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CHUTES AND LADDER
Book 2 in the Silicon Valley Mysteries
by Marc Jedel
When a camping trip uncovers a murder, this amateur sleuth is stuck putting out the fire …
Marty Golden enjoys time with his nieces, but he wanted to spend the weekend with his new girlfriend — not chaperone a Girl Scout camping trip. Once he stumbles upon the corpse of a friend in the woods, the outdoors adventure becomes an open-air disaster. When the police label it an accidental death, the meticulous Marty vows to investigate the murder. After all, it’s poor manners to let your friend’s death go unsolved.
On the hunt for clues the cops ignored, Marty uncovers a disturbing connection to himself. And as he digs deeper, a misbehaving pup, a kooky cousin, and a maniacal ninja put his survival skills to the test.
Will Marty unravel the mystery before the killer, or his imagination, gets to him?
Chutes and Ladder is the side-splitting second novel in the Silicon Valley cozy mystery series. If you like quirky sleuths, wacky side characters, and laugh-out-loud moments, you’ll love this offbeat whodunit.
LKBR: Marc, thank you for being here today!
Marc: Hi, Lisa. Thanks so much for featuring me.
LKBR: Please tell us a bit about your new release, Chutes and Ladder.
Marc: Chutes and Ladder is the second book in my Silicon Valley Mystery series. It can also be read as a standalone novel. My reluctant amateur sleuth, Marty Golden, bumbles his way through the investigation, armed with nothing but an eye for detail and powers of self-delusion. He stumbles across the corpse of a friend while helping out at a Girl Scout camping trip. When the police call it an accidental death, Marty launches his own investigation. After all, friends don’t let friends’ deaths go unresolved.
LKBR: Any hints or spoilers you can give us about Chutes and Ladder?
Marc: Marty uncovers some disturbing connections between his friend’s death and himself. As he digs deeper, a misbehaving pup, a kooky cousin, and a maniacal ninja put his survival skills to the test.
LKBR: Have you ever written a scene that you loved but had to remove it for the sake of the story?
Marc: Yes. Fortunately my editor helped me realize it had to go. Editors can be bad people, even if they’re really valuable. Fortunately, mine also laughs at Marty so I like her. I’ve also found that restricting my novels to take place within about a week helps me keep the pace, tension, and plot moving along quickly. There’s simply no time in Marty’s day to put in extraneous scenes — unless, I think they’re really funny. I have tons of notes for scenes, dialogue, and characters that don’t make it into each book. I roll these into the next one and see if they work.
LKBR: Have you ever gotten reader’s block? Just find it hard to get into reading because you are so into your writing?
Marc: I never have this problem. I can’t fall asleep at night unless I read something. Reading made me interested in becoming an author. I read a wide variety of genres, including cozy mysteries, thrillers, sci-fi, biographies, and science non-fiction. When I’m in the midst of some difficult sections of a book, I will stop reading other mysteries and cozies so I don’t get myself confused.
LKBR: Are there any magazines/publications that as a writer you subscribe to? Are these or others something readers could also benefit from?
Marc: There are a number of writing bloggers that I follow, which help me with craft, marketing, and more. Perhaps the best resource that inspires me to come up with plot ideas comes from using the Flipboard app on my iPad. I stumble across a lot of different articles and blog posts in a wide variety of topics. Something wacky, or interesting, or funny grabs my attention and then I ask myself, “What would happen if …”
LKBR: Is there anything you would give up if you thought it would make you an even better writer?
Marc: If I knew the answer to that one, I’d probably have tried it already.
LKBR: Any new projects in the works?
Marc: I can tell you that book 3 in the series — Serf and Turf — begins the morning after Chutes and Ladder ends. Looks like Marty’s hectic life doesn’t ease up anytime soon. Readers can get the first chapter and get notified of special offers, prizes, and more by joining my mailing list at www.marcjedel.com.
LKBR: If you could ask your readers 3 questions, what would they be?
Marc: My three questions would be:
1. What aspect of a cozy mystery do you especially enjoy?
2. What annoys you when you see it in a cozy mystery novel?
3. I’d love to know what other author/books that my novels remind you of? I know you may not have read them yet, but send me an email when you’ve read one.
LKBR: Where can readers go to learn more about you and your books?
Marc: I’d love for readers to contact me. Tell me what you liked, or didn’t like, what you wish would happen next, what book mine reminded you of, or just tell me a funny story about a pet or family member. Authors love to hear from readers — it’s much more exciting than staring at a blank screen. Please contact me at:
LKBR: Thank you so much, Marc, for letting us get to know you better!
Marc: Thanks again for featuring me today! I hope your readers enjoy my books as much as I have writing them.
1 lucky reader will win a signed copy of
CHUTES AND LADDER
Enter using the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post.
Winner will be chosen after April 7 at the end of the tour
If you’re looking for a quirky, fun mystery, you’ve just found it.
It’s not unheard of, but rare to have a male protagonist in a cozy mystery. Well, this isn’t a typical cozy mystery and Marty Golden isn’t a typical protag. Think Sheldon Cooper, Clark Griswold, and Columbo all rolled into one. This nerdy, intelligent, goofy, silly man, will have you laughing your butt off.
Author Marc Jedel’s CHUTES AND LADDER was a fast paced, fun read of a mystery. I never knew when I’d be laughing or holding my breath. The author added just the right amounts of mystery, mayhem, humor, and sweetness to assure this book would hold his readers’ attention, and have them coming back for more.
This was my first book in the Silicon Valley Mysteries, but I doubt it’s my last.
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