R. MARQUEZ    mystery writer

Mystery Writer

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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 book and series particularly yummy.

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.

Previously published under the title of Fallen Angel.

To learn more about Carol Karuso and her friends and enemies, read the Matty Cruz Adventure series.

The Lost Romeo is coming in 2017/2018

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?

Read the last book in the trilogy--coming in late 2018.

Though Carol Karuso is getting better at her private investigating gig, she'll need help to find the female con artist who flimflammed a lonely old man out of his money. Luckily her best friend, Matty Cruz, is back in town to lend a hand.

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.

Meet Matty Cruz and her little dog, too.


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

Introducing Carol Bester, a beauty with a tragic past.


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 city of Couper, Washington, located across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon.

Now that she has finished the Matty Cruz Adventure series, she is working on the Carol Karuso Mystery series.

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

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