My books, Serf and Turf, Chutes and Ladder and Uncle and Ants are humorous murder mysteries, part of the Silicon Valley Mystery series. Silicon Valley is not your typical, cozy mystery locale and Marty Golden doesn’t fit the normal profile of a mystery protagonist. Despite finding himself thrust into challenging situations, Marty isn’t exactly hero material. He brings a combination of wit, irreverent humor and sarcasm mixed in with nerdy insecurities, absent-mindedness, and fumbling but effective amateur sleuthing skills. With an active inner voice and not a lot of advanced planning, he throws himself into solving problems.
To get a better understanding of Marty, his Silicon Valley and his friends, here’s a recent interview I did with Marty.
Marc [author]: Hi, Marty. Thanks for taking the time to chat today. How do you feel about all this attention?
Marty: Geez, Marc, I have to tell you the truth, it makes me uncomfortable. Is everyone here because of my new promotion at work? It is only an acting project manager position, but is there going to be cake? I do love cake, even office cake.
Marc [author]: Mmhmm
Marty: Wait, are you writing that down? What’s the deal? You seem obsessed with my life. Every time I turn around, you’re hanging over my shoulder and taking notes.
Marc [author]: Calm down. You’re imagining things. I’m not obsessed with you. I’ve got my own life. I’m just being friendly and supportive. You’ve had a tough week recently, didn’t you?
Marty: Two tough weeks actually. My cousin barely left town before I encountered another dead body. I sure wasn’t pleased to see him. And even less pleased to learn he had been Meghan’s (that’s my new girlfriend) ex-boyfriend. With everything going on at work, I really didn’t have time to deal with all those soccer moms and Renaissance Faire folks. But I needed to dig myself out of a bit of a hole with Meghan so I jumped in to investigate all the different suspects. I don’t know how people do it.
Marc [author]: Yes, making relationships go well while working hard can be a real challenge.
Marty: Oh, I meant being a detective. But, sure, I guess you’re right too.
Marc [author]: Uh, ok, let’s switch gears. Let me ask you an interesting question that I saw on Facebook recently: Do you have a personal motto?
Marc [author]: A motto. You know, something that defines who you are and helps remind you how to live your life. It seemed important to those folks online.
Marty: That seems weird and kinda out of the blue. But, I guess I’d say I try to live by advice from my dad: “If the appetizers are good, eat them. You never know what’s for dinner.”
Marc [author]: Interesting perspective. Speaking of food, you had an unusual experience during lunch last week, didn’t you?
Marty: Not as bad this time as a few months ago [author: in Uncle and Ants], but my dining choices do seem to wind up leading to some issues. But at least I no longer have to worry about getting kidnapped.
Marc [author]: Kidnapped?
Marty: Perhaps best not to explore that further right now.
Marc [author]: Ok, ok. You mentioned being a detective. Have you also wanted to be one?
Marty: I’d rather be a superhero, to tell the truth. Not so much for the costume, but I’d like to have superpowers and some really cool gadgets and cars. Oh, oh, instead of a cool car, could I have something that flies? Then I could bypass all the traffic around Silicon Valley. Since I work at Rover, I get free access to our self-driving car service anyway.
Marc [author]: Thanks Marty! Serf and Turf, book 3 in the Silicon Valley Mystery series, can also be read standalone. All the books in the series are free for Kindle Unlimited readers. Buy them on Amazon at: amazon.com/gp/product/B07PHNT7XM and watch for the audiobooks of the whole series from Recorded Books coming later this year. For more about my books or me, or a free chapter from all of them, please visit www.marcjedel.com.
Serf and Turf: A Silicon Valley Mystery by Marc Jedel
About Serf and Turf
Serf and Turf: A Silicon Valley Mystery
Release Date - October 7, 2019
Print Length - Approximately 200 pages
He's afraid of losing his girlfriend. But maybe he should be more concerned about the dead body she's crying over? Marty Golden can barely string a voicemail message together, let alone keep up with his new love. This quirky uncle's hectic Silicon Valley lifestyle needs a reboot when a youth league soccer game becomes a murder scene. And nothing can stop him from donning his amateur sleuth uniform when he discovers his sweetheart used to have quite a thing for the dead guy ... With a not-so-helpful paw from Buddy the Labrador, he does his best to sniff out a long list of possible suspects. But between gossipy soccer moms and the costume-clad members of a Renaissance Faire, Marty's theories fall harder than a jousted knight. Can Marty solve the case before the trail and his new flame grow cold? Serf and Turf is the third book in the zany, Silicon Valley cozy mystery series. If you like laugh-out-loud comedy, dorky sleuths, and a festival of old-world fun, then you'll love Marc Jedel's humorous murder mystery. Buy Serf and Turf to sign in to a great mystery today!
About Marc Jedel
For most of my life, I’ve been inventing stories. Some, especially when I was young, involved my sister as the villain. As my sister’s brother for her entire life, I’m highly qualified to tell the tale of this evolving, quirky sibling relationship.
My writing skills were honed in years of marketing leadership positions in Silicon Valley. While my high tech marketing roles involved crafting plenty of fiction, we called these marketing collateral, emails and ads.
The publication of my first novel, Uncle and Ants, gave me permission to claim “author” as my job. And achieving Amazon Best Seller status gave me even better adjectives to use in front of “author." This has led to way more interesting discussions than answering “marketing.”
My family would tell you that Marty’s character isn’t much of a stretch of the imagination for me, but I’m comfortable with that situation.
Like Marty, I live in Silicon Valley and can’t believe that otherwise normal people would willingly jump out of an airplane and call it fun. Unlike Marty, I have a wonderful wife and a neurotic but sweet, small dog, who is often the first to weigh in on the humor in my writing.
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