Sticky Fingers (2007)
Shortly after amateur sleuth Tess Camillo discovers
a rattlesnake under the bed of her San Diego home, another lesbian is killed
with a snake. Police worry that they have a herpetophile serial killer on
their hands. Neither Tess nor the police make much progress until a psychic
contacts Tess, offering clues. With curiosity, humor and chutzpah, Tess
confronts a rapist who raises rattlers, a nurse who fishes with strange
bait, and a well-endowed scarecrow before she solves the case. Along the way
she must face a breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent mastectomy. Breezily
written, but with a rare, emotional undercurrent, this is the debut of a
true new mystery star.
Fool on the Hill (2008)
When Tess discovers the mutilated body of her housemate
Lana's favorite rock star, no one believes he had any enemies. But if that's
true, why did someone brutally murder him? Tess snoops at the homes of
Hollywood music producers, at LegoLand, in church, and on a carousel to find
her answers, slowing down only for AWOL zoo creatures and erotic encounters!.
Blinded By the Light (Future release)
When Tess' work takes her to Albuquerque for a temp
assignment, she decides to visit the Lightning Field, an earthworks art
piece constructed of lightning rods in the New Mexican desert. The remote
locale is disrupted when a fellow visitor is apparently killed by lightning.
Tess knows it was no accident, and how she solves this crime is quite a
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