Black Current

A Jaymie Zarlin Mystery

Set in Santa Barbara, a seaside city splashed in sunshine and laced with poisonous secrets, 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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“Readers sad to see the end approach of Sue Grafton’s novels about another perky California PI should investigate this series.”

Publishers Weekly

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Blood Orange

Blood Orange

Santa Barbara P.I. Jaymie Zarlin has built her fledgling agency on finding lost souls and runaways. Still struggling with the death of her troubled brother, who died in police custody, Jaymie is determined to help others find their way home. Homicides, she thinks, are not in her repertoire...

“In the overcrowded world of private eye fiction, BLOOD ORANGE hits the reader like a fresh breeze off the Pacific Ocean – make way for Jaymie Zarlin, patron saint of lost children, lost dogs and lost causes!” -Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries, the basis of A&E’s hit series, Longmire

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About Karen

Karen Keskinen

Karen Keskinen was born and raised in Salinas, California. She has also lived in the San Joaquin Valley and in Wellington, New Zealand. She now resides in Santa Barbara, where she is a full-time writer.

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DRAGON FRUIT, Third Book in the Jaymie Zarlin Mystery Series, to be Double Released in 2016!! Release dates for DRAGON FRUIT are: February ’16 in the U.K. and June ’16 in the U.S.A.!


BLOOD ORANGE, first book in the Jaymie Zarlin mystery series, has been nominated to receive the coveted Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel, 2014!

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