Dearly Beloved Departed


Dearly Beloved Departed: A PIP Inc. Mystery
by Nancy Lynn Jarvis

About Dearly Beloved Departed

Dearly Beloved Departed: A PIP Inc. Mystery
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – California
Good Read Mysteries, an imprint of Good Read Publishers
Number of Pages: 241

Pat is hired by attorney Jason Forman to “get some dirt” on his daughter’s fiancĂ©. Before she gets very far in her investigation, the young man is murdered. Did his past catch up with him or is what Pat fears, that there’s a serial shooter going after Christmas Eve grooms, the reason he was killed? Pat and her fiancĂ©, Detective Sergeant Tim Lindsey, are planning a Christmas Eve wedding which means, if she’s right, he’s on the shooter’s hit list.

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.

Q&A With the Author

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I had the most fun with the wedding scene, not the official one in the wedding barn―although that was fun for me, too―but the real one that I can’t say much about without giving away too much of the story.

Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about?

Instead of publicizing Dearly Beloved Departed, properly, I’m already outlining the next book in the PIP Inc. Mysteries series. A friend’s son helped pay for college by being a sperm donor. My friend is now the grandmother of more than ten grandchildren that she knows of as a result. I thought there was a great opportunity for a murder mystery in her story. I asked her if I could use her in a book and she didn’t object, so I am gleefully planning who, how, and why. I even have the title: Donor 73101

Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future? 

My philosophy is that you should try something different every few years because new adventures keep you young and engaged. Dearly Beloved Departed is the fourth book in my current series. I may try something different after book five. I would also like to get all seven of my Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries, the PIP Inc. Mysteries, and the stand-alone novel I wrote, Mags and the AARP Gang up on audio. 

But my new adventure is going to be growing hops. I have 200 rhizomes ready to be planted in a field covered with rotted manure. I have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m excited to see if Phoenix Hops will become a real thing, an interesting experiment because I don’t even like beer.

How long have you been writing? 

I started writing in 2008 at the age of fifty-nine. (Yes, you can do the math and realize I’m a geezerette.) I initially began writing as a game and wasn’t serious about it. But once I held my first book in my hand, saw it in a bookstore, and had a reader tell me how much they enjoyed it, I was hooked. A dozen books later and two edited books, as well, it’s still fun to write.

Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans?

I would love to hear from you. Reviews are so appreciated, but a quick note asking a question or making a comment about anything that happened in one of my stories makes my day.

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me today and especially for asking questions that were fun to answer.

  2. Mary, I enjoyed being your guest today. Thanks for asking such interesting questions.

  3. Thank you for the interview! I love finding new to me authors and this book sounds fantastic. I'm heading straight to Amazon to check out Ms. Jarvis' other books. Thanks for the giveaway!


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