books and novels by outstanding independent self-published author Heather Haven

Heather Haven, Mystery Author

I first discovered Heather via her Alvarez Family series. Not your ordinary family, they are collectively a private detective agency. Lee, the main protagonist has a penchant for getting into trouble and finding very creative ways to get out again and solve the crime. I believe I've read all of Heather's books including the Alvarez family and Persephone Cole--another unusual private detective.

Heather, in the midst of her fourteenth novel, is also a writer of short stories, comedy acts, television treatments, ad copy, commercials, and plays. She has won numerous awards for her Silicon Valley based Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries; Manhattan based WWII Persephone Cole Vintage Mysteries; Ringling Brothers' Circus mystery noir, Death of a Clown; and Corliss and Other Award-Winning Stories. She and her husband of thirty-four years are allowed to live with their two cats, Ellie and Yulie, in the foothills of San Jose, California.

—Marva Dasef

Heather Haven, outstanding independent, self-published author Heather Haven, outstanding independent, self-published author

Heather Haven, exceptional, outstanding independent, self-published mystry author

Heather is a storyteller by nature and loves the written word. In her career, she's written short stories, novels, comedy acts, plays, television treatments, ad copy, commercials, and even ghost-wrote a book on how to be a successful temp. She was unemployed at the time.

Heather is the author of the award-winning Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries and Persephone Cole Vintage Mysteries. Her proudest achievement so far is Death of a Clown, a stand-alone noir mystery about Ringling Brothers Circus based on her mother's memories. Debuting soon is the first book of a new series, The Snow Lake Romantic Suspense Novels called Christmas Trifle.

You can find Heather online at Heather Haven Stories

Love Can Be Murder Mystery Series

Honeymoons Can Be Murder, A Novella (Love Can Be Murder Mysteries Book 1). Mar 1, 2017

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Honeymoons Can Be Murder by independent, self-published author Heather Haven

When PI Lee Alvarez goes on her honeymoon with bridegroom, Gurn Hanson, they find a dead woman practically on their doorstep. Kauai breezes may be soft, but there are gale force winds of accusation against Gurn. Will Lee find the real killer before her new hubby gets sent to a Hawaiian hoosegow?

Marriage Can Be Murder: A Mystery Novella (Love Can Be Murder Mystery Novellas Book 2). Mar 17, 2019

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Marriage Can Be Murder by independent, self-published author Heather Haven

Someone is trying to kill Delores De La Vega, an aging but legendary movie star known as much for her looks and numerous marriages as her acting ability. Now an animal activist and fabulously wealthy, she's about to change her will in favor of the daughter she gave up at birth for adoption, making a claim on her biological mother's billions.

With a woman as dramatic as Delores De La Vega, it's all or nothing, so she's planning to write out everyone else previously in the will. But can she live long enough to make the changes? And just who is trying to kill her? Is it one or all of her many -exes set to be cut out of millions? Or the onsite vet who might be more than a friend? Or is it one of the dozens of staff members, also being rejected in favor of the newly discovered daughter? Lee and Gurn, the Nick and Nora Charles of Silicon Valley, find no lack of suspects when death stalks a Portola Valley animal sanctuary.

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The Dagger Before Me (The Persephone Cole Vintage Mysteries Book 1). Apr 4, 2013

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The Dagger Before Me by independent, self-published author Heather Haven

In 1942, no one had heard of a female shamus - not even in New York City -- until now. Meet Percy Cole, a newly inaugurated private investigator with a penchant for Marlene Dietrich suits, pistachio nuts, and men's fedoras. Halloween finds her backstage, during the previews of the latest Broadway production of Shakespeare's Macbeth, where there's double, double, toil and trouble. When an actor falls from the overhead catwalk and breaks his neck, it's only the latest in a series of catastrophes fueling the lore and superstition surrounding Macbeth and its supernatural power since the play's creation in 1606.

In desperation, the producer hires the lady dick to save the show from closing. Armed only with her noodle and a WWI German Mauser pistol, Percy is not sure which is worse, having someone try to kill her or being foisted into the role of Witch Number Two. Is the centuries-old curse coming true or is a killer out to strike terror into the cast and crew of the Scottish play? Percy intends to strike back before anyone else dies.

Iced Diamonds (The Persephone Cole Vintage Mysteries Book 2). Apr 4, 2013

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Iced Diamonds by independent, self-published author Heather Haven

In late December, 1942, Persephone (Percy) Cole, one of Manhattan's first female PIs, has been hired to find out who killed a Santa Land elf and left the body in the storefront window of a swank 5th Avenue jewelry store. Was it the spoiled heiress whose big buck handbag was found on the scene? Or was it the rat who broke out of the big house to settle a score? Shortly after, the corpse of the Christmas Angel is discovered stuffed in Mrs. Santa's workshop. Will Santa Claus be next? With a penchant for Marlene Dietrich suits, pistachio nuts and fedora hats, this working mother finds diamonds to the left of her, diamonds to the right, and skullduggery aplenty. Armed with her noodle and a WW I German Mauser, Percy is determined to solve these crimes or it just might be the 'kiss off' for Christmas.

The Chocolate Kiss-Off (The Persephone Cole Vintage Mysteries Book 3). Sep 1, 2015

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The Chocolate Kiss-Off by independent, self-published author Heather Haven

Valentine's Day is around the corner and vats of delicious chocolate are being cooked up to win fair lady's heart. But at Carlotta's Chocolates, Carlotta is found cooking in her own vat of chocolate, and not so deliciously. Arrested for her murder is chocolatier Howie Goldberg, good friend to Persephone 'Percy' Cole. As one of Manhattan's first female private detectives, Percy is determined to hunt down the real killer. But the sleuth, herself, is being stalked by the murderer, who not only keeps a diary of the latest kills, but records who is next. Percy Cole tops the list. When the lady shamus finds the elusive killer, will Death be her Valentine?

Fall Guy: A Persephone Cole Vintage Short Story. Nov 11, 2015

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Fall Guy by independent, self-published author Heather Haven

It's 1942 and newly inaugurated PI, Persephone 'Percy' Cole, is out to clear a young fly boy accused of killing three recent Army inductees in this short story.

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More Books by Heather Haven

Death of a Clown, Apr 4, 2013

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Death of a Clown by independent, self-published author Heather Haven

Winner of the IPPY Silver for Best Mystery/Thriller 2014

Up and coming circus performer, Jeri Deane, finds a young clown strangled inside a beloved lion's cage. The town sheriff's threat to close down the Big Top won't stop her from finding his killer. Beneath the spangles and sawdust of the canvas sky, Jeri uncovers deceit, treachery, and secrets more dangerous than any death-defying trick in the circus. Even she has much to hide. If the Big top survives the season, will she be able to face her own hidden past?

Heather Haven is the daughter of real-life Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus folk. Her mother was a trapeze artist/performer and father, an elephant trainer. Heather brings the daily existence of the Big Top to life during World War II, embellished by her own murderous imagination.

Corliss and Other Award Winning Stories, May 7, 2015

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Corliss and Other Award Winning Stories by independent, self-published author Heather Haven

I've always liked short stories, short shorts, and flash fiction. The investment of time is on the briefer side, and often just as rewarding as a novel. I've penned a few, myself, and selected my personal favorites, including a couple of flashes. All the selections involve murder, suspense, surprise or chicanery.

Some stories have pretty unlikely heroes, such as an English bulldog named Jemma. Some learn and grow, some go to jail, some die, some profit from other people's villainy. The common thread is their humanness, even the dog's.

I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I enjoyed writing them.

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