Super Special Agent Marty is back in action!
*plays James Bong movie theme in the background*
Slowly the music fades away… only to be replaced by that of Pink Panther.
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Marc Jedel’s Serf and Turf.
I have been eagerly waiting to read this book for months now!! I absolutely, ABSOLUTELY love this series. Maybe the ex-engineer in me is a tad partial because this series is set in the Silicon Valley. [Ex-engineer because I have decided to um… what do you call it? un-engineer myself? Following my passion, yada yada yada…]
Marty isn’t your average next-door neighbour. He’s cool, super-quirky, introvert and a world-class sleuth. (Well, he likes to think that he is a world class sleuth so who am I to say no?) He’s supposed to be secretly helping the cops in solving murder. Sshh, it’s a secret… so secretive that even the cops do not know he’s a CI.
In the previous book – Chutes and Ladder – Marty gets himself into an uh-oh – he was supposed to deliver a red Ferrari to Fernando the mob boss but delivered it instead to Fernando the world-class barbeque-r. A car full of mobsters drove across Laney’s (Marty’s sister) place scaring the flip-flops out of Marty. [Just to be clear, the flip-flops I mentioned here are the ones you use in devices.]
So, Sunshine – the bright yellow Volkswagen Beetle is no more. Laney and the girls – Megan and Skye – are being secretive about their new car. Meanwhile, Marty’s girlfriend Meghan (When it’s Marty, anything can happen. A niece named Megan and a girlfriend named Meghan) is being a grumpy-doo.
The story starts with Marty finding a dead body. Two soccer mums are fighting over who’s daughter is better – right in front of the dead body. The cops come in and take statements. When Marty mentions his name, the cops ask him to stay. It looks like Marty Golden has triggered a code-word. Now, isn’t it cool that Marty has a code word. Huston, the Hawk is *white noise* I repeat, the Hawk *white noise*
Okay, I should stop beating around the bush and move on with the review. So, the dead guy was a dear friend of Meghan. *Sniffs jealousy in the air. Ooh, it’s Marty…* Meghan asks him to find the person who killed her friend and Marty being Marty readily agrees. Well, he has a chance to prove to his girlfriend that he’s worth it so why not??
Marty meets quite a few interesting characters as he starts to ‘solve the case’. First, there’s The Bard. He speaks Shakespearean and Marty is suspicious. Then comes Sabrina
the teenage witch , the dead-guy’s rumored girlfriend. Fernando makes an appearance too (I am not telling you which one) while Raj is in India. (I remember Marc telling me that Raj will be back in book #4, possibly with a new bride *wink wink* – the bride part of it is my assumption. )
The characters are super quirky and super likeable. The story is AWESOME!!! With Marty around, one can expect cart loads of laughter – you will laugh so much that your tummy would start to hurt. 😀 Serf and Turf is a mind-blowing, wackalicious and totally entertaining cozy mystery. I highly recommend this series.
Writing Style: 5/5
Character Development: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
Title: Serf and Turf (Silicon Valley Mystery #3)
Author: Marc Jedel
Published on: 9th October 2019
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Purchase Link: Amazon.com
There’s a giveaway for this tour. If you like to win a copy of Serf and Turf, click here.
Many thanks to Lori for the blog tour invite.