D.R. Ransdell

drrransdell_moher_131714D.R. Ransdell hails from Springfield, Illinois, but she enjoys living in Tucson, Arizona where she can enjoy good swimming weather year-round. She loves to travel, so exotic locations are often a feature in her writing. She plays the violin in a mariachi band, which led to Mariachi Murder and a musical protagonist named Andy Veracruz. Her Greek vacations led to Andy’s second adventure, Island Casualty. D.R. lives with several lively cats who give her plenty of reasons to procrastinate. So far the felines have brought in plenty of dead lizards, but no dead bodies—yet.

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mariachi_murder_cover-resizedMariachi Murder

An alluring woman, a guilty conscience, and a mariachi band add up to Mariachi Murder!

 Andy Veracruz is the leader of a mariachi band in Southern California, but when his boss goes out of town, the restaurant turns to chaos. The enticing Yiolanda tempts him even though he knows she’s a troublemaker. When she’s accused of murder, he’s not sure whether to help her or to run the other way. Worse still, Andy’s normally tranquil Squid Bay has been trapped in heat, and not even dips in the Pacific can do enough to cool the violinist off.

The more Andy learns, the more trouble he gets himself into. He’s a sleuth only by accident. He would much rather spend afternoons working on new songs. Instead he has no choice but to spend sleepless nights walking around town and practice the art of breaking and entering. He goes to his brother for advice, but unfortunately, Andy doesn’t listen!

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island-casualty-cover-resizedIsland Casualty

A lost engagement ring, whizzing bullets, and a midnight Vespa ride add up to Island Casualty!

When Andy Veracruz flies to a Greek island for a holiday with Rachel, the California native expects to spend afternoons swimming and nights making love. After all his troubles in Mariachi Murder, he deserves a break! But at an outdoor café, he meets a fellow traveler who accidentally leaves behind a package. Before Andy can return it, the man disappears.

Andy tries to enjoy the rest of his vacation, but after he and Rachel are run off the road by a determined motorist, the musician starts doing undercover work by playing in a bouzouki band. After further “accidents,” he realizes that he’s not safe anywhere on the island. While he’s around, his friends aren’t safe either! He vows not to take any more vacations, but he has to uncover the truth before he can make his escape.

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