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Book Review-Desert Kill Switch: Nostalgia City Mystery ~ Book 2-Mark S. Bacon

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Having read and loved the first book in this series "Death in Nostalgia City" (see my review here)I knew I just had to read this one. I was definitely not disappointed!!

Lyle Deming and Kate Sorensen have to pair up again. Kate is a suspect in a murder--and Lyle has to help her prove her innocence. She goes into hiding. Her boyfriend is absolutely no help! Meanwhile a dead body which Lyle had spotted disappeared before the deputies could get there--where was this blue vintage car and it's very dead driver? Who actually was the murderer of the guy everyone seemed to hate-- including his wife!! Lots of suspects and both cases get solved--but not the way or by who you might think --

This can be read as a stand alone but you will probably want to read the first novel as well!!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

A Deadly Vegas Pursuit—with a Twist…

On an empty desert road, stressed-out ex-cop Lyle Deming finds a bullet-riddled body next to a vintage mint-condition 1970s Pontiac Firebird. When he returns to the scene with sheriff’s deputies: no car, no body. Does the answer lie in Nostalgia City, the retro theme park where Lyle works?

Nostalgia City VP Kate Sorensen, a former college basketball star, is in Reno, Nevada, on park business when she gets mixed up with a sleazy Las Vegas auto dealer who puts hidden “kill switches” and GPS trackers into the cars he sells to low-income buyers. Miss a payment—sometimes by as little as a few days—and your car is dead. Maybe you are, too.

When Kate’s accused of murder in Reno, Lyle rushes to help his blonde not-quite-girlfriend. Kate and Lyle plow through a deadly tangle of suspects and motives, hitting one dead end after another, as they struggle to exonerate Kate, catch a blackmailer, save a witness’s life, and find the missing car and corpse.

Desert Kill Switch is the second novel in this mystery series set in Nostalgia City, an Arizona theme park that re-creates—in every detail—a small town as it would have appeared in the mid-1970s.

Read a chapter or two here

Purchase the book here

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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Jamie said...

That sounds like an interesting read. I love the car on the cover. :)

Gladys Parker said...

I am very intrigued with the descriptions of this book. I wouldn't want to be the one to find the bullet ridden body or the murderer or even the blackmailer but it would be cool to figure out what heck is happening.

Jacqui Odell said...

My mother in law is big into mystery books. I think she will like this one.

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