Vinnie Hansen


The author of the Carol Sabala Mystery Series, Vinnie was a 2013 finalist for the Claymore Award and a B.R.A.G. Medallion recipient. Her short stories have appeared in many publications, including the Sisters in Crime Guppies anthology Fish or Cut Bait, and the anthology Destination: Mystery! Her short short won the Police Writers' Academy 2015 Golden Donut Award. Retired after 27 years of teaching high school English, Vinnie lives in Santa Cruz, California, with her husband, abstract artist Daniel S. Friedman, and their spoiled cat Lolie. For more information, visit

Smashwords Interview

Why did you decide to write a mystery/thriller?
Nancy Drew was my gateway drug. As an adult, I went on to Sue Grafton, Martha Grimes and Marcia Muller. But I was a Creative Writing major and write literary fiction as well.
Do you remember the first mystery you read?
Goldilocks and the Three Bears, with the bears coming home and wondering who committed the B & E of their home.
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Smoked Meat
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,490. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
In this novella prequel to the Carol Sabala Mystery Series, Carol visits her mother for a family Christmas get-together. It’s murder, in more ways than one.
Black Beans & Venom
Series: Carol Sabala Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,000. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
No one wants P.I. Carol Sabala to take the case. Her boss is apprehensive about an illegal investigation in Cuba. Carol’s boyfriend worries about her physical safety. But the client is rolling in dough, the office has unpaid bills, and Carol chafes under the mundane tasks assigned to her. Carol sets off to track down the client's daughter, who is also pursued by a sociopathic boyfriend.
Art, Wine & Bullets
Series: Carol Sabala Mysteries, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,340. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
An innocent visit to a premiere gallery turns into a nightmare case for Carol Sabala. The strangled body of the gallery owner offers Carol an opportunity to cement her reputation as a private eye. As Carol confronts the age-old questions: What is art? What defines an artist? she must also decide what defines a private investigator.
Murder, Honey
Series: Carol Sabala Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,640. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When the head chef collapses into baker Carol Sabala’s cookie dough, she is thrust into her first murder investigation. Suspects abound at Archibald’s, the swanky Santa Cruz restaurant where Carol works. The head chef cut a swath of people who wanted him dead from ex-lovers to bitter rivals to greedy relatives. Even Carol plotted his demise!
Rotten Dates
Series: Carol Sabala Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,220. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Baker sleuth Carol Sabala ventures into dating hell and the world of pornography. For the first time she has been hired to investigate a murder. As Carol tracks a killer, she learns that even though she desires companionship and adventure, it is difficult, and sometimes risky, to obtain both.
Squeezed & Juiced
Series: Carol Sabala Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,180. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Training to be a private eye, Carol Sabala wrangles a job to investigate a disputed will. The perils of the retirement home where the woman died suggest betrayal and murder.
Death with Dessert
Series: Carol Sabala Mysteries, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,150. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A dead mother. A missing father. A mysterious man. They all spell trouble for private investigator Carol Sabala. When Carol’s mother dies unexpectedly, she leaves Carol with a mission: deliver an envelope to her long-lost father. Enroute to Zihuatanejo, Mexico, to track down her father, Carol encounters the alluring Mark Escalante, who snares her in a deadly pursuit of his own.
One Tough Cookie
Series: Carol Sabala Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 53,000. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Carol Sabala’s boss sends the baker and amateur sleuth on a mission: find out who tampered with a teacher’s cookie dough and sickened the faculty. While Carol hones her investigative skills by gathering clues on the campus, a student is found dead on the high school’s stage. Did she fall? Commit suicide? Or did a killer hurl her from the catwalk? When Carol seeks answers, a ruthless stalker comes

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