Carol Karuso Mysteries 

"This is a great mystery with excellent characters ."

"Carol Karuso is a terrific character." 

"The pace is fast, the characters complex."

--comments from readers
CAROL KARUSO is no stranger to bad breaks or dark secrets, but when there’s a knock on the door and a plea for help, she puts aside her blues and focuses on what she does best: finding the lost.
If you hunger for thrilling mysteries, especially those that include a beautiful, redheaded detective, with bad habits but a desire to do good, colorful characters, dark villains, and a big serving of murder and mayhem, you’ll find this duology particularly yummy.

Fans of the Matty Cruz Adventure series wanted to know what happened next in Couper, Washington after Matty left that city. Find out in this two-book series. 

 Find Carol Karuso Mysteries at Amazon (paperbacks, too!), Barnes & NobleiTunes, Kobo, and Google Play. Or click a cover to find links for that book at all vendor sites.

To keep her mind off her troubles and to do something useful with her life, Carol Karuso gets her private investigator’s license. When a friend asks her to find a woman who disappeared two decades ago, Carol agrees, sure this is the perfect way to hone her fledgling skills. As she doggedly chases every lead, she becomes fascinated by the mysterious woman she is looking for, whose history is even darker than her own.

Paperback published under the title of Fallen Angel.

Coming Early 2018.
Carol Karuso has made more than her share of mistakes when it comes to picking the men in her life. When one of them, a shady womanizer from her recent past, disappears, she could care less. That is until her best friend guilts her into helping his daughter look for him. Will Carol's developing skills as an investigator be enough to find this lost Romeo before he becomes a dead one?

Matty Cruz Adventures

"I loved all the characters and the plots were awesome! Loved the series."

"This is a cozy mystery that is strong on suspense."

"This is a thrilling mystery and a bit of a character study to boot. I will gladly recommend it to all mystery lovers." 

--comments from readers  

WHEN her career crashes and burns, Matty Cruz is forced into early retirement. Beguiled by the peaceful and tree-filled scenery, she chooses Couper, Washington to be her new home. ​Pressed for time, she skipped her usual due diligence and finds out too late that the lovely town also has the highest violent crime rate in the state. Oops.

If you have a taste for cozy mystery series with a criminal edge, especially those told with a dash of humor and fun, and include a smart, brave heroine who must quickly reinvent herself—or else, a cute dog, quirky, colorful characters, and dark villains, you’ll love R. Marquez’s slightly skewed version of the Pacific Northwest. Read all six adventures now.
Find Matty Cruz Adventures on Amazon (paperbacks, too!) , Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and Google PlayOr click a cover to find links for that book at all vendor sites.

Meet Matty Cruz and her little dog, too.

Matty makes friends with Sam Bester, a man with dark secrets.

Meet redheaded Carol Karuso from Texas.

Can Matty trust anyone she's met in Couper?

Matty is determined

to discover what 

Sam Bester is hiding.

Who is leaving 

the town of Couper 

for good?

Box Sets and Short Stories

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R. MARQUEZ resides in the Pacific Northwest, a place that inspired her to create the fictional, crime-ridden city of Couper, Washington, located across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. It's a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there.

Though, she has finished the Matty Cruz Adventure series, she has continued to chronicle the lives of her Couperite characters in the Carol Karuso Mystery series.

R. Marquez’s short stories have been published in various magazines.

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