Two Bits Four Bits

Rated 4.20/5 based on 5 reviews
Buddy Griffin, retired homicide detective, returns to his hometown of Elmore, Texas and becomes embroiled in a murder investigation when his high school sweetheart finds her husband, the president of the local bank, shot dead in their swimming pool.

Buddy soon uncovers an extortion plot, a missing female bank teller and a safe deposit box box full of dirty money linked to the local mob.

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About Mark Cotton

Mark Cotton was born in Texas and grew up in southeastern New Mexico in the middle of the Permian Basin, one of the richest oil-producing regions in the country. With a background in business, he enjoys constructing stories with interesting characters and complex plot twists.

When he's not writing, Mark enjoys researching and documenting local history, traveling and collecting gaming chips from casinos and long-closed illegal gambling clubs.

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geoffroi reviewed on on Jan. 15, 2020

Two Bits Four Bits is an enjoyable read. Small town realities are presented in a way that makes them believable. I hope Buddy Griffin can make it as a PI in his hometown.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
Nora Lee reviewed on on March 3, 2012

I kept reading this, up to 30%, thinking it would get better. There's too much filler about stray cats, running eight miles while playing mind games with his jogging partner, and page after page about proper Texas funerals. I found myself skimming through it looking for some action. The main character was interesting and the writing is very good; there's just too little story.
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RJ Parker reviewed on on Oct. 22, 2011

Very interesting book, the characters were good...would like to see a sequel
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Linda Brandau reviewed on on March 12, 2011

The main character is a likeable and interesting former homicide detective not quite sure what he wants for his future. He returns to his hometown for a reunion and to tie up some family matters. When the husband of a classmate is murdered, Buddy finds himself in the middle of the investigation.

I enjoyed the detail of some of the detective work that Mark Cotton provided in this mystery. Most mysteries overlook those details and just go for action, but I enjoyed getting immersed in the creative work of a detective.

There are many characters in Two Bits Four Bits that I see in regularly in small town America. I especially enjoyed the addition of the three older guys that met at the local restaurant every morning for coffee and gossip.

This is a good mystery with several suspects that reaches a satisfying conclusion. Buddy is a character that you look forward to seeing in a book series and I hope more are in the works.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
CE Wills reviewed on on May 29, 2010

This is an entertaining book by a skilled writer. I think you'll like it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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