Murder on the Mother Road
by Glenn Nilson
Maybe it was the Harley (my husband rides one), more likely it was simply Bobby Navaro. He is just a solid good character. Somehow I felt as though I had known him for years. I immediately felt as though he were a character to be trusted. That combined with an engaging mystery had me hooked until the end.
Glenn Nilson has written an intriguing mystery set in the Arizona desert… Beautiful descriptions, a wonderful storyline, and plenty of action keep me hooked from beginning to end.
~My Funny View of Life
…started reading and stayed up late into the early morning to finish it. I just couldn’t put it down…It is a fantastic story. I may have woke up with a book hangover, but this story was worth it.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
This was a great cozy mysteries that is very different from the typical ones you read, in this one we have a biker riding around trying to solve a murder …
… a great cozy mystery that is a little intense, with the main character who pulls no punches and doesn’t back down from trouble that comes his way.
I really enjoyed the first book, Murder on Route 66, and I loved this one as well….The Bobby Navarro mysteries are on my must-read list.
Praise For Murder on Route 66
Murder on the Mother Road:
A Bobby Navarro Mystery
Male Sleuth Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Creekside Publishing (March 15, 2016)
Paperback: 318 pages
Bobby Navarro rides his Harley into another adventure when he discovers the body of a young woman in the trunk of a parked car in Williams, Arizona, on old Route 66.
Who would leave a car, with a body in it, parked on the main street of town? And, who told the police Bobby had been the driver of the car, because they soon take him to the police station to conduct an “interview”.
Then, to make matters worse, Bobby realizes one of the police officers is a woman he had a crush on in high school. And, that’s just his first night in town. Next morning, Bobby has breakfast at a local diner, where everyone is talking about the murder and the arrest of one of the diner’s cooks. The staff don’t think the suspect is guilty of the crime, and one of the locals, Daryl King, lets slip to Bobby that he knows who the guilty party really is. Trouble is, Daryl won’t tell the police whatever it is he knows. In fact, Daryl has trouble talking with anyone. The fact that he made an exception in Bobby’s case, leads to Bobby agreeing to work with the police to find out if Daryl does know who the killer is. Bobby’s part in the investigation takes him to the Holiness Pentecostal Church of the Brethren, a church run by an ex-biker and two of his former gang members. There, he discovers a host of suspects, leaving Bobby to wonder whether he will have to “get religion” in order to help solve this Murder on the Mother Road.
I Read What You Write Interview
To start with can you tell us a little about yourself and the project we are seeing today/ You are promoting today?
Murder on the Mother Road is the second in a series involving Bobby Navarro, a biker who gets caught up in the lives of people he meets on the road—and sometimes becomes involved in solving their murders. The first book in the series, Murder on Route 66, was set in New Mexico, and Murder on the Mother Road is set in Williams, Arizona, both on segments of old Route 66. The third story in the series is being set in Florida, but still features Bobby Navarro and his motorcycle.
When I’m not overwhelmed by house restoration projects at our cottage in upstate New York, I love to ride my own motorcycle. I’ve made a dozen trips across country and would love to do another one. My wife claims I set the first story on Route 66 so I’d have an excuse to do another ride. I guess it worked, I did a promotional tour of much of Route 66 when my first book came out.
The idea of the series was to be reminiscent of the old television show, Route 66, in which two young men in a Corvette traveled across country.
There is still a great nostalgic fascination with that iconic highway and the freedom of the road. I thought I could write about a biker who gets caught up in the lives of others, like the characters in the old TV series.
What is the first book that you remember reading?
I don’t know if it was the first book I read, but I remember reading My Friend Flicka. I couldn’t wait to read the sequels, Thunderhead and Green Grass of Wyoming. They gave me vicarious adventures that made reading a magic road to discovery and adventure. The same happened with the books of Robert Lewis Stevenson. They excited my imagination and instilled a desire to see the world and have adventures of my own. A series of three books, the names of which I can’t remember, did the same. The hero of the series was a young man who sailed on a tramp steamship to the Orient. He wanted to become a writer, and so did I. I thought being a writer would involve me in all sorts of adventure, like the heroes of the stories I read.
What do you think makes a good story?
I think I agree with the many people who have said a good story must have the protagonist encounter a challenge that can be life-changing and meet that challenge. But, I also have to care about the characters in the story and care about what happens to them. For me, a good story is not all action, suspense or mystery, it involves people I can relate to in some way and their growth.
If you could be friends with a character in one of your stories who would it be and what kinds of things would you do together?
If I were to choose a character from one of my stories to be friends with, it would have to be Bobby Navarro, and we would ride together. We both ride, like cooking, and enjoy cooking over a campfire. I’ve spent a lot of time on the back of a motorcycle, like Bobby, riding cross-country and camping. While I’ve done most of my riding solo, I have friends in New Mexico I’ve ridden with, and with whom I’ve spent hours and hours late into the night talking over a fire. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Bobby as I’ve written about him. I’m sure I’d enjoy a ride together as well.
Who do your stories appeal to?
I’ve been surprised, and delighted, to find that my stories appeal to a wide age range and to both male and female readers. The high school-age son of one of my neighbors read my first published novel in the series I’m currently writing and loved it so much he made a diorama of one of the scenes from the book for a class project. I felt terrific that he enjoyed the book to such an extent he’d do that.
What is your all time favorite book or author?
My favorite author is probably John Steinbeck. I felt he wrote about people who often get overlooked, and did so with such compassion that it made his readers care a little more about others. Some books entertain, others inform, but, I love books that reach me at an emotional level.
About The Author –
Glenn grew up on a farm in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, hiking, hunting, even panning for gold. After college, he served as an officer in the Navy, then earned a doctorate in sociology and taught at a branch of the State University in Connecticut. There, he developed, directed and taught a criminal justice program. Upon retirement, the West drew him back, this time to New Mexico, the setting for his first novel, Murder on Route 66. Currently, Glenn divides his time between living in rural Florida and up-state New York, writing and refurbishing an 1870’s-era, creek-side cottage. Whenever possible, he enjoys cooking, riding his own motorcycle and camping.
Webpage – http://glennnilson.com/
Blog – http://glennnilson.com/blog/
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