Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Chutes and Ladders by Marc Jedel: Review & Giveaway!

Chutes and Ladder:

A Silicon Valley Mystery
by Marc Jedel

About the Book

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
BGM Press (March 12, 2019)
Print Length: 195 pages

Dead friend. Free fall. Girl Scouts. Can Uncle Marty untangle the mystery before things really get out of control?

Juggling a budding relationship, demanding job, and mischievous nieces, Marty Golden struggled to keep his head above water — even before his friend’s death. Trying his best to be a good boyfriend and fun uncle, Marty had his own ideas for the weekend until his cunning sister tricked him again.

Convinced his friend’s death was no accident, Marty tries to summon superhero powers but merely manages to bumble along as an amateur sleuth. When Marty’s cousin shows up, she wreaks havoc with his plans and pulls him into yet another mystery.

As threats blossom, Marty doubles down now that his family’s involved. Besides, it’s poor manners to let your friend’s death go unsolved.
Can Marty figure out what happened before a killer, or his imagination, gets to him?

Chutes and Ladder is the second novel in a refreshingly modern mystery series set in Silicon Valley. If you like clever humor and wacky side characters, you’ll love this twisty mystery.

About the Author

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. This leads 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 proudly resemble that remark.

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.  Here are the author links: email (, website, FaceBook, Linked In, GoodReads, and Bookbub.
Silicon Valley Mystery (2 Book Series) by  Marc Jedel

My Thoughts

Chutes and Ladder by Marc Jedel is the second book in A Silicon Valley Mystery series.  Marty Golden is a software engineer with Rover whose idea of camping is staying at a motel with a comfy bed, mini bar, air conditioning and a television.  Unfortunately, after his sister sprains her ankle, Marty is roped into chaperoning his niece, Skye on her Girl Scouts camping excursion to Santa Cruz County Park.  After a little science experiment that led to the girls being covered in sticky soda, Marty is sent into the woods on a bogus errand.   He decides it is the perfect time for a B.I.F.F.Y. (you will have to read the book to find out).  While searching for a spot, Marty stumbles upon a body and is shocked that the victim is Larry Cohen, a poker buddy who works at Sirius.  While the police believe the cause of death is accidental, Marty has his doubts because of the strange burns on Larry’s arms and hands.  Since his services as a chaperone are no longer needed (don’t ask why), Marty has the time to do a little investigating.  At Larry’s house he is surprised to learn Larry was a hoarder, but it turns out to be a plus when Marty uncovers a clue that leads him to Sirius.  Sirius is acquiring Rover it gives Marty the perfect excuse to snoop around (sort of).  As Marty uncovers more clues, his imagination goes into overdrive. It doesn’t help that he is dealing with his skydiving cousin, a puppy channeling Harry Houdini, and a ninja (oh no).  Will Marty survive this free falling adventure?
 Uncle and Ants: A Silicon Valley Mystery (Book 1) by [Jedel, Marc]
Chutes and Ladder is a light hearted cozy mystery.  I suggest reading Uncleand Ants before embarking on Chutes and Ladder.  It will provide background information on Marty that is missing in Chutes and Ladder.  Marty Golden is a unique character.  He likes to wear Hawaiian shirts (all the time), a Star-Trek fan (there is an upcoming convention), tells bad jokes and has an overactive imagination.  Marty also manages to say or do the wrong thing 95% of the time (He is a twelve year old in an adult’s body).  When he stumbles upon his friend’s body in the woods, he feels he needs to get answers (it would be rude not to investigate).  I wish the author had included further background details on Marty (divorced, number of kids, age).  He always takes the driverless Rover vehicles.  Is it because he doesn’t drive or doesn’t own a car?  I have to admit to being fascinated with the concept of driverless cars (I dislike driving—I get bored).  I wish there had been more details about the service (does it work like Uber, cost). I enjoyed Marc Jedel’s descriptive writing which provides vivid imagery.  Bigelow, the puppy Marty gave to his nieces, provides comic relief.  He is going to need a firm hand and massive amounts of training (with no guarantee it will work).  The mystery was light weight (like Marty).  I would have preferred a mystery with more complexity.  Chutes and Ladder is an entertaining story with quirky characters, zany incidents, witty dialogue and guaranteed giggles. 
A Silken Thread: A Novel by [Vogel Sawyer, Kim]
Chutes and Ladders is available on Amazon along with Uncle and Ants (both on Kindle Unlimited).  Serf and Turf will be the next book in this high-spirited series (soccer fields and Renaissance Faires).  In honor of the tour, the author is hosting a giveaway for a signed copy of Chutes and Ladder.  You can enter below or click here.  Please take the time to visit the other stops on the tour for spotlights, character guest posts, reviews, character interviews and guest posts (schedule below).  I appreciate you joining me today.  Please consider following my blog (hit the blue button--upper right).  I will be back tomorrow with my thoughts on A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer.  Take care and Happy Reading!

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Tour Participants

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March 25 – The Journey Back– REVIEW

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your review and for hosting me today. I'm glad you enjoyed CHUTES AND LADDER. I hope your readers will enjoy reading my book as much as I did writing it. At, people can get the first chapter FREE for UNCLE AND ANTS (book 1) or CHUTES AND LADDER (book 2) simply by signing up for my newsletter. Book 3, SERF AND TURF, is underway, so now's a great time to enjoy Uncle Marty's adventures as he bumbles through his investigations.