Book: Murder is a Family Business (The Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries) by Heather Haven
categories: Book, Mystery, Humorous, Female Detective, California, Chicklit, Latino, Murder Mystery
Heather Haven about this book: When I started the humorous mystery series revolving around the Alvarez Family, I wanted to show a family that wasn't the traditional husband, wife, two kids, station wagon, and dog. Even when it starts out like that, life happens. At the very least, your car breaks down and your dog gets fleas. What we discover along the way is you need to hold on to what you have with a lot of love, humor, and flea powder. Also, as a child, I heard stories of how hard life was for my Italian ancestors who immigrated to this strange but beckoning land during the early part of the twentieth century. My grandfather had two dollars to his name when he stepped off Ellis Island! Can you imagine? Not speaking the language, not knowing anything about the culture, but having the guts to seek out a better life, with only two bucks to your name? But he not only survived, he thrived. This determination was and is shared by many ethnic groups. I wanted to highlight one of the current ethnic groups making inroads into the fabric of American society, the Latinos from Mexico. Everything I've said so far sounds serious, right? But humor is built on serious subjects.
So enter a ½ Latina, ½ Palo Alto Blueblood, but 100 percent detective, the quirky Lee Alvarez. She's bright, funny, loving, and driven half mad by the members of her family that own a detective agency in today's Silicon Valley. It's sparkly, humorous, and positive, with always the thrust of the family unit that makes her nuts. And this is even when Lee's falling over dead bodies. The first book of the series, Murder is a Family Business, won the coveted Single Titles Reviewers Choice Award 2011. The 2nd and 3rd, A Wedding to Die For and Death Runs in the Family were both finalists in the EPIC and Global Best Mystery of the Year Awards 2012, 2013, respectively. The 4th of the series, Dead…If Only, I am currently in the process of writing and having a ball! The Alvarez, Family. I love 'em.
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