Elizabeth Zelvin is a New York City psychotherapist and author of a mystery series featuring recovering alcoholic Bruce Kohler and his friends, world-class codependent Barbara and computer genius Jimmy. Her novels are DEATH WILL GET YOU SOBER, DEATH WILL HELP YOU LEAVE HIM, and DEATH WILL EXTEND YOUR VACATION (2012). Three of her stories have been nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Short Story. Liz is working on a YA historical suspense novel set on Columbus's second voyage and a CD of her songs, titled OUTRAGEOUS OLDER WOMAN.
Bruce investigates the deaths of one alcoholic and 200 guppies. In the other stories, an enigmatic woman stalks men in a seaside town; a cozy writer seeks revenge for a long-ago prom disaster; two treasure hunters' greed overcomes their common sense; and a burnt-out Vietnam vet finds hope. "Zelvin's characters literally leap off the pages”; “tragedy and humor, sometimes in the same sentence.”
It's Bruce's first sober Christmas. And Chanukah. Barbara has her hands full making latkes. Jimmy supervises as Bruce wrestles with those pesky strings of lights. A trip to the hardware store leads to murder, but Bruce is on the case. The crucial clue is something only a recovering alcoholic would know.
Recovering alcoholic Bruce Kohler let a charming but unreliable Australian sleep on his couch, borrow his clothes, and bring women home. Now he has to figure out which one of them killed him. The author is a three-time nominee for the Agatha Award for Best Short Story.