Monday, July 6, 2020

Murder by Munchausen Trilogy by M.T. Bass

Murder by Munchausen Trilogy
by M.T. Bass

GENRE:   Mystery



A Cyber Crime Thriller Series: Notorious serial killers digitally resurrected to live & hunt again in hacked replicants, pursued by detectives of the Artificial Crimes Unit.



Murder by Munchausen Chapter 1 – The Warehouse

This particular Android Subject apparently went off the rails and killed a luckless pedestrian on his way to a bodega for some iced tea or bottled water to quench his thirst. A one-in-a-million occurrence, but every so often it still happens. Anyone who believes technology is infallible is a fool. The incident didn’t appear all that nefarious when first reported, but shortly thereafter the Atlas data stream went dark and patrol called our unit in. It quickly became obvious we were dealing with a malware hit, not a malfunction. The luckless pedestrian was actually not so luckless, being on what appeared to be the winning side of a particularly nasty termination suit with his ex, who we suspected had outsourced the final settlement to extra-judicial parties.

It might not make sense, but the beloved Media tags it “Murder by Munchausen.” For a price, there are hackers out there who will reprogram a synthoid to do your dirty work. The bad news: no fingerprints or DNA left at the crime scene. The good news—at least for us—is that they’re like missiles: once they hit their target, they’re usually as harmless as empty brass. The trick is to get them before they melt down their core OS data, so you can get the unit into forensics for analysis and, hopefully, an arrest.

EC’s scanner returned a hard ping. His quick double blink put his cross-hairs up on my lens and I followed his eye line to the northwest corner of the building…


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

M.T. Bass is a scribbler of fiction who holds fast to the notion that while victors may get to write history, novelists get to write/right reality. He lives, writes, flies and makes music in Mudcat Falls, USA.

Born in Athens, Ohio, M.T. Bass grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, majoring in English and Philosophy, then worked in the private sector (where they expect “results”) mainly in the Aerospace & Defense manufacturing market. During those years, Bass continued to write fiction. He is the author of eight novels: My Brother’s Keeper, Crossroads, In the Black, Somethin’ for Nothin’, Murder by Munchausen, The Darknet (Murder by Munchausen Mystery #2), The Invisible Mind (Murder by Munchausen Mystery #3) and Article 15. His writing spans various genres, including Mystery, Adventure, Romance, Black Comedy and TechnoThrillers. A Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor, airplanes and pilots are featured in many of his stories. Bass currently lives on the shores of Lake Erie near Lorain, Ohio.

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Author Interview

1. Can you tell me a little about yourself, and how you became an author?

I just kind of stumbled into being an author. All the pieces parts were there, though. When the music conservatory thing didn’t work out for me, I  switched over to the English Department and studied creative writing with poet and novelist Robert Flanagan at Ohio Wesleyan University. I wrote verse to help me with my song writing aspirations. When I flamed out on that and ended up in Colorado, I tried my hand at scribbling out novels and collected my fair share of rejection slips until the eBook craze hit in 2011. Since then I’ve published ten, with another one on the way this fall.

2. What is your book about?

The Murder by Munchausen Trilogy is a collection of three Sci-Fi police procedural books about a special unit of the police department which tracks down cyber-hacked androids that have been turned into robo-assassins. The case the detectives catch ends up being a madman recreating the killings of past serial killers like Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacey, and Aileen Wuorons.  They were fun to write. The first book is written from Jake’s point-of-view, the second is from Maddie’s POV—his former partner/lover—and the last one is in third person.

3. Who is your hero/heroine? Is he/she based on someone in real life?

Jake and Maddie are both heroes. They were partners in Robbery/Homicide until Jake covered for Maddie during the shooting of a Councilman’s son. He knows exactly where the Thin Blue Line is drawn and doesn’t have any problem stepping over it every once in a while when he needs to.  After his suspension, they became on-again, off-again lovers until his Artificial Crimes Unit killings crash into her regular murder case. 

4. What are your favorite times for writing? Morning? Evening?

I like to write first thing in the mornings before I do anything else, like going through my email inbox, reading the news, checking social media, or start moving about the cabin—well, I do get myself coffee first. I like to work when I’m totally refreshed and undistracted.  After that, I don’t really care what happens to my day. Not really, but I’ve put the best part of it on my work.

5. Who are your favorite authors? Did they influence your writing, and if so, how?

My five favorite authors are: 1) Joseph Heller; 2) Kurt Vonnegut; 3) Mark Twain; 4) Thomas Berger; and 5) Carl Hiaasen. I think the main thing about them all is that there is a serious vein of humor that runs deeply through their books—and mine, too.

6. Did you have a favorite book as a child? Did it influence your choice to become an author?

My favorite book was Sabre Jet Ace.  It’s a biography about Joseph McConnell, Jr., who was the first triple jet ace, flying F-86s in the Korean War. It had no influence on me becoming an author, but it did inspire me to become a pilot.


  1. Have you started to write your next book yet?

    1. Hi Bernie --

      Right now, my next book is at my editor and will be released in October. It's called Jungleland and is the long-overdue sequel to My Brother's Keeper.

      I am also almost 20% done with the next episode of the Murder by Munchausen series, called Motherless Children.

      I just keep plugging away.



  2. Thanks for sharing your great  book and for the giveaway too.

  3. Hi Jennifer --

    Thanks for having me on Let Me Tell You a Story. I had a great time with your interview questions.


  4. What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?

    1. Hi Peggy --

      I am an incessant re-writer, so the hardest thing is to stop fiddling around with the darn manuscripts. Usually, I just have to abandon them at the end.

      Most rewarding is connecting with a reader.



  5. I'm not usually into reading sci-fi, but this book sounds like an exciting story and one I would enjoy.

  6. Did you have to do any research when preparing to write your book?

  7. Hi Bernie --

    There is always a lot of research into my books. An author friend of mine, Jay Spencer Green, says that it's not writing about what you know, but knowing what you write about.

    I'm always looking into the backgrounds of my characters. And in the Munchausen books, I'm chasing down info on artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency, robotics, serial killers, police procedures, and what not.

    But I definitely like it.




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