Blood Orange by Karen Keskinen

Blood Orange by Karen Keskinen

“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

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 are not in her repertoire.

But when Lili Molina, a local teenager chosen to be Daphne in the annual Solstice Parade, is found 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 others dirt poor, Jaymie finds herself slipping into the fault lines of privilege and race. Aided by sidekick Gabi Gutierrez and old-flame Deputy Mike Dawson, 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.

Fast-paced and character-driven, BLOOD ORANGE will appeal to fans of literary mysteries with strong female protagonists and intriguing settings.

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Advance Praise from Reviewers

“A sharply written debut with a warm heart. Keskinen paints her California setting in fresh and vivid colors, and gives us a book that fits squarely into the PI tradition while shining a new light. Long life to this series!” -S.J. Rozan, Edgar winning author of Ghost Hero

“A briskly told tale with escalating danger, this debut mystery offers a promising start to a likely series.” Booklist

“Keskinen has launched a promising soft-boiled debut, one that definitely fits into the Sue Grafton mold. Her fiercely independent PI meets her challenges head-on, making the pages fly by.” Library Journal

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