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Chutes and Ladder
A Silicon Valley Mystery Book 2
by Marc Jedel

Cozy Mystery 

When a camping trip uncovers a murder, this amateur sleuth is stuck
putting out the fire …

Marty Golden enjoys time with his nieces, but he wanted to spend the
weekend with his new girlfriend — not chaperone a Girl Scout
camping trip. Once he stumbles upon the corpse of a friend in the
woods, the outdoors adventure becomes an open-air disaster. When the
police label it an accidental death, the meticulous Marty vows to
investigate the murder. After all, it’s poor manners to let your
friend’s death go unsolved.
On the hunt for clues the cops ignored, Marty uncovers a disturbing
connection to himself. And as he digs deeper, a misbehaving pup, a
kooky cousin, and a maniacal ninja put his survival skills to the test.
Will Marty unravel the mystery before the killer, or his imagination, gets
to him?
Chutes and Ladder is the side-splitting second novel in the Silicon Valley cozy mystery
series. If you like quirky sleuths, wacky side characters, and
laugh-out-loud moments, you’ll love this offbeat whodunit.
Buy Chutes and Ladder to decode a great mystery today!

Uncle and Ants
A Silicon Valley Mystery Book 1

Mysterious attacks. Mischievous nieces. Can a clueless uncle catch a tech-savvy killer … and be home before bedtime?

When a freak accident hospitalizes Marty Golden’s sister and condemns him to
babysitter duty, he thinks it’s just another case of hardwired bad
luck in Silicon Valley.
Until a suspicious murder suggests the mishap was no mere
coincidence. Something must be done.
Too bad this quirky, fashion-backward uncle isn’t exactly hero material.
Convinced his sister is in mortal danger, this amateur sleuth follows clues to an
oddball array of suspects. Armed with nothing but an eye for detail
and powers of self-delusion, Marty tangles with gangsters, a cantankerous school secretary, 

and a perplexing woman he can’t help but fall for. Glitches in his
investigation seem like a piece of cake compared to dinner-prep and
bedtime stories with his two precocious, pre-teen nieces.
Can Marty catch the culprit, save his sister, and get his life back in
order before he gets unplugged?
Uncle and Ants is the first novel in a refreshingly modern mystery series set in Silicon Valley. 
If you like clever humor, sassy side characters, and average Joes facing
extraordinary circumstances, then you’ll love this twisty mystery.
Buy Uncle and Ants to login to a fresh, funny mystery today!

**Only .99 cents!!**

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? What’s the deal? 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. Serf and Turf, book 3 in the series, will be released in mid-October 2019 so this is a perfect time to catch up. Buy them on Amazon at: For more about my books or me, or a free chapter from either, please visit

Marc Jedel writes humorous murder mysteries. In his high-tech marketing
roles, he's also written fiction. These are just called emails, ads,
and marketing collateral.

In his family, Marc was born first — a fact his sister never lets him
forget, no matter what milestone age she hits. For most of Marc’s
life, he’s been inventing stories. Some, especially when he was
young, involved his sister as the villain. As his sister’s brother
for her entire life, he feels highly qualified to tell tales of the
evolving, quirky sibling relationship in the Silicon Valley Mystery series.

Family and friends would tell you that the protagonist in his stories, Marty
Golden, isn't much of a stretch of the imagination for Marc, but he
proudly resembles that remark.

 Like Marty, Marc lives in San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley, where he
writes within earshot of the doppler effect of the local ice cream
truck. Unlike Marty, Marc has a wonderful wife and a neurotic but
sweet, small dog, who much prefers the walks resulting from writer’s
block than his writing.

Visit his website,, for free chapters of upcoming novels, news and more.

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