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, the Love Can Be Murder Novellas may be just the tasty morsels 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

Dan Poynter Legacy Award Best Fiction 2017

Someone is trying to sabotage the Initial Public Offering of ‘Read-Out’, a small Silicon Valley start-up, and Lee Alvarez has been hired to find the culprit. Meanwhile, the first Alvarez grandchild is about to be born while Lee is planning her very own Christmas wedding; or rather letting her mother plan it. When Lee finds the CEO hanging by the neck in his boardroom wearing nothing but baby blue boxer shorts, she has to ask herself, was it suicide? Or was it murder? If so, was the saboteur responsible, one of his business partners, or even his famous rock star ex-wife? There are too many suspects and the bodies start piling up just in time for Christmas. Ho, ho, ho. LEFTY Best Humorous Mystery Finalist 2017.

Praise for The CEO Came DOA

“I found the strongest part of the novel Lee Alvarez herself: strong, competent, and witty, in a growing tradition of tough female detectives. The novel is set in the heart of Silicon Valley and brings in a lot of the local color of that region… All in all, this is a strong work in the genre of the mystery/thriller.”


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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.

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