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The Corpse’s Secret Life (A PIP Inc Mystery)
by Nancy Lynn Jarvis

I am delighted to welcome Syda to Escape With Dollycas today!

I’m complicated…
by Nancy Lynn Jarvis

Starting with my name which is Syda.  Syda Gonzales. My question for you is how do you pronounce Syda? I ask because it depends where you’re from. In Australia where my family lived until I was three it’s pronounced Sida with a long i. Most other places it’s Sida with a soft i.

I liked Pat Pirard the minute I met her at UC Santa Cruz where we were both undergrads because she could hear the tiniest remnant of an Aussie accent―she’s good at subtlety―and knew about my name’s region-distinct pronunciation so she called me Syda with a long i without me having to explain my name to her.

Even though we hit it off from the start, we probably shouldn’t have become best friends. She was getting her degree in library science which is such a structured field and I’m an artist: creative and loosey-goosey. But, although she’s organized and methodical, she has an adventurous and free-spirity side to her―other things I liked about her instantly―so maybe that’s why we work so well as friends.

I’ve been her pal through many ups and downs, but when her long term boyfriend ended their relationship I felt it was up to me to find a nice rebound romance for her. Unfortunately, she didn’t seem impressed with any of my suggestions. It’s not that I think a woman, especially a successful one who loved her career like Pat did can’t be complete without a man, it’s just that she’s my BFF and I’m happily married, so I know how nice that is and I wanted the best for her.

Then, the day before her thirty-fifth birthday, she got downsized out of her job as the Santa Cruz County Law Librarian. Her life was totally unfair. No boyfriend, no job, and no money, either, because she just spent every dime she had on a sunburst yellow convertible Mercedes.

Leave it to Pat, though. She has a creative side, too―or a need to keep a roof over her and her pets, a cat named Lord Peter Wimsey and her Dalmatian, Dot, heads―so in no time at all she printed up business cards and started a private investigating business―PIP. Inc. which stands for Private Investigator Pat. Isn’t that clever? I gave her a burglary set to show my support for her new endeavor and because I thought as a PI she might need it.

Her first gig was working for a gorgeous, single attorney who was defending a man Pat knew couldn’t be a murderer. She met the attorney when she was a law librarian and kind of had a crush on him. She proved she was a good detective and I thought all her romantic problems might be solved and I was sort of right…but that’s a story for The Glass House.

Now she’s on her third case, still sporting a cast on her wrist because of a confrontation with a killer―I won’t go into details about what happened, but you can read all about it in The Funeral Murder―and this one is a humdinger. There’s a moldering corpse with multiple identities, tarot cards and a Goth named Damien, sin eaters―you’ll have to Google them or read The Corpse’s Secret Life to find out about them, and complications at every turn.

But enough about Pat and her investigating. Let’s get back to me. When I’m not painting, of making glass art, or writing―that’s one creative enterprise I struggle with―or my latest, making jewelry, I’m her partner, at least sort of. I help her with disguises, interviewing suspects, and distracting potential killers so Pat can slip into places she shouldn’t be to investigate. In the process, we have a great time, and, yes, we’ve had a few close calls. My husband, Greg, who is a Deputy Sheriff and his occasional partner and friend Sergeant Tim Lindsey worry about us sometimes, but they know better than to try and change our minds about what we do.

I can’t show you a picture of us in one of our disguises because, well, we might need the same disguise in the future, but I can show you some of my ‘Syda’s Garden Gems’ earrings. I think they’re fabulous; Pat likes them, too. What do you think?

Pat’s coming over today. We’ll have coffee and some of her grandmother’s recipe chocolate cake while we plan our next scheme and the big event in her life that’s coming up in the future, or should I say in the next book? I have an important role to play in the big event, too, so stay tuned. (Hint: I offered my jewelry making skills, but Pat says that part of the day is already covered.)

Keep reading for more information about Nancy Lynn Jarvis’ new release!

 

About The Corpse’s Secret Life


The Corpse’s Secret Life (A PIP Inc. Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Santa Cruz, CA.
Good Read Mysteries (March 16, 2022)
Number of Pages 245
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09SX9RHN4

Pat’s fledgling private investigation company, PIP Inc., has a promising new case.

