Posted with permission from Nancy Lynn Jarvis, Author:
I have stalked yet another author; Nancy Lynn Jarvis Is the author of the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries, based in Santa Cruz, California. There are currently five books in the series, and I believe Nancy is working on the sixth. Or at least, I am hoping she is. Who better to write a series about a Real Estate Agent than a former Real Estate Agent (25 years) turned Writer? I for one am glad she gave up Real Estate to write because I love her series.
Nancy has worked in many fields; With a BA in behavioral science, she worked in advertising, she was a librarian and a business manager of Shakespeare/Santa Cruz. She believes that people should try something new every few years. And Writing is her newest adventure.
Of course, I have read the entire series and highly recommend it:
The cast of characters in this series are Regan, a realtor, her husband Tom, a computer programmer, turned real estate broker and her friend Dave, a cop reassigned as a police public relations ombudsman after losing an eye in the line of duty.
Each book in the series is a unique story and Regan seems to find bodies a lot. And of course, the police try to close out the cases quickly since they don’t have enough evidence to call them murders. Regan, on the other hand, disagrees with their findings and begins her own investigation. She finds herself having to dig into past secrets and comes close to becoming a victim herself.
The titles are followed by just enough about each one to hopefully pique your interest:
The Death Contingency (Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries Book 1)
In The Death Contingency, a seller disappears before signing a grant deed. He turns up dead, and his nephew, a realtor Regan has known for years, becomes a person of interest in his death. She’s convinced the authorities focus is all wrong and sets out to prove it.
Backyard Bones (Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries Book 2)
It’s not the first time Regan has experienced déjà-vu. But when the sensation involves finding a second body buried where one was found just weeks before, déjà-vu takes on new meaning. Someone murdered a girl on her seventeenth birthday and, as Regan delves into the motive behind the girl’s murder, she discovers many people are trying to hide secrets.
Buying Murder (Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries Book 3)
Murder gets personal when human remains are found in the beach cottage that realtors Regan McHenry and her husband, Tom Kiley, buy. The murder victim has been hidden away for sixteen years, and although the authorities quickly discover his identity, the trail to his killer is cold after so many years. Regans cop friend Dave tells her, “your house, your murder”.
The Widow’s Walk League (Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries Book 4)
Santa Cruz husbands are being murdered. The local news media is buzzing because a dark-clad figure witnesses describe as Death has been seen lurking nearby each time a murder is committed. When new widows start hiring real estate agent Regan McHenry to sell their houses, she discovers all the murdered men have something in common: their wives belong to a walking group called The Widow’s Walk League.
The Murder House (Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries Book 5)
Every community has a house that people walk by hurriedly, nervously peeking at it out of the corners of their eyes. There’s a house like that in Santa Cruz that the community has dubbed The Murder House. A bloody double murder occurred there almost twenty years ago and the killer has eluded capture ever since. The house was recently inherited and the new owner wants to sell. The problem is no one wants to buy a house with a violent history and a reputation that it is home to ghosts. The owner thinks Realtor Regan McHenry would make a perfect listing agent; after all, with her penchant for playing amateur sleuth, she’s no stranger to murder.
Although I love the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries Series, My all time favorite Nancy Lynn Jarvis Book is Mags and The AARP Gang! Why? Because it’s funny, and being an old lady myself, I can relate to Mags. This book had me laughing out loud! Mags and The AARP Gang is a comedy/adventure about a group of would-be bank robbers. I guess the fact that I live six months out of each year in an RV resort had me thinking about the folks who live around me. I wondered which one of them could actually be Mags! Oh yeah, that would be me! 🙂
This is a story about a senior mobile home park that is about to be foreclosed on. They will go to extremes to save their homes, including robbing a Bank! They carefully plan the robbery by casing the bank, gathering their disguises and they actually rehearse the robbery. (Hearsay has it that Nancy has cased a bank or two herself while doing the research for this book). 🙂
And if that isn’t enough to think about, Mags and her gang encounter another crime which forces them to become sleuths. They can’t call in the law since their plan to rob the bank will then be in jeopardy. So what do they do?
Well, head on over to Amazon or your favorite bookstore and pick up a copy of Mags And The AARP Gang! I promise it will have you laughing out loud! Just look at those faces!
What will Nancy do next? Who knows, but I am sure it will be good. I hear that she is considering a historical fiction and she has an idea for a new cozy series called Geezers With Tools about two old guys who encounter murder while working as handymen and pursuing widows. I don’t know about you, but I will stand in line for that one! I hope you are writing Nancy!
p.s. If writing the series and Mags wasn’t enough, Nancy also edited “Cozy Food,” a compilation cookbook in which 128 cozy mystery writers contributed recipes from their books and their lives. This one is on my TBR list.
I want to thank Nancy Lynn Jarvis for allowing me to feature her books on my blog, and I am hoping that I have piqued enough interest to send my friends over to amazon to pick up one or more of these books!
As Always, “Live, Love, Laugh….. and by all means READ!