Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Marc Jedel & Huh? Why? and Punch

Posted February 7, 2022 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, Marc Jedel, mystery/suspense / 5 Comments

Please join me in welcoming Marc Jedel to the blog today to chat about his new cozy mystery, Huh? Why? and Punch!

HUH? WHY? and PUNCH by Marc Jedel
Silicon Valley Mystery #5
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
RELEASE DATE: January 14, 2022
PAGES: 258

When murder crashes his vacation, can a techie in paradise still catch some waves while snaring a killer?

Marty Golden is ready to kick back at the beach. When his neighbor offers free rooms in Hawaii, the software engineer is quick to round up his girlfriend, sister, and nieces for the luau of a lifetime. But his arrival at the resort turns his sun-filled hopes into hunches about homicide after he encounters a very deceased and inconvenient body.

Pressured into helping, a grudging Marty uses his sharp attention to detail to hone in on a crucial clue missed by the police. But his half-hearted investigation spirals out of control with wild chases, burglaries, and secrets from the past before the reluctant sleuth gets serious when he’s suddenly added to the target list.

Can Marty hula his way to the real culprit before he’s lei’d to rest?

Huh? Why? and Punch is the humorous fifth book in the Silicon Valley cozy mystery series. If you like brilliant but bumbling heroes, crazy fun supporting casts, and daring escapades, then you’ll love this laugh-out-loud whodunit.

Buy Huh? Why? and Punch today to dive into a unique taste of paradise!


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Important Questions to Ponder from Marty Golden, protagonist in Huh? Why? and Punch: A Silicon Valley Mystery (#5)

by Marc Jedel, author of Huh? Why? and Punch

It wouldn’t be accurate to say that Marty Golden, protagonist in the Silicon Valley Mystery series, thinks deep thoughts. But whether by accident or on purpose, he will occasionally throw out an important question to ponder. Sometimes, he even provides a helpful tip for those who might come into contact with killers and police investigations.

Marty is not your typical, cozy mystery protagonist. As a male amateur sleuth who doesn’t own a bakery, bookstore, or bed & breakfast, or live by the beach, he stands out from the crowd of cozy protagonists. Marty bumbles his way through the investigations, armed with nothing but an eye for detail, powers of self-delusion, and the complete inability to leave a coherent voicemail message. Fortunately these are sufficient for him to solve crimes.

In Huh? Why? and Punch, Marty’s off vacationing in Hawaii with his girlfriend and family when he encounters an ill-timed dead body. Soon he’s hip deep in trouble as secrets from the past emerge.

Can Marty hula his way to the real culprit before he’s lei’d to rest?

Marty manages to save the day and nab the killer while also offering inadvertent life advice along the way. Straight from the pages of the book, here are some important questions to ponder and some of Marty’s thoughts on death, murders, and the police:

Important Questions to Ponder:

  • “Is it called a daydream when you’re doing it at nearly three in the morning?”
  • “Was I standing on the porch, or was it a veranda? What was the difference between the two words? And if there was no difference, then why was the other word invented?”
  • “Don’t you hate when people tell you to relax? It’s like they made their problem your problem even though you probably caused their problem in the first place.”
  • “Now that one bad thing had happened, the rest of the week was safe. That was how jinxes worked. Right?”

Marty’s Thoughts on Death, Murderers, and Police:

  • “Dead people are never attractive, even the good-looking ones.”
  • “Dangerous moments are best left to the police. It’s good to let the professionals have the spotlight at those times.”
  • “Personally, I feel it is a good safety practice to avoid killers as much as possible.”
  • “I prefer to skip all the boring, repetitive parts of investigations and just solve cases through my insight and overall brilliance. Well, sometimes through sheer luck. But mostly brilliance.”
  • “Lying to the police is a crime. But not volunteering extra information is not.”
  • “All my detective instincts were screaming, ‘Motive!’ Fortunately they were apparently non-verbal shouts as no one else complained about the noise.”

HUH? WHY? AND PUNCH is available at: It can be read standalone but you’d enjoy reading all five of the Silicon Valley Mystery series in order even more. You can find them at: The first three of those are also out on audiobook from Tantor Audio, available everywhere audiobooks are sold. All of my books are free for Kindle Unlimited members.

For another humorous, clean cozy mystery series starring a newlywed couple and set in a small town in the Ozarks, try FISH OUT OF WATER: AN OZARKS MYSTERY (#1). It is available at:

I love to hear from readers as that motivates me to keep going on the next blank page.

Marc Jedel writes humorous murder mysteries. He credits his years of marketing leadership positions in Silicon Valley for honing his writing skills and sense of humor. While his high-tech marketing roles involved crafting plenty of fiction, these were just called emails, ads, and marketing collateral.

For most of Marc’s life, he’s been inventing stories. As he’s gotten older, he’s encountered more funny and odd people and situations. This has made it even easier for him to write what he knows and make up the rest. It’s a skill that’s served him well, both as an author and marketer.

The publication of Marc’s first novel, UNCLE AND ANTS, gave him permission to claim “author” as his job. This leads to much more interesting conversations than answering, “marketing.”

Like his character, Marty from the Silicon Valley Mystery series, Marc now lives in Silicon Valley, works in high-tech, and enjoys bad puns. Like his characters Jonas and Elizabeth from the Ozarks Lake Mystery series, Marc grew up in the South and spent plenty of time in and around Arkansas.

Along with all his protagonists, Marc too has a dog, although his is neurotic, sweet, and small, with little appreciation for Marc’s humor.

Visit his website,, for free chapters of novels, special offers, and more.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Huh? Why? and Punch by Marc Jedel? Which of Marty’s questions or thoughts from Marc’s post were your faves?

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5 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Marc Jedel & Huh? Why? and Punch

  1. Enjoyed reading about this series and this author. I’m not entering the giveaway because I want to contribute my tiny royalty payment by purchasing this book.

    • Thanks! I appreciate the royalty payments but especially appreciate when people read my books. You can certainly start with this one but you may enjoy reading them in order by starting with book 1: Uncle and Ants at It’s only $0.99 for the ebook and free to Kindle Unlimited members. If you join my mailing list at http://www.marcjedel, you’ll hear about new releases and special offers too.

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