Great news! An Agatha nomination for "Death Will Trim Your Tree."
This is my second nomination for Best Short Story (the first was in 2007). The Agathas are chosen by attendees of the Malice Domestic traditional mystery convention in Arlington, VA.Death Will Help You Leave Him came out in 2009.
Second in the series about recovering alcoholic Bruce Kohler and his friends, Jimmy the computer genius and Barbara the world-class codependent. This time, Bruce juggles sleuthing, staying sober, a crush on the prime suspect in a murder, and the addictive lure of his ex-wife, who's on her own collision course.
Praise for Death Will Help You Leave Him:
"A wonderful book--authentic, compassionate, and tough." - Barbara D'Amato
"Zelvin's story is good and her dialogue sparkles, but what's best is how she's created haracters who are both over the top and completely believable. Just like real people!" - SJ Rozan
"With humor and heart, Zelvin writes about the challenges of sobriety and the beat of New York City with impressive accuracy. A terrific read." - Alafair Burke
"Here to stay... the sober version of Nick and Nora. A wondrous read." - Ken Bruen
"A heartbreaker of a novel. Through seamless prose and her series protagonist. Bruce Kohler, Zelvin exposes the internal and external demons of recovering addicts and recovering lovers. Much more than a mere whodunit...the "why's" will haunt you long after the book is read." - Naomi Hirahara
"Even more addictive than Death Will Get You Sober
." - Reed Farrel Coleman
"Smooth prose and outstanding storytelling ability... a remarkable and strongly recommended first novel." - Library Journal
"Dry humor and original characters....A welcome addition to the mystery field." - Lesa Holstine
"Without being maudlin, cliched or clinical, Zelvin delivers a poignant story....Zelvin's acute sense of people and ow sturdy friendships can be destroyed by dependency elevate Death Will Get You Sober."
- Oline Cogdill, Sun-Sentinel
"Her dialog sparkles." - Mystery Scene
"Zelvin...does a hell of a job with the story. Great characters and a wonderful voice. Zelvin is an author to keep your eye on." - Crimespree
"[An] entertaining debut novel by a psychotherapist...a good surprise ending." - Booklist
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