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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Nick Bancroft Mystery Book Series by Bob Liter - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hello, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Bob Liter and his new book series, “The Nick Bancroft Mystery Book Series”!  For other stops on his Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Bob and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Nick Bancroft Mystery Book Series
by Bob Liter

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GENRE: Romantic Mystery/Suspense

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BLURB:

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.

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BLURB – THE NICK BANCROFT MYSTERY BOOK SERIES:


I'm an ex-newspaper 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.

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BLURB – MURDER BY THE BOOK – BOOK ONE:


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 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.

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BLURB – AUGUST IS MURDER – BOOK TWO:


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 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?

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BLURB – DEATH STING – BOOK THREE:


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 handy man, 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?

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BLURB – POINT OF MURDER – BOOK FOUR:


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?

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BLURB – AND THE BAND PLAYED ON – BOOK FIVE:


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 life together?

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EXCERPT ONE:

From August is Murder – Book Two:


The first time they tried to kill me I was asleep. My office and apartment were on the third floor of a nearly abandoned building. My own coughing jarred me awake. I rolled to a sitting position from the sweat-wet bedding and continued choking on hot, acrid air. The sweat was no surprise. My air conditioner had quit. But this was more than August heat in Centrel City, Illinois.

A flip of the light switch near my bed did nothing to alleviate the darkness. I went to hands and knees and felt around until I found my pants and shoes, sat against the bed, squirmed into the jeans. Heat from the floor threatened to roast my rump.

"Don't panic, Nick," I said aloud. Should I try to save anything or just get the hell out? My files, I had to save my case files. I crawled into the office, stood, and pulled out the top drawer. I felt my way to the office door and opened it. A swish of even hotter air swept against my face.

What about Maggie? She might be in the office on the second floor. It was well past midnight. Why would she be there? I assured myself she was not. She was the reason why I now had a stray cat and a cracked heart. What about the cat? Any cat that came and went when the office door was locked wouldn't be trapped in that old building.

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GUEST POST:

My Dad, Bob Liter, was a young ambitious man raised in the depression era. He had been to war, gotten an education in journalism, and had seen the world through his military service. He found the love of his life, my Mom, Lillian. They married and nine months later I arrived. I am Bob Liter’s first daughter Martie Liter Ogborn.

Dad’s career made it necessary for our family to move several times, fortunately because of bigger and better job offers. There were a few stops in small towns in the Midwest. I was born in Boone, Iowa. My sister Jeannie was born in Dubuque, Iowa. And our brother Jeff was born in Lincoln, Illinois where Bob Liter was hired for the job of city editor at the Lincoln Courier.

Now a family man, did Bob’s ambitions fade and the dull routine of the common and ordinary take its place? Did Bob Liter find a cold beer at an air-conditioned bar during the heat and humidity of August in Central Illinois more attractive than going home to a house full of kids, a wife pregnant again, and a black and white TV in front of a box fan?

I remember Dad taking me to the Flame Restaurant in Lincoln one Saturday afternoon. We went hand-in-hand into the bar area where he picked me up and sat me on a bar stool. I had a fountain soda and he had a beer. The bubbly water and melting ice cream did not impress me and may have been the first and last fountain soda I ever had.

My Dad was a penny pincher. He made a meager attempt at painting the kitchen in our rental house with three different colors of leftover paint. The colors didn’t really go together. I remember a pole lamp with crumbling white plastic shades that barely covered three light bulbs. Dad replaced the shades with coffee cans and painted them Chicago Cub Blue. I still have that pole lamp in my bedroom and decorated it with Cub baseball emblems in 2016 when the Cubs won the World Series.

During a summer school break in Lincoln, Illinois there was uneasiness in the house at 222 Sixth St. Try saying that with missing front teeth. Mom was packing us kids up. Why did she tell me she was taking us to the train station to visit her mom in Des Moines, Iowa? Why wasn’t Dad going with us? What could I do to stop this from happening? I hid in the garage. Any more than that, I don’t remember.

The next spring we moved to Sunnyland, Illinois across the river and east of Peoria. Bob Liter started a new job at the Peoria Journal Star. We moved into a house that was ours, not one we rented. Mom and Dad planted flowers and started a garden. It was the sixties, a new decade, a new start, and new opportunities. We still did not have an air conditioner; August was murder.

You decide is Nick Bancroft, by some standards, just a good man who falls into the strangest situations?

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AUTHOR BIO:


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.

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BOOK BUY LINKS – MURDER BY THE BOOK – BOOK ONE:


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BOOK BUY LINKS – AUGUST IS MURDER – BOOK TWO:


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BOOK BUY LINKS – DEATH STING – BOOK THREE:


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BOOK BUY LINKS – POINT OF MURDER – BOOK FOUR:


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BOOK BUY LINKS – AND THE BAND PLAYED ON – BOOK FIVE:


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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Bob will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.



**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase is made, I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

18 comments:

  1. Martie ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book series and good luck on the book tour! :)

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate all your efforts. The virtual book tour is alot of fun.

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  2. Hi Ally, This wonderful, thank you. I appreciate your help and support for a successful book tour. I look forward to meeting seasoned and new fans of my Dad's books. I am excited to be writing a sequel. All the Best,

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  3. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

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  4. Good morning Bernie, I didn't know I wanted to be a writer until I was given an opportunity to promote my dad's books, particularly Bancroft Mysteries. It was then I decided that the books had provided me with a wonderful insight into who my father was. From that realization, I wanted to leave the same kind of a legacy. I decided to write a sequel to my dad's books which I am working on now. Thank you for asking

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  5. These all sounds amazing, thanks for sharing!

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  6. I appreciate hearing about your book, thanks and for the giveaway also. Thanks so much!

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  7. You are welcome. Good luck in the drawing. All the Best, Martie

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  8. It sounds like a good read. It seems the guy is having a bad day. Only a woman makes it better. thanks for the chance to win.

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    1. Hi Lynn, thank you for your comments. Good luck in the drawing. All the Best.

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  9. New author and series for me, sounds good!

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    1. I hope you enjoy the characters in the Bancroft Mysteries. I discovered Nick is alot like my Dad and Maggie is alot like my Mom.

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  10. Have you been a productive writer during the caronavirus pandemic?

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  11. Who is your favorite author still currently writing?

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  12. Do you have any ideas for a follow up?

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