Pat is still wearing a wrist cast after breaking her arm in a confrontation with a killer, so when she’s hired by the City of Watsonville to unearth the identity of an older woman who died in her bed, she’s delighted that her next job promises to be a simple computer-based research project.

Why is it that things are never as simple as she thinks they will be? Pat soon discovers nothing is as it seems, beginning with a corpse who had secret identities, murder, and a post-death ritual thought to have last been performed decades ago.

 

About Nancy Lynn Jarvis

Nancy Lynn Jarvis left the real estate profession after she started having so much fun writing the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries series that she let her license lapse. She’s enjoyed writing about Regan and her husband, Tom, but decided it was time to do a new series.

PIP Inc. introduces protagonist downsized law librarian and not-quite-licensed Private Investigator Pat Pirard. “The Funeral Murder” is the second book in the series.

After earning a BA in behavioral science from San Jose State University, Nancy worked in the advertising department of the San Jose Mercury News. A move to Santa Cruz meant a new job as a librarian and later a stint as the business manager for Shakespeare/Santa Cruz at UCSC.

Currently, she’s enjoying being a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Santa Cruz Women of Mystery.

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Great Escapes Praise for The Corpse’s Secret Life (A PIP Inc Mystery)
by Nancy Lynn Jarvis

Makes for a fabulously fun read as it all plays out. Sure to be enjoyed by cozy fans. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

The story is more a clean international mystery than Cozy, but it is a great read with wonderfully layered characters, plenty of suspense, and a classic whodunnit ending.
~I Read What You Write

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Cozy Food: 128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes by Nancy Lynn Jarvis #Spotlight / #Giveaway

Cozy Food:
128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes
by Nancy Lynn Jarvis


I am so happy to shine the spotlight on Cozy Food today!
I hope to review it soon!

About Cozy Food


Cozy Food: 128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes
Cozy Cookbook
Good Read Mysteries (May 15, 2014)
Number of Pages: 241 (167 of recipes, 70 of contributor bios and books)
ISBN-10: 0983589178
ISBN-13: 978-0983589174
Kindle ASIN: B00KGZSEQ6

What happens when 128 cozy mystery writers get together to do a cookbook? You get more than 220 recipes that are as varied and interesting as an amateur sleuth’s day job.

Regional recipes come from every part of the United States and England — a couple find their way from Australia and Italy, too — and from diverse times. There are recipes from people looking to keep gluten out of their lives, eat vegetarian, or make a treat or two for their furry four-legged friends. And yes, there are recipes that appeal to the sweet tooth, lots of them, in fact.

There’s no mystery about what happens when cozy writers get together. They bring the wit, inventiveness, and adventure found in their books right along with their recipes.

The recipes are introduced by their authors and linked to the writer bios in the back of the book.
You can look up your favorite cozy writer and see which recipes are their favorites; they’ll tell you what the recipe means to them. Or you can enjoy a dish and then link to the recipe’s author’s biography and books.

Either way you enjoy the cookbook, you’re sure to find great new recipes to make and terrific new cozy authors to read.

Praise for Cozy Food:
128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes
by Nancy Lynn Jarvis

You can look up your favorite cozy writer and see which recipes are their favorites; they’ll tell you what the recipe means to them. Or you can enjoy a dish and then link to the recipe’s author’s biography and books.
~Lauras Interests

A totally wonderful book, suitable (in print version especially) for your kitchen or living room libraries. (I plan to purchase a print copy.)
~Here’s How It Happened

128 cozy mystery writers have come together and are sharing some of their favorite recipes possibly found right out of their books. Wow!
~Reading Authors

I love how it’s arranged into types of food like a classic recipe book but you also get the book info. I discovered some new-to-me authors and series that I’ve added to my TBR.
~Brooke Blogs

