highly recommend this book, especially if you like mysteries with a unique New Jersey focus. My only recommendation would be for the series to be named the Lauren Fox/Frank Nagler novels. Lauren is as much the brains of the operation as Frank.


After the city of Ironton is brought to its knees by a devastating explosion, Detective Frank Nagler must put aside his recovery and return to serve the city in its time of need. Broken by the trauma of witnessing the murder of his friends, Nagler struggles to keep his mind sharp as he searches for clues. Only by piecing together findings that are at once unrelated and yet intimately connected can Nagler save Ironton.
Daigle does it again. Don’t miss this fifth book in the Frank Nagler Mysteries — it’s the best one yet. The story will keep you turning the pages long into the night.


This is the 5th book of the mystery series. In this book, detective Nagler who has a conscience and ethics from ancient times, follows clues to uncover corruption and crimes in NJ. The book is well-written and will keep you turning pages to try and find out how the latest unexpected twist develops.


A very well written and highly engaging book that sucked me in right away. The author masterfully crafted a fast paced and very realistic crime story. If you are into crime drama or mysteries, this book is a must! Well done…well done indeed!

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About michaelstephendaigle

I have been writing most of my life. I am the author of the award-winning Frank Nagler Mystery series. "The Swamps of Jersey (2014); "A Game Called Dead" (2016) -- a Runner-Up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Indie Author Contest; and "The Weight of Living" (2017) -- First Place winner for Mysteries in the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards Contest.
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