Black Current


“An impressively twisted and unpredictable noir murder mystery…An entertaining and surprisingly authentic page-turning experience.” -Santa Barbara Independent

How far would you go to avenge someone you love?

It’s August, and Santa Barbara 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, Black Current is a gripping 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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Advance Praise from Reviewers

“Engaging…Refreshing…A multi-dimensional psychological mystery.” 

“A briskly told tale with escalating danger…A promising start to a likely series.” 

“Promising…Definitely fits into the Sue Grafton mold.” 
Library Journal

“An impressive debut with echoes of Sue Grafton and Ross Macdonald.” 
Denise Hamilton, author of Damage Control

“A page-turning mystery of the west, set in a seaside paradise that really isn’t one. Her smart, tough protagonist specializes in tracking down the missing, but finds instead a town’s ugly and tangled secrets.” 
Hector Tobar, Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist for The Los Angeles Times and author of The Barbarian Nurseries