BOOK REVIEW + $25 Gift Card GIVE AWAY - Summer of Love by Paul Martin
Summer of Love
A Music & Murder Mystery
by Paul Martin
February 6-17, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
It’s 1967 in California’s magical City by the Bay—
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
I am fascinated with the late 60’s and the cultural
revolution overtaking the US at the time. Because of this, I jumped at the
chance to read this book and it did not disappoint. The Vietnam War had a
significant impact on my dad and as a result he doesn’t talk about it much.
Other than to say, due to the war, he didn’t fulfill his dream of becoming an
electrical engineer. This is not to say that my dad did not do well for
himself, he did. Just not in the way he dreamed he would. I’ve always found it
interesting that men were drafted to go to Vietnam whether they believed in the
war or not and how the country turned on them upon their return. It’s heartbreaking
and the ramifications are significant.
This book provides is an intriguing mix of historical fiction
and mystery. The author does an excellent job of bringing Jack and Bobby to life. The story is the depiction of two wildly different situations. The Vietnam War
and the Summer of Love in San Francisco. This era is multifaceted – filled with
drugs, pollical upheaval, radically new music, and sex – set against the backdrop of international political
games. I enjoyed Bobby and Jack’s characters. Their individual struggles came
through and gave the story depth. The writing style sucks you in and doesn’t
let go until the end.
The music of the 60s reminds me of my dad and I wish this
book came with a playlist, the songs included brought back many fond memories
of listening to music with my dad.
While the book can be dark at times, I highly recommend it. The darkness is a part of this era and is beautifully interwoven throughout. I look forward to reading more from this author and hope he writes more books about this era!
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
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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Paul Martin is a former book and magazine editor with the National Geographic Society. His writing assignments have taken him around the world. The author of twelve books of fiction and nonfiction, he has also edited or contributed to a dozen other books on history, science, and travel. An amateur luthier and onetime vineyard owner and winemaker, Martin lives near Washington, D.C.
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