Casting Call for a Corpse

The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries Book VII


Casting Call for a Corpse, Book 7 of the Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries, was a really fun story to write. I got to combine my knowledge and love of the theater with a charismatic star of stage, screen, and television accused of murder and one of the historic Painted Ladies in San Francisco. All made up, of course, but that never stops the Alvarez family from having a fine time sleuthing their way through the day and night.


“Another fun excursion into the Alvarez Family investigating murder. The characters we know from the first six books plus more lead us on a merry chase for truth before time runs out! Good investigating, good manners, good grammar, and knowing how to cross your legs at your ankles combine for another great mystery interjected with spots of humor. I loved the book and can’t wait to see what happens next!” – Amazon Reader


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Sheltering in Place – Day 44

Today I started the final chapter of the latest Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries, Casting Call For a Corpse. This novel has taken a really long time, probably close to 18-months. It’s not any more complicated than the others, but I’ve been a little busy, what with one thing and another. Let’s face it, just trying to decontaminate groceries from the possible contamination of COVID19 takes me awhile. I keep forgetting what I did and when I did it. That means I have to start all over again. But back to my books.  I can’t say I crank them out, anyway.…

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“Sheltering In Place” – Day 1

So here I am with a Type A Personality husband being told we are to Shelter In Place for the next three weeks to help prevent the spread of CV19. In some ways, it has been made easier by the fact that almost every place near and dear to hubby’s heart has been told to close, as well. There’s something about a fait accompli that sort of settles things. And as a musician, he has seen his gigs canceled right and left for a couple of weeks now. Even his gigs at senior and assisted living homes, which he worked…

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