Disco’s Dead and so is Mo-Mo (Triple Threat Mysteries)
by Tyler Colins
I am so happy to welcome Tyler Colins
to Escape With Dollycas today!
I’m Tyler Colins, author of the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series, featuring pretty private eyes JJ, Rey, and Linda. Save for the first book, The Connecticut Corpse Caper, the setting is beautiful Oahu, Hawaii.
At the age of five, I walked into my first mobile library (that unique book-jacket smell still lingers in fond memory), and I was hooked! Reading became a passion. When my seventh-grade English teacher complimented a short story I’d written in front of the class, a teeny light bulb went off: maybe I could become a writer! Very long story short, here I am, a published author … finally (there were a few detours along the way). 😉
Disco’s Dead and so is Mo-Mo. Disco may be gone, but it’s far from forgotten. Sammy Mo-Mo Martine, on the other hand, wasn’t much remembered—until his body was found many years later. A Montreal-based dime-store mobster, he wasn’t very well liked. In his thirty-some years, he’d rubbed a lot of people the wrong way with his constant jive talkin’ and self-centered desire to be bigger and better; thinking you’re hot stuff is one thing, acting it is another. He’d rocked the boat once too often, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when one of his non-fans decided to rub out him one fateful night on his way to the disco. He was looking forward to getting down that night, wearing an oh-so-blinding polyester suit and chunky-clunky platform shoes and thinking he was “Daddy Cool”.
Mo-Mo was certainly shaking his macho man booty as he smugly strutted along the sidewalk. Then bullets started flying—and Mo-Mo did his best to survive and keep stayin’ alive. So, maybe he wasn’t exactly rubbed out, despite rumors bouncing around like balls in pinball machine, but he was never heard from again … until decades later, when his body was discovered squashed in a drum, lying at the bottom of the sapphire waters of the Pacific. No more good times for Mo-Mo Martine.
The 70s were unique. Who didn’t love the infectious, four-on-the-floor-beat danceable sounds of that era? I had two left feet so there was no way you’d catch me trying the Bump, Robot, or Hustle. But I so admired those who could twirl and swirl with grace and panache under those mesmerizing disco balls. Even as a non-dancer, the energy, the lights, the people in beautiful clothes with immaculate hairdos, were irresistible. What a way to spend a Saturday night. Who didn’t want more, more, more?
And speaking of Saturday night, we can’t touch upon disco without mentioning the iconic Saturday Night Fever. The moment store clerk Tony Manero (John Travolta) started swaggering along the sidewalk, swinging a paint can, I—like countless others—was hooked. What a movie. What a soundtrack! I still listen to it now and again, and the songs always elicit smiles and a few fond memories.
It was that very soundtrack that inspired the writing of Disco’s Dead and so is Mo-Mo. While murders in modern-day Honolulu are fun to construct, “You Should be Dancin’” got me and my three private eyes—JJ, Rey, and Linda—movin’ our feet to a familiar beat.
The days of disco are gone but certainly not forgotten. They live on, to be channeled through various sources, be it memories or mysteries or that awesome online video sharing website, YouTube.
So funny, Mr. Dollycas bought this KC and the Sunshine Band album for me the first Christmas when we were dating.
Thank you, Tyler for visiting today.
Keep reading for info about Tyler’s new book!
About Disco’s Dead and so is Mo-Mo
Disco’s Dead and so is Mo-Mo (Triple Threat Mysteries)
6th in Series
Setting – Hawaii
Independently Published (Sept. 19 2023)
Paperback : 384 pages
ISBN-13 : 979-8861850575
Digital ASIN : B0CJBXWPS6
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of mobster Mo-Mo Martine in Canada during the days of disco and polyester is finally solved when his body is found in a drum off the sapphire waters of Oahu.
An associate (local limb-breaker Harry the Hoarse) asks the pretty private investigators from the Triple Threat Investigation Agency – JJ, Rey, and Linda – to prove it wasn’t his brother-in-law, Johnny B. He’d been accused back then but never arrested, and it certainly appears that he’s the perp now. The trio finds itself embroiled in the most challenging, if not deadly, case yet!
Countless people – family, friends, foes – hated Mo-Mo. Anyone could have murdered him. Or was it a professional hit by the notorious, never-miss Death Angel? Is it possible!? The faceless, nameless assassin-for-hire is still plying his trade after all these years?
As bodies drop, the P.I.s begin to believe answers won’t come from anyone they interview; they’ll be found in mysterious photos dating back to Mo-Mo’s disco days. They merely have to decipher what the people and backdrops in those photos are telling them—a tricky task indeed. Will they figure it out before more murders occur… perhaps theirs?
About Tyler Colins
Tyler Colins has several years of experience as a fiction writer and blogger. She also serves as an editor and proofreader for fiction and nonfiction alike (manuals, guides, film/television scripts), something she’s been doing for almost as long as she’s been writing.
The Triple Investigation Agency series—featuring pretty P.I.s JJ, Rey, and Linda—has been published by Next Chapter while her first “book”, Odd Woman Out, can be found on Wattpad. Currently, she is working on a standalone about a band and the members’ professional and personal struggles in 1980s London, England.
The Rest of the Series
Book 1 – The Connecticut Corpse Caper is available for FREE on Amazon
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