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It's the 1940's. Persephone "Percy" Cole bucks the odds as one of Manhattan's first female private detectives. Joining the ranks of other gumshoes such as Sam Spade, Lew Archer, and Phillip Marlowe, this five-foot eleven, full-figured gal has the same hard-boiled, take-no-prisoners attitude, but with a wicked sense of humor.

Even the Big Top Is No Shelter from Murder

Hi, I'm Heather. I write mysteries

Heather Haven

My 11th book recently published in March. Honeymoons Can Be Murder, is the first of A Lee Alvarez Mystery Novelettes spin-off. The CEO Came DOA, Book Five of the Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries and released September 2016, is receiving great reviews. I'm in the throes of writing the sixth book of the Alvarez series, The Culinary Art of Murder, and having a ball. The Chocolate Kiss-Off, Book Three of the Persephone Cole Vintage Mysteries, recently won the Global Ebook Awards Silver for Best Mystery Fiction, 2016. Life is good.

I love a funny mystery. Most of the time when I read a book, I like it to be on the humorous side. If I want to cry, I can pick up a newspaper and read the real estate or financial section. Tears will spring to my eyes immediately. I also felt my mystery series had to include two important things: the recently immigrated, which is one of America’s natural resources, and the family unit.

On my About page find out my favorite books, the first mystery I ever read, and what kickline was singing when I met my hubby.

Or visit my blog below where I muse upon occasion.

Thanks,

Heather

The Story Behind The Story

The Story Behind The Story
Recently I finished the the first draft of The Culinary Art of Murder, Book 6 of the Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries. Although I’ve been working on it for months, day in day out, writing, rewriting, I call it the first draft because at long last, the novel has a beginning, a middle and an end. Yes, I tend to write by the seat of my pants – thus called a panster – but what happened several days ago was a first, even for me. I discovered I had no ending. I start a new book when… Read more

I followed Walter Mosley!

I followed Walter Mosley!
No, not as a stalker but as a fellow author, and I am still jazzed about it. As part of Mystery Writers of America, I was one of eight authors doing a reading for Noir at the Bar for the Bay Area Book Festival on June 3rd. The other authors were (reading from right to left): moderator Tony Broadbent (standing), Bill Moody, Mysti Berry, Nick Mamatas, Walter Mosley, yours truly, Hans Olav Lahlum, Randall S. Brandt and Laurie R. King. Hope some of the surrounding talent rubbed … Read more

Cruising as a Writer’s Retreat

Cruising as a Writer’s Retreat
My husband and I do a lot of cruises. In fact, we recently got back from a cruise to Alaska which showed that state to be wondrous in many ways. Just look at Mendenhall glacier. Oh yes, and Victoria BC’s Butchart Gardens, built in an abandoned quarry. It’s incredible! Flowers, plants, trees, and waterfalls that inspire more wonderment. But first, to write! As we sailed from San Francisco, I knew I had 2 and 1/2 days of watery nothingness ahead of me before we got to the … Read more

Free Book Contest for Readers of Murder Mysteries

Free Book Contest for Readers of Murder Mysteries
Starting today, May 8th, and until the 22nd, The CEO Came DOA, Book 5 of the humorous Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries, is just one of 30 books by 30 terrific authors which can be won for free! Enter the contest, and maybe you’ll win a free book or more than one! Lots of fun!  Just click on the books!   … Read more

Very Exciting News! Murder is a Family Business Now An Audio book

Very Exciting News! Murder is a Family Business Now An Audio book
Yippee! The long awaited – at least, by me – audiobook of Murder is a Family Business is now out! And if you choose the free Audible trial, you get the audio version of my award-winning book FREE, narrated by the talented Marci Himelson! Save … Read more

Honeymoons Can Be Murder, a Novelette

Honeymoons Can Be Murder, a Novelette
Hi, everyone. I’m excited about the new Lee Alvarez Mysteries, beginning with Honeymoons Can Be Murder, a Novelette, Book One. This new, shorter spin-off series of The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries was a lot of fun to write. And I’m hearing readers are enjoying it, too. I’m so glad, because I plan to write more! Below is the blurb. Honeymoons Can Be Murder, A Novelette. When PI Lee Alvarez goes on her honeymoon with bridegroom, Gurn Hanson, they find a dead… Read more

Ringling Brothers Circus, Mom and Me

Ringling Brothers Circus, Mom and Me
So long, Ringling Brothers. You were a large part of my life from since I can remember. I even used the every day life of the circus, fueled by stories told me by my mother, as the subject for a standalone mystery noir, Death of a Clown. But more on that later. Judy Garland used to sing the song, “I Was Born In A Trunk At The Princess Theater.” I often sing “I Was Born ON A Trunk At Ringling Brothers Circus.” That’s because my parents met and married at Ringling Brothers during… Read more

How Real Are Your Characters to You?

How Real Are Your Characters to You?
Are you ever emotionally drained by writing certain scenes, and how real are your characters to you? This is the latest subject of Robin Round Blog. And it’s a doozy. Because when I write, I not only become the characters, I become every living thing. And not so living. Like a car. I don’t know how much I actually relate to the 1957 Chevy convertible owned by protagonist, Lee Alvarez (see left). But I do know if I hurt its fender, I will feel its pain. I pound on the keyboard… Read more