“Dead Men Don’t Swing is Karen Vaughan’s bawdy, comedic take on amateur sleuthing.” – Dead Men Don’t Swing (Laura & Gerry Mystery #4) by Karen Vaughan

Laura and Gerry are at it again. Death finds them close to home when a tenant is found in the dumpster behind their apartment building. Laura is thrust into the “who killed Denny?” mystery while she does battle with a tenant and dodges a school janitor. The life of a college student is never boring, but she wishes it would be!
Dead Men Don’t Swing is a biting, funny, deliciously bawdy, and fast-paced murder mystery in which “death by sexual misadventure and a wayward poisonous snake” (among other things) make for pure entertainment gold.”


The “corpse magnet” is back!

Dead Men Don’t Swing is Karen Vaughan’s bawdy, comedic take on amateur sleuthing. It’s book four in her Laura & Gerry Mystery series. Lots of detective lingo is delivered with wit and sarcasm by the protagonist, Laura. That’s not surprising if you’ve read Vaughan’s previous books in the series, and given the fact that the author has done a bit of stand-up comedy. In this book, Laura and her husband Gerry are back dealing with another murder investigation since, as Laura explains, she’s a ‘corpse magnet.’ This time a dead body turns up in a dumpster at the apartment complex where Laura and Gerry are managers, having fallen to his death from the balcony above. Not likely an accident—the guy is wearing boxer shorts and sporting a tricked-out stiletto in his forehead. Oh yeah, he’s missing some sensitive body parts—yikes! Things are not as they seem in this suburban Canadian apartment complex. It turns out there’s a whole lot of hanky-panky going on in this mid-rise Peyton Place, some of it pretty kinky stuff, too. There’s no shortage of pervs and perps on any floor, in addition to the ever-annoying, tenant-from-hell, Stella. As I type the name, I hear Marlon Brando screaming it at the top of his lungs in A Streetcar Named Desire. And, speaking of movies, the photographer played by Jimmy Stewart in Hitchcock’s Rear Window, would have been hard-pressed to know where to shoot first with all the action going on in this complex!




“When I find an author that can make me feel I am there with the lead characters, I feel the author has done her job.” – Daytona Dead (Laura & Gerry Mystery #3) by Karen Vaughan

The honeymoon of Laura and Gerry Fitz is off to a fast-paced yet deadly start when they arrive in Florida. There is a maniac behind the wheel who needs to win at all costs. When he wins, life is great but when he loses he is DRIVEN TO KILL!
The first victim off the starting line is Laura’s ex-husband Lou, and she is taking it personally. Mix in a creepy cop and some unexpected surprises, and you have a race for your life. Who will win and who will wipe out?…

Marilyn Kubinak

Fabulous read

Karen has brought to life once more Laura and Jerry. I have read all but one of Karens’ books, and I really feel this one and last are so good. She brings her characters alive so I feel I know them. Also, I sure would like to meet them. When I find an author that can make me feel I am there with the lead characters, I feel the author has done her job. I hope Karen will keep writing about these characters. She also is a very special person and hopes one day to meet her. We play a lot on pogo, I hope people will join me in encouraging her to keep writing.’

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“It takes a lot to write a great murder mystery, but even more one with humor wrapped into the package.” – Over Her Dead Body by Karen Vaughan

Take one beautiful vindictive woman….she’s 1 part bimbo and 2 parts lethal gangsta- gun moll.
Watch her try and hold onto her 84-year-old husband by having his octogenarian paramour knocked off. Sometimes greed and jealousy lead to the last resort ……MURDER!
Laura, Gerry, and Gibbons try to stop her from also killing her husband, without getting themselves knocked off in the process!…

M. M. Bishop Award-winning author and poet


​Karen Vaughan has once again given us a dynamite murder mystery in book two of her Laura & Gerry Murder Mystery series.
Take one trashy, gold-digger, psychotic woman, with a mob boss for a daddy, and a jealous streak that would make any normally insane woman look like a saint. Throw in flying melons, baseball bats, and a sweet, gentle, rich elderly man, and Laura (corpse magnet) soon to be Fitz, and you have a masterpiece of crime, insanity, murder, and yes romance.
It takes a lot to write a great murder mystery, but even more one with humor wrapped into the package.
Kudos to Ms. Vaughan for once again giving us a class act book to blow away the cobwebs from our minds and entertain us while doing so.

