GENRE: Romantic Mystery/Suspense
IN THIS "GRIPPING" MYSTERY THRILLER SOMEONE TRIES TO BURN NICK BANCROFT ALIVE, BEATS HIM SENSELESS, USES HIM FOR TARGET PRACTICE AND WORST OF ALL HIS BELOVED CHICAGO CUBS DISAPPOINT HIM AGAIN! SOMETIMES A PI JUST CAN'T CATCH A BREAK! BUT WHEN HIS CLIENT IS A SEXY NUDIST, NICK BANCROFT WILL PUT UP WITH JUST ABOUT ANYTHING!
When a sexy nudist hires him to protect her from whoever is threatening her life, Nick Bancroft becomes the target. Someone tries to burn him alive, beats the hell out of him, and, since that didn't run him off, uses him for target practice. Meanwhile, two people are murdered, Nick's true love, Maggie Atley, is more than somewhat perturbed by his relationship with his client, and a mysterious club seems to hold the answer. Nick survives an exciting but still losing season by his beloved Chicago Cubs, a vicious attack by a couple of huge dogs, and eventually puts the finger on the bad guys.
Nick Bancroft Mysteries, written by Bob Liter
I'm an ex-newspaper a reporter who inherited a run-down, one-man detective agency. My name is Nick Bancroft. I used to do investigation work occasionally for a friend Jimmy Jackson, who left me the business and stuck me with an office on the top floor of an old building in the wrong end of town.
I would have refused the inheritance, but I was sick of working where news had been converted to entertainment. And, besides, Jimmy had paid six months’ rent in advance for the office with a small apartment attached. Since I inherited the business I have helped solve a murder and got some press as a result.
In a small town like Centrel City, you can find bribery, graft, kickbacks, political influence peddling, criminal cover-ups, and sometimes murder. Now when I get involved in a case, there usually is a story I can sell to the upstate Chicago Times. I didn't expect to make a living as a private investigator and freelance reporter, but I was wrong ... sort of. It beats making money for someone else and it leaves time for my almost favorite sport of bowling and my passion for the Chicago Cubs.
It’s all in a day’s work; I can be tough enough when I have to be. On the other hand, I can be soft for the ladies, especially for an on-again-off-again lover, Maggie Atley. Nothing is ever as it seems and I don’t quit until I find the answers. My name is Nick Bancroft.
Murder by the Book, written by Bob Liter
Nick Bancroft inherits a rundown detective agency and embarks on a new career as a hard-boiled detective. When date rape drugs show up in Centrel City, so does reporter Nick Bancroft. The drugs are discovered at two different murders with sex etiquette books left at the scenes. Nick is hired by the first victim’s father, Ramsey Sinclair, to find the killer. A Chicago detective, Miss Faustine, is also hired by Mr. Sinclair to work “closely” with Bancroft. His focus is interrupted when he begins a love affair with the receptionist, Maggie Atley, from a neighboring office.
Bancroft is banking on solving the murders and selling the story to the Chicago Times. As the case unfolds there is enough danger, drama, and deception to fill a book. Nick finds few things are as they seem and in his enthusiasm, he becomes the target of a shooter and also the target of charming Maggie Atley’s affections.
Blurb #2 - Book 2
August is Murder, written by Bob Liter
A sexy nudist hires Nick Bancroft to defend her from threats on her life; Nick volunteers to provide 24-hour protection. Now, he is the target and August becomes even hotter when someone tries to burn him alive. Nick is not one to turn tail and run, especially now with two murders and Lady Godiva to protect. Nick's true love, second only to the Cubs and bowling, Maggie Atley, is more than somewhat perturbed by the arrangement with his beautiful client.
After weeks of the investigation, there are still unanswered questions. Who are the bad guys? What does a mysterious club have to do with the murders? Can Nick survive another losing season by his beloved Chicago Cubs? Is this the last inning for Nick and Maggie?
Blurb #3 – Book 3
Death Sting, written by Bob Liter
After an intimate breakfast together, while reading the paper to Maggie, Nick is baffled by a headline: Female Body Found Covered with Stings: The Sheriff Calls the Death an Accident. Free-lance reporter and private detective, Nick Bancroft, doesn’t believe it and is drawn to the case like a bee to honey. He learns the victim lived in a home for young unwed mothers who work as waitresses and hookers at a nightclub.
Murder suspects include an alcoholic handyman, the man and wife who operate the home, a nightclub operator and his henchman, and a sheriff's deputy. Everyone is trying to stop Nick’s investigation, including federal agents.
Even when he and his earthy lover Maggie survive being dumped in a deep lake with weights tied to their ankles, Bancroft is unwavering in his pursuit of the truth. Will Maggie and Nick’s romance sink or swim before the case is solved?
Blurb #4 – Book 4
Point of Murder, written by Bob Liter
Nick Bancroft, a former investigative reporter, enjoys a mundane existence in Centrel City operating a one-man detective agency. He supplements his pauper’s wages selling news stories to the Chicago Times. In a small apartment, Nick and his roommate Maggie, share frivolous romantic lovemaking and the responsibility of feeding a stray cat that adopted them. On the surface, it seems picture-perfect.
The bed of roses ends abruptly when Nick’s destitute young friend, Bobby Scalf, is found murdered with a blunt six-inch spike in his head. Nick becomes a suspect when the second murder victim is discovered in the abandoned building where the boy lived.