Contributing Authors: Sparkle Abbey, Ellery Adams, (aka J. B. Stanley, Jennifer Stanley) Judy Alter, Marian Allen, Ritter Ames, Donna Andrews, Traci Andrighetti, Amy Beth Arkawy, Mignon F. Ballard, Sandra Balzo, JoAnn Bassett, Cynthia Baxter, (aka Cynthia Blair) Jenna Bennett, (aka Jennie Bentley) Sally Berneathy, (aka Sally Carleen, Sally Steward, Sara Garrett) Maggie Bishop, Cindy Blackburn, Juliet Blackwell, Susan Furlong Bollinger, Sheila Webster Boneham, Laura Bradford, Frances Brody, Duffy Brown, Joyce Ann Brown, Mollie Bryan, B.B. Cantwell, Laurie Cass, (aka Laura Alden) Nancy J. Cohen, Shelley Costa, Judith Cutler, Rebecca (aka R.P.) Dahlke, Kathi Daley, Kathleen Delaney, Diana Dempsey, Pamela Frost Dennis, Lesley A. Diehl, Leighann Dobbs, Vicki Doudera, Pamela DuMond, Carola Dunn, Jean Erhardt, Chloe Evans, Monica Ferris, (aka Margaret Frazer, Mary Monica Pulver, Mary Kuhfeld) Judy Fitzwater, Chris Forman, Kaye George, Sally Goldenbaum, Barbara Graham, Sarah Graves, Carolyn Haines, (aka R.B. Chesterton) Vinnie Hansen, Traci Hilton, Sibel Hodge, Valerie Horowitz, Mary Ellen Hughes, Linda Joffe Hull, Ellen Elizabeth Hunter, Dawn Greenfield Ireland, Melanie Jackson, Holly Jacobs, Miranda James, (aka Dean James) Nancy Lynn Jarvis, Heather Justesen, Pamela Kelley, E.E. Kennedy, Mary Kennedy, Josi S. Kilpack, Kelly Klepfer, (aka Michelle Griep, Ellie Marks) Barbara Lee Cool, Marilyn Levinson, Liz Lipperman, Gail Lukasik, Elaine Macko, Sylvia Massara, Sonja Massie, (aka G.A. McKevett) Edith Maxwell, (aka Tace Baker) Lorena McCourtney, Marja McGraw, Eileen Haavik McIntire, Staci McLaughlin, Catriona McPherson, Camille Minichino, (aka Margaret Grace, Ada Madison) Marie Moore, Ruth Moose, Amy Myers, Tamar Myers, Christa Nardi, Radine Trees Nehring, Kerri Nelson, Clare O’Donohue, Diana Orgain, Joyce Oroz, Elaine L. Orr, Helen Osterman, Gail Oust, K.B. Owen, Sharon Pape, Nancy J. Parra, (aka Nancy J. Coco) Allison Cesario Paton, Joanne Pence, Maggie Pill, Ann Purser, Melissa Bourbon Ramirez, (aka Melissa Bourbon) Nanci Rathbun, Rosalee Richland, Becky Lyn Rickman, Karen Robbins, Carolyn J. Rose, Pamela Rose, Cindy Sample, June Shaw, Connie Shelton, Clea Simon, Joanna Campbell Slan, Karen Rose Smith, Lane Stone, Maria Grazia Swan, Denise Swanson, Marcia Talley, Nancy Jill Thames, Sharon Burch Toner, Elaine Viets, Lea Wait, Wendy Lyn Watson, (aka Annie Knox) Christine Wenger, Gayle Wigglesworth, Lois Winston, Joan H. Young, Suzanne Young

About Editor Nancy Lynn Jarvis

Nancy Lynn Jarvis was a Santa Cruz, California, Realtor® for more than twenty years before she fell in love with writing and let her license lapse.

After earning a BA in behavioral science from San Jose State University, she worked in the advertising department of the San Jose Mercury News. A move to Santa Cruz meant a new job as a librarian and later a stint as the business manager for Shakespeare/Santa Cruz at UCSC.

Nancy’s work history reflects her philosophy: people should try something radically different every few years, a philosophy she applies to her writing, as well. She has written seven Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries; a stand-alone novel “Mags and the AARP Gang” about a group of octogenarian bank robbers; edited “Cozy Food: 128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes” and a short story anthology, “Santa Cruz Weird;” and even done a little insider’s book, “The Truth About Hosting Airbnb” about her first year as a host.

Her newest venture is “The Glass House” is the first book in a planned series of PIP Inc. Mysteries. Now she’s trying to figure out when to work on another series she’d love to do called “Geezers with Tools” about two older handymen who will solve mysteries in the course of doing their work, and setting up writer retreats at her house.

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