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“Great first book in this fun series that I read out of sequence and still enjoyed very much” – Dead on Arrival (Laura and Gerry Mystery, Book 1) by Karen Vaughan

Laura Hamilton wakes up one morning only to find out a dead body inside her apartment. It was, after all, her ex-coworker, “Velcro” Hodges, a debt collector who was known to leech on his prey until the debt is already paid in full. But why was he dropped insider Laura’s room?

Now someone wants Laura to be dead. As the plot thickens, Laura tries to find out on who could possibly want her next to be in cold blood. Lead Detective Inspector Jeff Gibbons helps her, tracking any leads he gets, but that doesn’t seem to help solve the puzzle.


Meet Laura in this fun first book in the series

Great first book in this fun series that I read out of sequence and still enjoyed very much. Corpse magnet, Laura, is on her own in this first book written before Gerry joins her on her misadventures. She’s a funny, sarcastic, unpredictable character who takes up sleuthing when a dead body turns up in her apartment. More than a little motivation, that’s for sure! Several secondary characters add interest along with more than a little sleaze as Laura sets out alongside Detective Inspector Jeff Gibbons to find out whodunit. I’m not going to tell you that, of course, or reveal how Laura figures it out. You need to read this book and have the fun doing that for yourself


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“I give this book Five Golden Glasses of Wine: DRINK UP AT YOUR OWN RISK!” – Dead to Writes (A Gibbons and Fitz Investigation, #7) by Karen Vaughan

Natalie Fisher committed suicide after an author stole her work and published it as her own. Two years later, her best friend Terri is found dead in her hotel room. Are the two deaths connected? Laura Fitz and Detective Gibbons are on the case to trap a ruthless author trying to get away with murder!

P.S Winn

Karen Vaughan has written up another winner!

Laura Fritz is back along with the characters I have come to love from this author’s other books in the series. This time, Laura meets a couple of authors. Natalie, Silvie, and Terri were close friends and struggled to be authors. When two of the women die mysteriously, Laura gets involved and the adventure to solve a mystery begins. Karen Vaughan writes no-frills stories with amazing and believable characters. Grabbing a book by this author is like sitting down with an old friend and having a chat. Here novels are twisted mysteries with a cozy appeal and not to be missed.

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“A great read for anyone who likes levity with their murders.” – Playing Dead: A Jeff Gibbons Experience by Karen Vaughan

On a cold November night, a man is dead, and his sister is looking for answers. Det. Jeff Gibbons is on the scene to get the answers. This was no simple mugging, and the search leads to organized crime. Get ready for a wild ride and romance on the side for Rhonnie and Brian.

Lindlae Parish

Great Book!

Karen Vaughan does it again! A spinoff of her Laura and Gerry series, she brings Detective Jeff Gibbons forward as a lead character. A great mystery told with Ms. Vaughan’s signature sarcastic humor. A great read for anyone who likes levity with their murders.

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Nigel Holmes’s cousin Denise has been abducted back in Manchester, UK. Nigel Rushes to the rescue with the help of Kristen Holmes and her partner Craig Eversley. Will Nigel’s quick thinking save the day? More comedic adventures abound in this second Sherlock / Holmes offering.

M. M. Bishop Award-winning author and poet


I love the Nigel Holmes character, with his sidekicks of Kristen Sherlock and her boyfriend Craig Eversley.
In book 2 of the Sherlock/Holmes mystery series, we find Nigel Holmes back in the UK with his friends.

As you follow Nigel try to save his kidnapped cousin in Manchester you will find yourself turning the pages faster and faster. Will Nigel’s wits help him or will they all fail?

It is a laugh a minute with enough whodunit to keep you on your toes.
Kudo Ms. Vaughan for your newest offering in this series.

