With only 30 days to find the real killer…
Rick and girlfriend Laura risk their lives tracking key suspects who had motives to kill…
It’s great to wake up and find several readers loved your book. Not only loved it, but took the time to write reviews, too. One reviewer, mystery writer Nancy Wood, had informed me she’d be posting a review. The other was a surprise.
I’ll excerpt Nancy Wood’s review below.
THE ZEN MAN by Colleen Collins is a tightly-written fast-paced mystery. It’s fun to read: from the cover to the chapter heads, it’s stylized, smart, and sassy, making for an engaging read. Rick Levine, the Zen Man, is a disbarred criminal defense attorney turned PI who’s been clean and sober for five years. His girlfriend, Laura, purchased a lodge outside of Denver and turned it into a B&B. For the grand opening, they’re hosting the Colorado Criminal Defense Association’s annual retreat. Fifty-five attorneys are due, and the first one to appear is Rick’s ex-wife, affectionately known as Wicked.
When Wicked is found dead in one of the natural hot pools, Rick is the primary and the only suspect. But he claims innocence, and when Laura posts bail by putting up the lodge, Rick knows he has to find the culprit. As soon as he makes bail, he and Laura start the investigation by interviewing as many of the attendees as they can, from crooked attorneys to those with shady pasts to a judge with something to hide. There are a lot of suspects to choose from, but the police always seem to prefer Rick.
What pulls this mystery a cut above is that it’s clearly written by someone who knows her PI stuff. And her Zen masters, from the Buddha to Jerry Garcia to Nick Charles (The Thin Man). Rick is a complicated man, tormented by demons that he used to keep in check with drugs and alcohol. Now he turns to mantras and root beer for solace.
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“A must have for any writer serious about crafting authentic private eyes. Collins knows her stuff.”
– Lori Wilde, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
“Real-life private investigator Colleen Collins spills the beans.”
~The Thrilling Detective
“Let’s just say the technology of the Kindle Fire takes this book to a new level, giving you insight on how to do deep searches, purchasing spy equipment, and links to must know web sites and blogs to give you the inside scoop of being a PI.” ~ Kipp Poe Speicher
"Great humor. Great dialogue. Author did a great job of establishing the relationship between Rick and Laura. It never overshadowed the mystery, but it made the book truly multi-dimensional."
~New York Times best-selling author Dorien Kelly
"A real page turner. I enjoyed this book full of suspense and surprises. I have never read this author before but will look for her next surprise."
"I loved The Zen Man and really had fun catching Rick and Laura's first case in the prequel, The Ungrateful Dead. These novels have everything I love in a mystery: smart dialogue, a flawed hero, a little romance and a great plot. Murder at a coroners conference? What could be more fun!"
~ Nancy Warren USA Today Bestselling Author of The Toni Diamond mysteries