Books

Below the books are divided by series. There are excerpts available to read for every book, click on any cover to learn more.

Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries

 

The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries

When the Alvarez clan is not solving murders, they run Discretionary Inquiries, a successful Silicon Valley agency that normally deals with the theft of intellectual property and computer software. Amid the backdrop of today’s gorgeous Bay Area, this fast-paced series sparkles with suspense, humor, and love. The protagonist is Lee Alvarez, a combination of Sue Graftonʼs Kinsey Millhone and Janet Evanovitchʼs Stephanie Plum. Completing the Alvarez Family is Leeʼs Never-Had-A-Bad-Hair-Day aristocratic mother, Lila; computer genius brother, Richard; beloved uncle “Tio;” and her energetic orange and white cat, Tugger. While ferreting out the bad guys or catching a killer or two, these whodunit novels explore familial love—the good, the bad and the annoying.

Learn more about the series or click on any book cover below to read a first chapter.


Love Can Be Murder

A Cozy Mystery Romance Series

Playful Mysteries for Lovers of Playful Banter

My latest books are a spin-off of the Alvarez books focusing on the romance between Lee Alvarez and Gurn Hanson. These two love birds are still solving mysteries, but these books are lighter in tone, with less emphasis on the bang of a gun and more emphasis on the bang chemistry you get when two firecrackers make spark after spark.

In the first book, Honeymoons Can Be Murder Lee Alvarez goes to Hawaii, and mystery awaits. In the second book, Marriage Can Be Murder, our newlyweds take on noir detective tropes when they have to find who’s trying to kill a fading movie star.


Murder Under the Big Top

Beneath the spangles and sawdust of the canvas sky, up and coming circus performer, Jeri Deane, uncovers secrets, deceit, and murder. The daughter of real-life Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus folk, Heather Haven, brings the Big Top to life during the tumultuous times of World War II.

Murder Under the Big Top

 


Percy Cole is a female gumshoe in the 1940s.The Persephone Cole Vintage Mysteries

In the early forties Persephone ‘Percy’ Cole is bucking the odds and pounding the pavement of Manhattan as one of its 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 difference. She’s a shamus with a wicked sense of humor and is the mother of an eight-year old son. Whether it be on the Great White Way, the Diamond District, or a chocolate factory in Brooklyn, Percy Cole blazes a trail for all other lady dicks to follow.


Corliss and Other Award-Winning Stories

Corliss-final copyMurder! Suspense! Surprise! Chicanery!

Some stories have unlikely heroes, such as an English bulldog named Jemma. Some learn and grow, some go to jail, some die, some profit from other people’s villainy. The common thread is their humanity (even the dog’s).

 

 


Christmas Trifle

The Snow Lake
Romantic Suspense Novels (Book 1)

(FALL 2019—pre-order now!)

When chefs Charly and Cliff Harding divorce, she gets custody of their upscale restaurant and its namesake, Felix, the cat. He gets custody of their dog, Oscar. What they both still have custody of, though, is each other’s heart and seem to be the only two people in the small ski resort town of Snow Lake, Nevada, that don’t know it. When Cliff opens his own restaurant in direct competition with Charly, bad things start to happen. Death threats, accidents, and murder are now on the menu. Their ‘if-you-can’t-take-the-heat-then-get-out-of-the-kitchen’ battles are backfiring. Regrets consume them.

But can they find their way back to each other? Or is it too late? Because they just might spend the rest of their lives in prison unjustly accused of murder. Or can love triumph over even that?

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