Love Can Be Murder: a Romantic Mystery Collection

Meet the new Nick and Nora Charles of Silicon Valley

If you want something a little more romantic with your mysteries, this Love Can Be Murder trilogy may be just the tasty morsel you need.

Who Is Lee Alvarez?

Lee Alvarez

With dark hair, twilight colored eyes and a fiery temper, Lee Alvarez is about as hard-boiled as a two-minute egg—but this Sam Spade fan wears Vera Wang. Imagine this PI as a combination of Sue Graftonʼs Kinsey Millhone and Janet Evanovitchʼs Stephanie Plum.

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Who Is Gurn Hanson?

The man with the impossible-to-remember first name, Gurn Hanson is an ex-Navy SEAL. Still a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy, he teaches NROTC whenever possible to give back to his country. His CPA business functions as a front for his frequent trips to Washington D.C. as an advisor to the Pentagon. When this six-foot-two man with the green-gray eyes and square jawline met Lee, he knew he finally found his match in a woman. 

Lee Alvarez and Gurn Hanson 

Want a fun, romantic summer read?

Lee and Gurn—think Nick and Nora Charles in Silicon Valley…with a Mexican flair—will delight fans of PI stories, cozy mysteries, and women sleuths.

Now she and her new husband, Gurn Hanson, will be ferreting out suspects in Silicon Valley, as well as a slew of new locations. The first place she’ll be tucking clues into her Louie Vuitton bag is Hawaii and on her honeymoon!

This wryly romantic box set is a bonanza for fans of The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries, featuring a full-length novel, The CEO Came DOA, Book 5, PLUS two novellas, Honeymoons Can be Murder and Marriage Can be Murder. Together they tell the story of the action-packed, homicide-solving week leading up to Lee and Gurn’s wedding followed by the too-eventful weeks in Kauai and their return home when they were supposed to be resting and relaxing. Not to mention romancing.

The CEO Came DOA

In this award-winning novel, Lee finds that in between tripping over dead bodies and chasing the bad guys who are responsible, the plans for her upcoming nuptials to Gurn have been commandeered by her mother, Lila Hamilton Alvarez. And everyone knows She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed is not a woman to be trifled with. But even Lila can’t control the mayhem that ensues with a wedding where everything and anything goes wrong, and with aplomb. But as the saying goes, love conquers all … doesn’t it?

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The standalone print version is still available.

Honeymoons Can Be Murder

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Lee Alvarez goes to Hawaii, and mystery awaits.

But when PI Lee Alvarez goes on her honeymoon with bridegroom, Gurn Hanson, they find a dead woman practically on their doorstep. Kauai breezes may be soft, but there are gale force winds of accusation against Gurn. Will Lee find the real killer before her new hubby gets sent to a Hawaiian hoosegow?

“Honeymoons Can Be Murder” is the perfect beach reading for honeymoons or Hawaiian vacations.

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You can still find the print version as a standalone book.

Marriage Can Be Murder

In the second of the Love Can Be Murder Mystery Novellas, the story is more homebound, a Portola Valley animal sanctuary. Gurn is happy to follow Lee’s lead wherever the case takes her. And as she often says, “He’s the smartest muscle man I know!”

Dolores de la Vega is a legend, not just in her own mind, but to the eight men who married her. Each discarded in turn, one or all of them seem to be trying to kill the sixty-eight-year-old actress, who admits only to the age of fifty-eight. What else is she not admitting? Maybe her abandoned-at-birth daughter? Wherever Lee Alvarez and hubby Gurn Hanson look, someone bears the wealthy lady ill-will. Speaking of wills, they are all in hers. And none of them will be sad if she dies.

Read an excerpt or get the set.

You can still get “Marriage Can Be Murder” as a standalone print book.