A Jaymie Zarlin Mystery

Private Investigator Jaymie Zarlin and her assistant Gabi Gutierrez peel back the luscious surface of Santa Barbara, California, to expose corruption and murder in Blood Orange and Black Current, the first two novels in this sharply-written and compelling new multicultural mystery series. Zarlin, who prefers to work missing-person cases, finds herself pulled in to investigate a series of brutal homicides. As she struggles to help the most vulnerable in her city, each case brings her a step closer to uncovering the truth about her own brother, who died three years earlier in police custody. In the Jaymie Zarlin mystery series, author Karen Keskinen deftly explores the dark secrets and treacherous divides marked by race, money, and class in a West Coast ocean-side town.

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Black Current
Black Current
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How far would you go to avenge someone you love?

It’s August, and Santa Barbara, California hasn’t tasted a drop of rain for months when P.I. Jaymie Zarlin learns a popular high school athlete has drowned in a tank at the city aquarium. The police are calling Skye Rasmussen’s death an accident, but his distraught parents, unconvinced, hire Jaymie to find out the truth.

Eager to prove she’s up to the challenge of solving the case, Jaymie investigates and uncovers an array of suspects. But when information begins to surface about her own brother, who died three years ago in the downtown jail, Jaymie is torn between doing right by her clients and exposing the truth about a mystery that lies much closer to home.

 

Set in a seaside city splashed in sunshine and laced with poisonous secrets, Karen Keskinen's Black Current is a riveting story about the treacherous secrets we keep and the costly sacrifices we make - all to hold on to the people we love.
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A Jaymie Zarlin Mystery (Volume 2)

Karen Keskinen

St. Martin's Press

How far would you go to avenge someone you love?It’s August, and Santa Barbara, California hasn’t tasted a drop of rain for months when P.I. Jaymie Zarlin learns...

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Blood Orange
Blood Orange
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The sunniest places can harbor the darkest of secrets...

 

Santa Barbara private investigator Jaymie Zarlin has built her fledgling agency on finding missing people. Still struggling with the death of her troubled brother, who died in police custody, Jaymie is determined to help others in similar situations find their way home.  Homicides are not in her repertoire.

 

But when Lili Molina, a local teenager chosen for the coveted role of Daphne in the annual solstice parade, is murdered, Jaymie is urged to take on the case. Reluctant at first, she soon learns police are mishandling the investigation and can’t refuse. In a town where some people are filthy rich and some are dirt poor, Jaymie finds herself slipping into the fault lines between privilege and race. Her investigation turns up an array of suspects, including con artists, spoiled rich kids, and an eccentric oil heiress. Jaymie must move fast  to unravel a twisted conspiracy - before she becomes the next victim.

 

In Blood Orange, Karen Keskinen explores the shadowy side of sparkling Santa Barbara, a California beach town packed with secrets ripe for the picking.

"Energetically lurid...Those looking for sensation will find it all: gore, sweeping conspiracy, Gossip Girl–style teenage decadence—even a wink to Fifty Shades of Grey."

--Publishers Weekly

 

"A promising soft-boiled debut, one that definitely fits into the Sue Grafton mold. [The] fiercely independent PI meets her challenges head-on, making the pages fly by."

--Library Journal

 

"An impressive debut with echoes of Sue Grafton and Ross Macdonald that features appealing characters, a twisty plot, buried family secrets, and a coastal Southern California backdrop saturated in color and light." —Denise Hamilton, author of Damage Control and editor of Akashic's Los Angeles Noir


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A Jaymie Zarlin Mystery

Karen Keskinen

St. Martin's Press

The sunniest places can harbor the darkest of secrets... Santa Barbara private investigator Jaymie Zarlin has built her fledgling agency on finding missing people....

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