Iza Moreau

Biography

Iza Moreau is a Golden Crown Finalist and a 3-time Next Generation Indie Award finalist for her Small Town series of mysteries. She lives in the southern United States, where she rides dressage at the fourth level and shoots target archery using both recurves and horsebows. She counts Sarah Waters, Maggie Estep, and the Bronte sisters--Acton, Currer, and Ellis--among her literary influences.

THE NEWS IN SMALL TOWNS, the first novel in the Small Town series, was a Next Generation India Award finalist in both Mystery and Regional Fiction. The second, MADNESS IN SMALL TOWNS, was also an Indie finalist in Mystery. SECRETS IN SMALL TOWNS was a Goldie finalist in Lesbian Mystery as well as a Next Generation Indie finalist in the LGBT category. These, and the short story collection, MYSTERIES IN SMALL TOWNS, are available in both e-book and paperback formats.

Moreau is also the author of THE XYZ MYSTERIES--a series of novellas and short stories set in Miami in 1974. They feature the sister detectives Xande, Yolande, and Zoe Calhoun. Some of these stories can be found on this site.

If you like the books, please give them a rating, both on Smashwords, Goodreads, and any other of the major book retailers you do business with. That kilnd of word of mouth is really the only way that an indie author can succeed. You can reach Iza at iza@blackbayfarm.com

Where to find Iza Moreau online


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Books

Queen's Honor
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,770. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2015 by Black Bay Books. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Miami. 1974. A hustler is murdered and suspicion falls on some of his transvestite friends. Xande and Yolande need to find the real killer before an innocent man (or woman) is brought to trial. But to do that, Yolanda has to make a personal sacrifice--go on a date with Lieutenant J.C. Montana. This is the fourth story in the saga involving XYZ Investigations--Xande, Yolande, and Zoe Calhoun.
The Case of the Headless Heir
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,970. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2015 by Black Bay Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
XYZ takes on a murder case involving the husband of a hippie restaurant owner. The dead man turns out to be George McDowell, a popular Florida mystery writer who often hosted meetings of Miami's only Cryptogram Club. The only clues are two mysterious and bloody scraps of paper found on the scene, but of course Xande's most important clues are always locked up somewhere under her blonde dreadlocks.
Mysteries in Small Towns
Series: Small Town Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,570. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2015 by Black Bay Books. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
These 8 stories feature lesbian newspaper editor Sue-Ann McKeown and her friends in Pine Oak, Florida. These are all mysteries--about horses, archery, writing, love, and murder. Find out what finally happens to the characters in the Small Town Trilogy of novels. This is the 4th and last book in the popular detective series. Includes the novella, "Indian Summer."
The Small Town Series: Boxed Set of 3 Complete Novels
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 277,700. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2014 by Black Bay Books. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The Small Town Series is now available in a boxed set. Follow the adventures of Sue-Ann McKeown--newspaper editor, dressage rider, and national champion archer--as she struggles to make ends meet in the little North Florida town of Pine Oak. One of the most important and enjoyable lesbian mystery series in the last 20 years. Includes all three complete novels about Sue-Ann, Gina, & their friends.
Secrets in Small Towns
Series: Small Town Series, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,950. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2014 by Black Bay Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
It all starts when Sue-Ann finds a zonked-out teen near her farm. When it turns out that he has escaped from a juvenile detention center long rumored to abuse its charges, she decides to investigate. But the kid goes missing, and Sue-Ann has to find him--especially since Sgt. Joe Bickley of the local sheriff's office is threatening to "out" Sue-Ann and her girlfriend unless she produces the boy.
There Was an Old Woman
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,290. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2014 by Black Bay Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Miami, Florida, 1974. Xande and Yolande Calhoun are hired by a young CPA who is charged with murdering his landlady with a toilet plunger. To prove his innocence, Xande has to go into the underground, where college students are found, where hippies play around, and where drug dealers abound. The second in the XYZ series of mystery stories by the award-winning author of The Small Town Saga.
Brothers and Sisters and Brothers
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,370. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2014 by Black Bay Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
It's 1974 in Miami Florida. The Calhoun sisters--Xande, Yolande, and Zoe, have set up a detective agency. Xande is a hippie, Yolande an ex-Army lesbian law student, and Zoe? Well, Zoe has disappeared. Their chances of being hired seem slim, but when a young record executive bursts into their office asking for help, they are on the case like rats on a floating ship. The crime? Suicide.
Madness in Small Towns
Series: Small Town Series, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,360. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2013 by Black Bay Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
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Things are always a little wonky in Pine Oak, Florida. But lately reporter Sue-Ann McKeown, feels like every crazy thing is landing on her desk. For one thing, a former mental patient demands that Sue-Ann write his story—or else. And what is the meaning of the coded messages she hears on the local pirate radio station? And why has her new best friend quit her job and left town for places Unknown?
The News in Small Towns
Series: Small Town Series, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 107,130. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2012 by Black Bay Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
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Sue-Ann McKeown returns to her home town after a crushing six months of war reporting in Iraq. She has given up her high-profile job in Virginia and broken up with her boyfriend. Even her new job with a small-town newspaper seems almost too much to handle, especially since her old high school rival works there, too. But a dead goat is in her future, as well as voodoo, horses, and maybe even love.

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