Thursday, April 26, 2012

Santa Cruz Husbands are Being Murdered

Santa Cruz husbands are being murdered. The local news media is buzzing because a dark-clad figure witnesses describe as Death had 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. No wonder Regan is worried when the group’s leader starts paying special attention to her husband, Tom. Regan invites you to attend Woodies on the Wharf and go to a séance with her as adventures unfold and she tries to keep her husband safe in the fourth book in the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mystery Series. Regan’s best friend, Dave Everett, Santa Cruz Police Community Relations Ombudsman, is back to lead a new cast of quirky characters and struggle with Regan’s amateur detecting.

Nancy Lynn Jarvis, author of several mysteries, began writing as a game. "I decided that if I were to write anything, it would be about a place that I knew, and an occupation that I knew," Jarvis said. "It was kind of a giant Sudoku game."

Her novels at set in her hometown of Santa Cruz, California, and her protagonist is a realtor. Jarvis is a Santa Cruz realtor. Originally, two of the main three characters were named after Jarvis and her  husband. But the story incidents began to affect her emotionally so she changed the names. "Once I did that, the writing became easier.

In her books, she makes up the murders, but the real estate stories, and she has a lot of them, Are all true, and many of them are funny.

The audience for Jarvis' books is primarily women over 40. She writes in what is called the "Cozy" Mystery style and patterns her work on Tony Hillerman and Agatha Christie. She has lately been compared to Sue Grafton.

Jarvis' latest work-in-progress is about an 83-year-old woman who plans a heist. "This one has a lot more humor in it," Jarvis said.

See all of Nancy Lynn Jarvis' books on Amazon

On May 6 and 7, her book Backyard Bones will be FREE as a Kindle download.


  1. Hi Dan,
    I can't wait to see your first movie. Thanks for having me on your blog.

  2. WTG, Nancy! I'm sharing a link to this on my Facebook!

  3. Hi Nancy,

    My first movie has not been released yet but it does have a great review from Variety. Here's the trailer You may have to copy and paste the URL.