Saturday, June 23, 2012

Death Runs in the Family by Heather Haven


Lee Alvarez’ ex-husband, Nick—a man she divorced with joy in her heart and a gun in her hand—sprints back in her life only to disappear again. She’d love to leave it at that, but could he be responsible for the recent death of her cousin, who keeled over at the finish line of a half-marathon in front of hundreds of spectators? As PI for the family-run business, Discretionary Inquiries, Lee follows the clues to Vegas, where she joins forces with Shoshone PI, Flint Tall Trees. Together they uncover a multi-million dollar betting syndicate, a tacky lounge lizard act, and a list of past but very dead runners, plus future ones to be offed. At the top of the ‘future’ list is the love of her life, Gurn Hanson. Hoping to force the culprits out in the open, Gurn and Lee’s brother, Richard, plan to run San Francisco’s famous Palace to Palace 12K in only a few days. Lee aims to keep the two men she loves from hitting the finish line the way her cousin did—not in a dead heat, but just plain dead! With more at stake than she ever dreamed possible, Lee is in a battle against time to stop the Alvarez Family’s race with death.

Okay, I’m prejudiced.  This is the third book in the Alvarez Family Murder Mystery series and the first two were five-star, kick derriere page-burning, hold-your-breath reads.  I’ve been waiting for this book the way I waited for the next Jim Butcher Harry Dresden book, or the next Harry Potter, or Mary Janice Davidson’s next Undead book, etc.  I had no doubt Death Runs in the Family would be just as good as its predecessors, nor did my cats, Acey and Tinkerbelle (who are fans of Rum Tum Tugger, Lee Alvarez’s cat).  Ms. Haven (and Tugger) did not disappoint any of us.  In fact you (and your cats) should see Tugger in this one!  Not sayin’ anymore, other than to tell you this is an absolute MUST READ!  

You don't have to have read the first two books to enjoy this one, but you'll want more of this warm, loving, funny, crime-fighting family's nail-biting adventures.

Okay, Acey!  Of course I’ll let you have your turn.

Tugger!  Dude!  I guess you don’t need any more advice from me.  That was some fancy paw work there in this book.  You really got in there and saved the day.  Your human, Lee, was ready to go to the ends of the Earth for you, but you did pretty well for her, too.  I’d salute you if I could stand on my hind legs and raise my paw that way.  I guess I’ll just rub my scent on the corner of Rochelle’s computer before I walk off the keyboard and give you a tail flick.  Oh, she’s setting out some catnip.  Guess she has more work to do.  Me-ann, she has her shoes on, and that stupid alarm’s going off.  She must be going somewhere.  Maybe I can sneak out and go play at the auto museum when she opens the door.  Bye Tugger.  Keep up the good work.  Oh, hey, Tinkerbelle says hi.  She’s sticking her whole butt up in the air and mrowling.  Shameless tabby.  I thought Rochelle got her fixed.  Women!

Acey walked away from the computer, so I guess I can add a quick note. Liana (Lee) Alvarez is still the featured guest on my other blog.  Hop next door and meet her. Here's the link. Rochelle Weber, Author  Tink and Acey are over there saying hi, as well.

Length:  226
Price:  $5.95
Buy Link:  MuseItUp Publishing

You’ll notice I always include the publisher’s buy link.  That’s because authors usually receive 40% of the book price from the publisher.  Editors and cover artists usually receive about 5%.  When you buy a book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another third-party vendor, they take a hefty cut and the author, editors and cover artists receive their cuts from what is left.  So, if a book costs $5.99 at E-Book and you buy from there, the author will receive about $2.40.  If you buy the book at Amazon, the author will receive about $0.83.

Downloading the file from your computer to your Kindle is as easy as transferring any file from your computer to a USB flash drive.  Plug the USB end of your chord into a USB port on your computer and simply move the file from your “Downloads” box to your Kindle/Documents/Books directory.  I actually download my books using “Save As” to a “Books” file on my computer that’s sorted by my publisher, friends, and books “to review,” and then transfer them to my Kindle from there.  That way, if there’s a glitch with my Kindle, the books are on my computer.  Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.


  1. OMG! It's me, Tugger!! Acey, TinkerBelle, you're my kinda cool cats! I see you are as helpful as I am when assisting'Mom'. My Mom, Lee Alvarez, needs help with her job of catching the bad guys now and then. This time, I jazzed it up a bit, and did some catching of my own. Heather says thanks for all the kind words. She's got a Cheshire grin on her face from your review. I do, too. That's a cat's job!

  2. Hey, Tugger. That's what we do. Tinkerbelle's still simpering around every time she hears your name. I think you have a fan. She thinks you're the Richard Dean Anderson of cats.

    Tell your mom Rochelle said she's welcome.