Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Funeral Murder by Nancy Lynn Jarvis

In The Glass House, the first book in the PIP Inc. Mysteries series Pat Pirard, recently downsized Santa Cruz Law Librarian, needed to find a new job in a hurry. She printed business cards announcing she was Private Investigator Pat and crossed her fingers, hoping she could earn enough money working for attorneys as a PI to survive.

Pat’s first investigation went well, so she’s excited when she gets a call from an estate attorney who offers her a second job. The attorney tells Pat his client died at a funeral and he needs help sorting out who is entitled to inherit her estate. 

Pat quickly discovers the dead woman’s past is as complicated as her estate. And when an autopsy indicates she had two deadly toxins in her body when she died, Pat’s new case becomes not only complicated, but dangerous. 


Nancy Lynn Jarvis left the real estate profession after she started having so much fun writing the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries series that she let her license lapse. She’s enjoyed writing about Regan and her husband, Tom, but decided it was time to do a new series.

PIP Inc. introduces protagonist downsized law librarian and not-quite-licensed Private Investigator Pat Pirard. “The Funeral Murder” is the second book in the series.

After earning a BA in behavioral science from San Jose State University, Nancy worked in the advertising department of the San Jose Mercury News. A move to Santa Cruz meant a new job as a librarian and later a stint as the business manager for Shakespeare/Santa Cruz at UCSC.

Currently she’s enjoying being a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Santa Cruz Women of Mystery. 

Snippet 2

“Syda, I think your book needs a zombie or two in it,” Pat said cheerfully when Syda answered.
“A zombie?” Syda said skeptically before she put two positives together to reach a negative. “Yeah. right. You do remember the book I’m working on is a noir murder mystery featuring a dashing and adventurous, but classic private investigator, don’t you?”
“I do. Your detective definitely needs to investigate a zombie, maybe a Caribbean one created during a voodoo ceremony.”
“Okay,” Syda groaned. “What’s this about, BFF?” 
“The inheritance case I’m working on for Roger Drago―the funeral death one―has become a funeral murder case.”

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