Nostalgia City Mysteries

Mark S. Bacon

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Mark S. Bacon began his career as a Southern California newspaper police reporter, one of his crime stories becoming key evidence in a murder case that spanned decades.

After working for two newspapers, he moved to advertising and marketing when he became a copywriter for Knott’s Berry Farm, the large theme park down the road from Disneyland.  Experience working at Knott’s formed part of the inspiration for his creation of Nostalgia City theme park. 

Before turning to fiction, Bacon wrote business books including Do-It-Yourself Direct Marketing, printed in four languages and three editions, named best business book of the year by Library Journal, and selected by the Book of the Month Club and two other book clubs.  His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, San Antonio Express News, The Denver Post, Orange Coast and many other publications.  Most recently he was a correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Dark Ride Deception is the fourth book in the Nostalgia City mystery series that began with Death in Nostalgia City. The first book introduced ex-cop turned cab driver Lyle Deming and PR executive Kate Sorensen, a former college basketball star. Death in Nostalgia City was recommended for book clubs by the American Library Association and Desert Kill Switch, the second book in the series, was named the top fiction winner at the 2018 Great Southwest Book Festival.

Bacon is the author of flash fiction mystery books including, Cops, Crooks and Other Stories in 100 Words – Revised Edition.  He  taught journalism as a member of the adjunct faculty at Cal Poly University – Pomona, University of Redlands, and the University of Nevada – Reno.  He earned an MA in mass media from UNLV and a BA in journalism from Fresno State.   He and his wife, Anne, live in Reno.                                            

He doesn’t really use a typewriter.

Book signing at Book Carnival in Orange, Calif., with owner Anne Saller.

Contact via email or Twitter:   mbaconauthor at or @BaconAuthor

Media Contact: Jacci Larsen (702) 278-1903  Jacci at

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Sister in crime


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