Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Review Tour + #Giveaway: The Marijuana Murders by Mark S. Bacon @BaconAuthor @GoddessFish

The Marijuana Murders
by Mark S. Bacon
GENRE: Mystery


Nostalgia City executive Kate Sorensen finds the body of a mechanic crushed under an automobile hoist in the theme park’s garage. Accident or murder? Will it impact Kate’s decision to become an advisor for one of two competing campaigns to legalize marijuana in Arizona?

When the death is ruled a homicide and the DEA stages a surprise raid, park cab driver Lyle Deming is recruited to help solve the murder and find out if the park’s garage is being used to smuggle drugs. The anxiety-ridden ex-cop is soon poking around a Mexican border town looking for a park contractor who might be a drug mule. Or he might be dead.

Meanwhile, Kate, a 6-2 former college basketball star, is in the middle of a heated clash between potential corporate control of pot marketing and a laid-back, grow-your-own approach. As Kate wonders whether she should mediate or advocate, she’s forced to dash for her life. Amid setbacks and threats, she and Lyle must sort through interwoven crimes, a tangle of evidence, and dark suspects.

Then there’s another murder.

The Marijuana Murders is the third novel in this mystery series set in Nostalgia City, a theme park that re-creates—in every detail—a small town from the 1970s.


From Chapter 6

“Legalization’s a good idea,” Lyle said. “Not what you might expect to hear from an ex-cop, but I think you can guess how successful our war on drugs has been. That’s one reason. But listen, I need to tell you what happened. It’s why I came over. At the garage last night—”

“I know all about the accident, Lyle,” Kate said. “I was there this morning when someone found the body. Then Channel Nine arrived and—”

“It was no accident. At least that’s pretty much what Rey Martinez thinks. ”

Kate’s eyes grew large. “Crap. What then?”

“Murder. As soon as I found out, I knew you’d need to know.”

“Murder?” Kate remembered the garage scene that morning and felt a shiver. She would not soon forget the gruesome image. She leaned back in her chair. “It was awful. Horrible. And now…” She imagined getting a flood of excited media calls as soon as the word murder got out. “Who knows about it? Is the sheriff going to announce something? Does security know it was murder? Who killed him?”

When Lyle opened his mouth to speak, Kate interrupted.

“Sorry. One question at a time, right?”

After a year of working with Lyle, off and on, Kate knew the solid, professional side of their relationship. She trusted his judgment—most of the time. He did wear a rubber band on his wrist for his anxiety issues. But she could always rely on his support and counsel, particularly in situations like this when the priorities of law enforcement and park security might differ from Kate’s responsibility to maintain NC’s public image. Personally, she and Lyle were also close, but their nascent relationship moved ahead slowly—as a result of reticence on both sides, for a collection of reasons.

My Review:

Bodies are popping up in Nostalgia City one is a mechanic that works at the theme park's garage another murder is the store owner. Who would want to harm anyone at the park? Why would they want to harm them?

Ex-police officer Lyle is asked to look into the murders. Lyle drives a cab for the park now. A tip is sent in that drugs may be involved. The DEA comes to the park and rips apart a classic car looking for drugs with no luck in finding drugs.

The Marijuana Murders is riddled with action and suspense that will keep the pages turning. With all the mystery and secrets it will keep you hooked with guessing and trying to figure out whodunit. A fast paced read that will keep you wanting more with a very surprising ending to whodunit.

If you are into mystery and suspense then I highly recommend you give The Marijuana Murders a try.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Mark S. Bacon began his career as a Southern California newspaper police reporter, one of his crime stories becoming key evidence in a murder case that spanned decades.

After working for two newspapers, he moved to advertising and marketing when he became a copywriter for Knott’s Berry Farm, the large theme park down the road from Disneyland.  Experience working at Knott’s formed part of the inspiration for his creation of Nostalgia City theme park. 

Before turning to fiction, Bacon wrote business books including Do-It-Yourself Direct Marketing, printed in four languages and three editions, named best business book of the year by the Library Journal, and selected by the Book of the Month Club and two other book clubs.  His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, San Antonio Express News, Orange County (Calif.) Register, and many other publications.  Most recently he was a correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Marijuana Murders is the third book in the Nostalgia City mystery series that began with Death in Nostalgia City.  The first book introduced ex-cop turned cab driver Lyle Deming and PR executive Kate Sorensen, a former college basketball star.  Death in Nostalgia City was recommended in February for book clubs by the American Library Association.

Bacon is the author of flash fiction mystery books including, Cops, Crooks and Other Stories in 100 Words.  He taught journalism as a member of the adjunct faculty at Cal Poly University – Pomona, the University of Nevada – Reno, and the University of Redlands.  He earned an MA in mass media from UNLV and a BA in journalism from Fresno State.   He gets many of his ideas while walking his golden retriever, Willow.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

James Robert said...

Congrats on this tour and thank for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

Bernie Wallace said...

Are any of the people in this book based off of people that you know?

Victoria Alexander said...

Great review - Sounds like a book I'll enjoy reading!

Mark S. Bacon said...

The question is: Are any of the people in the book based on people I know?
I have to answer this carefully as some of the folks are nasty criminals. In a sense all characters are based on people I have seen, heard, read about, talked with.
My protagonist Kate is a compilation of women I've known and worked with. In addition, my younger daughter was a D-1 college basketball star. She's not tall, however. At 5-6 she was a guard and a point guard. But many of the influences of being an athlete are the same regardless of your size. In addition, I knew some of her teammates who were over 6 feet. Lyle has a good bit of me in him, plus some people I've known and admired.

Bea LaRocca said...

Good evening, Mark. My question for you today is, which type of character do you enjoy writing the most? The hero, the villain or someone who is a little bit of both?

Bea LaRocca said...

Happy Friday! Do you have any specific reading or writing plans for the weekend?

Daniel M said...

sounds like a fun one