I write two series with a third on the way. The Catherine Swope series are traditional mysteries with a touch of hard boiled set in Miami. The Hayden Kent series are traditional mysteries with a touch of cozy set in the Florida Keys.
Zoned for Murder
Ex-cop turned dog walker Catherine Swope is struggling to discover a new career path and a sense of belonging. Both vanished when she left Florida law enforcement after a justified shooting in the line of duty. When the heavy-handed actions of Gavin Allison, Summer Hill’s Zoning Commissioner, create a near riot at the monthly commission meeting, Catherine is the first on the scene. Her quick response protects the commissioners from the fury of the enraged residents.
The next morning a news story breaks revealing the Commissioner’s affair with a teenage girl when he was a partner in a prominent Miami law firm. Catherine discovers his body hanging in his garage and morphs into cop mode, reporting the death and beginning an investigation. Public revelations of the victim’s past indiscretions and money problems lead the police to close the file, but Catherine’s investigator’s gut makes her sure the manner is murder, not suicide, and she intends to prove it.
Murder in the Multiples
Catherine Swope leaves her dream of returning to police work behind and turns instead to selling high end real estate in Miami's white-hot market. Her law enforcement connections give her an inside track on confiscated mansions coming up for auction. Hoping to develop a unique niche, she convinces her boss to bid on an island estate and use the drug bust publicity as a marketing hook. The house went under contract nearly before the ink on the Multiple Listings dried. Much to her surprise, the buyer is the husband of a competing bidder at the auction.
Catherine is busy preparing the house for the closing ceremony when she finds her rival dead in the master bathtub. The Medical Examiner determines the death is a drug murder not the tragic accident it first appeared. The DEA investigation uncovers leads that put Catherine in the center of the ever tightening web of evidence. With her entire life under a microscope, Catherine works desperately to unpluck the tight-knit skein of circumstances that tie her to the death before she becomes the next victim.
Death By Blue Water
Paralegal Hayden Kent knows first-hand that life in the Florida Keys can change from perfect to perilous in a heartbeat. When she discovers a man’s body tangled in an anchor line at 120’ beneath the sea, she thinks she is witness to a tragic accident. She becomes the prime suspect when the victim is revealed to be the brother of the man who recently jilted her, and she has no alibi. A migraine stole Hayden's memory of the night of the death.
As the evidence against her mounts, she joins forces with Officer Janice Kirby. Together the two women follow the clues that uncover criminal activities at the highest levels and put Hayden’s life in jeopardy while she fights to stay free.
Death by Sunken Treasure
When Hayden Kent’s mentor and friend discovers her son Mike’s dead body, dressed in full scuba attire, washed up on Pigeon Key in the Florida Keys, she needs Hayden. Her paralegal and dive skills may help unravel the tragedy of Mike’s last days. He’d recently discovered a sunken Spanish galleon and rumors that he hit the mother lode ran through the Keys like wildfire.
Hayden’s dive on the treasure site uncovers gold, and clues that Mike’s death was something far more sinister than an accident. When two different wills, both signed the day Mike died, are delivered to the courthouse, the suspect list grows, as do the threats against Hayden. The danger escalates as she tries to save herself, discover the motive, and find the killer.