The Marijuana Murders
Nostalgia City Mystery # 3
by Mark S. Bacon
Pub Date 23 Mar 2019
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Nostalgia City executive Kate Sorensen finds the body of a mechanic crushed under an automobile hoist in the theme park’s garage. Accident or murder? Will it impact Kate’s decision to become an advisor for one of two competing campaigns to legalize marijuana in Arizona?
When the death is ruled a homicide and the DEA stages a surprise raid, park cab driver Lyle Deming is recruited to help solve the murder and find out if the park’s garage is being used to smuggle drugs. The anxiety-ridden ex-cop is soon poking around a Mexican border town looking for a park contractor who might be a drug mule. Or he might be dead.
Meanwhile, Kate, a 6-2 former college basketball star, is in the middle of a heated clash between potential corporate control of pot marketing and a laid-back, grow-your-own approach. As Kate wonders whether she should mediate or advocate, she’s forced to dash for her life. Amid setbacks and threats, she and Lyle must sort through interwoven crimes, a tangle of evidence, and dark suspects.
Then there’s another murder.
The Marijuana Murders is the third novel in this mystery series set in Nostalgia City, a theme park that re-creates—in every detail—a small town from the 1970s.
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“Mark S. Bacon deftly blends nostalgia and crime. If you’re looking for a mystery that touches on today’s issues while harking back to earlier eras, The Marijuana Mysteries does so in a fast pace with humor and style.” --Debbi Mack, New York Times bestselling author of the Sam McRae Mystery Series
“Through finely developed characters and interesting plot twists, this murder mystery, set at Nostalgia City, thoroughly entertains! As a 70s/80s retro DJ, I thought the references to the era, whether via music, cars or clothing, added a nice touch and elicited more than a few smiles. When Nostalgia City is finally built, count me in as someone who waits in line!” --Barry Scott, Curator “The Lost 45s” ™ Nationally syndicated oldies DJ
“Having grown up in the 60’s and 70’s this series of books (yes I read the first two) felt like a homecoming to me. I really wish there was a theme park like the one depicted in these novels… I ended up reading [it] in one session–could not put it down!” --Michele Bodenheimer, Miki’s Hope
"It kept me guessing through to the surprising end." --Jeanie Dannheim Open Book Society