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Guest Post by Marc Jedel: An Interview with his protagonist, Marty Golden | CHUTES AND LADDER | GREAT ESCAPES TOURS Presents Cozy Mystery

Guest Post by Marc Jedel: An Interview with his protagonist, Marty Golden My books, Uncle and Ants and Chutes and Ladder ...

Guest Post by Marc Jedel:
An Interview with his protagonist, Marty Golden

My books, Uncle and Ants and Chutes and Ladder are humorous murder mysteries, part of the Silicon Valley Mystery series. Silicon Valley is not your typical, cozy mystery locale and Marty Golden doesn’t fit the normal profile of a mystery protagonist. Despite finding himself thrust into challenging situations, Marty isn’t exactly hero material. He has a combination of wit, irreverent humor and sarcasm mixed in with nerdy insecurities, absent-mindedness, and fumbling but effective amateur sleuthing skills. With an active inner voice and not a lot of advanced planning, he throws himself into solving problems.

To get a better understanding of Marty, his Silicon Valley and his friends, here’s a recent interview I did with Marty.

Marc [author]: Hi, Marty. Thanks for taking the time to chat today. How do you feel about all this attention?  

Marty: Geez, Marc, I have to tell you the truth, it makes me uncomfortable. Is everyone here because I did such a good job at work? Am I getting a bonus or something? Is there going to be cake? I do love office cake.

Marc [author]: Mmhmm

Marty: Wait, are you writing that down? You seem obsessed with my life. Every time I turn around, you’re hanging over my shoulder and taking notes.

Marc [author]: Calm down. You’re imagining things. I’m not obsessed with you. I’ve got my own life. I’m just being friendly and supportive. You’ve had a tough week recently, didn’t you?

Marty: I sure did. Work was crazy busy and that was before I stumbled across my friend’s dead body and then got busier figuring out what happened to him. And with my cousin, Samantha, coming to visit, my nieces, and my new girlfriend, things just went haywire. I don’t know how people do it.

Marc [author]: Yes, making time for relationships while working hard can be a real challenge.

Marty: Oh, I meant being a detective. But, sure, I guess you’re right too.

Marc [author]: Uh, ok, let’s switch gears. Do you have a personal motto?

Marty: What?

Marc [author]: A motto. You know, something that defines who you are and helps remind you how to live your life.

Marty: That seems weird and kinda out of the blue. I mean I know this is California and all. …Well, I guess I’d say I try to live by advice from my dad: “If the appetizers are good, eat them. You never know what’s for dinner.”

Marc [author]: Interesting perspective. Speaking of dinner, you seem to have some unusual dining experiences, don’t you?

Marty: Not as bad this time as a month ago [author: in Uncle and Ants], but my dining choices do seem to create a lot of issues. Because of all that, it’s also why I’m wearing this hat pulled down — I’m trying to keep a low profile right now.

Marc [author]: Perhaps best not to explore that further. You mentioned being a detective. Have you also wanted to be one?

Marty: I’d rather be a superhero, to tell the truth. Not so much for the costume, but I’d like to have superpowers and some really cool gadgets and cars. Oh, oh, instead of a cool car, could I have something that flies? Then I could bypass all the traffic around Silicon Valley. Since I work at Rover, I get free access to our self-driving car service anyway. At least, when it’s working right.

Marc [author]: Thanks Marty! Chutes and Ladder, book 2 in the Silicon Valley Mystery series, can be read standalone. It and Uncle and Ants are free for Kindle Unlimited readers and will have special pricing during the Great Escapes Tour so be sure to buy them today at Amazon. For more about my books or me, or a free chapter from either, please visit

About the Book

Chutes and Ladder: A Silicon Valley Mystery
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.
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