While Nick tries to find out who killed the boy, he uncovers a web of corruption involving the town council, the school board, the police chief and the local newspaper publisher. Nick survives several attempts on his life, and that of his stormy lover, before nailing the killer and exposing the town's secrets. Solving the town’s problems may not be enough to solve the problems festering between Maggie and Nick. Is it really over?
Blurb #5 – Book 5
And the Band Played On, written by Bob Liter
Freelance reporter and sometime private detective, Nick Bancroft, is tough enough when he has to be. On the other hand, he can be soft for the ladies. That's how he ends up at an outdoor band concert, with Maggie, a librarian, divorcee, and his very talented lover. Nick is front row center to witness the murder of a well-connected private secretary of an important political figure.
It doesn't earn him any points with the cops that he is on the scene before them, and it doesn't earn him any points with certain influential politicians that he won't get off the case. Not only is Nick drawn into the dirty details of the crime, someone is trying to kill him. During the investigation, Maggie and Nick come face to face with the events surrounding 9-11. Will the final case break their spirits and crumble their love, or will they emerge stronger and committed to a life together?
Death Sting, A Nick Bancroft Mystery - Book 3
She marked her place in the magazine with one of my latest past due bills, put the magazine down, lifted her coffee cup and sipped.
"Yes. Don't you find it intriguing that a woman was found dead practically outside our door with bee stings all over her body?"
Maggie pushed light brown hair from her forehead and sighed.
"Intriguing, yes, and I know what you're thinking," she said.
"You always think you know what I'm thinking."
She put her elbows on the table, held the cup in both hands and smiled that knowing smile I loved.
"You're thinking there's a story in this you can sell to the Chicago Times. You're planning right now to start an investigation into this bee-sting thing and neglect the work that brings in steady money, work that pays the bills. Right, Nick? It's your business, of course, but you need money."
When we first met I was thinking I would like to get in her pants – to coin a phrase – and her heavenly blue eyes, sparkling with amusement, told me she read my thoughts. Instead of pretending to be offended, she smiled.
Now I admired her freshly scrubbed face. She was a knockout when her hair was teased into a semblance of obedience, and she wore that eye shadow stuff. But at breakfast, with tousled hair and freckles on her checks unhidden by makeup, she was woman.
She was right about my plans to pursue the story. "Well, why not?" I said. "There surely is more to the story than what they've printed here."
Any weird things you do when you’re alone?
Even if someone is in the house with me, one weird thing I do is make sure the 2-way light switches in the center of the house all match. When the switches are down, the hall light and the two lights in the kitchen are off. Even if it means going to the end of the hall, flipping on the light, and returning to the center switch so I can have the switch down and light off. The other weird thing is I don’t like clothes. I am usually alone when I run around the house naked all day.
What is your favorite quote and why?
My favorite quote is "Hope is the ability to hear the music of the future; faith is the courage to dance to it today." Peter Kuzmic. I take from the quote: SEE now the possibilities of what may come and BELIEVE strongly enough in the possibilities to walk, move, DANCE toward them.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Not surprisingly my favorite author is my dad. I just recently became an avid reader and for the first time became interested in writing. I hope the books I write will have as much meaning to my children as dad’s books have meant to me. It is an exciting way to leave a legacy and have some fun.
What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
With regard to the mystery genre I enjoy plausibility, coherent plotting and interesting dialogue similar to the way people speak in the real world. Of course I want surprises. If the writer shows me the inner workings of a character I can relate to and the potential of the character I am hooked.
Where did you get the ideas for this book series?
I speculate dad’s ideas came from places and people he knew. Detective and Investigative reporter Bancroft’s fictional escapades occasionally mirror Peoria, IL (called Centrel City), from citing the old Town and County Lanes to yet another losing season for the Cubs. It is appropriate since Bob Liter was a reporter and copy editor for the local paper and a competitive bowler as well as an avid golfer and gardener, and fan of the Bears and Cubs.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Robert T “Bob” Liter (1923-2008) was born in Hartley, IA to Charles and Hazel Liter and grew up in Des Moines, IA. His sisters June and JoAnn, joined the family before the decade was over. Bob was a U.S. Navy veteran, and was honorably discharged after two tours of duty, one tour in World War II and the other tour in the Korean War. A Graduate from Drake University in Des Moines, IA, he earned his degree in journalism, and married Lillian in 1950.
What Happened Next
I came along 9 months later; my name is Martie. I was soon followed by my sister Jeannie and two brothers, Jeff and Ron.
Later in Dad's journalism career he worked as a copy editor for the Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, IL until his retirement. Through the years he was also a writer. Early in his sideline career he was published in various True Confession magazines. When Dad retired to take care of Mom he continued to pursue his passion for writing. Much of his work has been available since 2002 in EBook format.
First Five Novels Available On Amazon NOW
It is my honor to introduce new readers to the Bancroft Mysteries where the character Nick Bancroft has an uncanny resemblance to my Dad, Bob Liter with his wit and bodacious gutsy approach to life. Then there is Nick’s on-again off-again lady, Maggie Atley, who is just like Mom, Lillian Liter, in the way she deals with a self-proclaimed “male chauvinist piggy.”
While Nick solves mysteries in the fictitious, but very real, community of Central City, IL he still finds time for his love-hate relationship with bowling, and his avid undying passion for the Chicago Cubs and Bears.
Author Page on Amazon: http://www.bit.ly/BobLiter (This sends a reader to where all the Buy Links Are)
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Thanks so much for both the book description and giveaway as well. I enjoy hearing about another good book.
The books sound great.
Great post - sounds like a great series!
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The whole series sounds fantastic.
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