Book Review-Death in Nostalgia City-Mark S Bacon

Monday, October 27, 2014

Imagine Disney except for adults-baby boomers to be exact. That is what Max has created a theme park which pretty well mimics the 60's and 70's. Lyle Deming, who left the police department under not the best of circumstances now is happily driving a cab for tourists in this make believe town. Then accidents start happening and Max hires Kate who is a super PR person to try and stop the bad publicity or at least put a better spin on it. The accidents become more frequent-then someone dies. Max convinces Lyle to investigate. There are twists and turns aplenty in this one! Lyle and Kate have to team up and try to stay alive to save the park! Not everyone is so lucky--I genuinely enjoyed reading this book and was happy at a decision to add something to the park at the end--Will there be another in this series? I'm not sure-but there should be!!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

He thinks he’s on edge now…then people start getting killed…

Uptight has-been ex-cop Lyle Deming's default setting for years, but his new job, driving a cab in a theme park, promises to cure his chronic anxieties. Nostalgia City is the ultimate resort for anyone who wants to visit the past. A meticulous recreation of an entire small town from the early 1970s, it’s complete with period cars, music, clothes, shops, restaurants, hotels—the works.

The relaxed theme-park atmosphere is just what Lyle needs—until rides are sabotaged and tourists killed. Then park founder, billionaire “Max” Maxwell, drafts Lyle into investigating—unofficially. As the violence escalates and employees get rattled, Lyle gets help. Kate Sorensen, the park’s PR director—and former college basketball player—becomes another incognito investigator. Except that she’s six-foot-two-and-a-half-inches tall and drop-dead gorgeous. So much for incognito.

Together, Lyle and Kate must unravel a conspiracy of corporate greed and murder.

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

Mark S. Bacon grew up in Southern California and after a stint as a newspaper reporter covering the police beat, his career moved to advertising where he wrote commercials for an LA ad agency. He wrote commercials and ads for trucks and cars, electronics, credit unions and a major So. Calif. amusement park (you know the name).

During years in marketing and advertising, he wrote four nonfiction books, one of which was named one of the best business books of the year by the Library Journal and printed in four languages.

He has taught writing at Cal Poly University, University of Redlands and the University of Nevada. He's written for such diverse publications as The Washington Post, BusinessWeek Online, San Antonio Express-News, USAir Magazine, Trailer Life, Denver Post and many other magazines and newspapers.

Most recently he was a regular contributor for the San Francisco Chronicle. He's an avid reader of mystery and suspense novels and short stories, preferring those with surprising, satisfying endings.

His most recent e-book is "Mysteries and Murder," a collection of very short mystery stories, published by Ether Books specifically for smart phones. His other collection of mysteries is "Cops, Crooks and Other Stories in 100 Words." He gets many of his ideas for stories while walking his golden retriever, Willow. He's currently writing more short stories and working on a mystery novel.

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Athena Nagel said...

I don't generally read the "Who Done It" type of books but this one is intriguing. I may just consider it - but I have so many others to catch up on first. If only there were more time in my days.

Jenn said...

Another perfect read for my hubby. He loves all of these mystery books.

Scott said...

Sounds like my kids of theme park. Well, without all the traps and killing and such.

Fun Reviews & Giveaways! said...

I am not one to read much books, but this one seems like a pretty good thriller

Maria said...

Yikes, this sounds like it can definitely happen to any tourist! Sounds like a perfect read for me when traveling!

Daisy B said...

I love it! Disney for adults and baby boomers. This sounds like a great book.

JoBeth Butcher said...

I love this type of book thank you for sharing I will check it out

Melanie Scout said...

Another mystery! How fun! Also, I kind of wish that theme park were real...without the accidents. :)

savannah said...

A theme park mystery book!! Sounds like a lot of fun :). Now I am curious to know just why people keep getting hurt!

Theresa Mahoney said...

After just getting back from Disney, I would welcome a theme park just for adults. Minus the killing and stuff lol.

MikiHope said...

The author asked that I post this!!

Michele, I'd like to join the conversation but I can't get logged into your site. I've tried different computers and different browsers. The space to authenticate the fuzzy letters or numbers is cut off at the bottom.

Perhaps you could forward two comments from me in reply to some of the posts:

One reviewer said that after reading my book, family vacations would never be the same. But relax... it's just fiction.


Will there be another in the series? Yes. Lyle and Kate will be back. Next time they will be dealing with a threat to one of them personally, and readers will get an inside look at an odd, new form of counterfeiting--and it's not money.



jaime said...

This sounds really intriguing. I'm glad there will be another book in the series!

Kristen Campbell said...

Interesting! And I love the author pic! So classic!

Vinma said...

Who doesn't like a good mystery book? I know I do! I have so many on my Kobo right now but adding one more doesn't hurt, right?lol Thanks for the recommendation!

Maria Long said...

Maybe I will pick this up for the holiday vacation I hope to have some down time.

Dede said...

When we go to Dollywood, there's one ride in particular that always seems to break down. I'm scared to ever get on it! I can only imagine how freaked out I'd be if the theme park accidents happened like this.

Liz Mays said...

You sure have a way of finding interesting and unique ones. I love the idea of this!

Rebecca Swenor said...

This sounds like it would be an interesting read indeed. I love these kind of reads that make you think. Thanks for sharing,

Amanda McMahon said...

That sounds like a good book to read for sure! I will check it out for sure.

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