Book List in Order: 16 titles


  • A DETECTIVE AGENCY WITH HEART.AND A WEDDING ANNIVERSARY! Super sleuth, Lee Alvarez, finds a dead man wearing a tuxedo in a friend's bathtub during a soiree for San Francisco's VIPs. And not just any friend, but an internationally acclaimed actress wh...



  • Winner of the Silver IPPY for Best Mystery Novel 2014. Up and coming circus performer, Jeri Deane, finds a young clown strangled inside a beloved lion's cage. The town sheriff's threat to close down the Big Top won't stop her from finding his killer....



  • A DETECTIVE AGENCY WITH HEART. MOM, CATS, AND AN UNCLE WHO’S FALLEN IN LOVE!It’s a rough day for the PI firm to the stars of Silicon Valley when their own star goes undercover at a culinary arts school to find out who did in one of the teaching c...



  • Valentine's Day is around the corner and vats of delicious chocolate are being cooked up to win fair lady's heart. But at Carlotta's Chocolates, Carlotta is found cooking in her own vat of chocolate, and not so deliciously. Arrested for her murder is...



  • I've penned a few and selected my personal favorites, including a couple of flashes. All involve murder, suspense or the element of surprise. Some have pretty unlikely heroes, such as an English bulldog named Jemma. Some learn and grow, some go to ja...



  • #1 in both Amazon's Historical Mystery and General Humorous categories. In 1942, no one had heard of a female shamus, not even in New York City,until now. Meet Persephone 'Percy' Cole, a newly inaugurated privateinvestigator with a penchant for Marl...



  • Global Gold Medal, Best Mystery Fiction 2017 Dan Poynter Legacy Award, Best Fiction 2017 LEFTY Finalist for Best Humorous Mystery 2017 Someone is trying to sabotage the Initial Public Offering of 'Read-Out', a small Silicon Valley start-up, and Le...



  • A man who should be dead isn’t and Lee Alvarez’s very pregnant sister-in-law, Vicki, is about to be charged with a murder he recently committed in the Big Easy. Aided by the rest of the Alvarez Family, Palo Alto’s favorite P.I. kicks the Voodoo...



  • 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 h...







  • I’ve always liked short stories, short shorts, and flash fiction. The investment of time is on the briefer side, and often just as rewarding as a novel. I’ve penned a few, myself, and selected my personal favorites, including a couple of flashes....



  • Lee Alvarez' ex-husband, Nick -- a man she divorced with joy in her heart and a gun in her hand - sprints back in her life only to disappear again. She'd love to leave it at that, but could he be responsible for the recent death of her cousin, who ke...



  • Up and coming circus performer, Jeri Deane, finds a young clown strangled inside a beloved lion's cage. The town sheriff's threat to close down the Big Top won't stop her from finding his killer. Beneath the spangles and sawdust of the canvas sky, Je...



  • In late December, 1942, Persephone (Percy) Cole, one of Manhattan's first female PIs, has been hired to find out who killed a Santa Land elf and left the body in the storefront window of a swank 5th Avenue jewelry store. Was it the spoiled heiress wh...



  • A Short Humorous Suspense Story It’s 1964 in the small, rural town of Ash Flats, Arkansas. Green-eyed, auburn-haired, 25-year old Corliss has spent her youth feeling lonely, unloved, and an outsider in the town where she was born and raised. When s...



  • A DETECTIVE AGENCY WITH HEART.MOM, FAMILY, CAT, AND A WEDDING!It should be a fabulous time for the PI firm to the stars of Silicon Valley when their own star, Lee Alvarez, is planning a wedding for her very best friend.Instead, our ace detective is ...



  • Winner of the Single Titles Reviewers' Choice Award 2011. Just because a man cheats on his wife and makes Danny DeVito look tall, dark and handsome, is that any reason to kill him? The reluctant and quirky PI, Lee Alvarez doesn't think so. But the 3...


Complete Series List in Order

An Alvarez Family Murder Mystery

1) Murder Is a Family Business (Jun-2011)
2) A Wedding to Die for (Jul-2011)
2.5) Honeymoons Can Be Murder (Apr-2017)
3) Death Runs in the Family (Apr-2014)
4) Dead....If Only (Nov-2017)
5) The CEO Came DOA (Nov-2017)
6) The Culinary Art of Murder (Dec-2017)