A Neighborly KillingI, Regan McHenry, am a good real estate agent; I do not slight my clients!

That’s either a true statement or my guilt talking. Most Realtors spend much of their work day drumming up new business. I don’t. I have all the repeat and referral business I can handle. If clients come back to me and send their friends, that must mean my vehement declaration is true, don’t you think?

Ahh, but there is my guilt thing, too. Admittedly I sometimes have to play catch-up for my clients because I spend too much time in the pursuit of justice. Oh, my gosh, did I just say that out loud? I sound like Crusader Rabbit, a name my husband Tom has been known to call me.

My best friend Dave, the Santa Cruz Police Department Ombudsman, has other things to say about me. He wants to know when my penchant for getting involved in murder is going to put me out of business. . .or worse.
I’ve sworn off playing amateur detective more than once because Dave’s question and concerns are valid. It’s just that murder seems to follow me.

Take what happened recently. Our neighbor was found dead in our backyard. The coroner ruled his death a suicide so, OK, technically that means his death wasn’t murder, but immediately before our neighbor took his life, he was chasing someone — shooting at them — and then arguing with person or persons unknown. Even though the argument took place not more than a hundred feet outside our bedroom door Tom and I weren’t able to hear what was being said. In fact, we couldn’t even say whether he was confronting a man or a woman, but we could tell that the words being exchanged were heated. So here I am again, getting ready to stick my nose in where Dave says I shouldn’t because, hard as I may try, I just can’t pretend my neighbor’s life ended in nothing more than a tragic suicide. My gut knows better.

At least it’s Wednesday, my day off, so it’s not like I’m abandoning my clients to start investigating what really happened to my neighbor, now is it?

If you want to start sleuthing with Regan on her day off, A Neighborly Killing and the other books in the series are all her books are available at online retailers.


A Neighborly Killing is the sixth book in the Regan McHenry Real Estate mystery series, published by Good Read Mysteries, April 2016.

Waking up to gunshots and discovering the body of their neighbor just outside their bedroom door is bad enough, but when the Coroner rules the death a suicide, Realtors Regan McHenry and her husband Tom Kiley don’t believe it for a minute. Never mind what the physical evidence says; they heard their dead neighbor arguing with someone in the moments preceding his death.

What really happened has become more than just a mystery they’d like to solve because the circumstances of their dead neighbor’s past keep interfering with their present and putting them in danger.

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About the author
Nancy Lynn Jarvis finally acknowledged she was having too much fun writing to ever sell another house, so she let her license lapse in May of 2013, after her twenty-fifth anniversary in real estate.

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.

She invites you to take a peek into the real estate world through the stories that form the backdrop of her Regan McHenry mysteries. Real estate details and ideas come from Nancy’s own experiences.

You can read read opening chapters here. More information can be found on Amazon and on Facebook.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win either a print (US entries only, please) or e-book (open to everyone) of your choice from the “Regan McHenry Real Estate” series (The Death Contingency, Backyard Bones, Buying Murder, The Widow’s Walk League, The Murder House, or A Neighborly Killing). The giveaway will end July 20, 2016 at 12 AM (midnight) EST. Good luck everyone!

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