Nostalgia City Mysteries

By Mark S. Bacon

Desert Kill Switch debuts this weekend


Here’s one of the first online announcements of the launch of my next Nostalgia City mystery, Desert Kill Switch. This story is from Broadway World Books:

To read the entire story, visit here:

You can pre-order the e-book on Amazon right now, or wait until Saturday to order the print book or the e-book.


Desert Kill Switch now available: pre-order only $3.99


My second book in the Nostalgia City mystery series is here!

Desert Kill Switch has more than one crime to solve.  When I read a mystery, I enjoy keeping track of clues and trying to solve the puzzles.  But I also like a mystery that moves apace, making me worry about the safety of the lead characters.  This is the kind of mystery I wrote in Desert Kill Switch.

The book  is two overlapping stories in one: 

Lyle Deming is a stressed out ex-homicide detective who drives a cab in Nostalgia City, the  Arizona retro theme park, as his escape from the disappointments and anxieties of police work.  But on page one of the novel, Lyle discovers a body in the desert next to a pristine 1970s car.  When he comes back to the scene with sheriff’s deputies, the car and body are gone. Was he seeing things?

Kate Sorensen, a former college basketball star, is Nostalgia City’s PR VP and she’s in Reno working in an exhibit booth.  She’s representing her employer at a sprawling retro festival featuring classic cars and rock ’n’ roll.  She’s accused of trying to steal the Reno festival and move it to Arizona.  Worse, she’s accused of killing the festival chairman.

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

To pre-order at the $3.99 price, simply click here.

To read the first two chapters of the book for free, click here.

To get a copy of Death in Nostalgia City, the first book in the series, click here.

Summer reads full of murder, suspense & death

Skin of Tattoos
Christina Hoag
266 pages
Martin Brown Publishers, LLC  – Aug. 2016
Kindle $2.99  Trade paperback $12.95

When Cyco Lokos gang member Magdaleno (Mags) Argueta comes home to Los Angeles after serving prison time for a robbery, he wants nothing more than to start a new life. But there’s one obstacle: his old life.

Although he was framed by Rico, the new leader of the Cyco Lokos, Mags tries to let go of his bitterness and stay out of gang life for the sake of his Salvadoran immigrant family and his girlfriend Paloma.  But trying to integrate into society after a stint in prison doesn’t come easily.

Faced with low job prospects and Rico’s demands to help the Cyco Lokos make money, a broke and disillusioned Mags makes the only choice he can.  He soon discovers, however, that being a part of the Cyco Lokos with Rico in charge is far more dangerous than it used to be. Loyalties have shifted, including his own.  With his sister pregnant by a rival gang member and his own relationship with Paloma, his best friend’s sister, a violation of gang code, Mags becomes caught in a web of secrets, revenge, lies, and murder that might ultimately cost him everything.

Christina Hoag is a former staff writer for the Miami Herald and the Associated Press.  Her background is appropriate for a gang crime story.  As a journalist she was threatened by a killer’s girlfriend, had her laptop searched by Colombian guerrillas and phone tapped in Venezuela, was suspected of drug trafficking in Guyana, hid under a car to evade Guatemalan soldiers, and posed as a nun to get inside a Caracas jail. Visit her at


The Art of Fear (Little Things That Kill)
Pamela Crane
255 pages
Tabella House – July 2017
Kindle 99 cents  Trade paperback $12.99

A terrifying tale of small-town secrets and murder mark’s Pamela Crane’s new thriller. The author of several award-winning series offers puzzles surrounding an accident and suicide—or was murder involved?

Ari Wilburn’s life ended long ago—the day she watched her little sister die in a tragic accident and did nothing to stop it. Crippled with self-blame and resented by her parents, she stumbles through life … and onto an unexpected clue that casts doubt on whether the death was accidental.

Now a psychological wreck, Ari joins a suicide support group where she meets Tina, a sex-enslaved escapee who finds her long-lost father dead. Suicide, police ruled it. But Tina suspects foul play. As a bond develops between the women in their shared loss, they’re dragged into playing a dangerous game with a killer.

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