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The Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries
    Regan McHenry is a Santa Cruz, California, Realtor whose work puts her in the midst of mystery, mayhem, and murder. The amateur sleuth uses tools and techniques she's learned during her career and skills she's honed as a keen observer of human nature to solve mysteries - just not always soon enough to stay out of trouble.
    She's aided in her sleuthing by her husband, Tom Kiley, a computer programmer turned real estate broker, and by her friend Dave Everett, a cop reassigned as a police public relations ombudsman after losing an eye in the line of duty.
    Local readers will recognize landmarks in Santa Cruz, Aptos, Capitola, and Bonny Doon; and can go in search of the real houses used as inspiration for the settings in Regan's adventures.
"Nancy Lynn Jarvis [...] used her years of experience in the real estate market to create protagonist Regan McHenry - a realtor who investigates murder mysteries in Santa Cruz County in between showing property.  Nancy's books are smart, funny mysteries, which also give a true to life look at the life of a real estate agent."
     - - America Foy, S.F., July 5, 2009
Nancy discusses her books and research techniques in a 11/16/2010 interview.
Facebook: Realtor to Serial Killer - how it began.


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A Neighborly Killing The Two-Faced Triplex

Regan signs on to play consoler-and-chief after the body of Martha Varner, one of her favorite clients, is found and her distraught daughter begs Regan to stop escrow from closing on a purchase her mother was about to make.

Martha Varner’s death, at first ruled suicide, is quickly ruled homicide. The dead woman’s best friend thinks she knows who Martha’s killer is. The police have a different suspect. And Regan? Well, she has her own ideas about who killed Martha Varner.

She just can’t imagine how complicated playing amateur sleuth will make her life and how dangerous her investigation will prove to be for her husband, Tom.

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A Neighborly Killing A Neighborly Killing

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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The Murder House The Murder House

Every community has a house that people walk by hurriedly, nervously peeking at it out of the corners of their eyes. Bonny Doon is no exception. A bloody double homicide occurred in the Murder House twenty years ago and the killer has eluded capture ever since.

Recently the house was inherited and the new owner wants to sell. The problem is no one wants to buy a house with a reputation and reports that it's home to ghosts. The seller thinks Realtor Regan McHenry would make a perfect listing agent ? after all, with her penchant for playing amateur sleuth, she's no stranger to murder.

This is the perfect mystery to read if you don't believe in ghosts - and an even better mystery to read if you do.

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The Widow's Walk League The Widow's Walk League
Winner of Editor's Choice Book Award
Santa Cruz husbands are being murdered. The local news media is buzzing because a dark-clad figure described by witnesses as Death has been seen lurking nearby each time a murder is committed.

When the newly-made widows start hiring real estate agent, Regan McHenry, to sell their houses, she discovers all the murdered men have something in common: their wives belong to a walking group called The Widow's Walk League.

No wonder Regan is worried when the group's leader starts paying special attention to her husband, Tom.

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Buying Murder Buying Murder
Murder gets personal when human remains are found in the beach cottage that realtors Regan McHenry and her husband, Tom Kiley, buy. The murder victim has been hidden away for sixteen years, and although the authorities quickly discover his identity, the trail to his killer is cold.

Regan has sworn off playing amateur detective, but when it becomes clear the police have to focus on more pressing crimes, she has to break her promise. As her policeman friend, Dave Everett, says, "Your house, Regan, your murder."

Welcome back to Santa Cruz, the community whose unofficial motto is "Keep Santa Cruz Weird," for the twists and turns of the third book in the Regan McHenry Mystery Series.

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Backyard Bones Backyard Bones
It's not the first time Regan has experienced déjà-vu. But when the sensation involves finding a second body buried where one was found just weeks before, déjà-vu takes on new meaning.

Someone murdered a girl on her seventeenth birthday, and as Regan delves into the motive behind the girl's murder, she discovers many people are trying to hide secrets about their entanglement with the dead teenager. Regan must figure out which of them is a murderer, and she has to do it carefully or she'll become the killer's next victim.

Santa Cruz, California, real estate agent Regan McHenry, her husband, Tom Kiley, and their friend, police ombudsman Dave Everett are back in a new story of murder. They invite you to come along for the twists and turns of this new mystery.

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The Death Contingency The Death Contingency
Murder and mystery come to Santa Cruz and Bonny Doon. A seller disappears before signing the grant deed. He turns up dead; and his nephew, a realtor Regan has known for years, becomes a person of interest in his death. She's convinced the authorities focus is all wrong and sets out to prove it.

Then there's a second death in the neighborhood. When it's ruled accidental, Regan again finds herself at odds with the police. She thinks it's murder and even thinks she knows who the murderer is - but she has to unravel past secrets before anyone will take her seriously. And, the problem is - she doesn't want to be right.

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