Solving Silicon Valley's Finest Murders

Vintage Murder Mysteries

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

Topic: When You Are Stumped On Moving A Plot Line Forward, What Do You Do To Reinvigorate Your Imagination And Get Your Characters Moving?

Topic: When You Are Stumped On Moving A Plot Line Forward, What Do You Do To Reinvigorate Your Imagination And Get Your Characters Moving?
Another Round Robin Blog Topic. On a subject I recently experienced, so I can really go with this one. Several weeks ago, as I pounded the keyboard toward the finish line of my latest novel, The Culinary Art of Murder, I found the ending wasn’t going to work. Here I was with nearly 80,000 words done, only 5,000 to go, and no “The End” in sight. I had an October delivery deadline. I panicked. I prayed. I wept. I ate chocolate. Nothing. At a loss, I put the manuscript away hoping my sub conscience would find a way. After all, I’d already written eleven books and it hadn’t let me down yet. I let the old ‘sub’ gestate, percolate, and regurgitate. Maybe my inner mind knew what it was doing, even if I didn’t. The scary thought was maybe. More prayers. More weeping. More chocolate. Nothing. So, was I done as...

I was so excited, I had to go eat some ice cream

I was so excited, I had to go eat some ice cream
              I’ve been notified that The CEO Came DOA, Book Five of the Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries, won two awards this year from Global Ebook Awards:                                   The Dan Poynter Legacy Award Best Fiction 2017 Global Gold Medal Best Mystery Fiction 2017 I can’t believe it. Seriously. I am so very honored. Thank you to husband, Norm Meister, editor, Baird Nuckolls, and the wonderful beta readers such as Roseanne Pavlescak Dowell, Penny Ehrenkranz, Cindy Sample, Carter Schwonk, and Mary Wollesen! Did I forget anyone? Apologies. Every person helped me turn out a better novel.

A Little Chit-chat With Cindy Sample And Me

A Little Chit-chat With Cindy Sample And Me
All are welcome!               Got a little free time? In the neighborhood?  Join Cindy Sample, the talented writer of the humorous Laurel McKay Mystery Series, and me, The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries, for the Sept. 9 Norcal Sisters in Crime Meeting where we present Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Self-Publishing. Berkeley Public Library, 1170 The Alameda from noon to 2:00

What Do I Do Besides Write?

What Do I Do Besides Write?
I was a guest speaker at a Women’s Book Club in Berkeley recently, a group that has been meeting for thirty plus years. They honored me by reading my noir mystery novel, Death of a Clown and wanted to discuss the novel with me. I brought pictures of my mother (and a couple of me as a baby) during my parents’ stint in the circus. Also a costume Mom wore back in the early 40s! See photo right. If I could have gotten into it, I might have worn it to the event. Well, maybe. It was a lot of fun, sharing with this charming group of readers an insider’s view of circus life, although I was so young I don’t remember much. But I had Mom’s mountainous notes to guide me.  By the way, I’m the kid sitting on the elephant’s head.

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 the first chapter is shouting itself in my brain, the characters screaming to be heard. I may let the middle unveil itself, but I know who the killer is, and how the book will wind up. Business as usual with Culinary Art. Or so I thought....

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 off on me. I’d like to mention Walter Mosley, author of the fabulous Easy Rawlins Series. He read an excerpt from the first of the series, Devil in a Blue Dress. The man wears a mean fedora, is an incredible writer, and a fine reader. If you haven’t read this novel, please do so. You could even rent the movie starring Denzel Washington. Or do both;  you can’t go...

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 land of glaciers, huskies and moose. So I sat down at my computer, looked out the balcony door at the greyness of life and began to do more writing than I can ever accomplish at home.   No cleaning, no making beds, no cooking, no errands, no distractions by lovable but demanding cats.         Or a demanding husband. He ran around...

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!