Death in Nostalgia City

By Mark S. Bacon

Can you read three novels at once? I can’t


Ali Reynolds, a former TV news anchor who returned to her hometown in Arizona after a series of personal crises, is sitting the waiting room of a Phoenix hospital burn ward. She’s an undercover operative for a local sheriff, hunting for the person who stripped a woman bare, doused her with gasoline and set her afire. The woman’s husband walks into the room.

Sula Moreno, despite her phobias and family tragedies, is about to take on the powerful, cold-blooded CEO of a Eugene, Ore., pharmaceutical company. Standing outside a corporate conference room, Sula hears the CEO arguing with a VP about undisclosed dangers of an anti-depressant drug that is about to be launched—with possibly deadly results. She records the conversation, but the CEO spots her.Trial-by-Fire-Jance-Web-opt

It’s just another day in the life of Spenser and Hawk. Someone is trying to shake down the operator of a classy, upscale Boston whorehouse run by an old friend of Spenser’s. With expected aplomb, Spenser and Hawk dispatch two batches of thugs but find themselves in something much deeper than a simple protection racket.

Some people are comfortable reading more than one novel at a time. I’m not one of them. Frequently, I read nonfiction while I’m in the middle of a novel, but the thought of trying to keep track of characters and plots from two (or more?) novels at the same time takes the fun out of it. I like to live in novels, identify with characters, appreciate an author’s skill with words and, in the case of mysteries, try to solve the puzzle. Why would I want to do that with three crime books simultaneously? Continue Reading →

Join me at the Truckee street fair


Truckee Thursdays summer street fair offers live music, food, craft beer, arts and crafts booths, children’s activities and… a chance to get a signed copy of Death in Nostalgia City. I will be signing books from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Bookshelf bookstore’s booth.

Donner Pass Road in Truckee - Street Fair

Donner Pass Road in Truckee – Street Fair

Any other time, visit the Bookshelf at 11429 Donner Pass Road in Truckee for a great selection of books by local and nationally known authors. Visit them at City Book Cover Front Final smaller  071814 CMYK






Mystery flash fiction story

It’s about time for another 100-word mystery story. This is a sample of the flash fiction stories that appear in Cops, Crooks & Other Stories and Mysteries and Murder. Details on both at the flash fiction tab of my website. Continue Reading →

A killer party at the top of the world


The crystal waters of sky-high Lake Tahoe will be the scene for mysterious happenings Aug. 23.  “A Toast to Die For,” an evening of wine, music and mystery, will be sponsored by the Friends of the South Lake Tahoe Library in El Dorado County, Calif.

I’ll be talking about the history and techniques of mystery novels and will be joined by three other local mystery writers.

The evening includes a silent auction, wine tasting, live music, door prizes, refreshments and more.  Cost is $45 per person.  For more information, call the South Lake Tahoe Library at (530) 573-3185.




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