Summer of Love
A Music & Murder Mystery
by Paul Martin
February 6-17, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
a bold new era of sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll…and murder.
Graduating from UC Berkeley just as the Summer of Love begins, twin brothers Jack and Bobby Doyle forge two different career paths. Jack heads off to Vietnam to serve his country, while Bobby remains in the Bay Area, immersing himself in the world of music journalism. As the summer progresses, both brothers witness death firsthand for the first time, Jack on the battlefield and Bobby on the drug-infested streets of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district.
Their experiences are equally shattering, with Jack losing newfound comrades-in-arms and Bobby enduring the murders of two women he’d grown close to. Bobby’s traumas become as threatening as Jack’s daily perils when he falls under suspicion in the murder investigations. Conferring with Jack by letter, Bobby tries to discover who actually committed the crimes. As the Summer of Love draws to a close, stunning events overtake the entire Doyle family.
Praise for Summer of Love:
"Summer of Love follows two brothers, Jack and Bobby Doyle, through the terrifying and wondrous heart of the '60s—one in the darkness of Vietnam and the other in the orange sunshine of the Haight-Ashbury, a tale stitched deeply into the historical background. Martin takes you there and he gets it right."
Joel Selvin, bestselling author and longtime San Francisco Chronicle music critic
"A deeply immersing, character-rich plot.... With the skill of an expert storyteller and a special talent for bringing different pieces together to form a harmonious story, Paul Martin weaves together a spine-chilling and intense search for a killer, the brutal scenes of war, the thrilling and sensational moods of romance, and a relaxed and artsy atmosphere." (5 Stars)
San Francisco Book Review
"Murder, music, and a tour of '67 San Francisco power this literary mystery.... Martin exhibits a mastery of the city, from the level of the street as well as the cultural significance of its music and art.... The sense of a world spinning out of control pervades the novel.... Readers will not guess the jolting resolution.... A fascinating biography of a particular time and a particular place."
"This riveting page-turner set against the colorful backdrop of San Francisco in 1967 instantly absorbs the reader with its beautifully worded descriptions and vivid characterizations.... The author is expert at weaving fiction and reality so tightly they nearly become one."
Lida Sideris, author of the Southern California Mysteries
This book is more travelogue than it is mystery. There are murders but the mystery takes a bit of a back seat until near the end where there is a surprising twist and a bit of suspense. Much of the novel is a deep dive into the music and culture of San Francisco in 1967. We read a great deal about the music, the bands, the venues, the free love, and the drugs popular at the time. Since one brother is stationed in Vietnam, we read a great deal about being there too. And, as an added feature, there is an informative section on Dashiell Hammett.
Martin has done a great deal of research to give an authentic feel to thee scenic descriptions of San Francisco, the music groups, and the places people hung out at the time.
This is a novel for readers who would like to go down memory lane and relive the fun and tragic time of 1967. You'll get a musical party tour of San Francisco and its culture and a realistic tour of the war in Vietnam.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Historical Mystery
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: December 2022
Number of Pages: 310
Series:A Music & Murder Mystery, Book 3 || This is a Stand Alone Mystery
Book Links: Amazon | Goodreads | Level Best Books
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)