Chutes and Ladder (Silicon Valley Mystery #2) by Marc JedelIf you ever watched Get Smart, you will remember the bumbling hero Maxwell Smart. Well, meet Marty Golden. He is a nerd who works at a tech startup called Rover which provides driverless cars similar to a taxi or uber business. Marty has an imagination that does not quit and his daydreams are hilarious. The fact that he also thinks he is a partner to Mace, a Sergeant with the police is even funnier.
Marty Golden, is roped into chaperoning for his nieces girl scout camping trip. Marty is not a camper and would much rather spend his time in an office than to have anything to do with the outdoors. The scout leaders and other mothers arent pleased that he is there, and he has been given the task to find wood for the fire. While he is out gathering wood, he decides to answer the call of nature, and steps off the path for some privacy. Before he does his business, he glances across the clearing and notices a body on the ground. When he realizes he knows the man, he is determined to bring him justice. Marty immediately gets on the nerves of the detectives who are investigating the situation. He assumes that he will be working with them - as in privy to all the details. He begins his own investigation and often ends up on the wrong end of the stick. He manages to bumble around in his quest to solve the crime as a wannabe detective.
The book is fast paced and full of humor. The author keeps us guessing as to what has really transpired, and its not until the very end that the details are revealed. With more than one victim, Marty has his hands full. We learn more about Marty and his life with his family getting involved (his cousin) and with his girlfriend becoming more involved in his life. Watch for the interference of his sisters dog as well, it is hilarious. There are several twists and turns as the story progresses keeping me guessing, and of course all my ideas were wrong. I enjoyed Raj once again in this story. He is Martys straight man, all comedians need one. This is the second book in the series by Marc Jedel, and I enjoyed it more than the first one. I knew what to expect from Marty and went into this book expecting the slapstick type antics. I had a great time reading this one, and will be watching the next in the series. If you enjoy mysteries, but need an enjoyable light-hearted read, I would definitely recommend you pick this book up. I was provided a copy of this book from the author upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
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