"Think Sue Grafton and Janet Evanovich, but with darker twists and more biting social commentary. A five-star thriller!"
—John Ling, USA Today Bestselling Author
Blood is thicker than oil—until murder is involved.
Fenway Stevenson doesn't want to return to the coastal town where her estranged father is practically king. But the death of her mother draws her back home—and the murder of the county coroner draws her into a deepening conspiracy. As the body count rises and all signs seem to point toward her father's oil company, will Fenway uncover the truth before family bonds become deadly?
The Reluctant Coroner is the first novel in the acclaimed hard boiled Fenway Stevenson Mystery series.
KEYWORDS: California beach town murder, biracial female coroner investigator, medical examiner thriller, former nurse solves murders, estranged father, hard boiled mystery, strong Black woman sleuth, interracial romance mystery, BWWM detective romance, California beach black detective mystery whodunit crime fiction, Santa Barbara mystery, similar author to Leslie Wolfe, LJ Ross, Willow Rose, Blake Banner, Tom Fowler, Jeff Carson, TJ Jones
About the author
Paul Austin Ardoin is a California native and the author of the Fenway Stevenson Mysteries. A graduate of University of California at Santa Barbara with a B.A. in creative writing, Ardoin has published short fiction and humorous essays in the anthologies Bottomfish and Sweet Fancy Moses, and articles about computer security in California Computer News and European Communications. When he’s not writing novels or trying to save the world through better computer security, Paul plays keyboards in a dance rock band. He lives in the Sacramento area with his wife, two teenagers, and a menagerie of animals.