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“Mystery and suspense told with a touch of humor” – Holmes In America: A Sherlock/Holmes Mystery (Sherlock/Holmes Mysteries Book 1) by Karen Vaughan

Nigel Holmes’ cousin Denise has been abducted back in Manchester UK> Nigel Rushes to the rescue with the help of Kristen Holmes and her partner Craig Eversley. Will Nigels’ quick thinking save the day? More comedic adventures abound in this second Sherlock/Holmes offering.

P.S. Winn

Mystery and suspense told with a touch of humor

Nigel Holmes was a British police officer who couldn’t seem to stay out of trouble. He’s sent to Toronto to straighten out his life and join forces with Kristen Sherlock, who is a detective in that city. The two go on an adventure as Kristen is threatened by Paul Langley, a man who readers are going to love to hate. The story is told with the author’s unique and intriguing sense of humor that always makes her books fun as well as suspenseful. If you grab a Karen Vaughan book, you will find yourself going back to this author every time you want a great read written with humor but also telling a suspense-filled mysterious tale.

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“A Great Read That Will Make You Laugh and Shiver.” –Dead Comic Standing by Karen Vaughan

Stand-up comic Dave Feener has a great rapport with his audience, so when his body is found maliciously stabbed a short distance away from The Laff Attak where he’s just performed, there seems to be no real motive for the brutal murder. A serial killer who does not think local comics are funny has just begun his rampage.
Constables Mike Borneo and Lissa Cassway along with detective Vince Vetters are racing to find the killer before he claims another victim. Was Feener just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Left with his wedding ring and his wallet, Feener’s body isn’t even cold when the killer strikes again-this time stabbing Phil Vetters, a comic known for his redneck shtick and the brother of detective Vince Vetters. Just as Vince vows revenge, the killer makes a fateful mistake when he stabs another comic and does not ensure his victim is dead before he leaves the crime scene.

The killer is a sicko, but not an idiot. He’s right under everyone’s noses and the anticipation of a righteous kill is all just part of the fun. Only time will tell if the killer will have the last laugh.

 A Great Read That Will Make You Laugh and Shiver

By Sandra Carrington-smith

Those who are convinced that laughter makes one live longer might think again after reading this delightful murder mystery. When comedians begin to turn up dead, everyone scratches their heads and wonders who will be next, as laughter and tragedy continue to meet in the shadows. Karen Vaughan did a fantastic job intertwining detailed police procedurals with entertaining comedy routines, and she delivered an extremely unique plot in a voice that’s as alluring as the silk of a spider web. A great read that will make you laugh and shiver.

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“I enjoyed this book enormously and highly recommend it to everyone.” – Left for Dead (Laura & Gerry Mystery #6) by Karen Vaughan

Things are really starting to heat up in the Fitz family. Gerry’s cousin and the best buddy are left dead after a beating. When the thugs responsible find out he didn’t die, the game is on to keep Pete safe until he has to testify. After finding a body on a mountain trail in cottage country, Laura helps a local police officer solve the crime while waiting for the birth of her first baby.


By M. Moran Bishop

Left for Dead by Karen Vaughan, is a witty and intelligently told mystery story. It’s the 6th in the Laura and Gerry mysteries series and a delightfully penned book.
It seems even pregnancy will not stop Laura Fitz from being a corpse magnet, as she stumbles yet again onto another dead body. While Laura is talking to the police, she receives a phone call from her hubby. Apparently, Laura’s gift or a curse for discovering the dead and becoming embroiled in the nasty affairs of the murder has rubbed off on Gerry, for he has found his cousin near death.

The Fitz’s have once again become entangled in murder, mayhem, the lives of others along the danger it entails. But, through it, all Laura remains her witty self. Gerry doesn’t fare as well as his love for Laura, and their coming baby upset his judgment at times. After all, it is difficult to be objective when the life of one’s wife is on the line.

Ms. Vaughan has another terrific read in Left for Dead. I enjoyed this book enormously and highly recommend it to everyone.


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