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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for Poisoned Pawn by David Siegel Bernstein. The detective mystery is availabl...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for Poisoned Pawn by David Siegel Bernstein. The detective mystery is available now from Intrigue Publishing. 

David Siegel Bernstein will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

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Poisoned Pawn
by David Siegel Bernstein


GENRE:   Detective, Mystery



Caleb Jacobs is a man with a past. After serving on a failed dark ops assignment in Afghanistan, he leaves Marine Corps Intelligence to try to build a new life in Philadelphia as a homicide police detective. 

Jacobs is happy, for a time, until he is assigned to solve the murder of Shannon Faraday. During the investigation, he is convinced the evidence points to him as the killer. He knows it is only a matter of time before other investigators see the same. He has no alibi and the clock is counting down.

Behind his partner’s back, Jacobs hires a private investigator named Lawrence Holmes. The PI is an irritation to the police, but he is unmistakably brilliant. And, many powerful people in the city owe him favors. Holmes is a bit odd. He insists on calling Jacobs Watson but claims to never have heard the name Sherlock. Jacobs can live with this kind of crazy as long as together they find the real killer.

They quickly link the murder to a series of seemingly unrelated crimes occurring throughout Philadelphia, and Jacobs becomes convinced the murder is related to the truth of what had happened during his time in Afghanistan. Old secrets have come back to haunt him.



I felt like shit for having to hire a private investigator, especially one who was most likely insane. Still, I couldn’t deny that his type of crazy got results. Reluctantly I handed over an envelope to the man sitting on the sun-bleached bench.

He opened it. Satisfied with my offering, he slid it into his jacket. “Ah, Watson,” he said. “Good to see you again.”

I shook my head and dropped onto the bench next to him. “My name is Jacobs. Caleb Jacobs,” I said, hoping the reminder might stick this time.

He turned to me. “Did you say something?”

I sighed. “No, Holmes.”

If I wasn’t desperate for his help, I’d strangle him. Of course my superiors at the Philadelphia Homicide Unit wouldn’t appreciate that. But I wondered if a cop hiring a private investigator was any worse of a violation. I needed Lawrence Holmes for his connections and unique viewpoint, things my PHU colleagues couldn’t provide. He might not be the fictional character he played at, but he was a talented PI.


AUTHOR Interview:

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

First off, thank you for taking the time to interview me. I know I’m not easy to put up with.

Due to some adult situations Poisoned Pawn is for mature audiences. Other than that, it is for anyone who likes mysteries and thrillers. My main character, Jacob Caleb’s capabilities are reminiscent of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher while his sometimes partner Lawrence Holmes’ antics provide humorous relief. The loyal readers of authors like Child and Patterson will enjoy Poisoned Pawn.

How did you come up with the title Poisoned Pawn for your book?

I enjoy playing chess. A poisoned pawn is a term in the game for when a player sacrifices a pawn in return for a superior position. This is something the baddie does in Poisoned Pawn. The pawn is a person. Who is the sacrificed? Read and find out. 

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image?

The cover art was created by Ginnefine. I’m happy to say it won her an American Graphic Design Award. 

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

It is Caleb Jacobs, star of the show. I’m in his head the most. So I’ll tell you about another of my favorites: Margret Liang. I admit I’m a little afraid of her. She is sexy, deadly, and always in control. If I ever had a sinful thought about her—I wouldn’t be around to write the sequel. 

If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?

Because I’m asked (a lot) to explain the meaning of the title Poisoned Pawn, I’d probably have chosen differently.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

I based a lot of Jacobs on myself. Only I’ve never killed anyone. Wait, wait. I’m not saying he does either. You need to read Poisoned Pawn to find out! I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do (been training since I was a wee lad) and I’ve taught martial art classes. This is the style of fighting in Poisoned Pawn that Jacobs uses in combat. 

Other than that, I’m a guitar playing, comic reading, chess playing fiend. 

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

Social Media is a good start.

twitter: @DavidBernstein
instatgram @davidsieglebernstein

Another way is through my Publisher Intrigue Publishing

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m working on the next book in the Caleb Jacobs series titled The Queen’s Gambit. A frighteningly skilled assassin hires Jacobs to find her latest assignment and to then protect him from her.

I’m also working on a science fiction novel set on a planet where time is literally a currency. The wealthy live for hundreds of years in dewy youth while the poor are geriatric. 

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Pass out good vibes by word of mouth, social media, writing reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. Stuff like that.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?"

To go with my tough guy motif, I own a Toy Poodle named Ringo Biggles Woofington. Now, I’m not saying Mr. Woofington doesn’t make an appearance in Poisoned Pawn, but you should get yourself a copy to find out. If nothing else, I guarantee you won’t be bored. I’ve included a Ringo picture. 


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

To support his writing addiction and excessively extravagant lifestyle, David Siegel Bernstein, PhD, is a data scientist who consults as a forensic statistician. That sounds really boring until you realize that his clients include the US National Security Agency (NSA), the Secret Service, the FBI, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and a host of other acronymonious agencies who cultivate exciting and shadowy reputations. Alas, those reputations are mere facades that disguise the real reason these organizations exist, which is to keep him entertained and fed.

When David wants a break from this spellbinding work, he writes. His fiction credits encompass two novelettes and sixty shorts. His nonfiction has appeared in newsletters, popular blogs, academic journals and he is the author of the book Blockbuster Science: The Real Science in Science Fiction.

He lives within the shadow of Philadelphia with his wife, Michelle, two children, Seth and Gwendolyn, and a dog named Ringo Biggles Woofington.

Amazon Author Page:


twitter: @DavidBernstein

Instagram @davidsieglebernstein



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  1. Thank you for sharing your book with us. I always look forward to finding out about another great read.

  2. When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?

    1. Every since I was a wee one. I took it more serious when I was in college.

  3. I love the excerpt, and the book has great characters.

    1. Thank you. Trust me there are many quirky/great characters in the book.

  4. Happy Valentine's Day! I loved the post :)

  5. How did you come up with the title of your book?


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