Guest Author: Noel Cash and the Rory Harper West Haven Mysteries

Last November, I shared my review of Schnoztopia, written by a former member of my local writers group. Then a few weeks ago I reviewed Smell You Later, the second in the Rory Harper mystery series. When Book Three landed in my Kindle library I contacted Noel and asked if she’d like to answer a few questions about the series, and she kindly agreed. I’ll share my review of Book Three in a few weeks, but for now, I’ll let Noel Cash take the floor!

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I normally write paranormal romances under the pen name Cheryl Sterling (Sterling in honor of my grandmother). As the ideas became stale, I decided to try my hand at mysteries (I love to layer my stories and foreshadow). 

The idea of the Rory Harper series didn’t come from Rory and his sidekick/love of his life Kix Burrowes (it’s a  slow burn romance). Instead, it started with a minor character, Jack Trades. I wrote the beginning of his story several years ago then put it away. When I began writing Schnoztopia, I set it in Jack’s world, a few years earlier than what I had originally written. Jack will have his own stories in the future. Rory Harper is part elf, part human, part anything else, and his keen sense of smell is legendary at the largest employer and governing body of the not-so-magical myth. With the tenacious and beautiful pixie, Kix, at his side, his reputation at stake, an innocent man jailed, and a killer on the loose, Rory must uncover the truth before another myth falls prey.

I have six books planned (four written), with release dates between October, 2020 and May, 2021. Book three, A Nose for Crime, released on January 19th. It, like all the Noel Cash books, is free on Kindle Unlimited.

The pen name Noel Cash is based on the names of my six grandchildren—Noah, Olivia, (Everything), Lincoln, Chloe, Alex, (Steimel) and Hadley.
I can be contacted by email and you can find me at my website and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  

Thank you for your interest in my works.

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Here are the first three books in the series, available now. Click on the book cover or title to purchase!

Book One: Schnoztopia
Something stinks at Myth, Inc.
I should know. I’m part elf, part human, part anything else, and my keen sense of smell is legendary at the largest employer and governing body of the not-quite-as-magical-as-they-once-were myth.
When a dead troll turns up in my lab, I recognize the murderer’s scent—a vicious beast that shreds its victims.
But Myth’s Investigation Crime Unit has their own suspect—my part-time assistant, whose werewolf traits neatly match the evidence.
With the tenacious and beautiful pixie, Kix, at my side, my reputation at stake, an innocent man jailed, and a killer on the loose, I race to uncover the truth before another myth falls prey.
I’m more than ready for the challenge.
They don’t call me the Schnoz for nothing.

Book Two: Smell You Later
The month couldn’t get much worse for Rory Harper.
Last week, the part-elf, part-human, part anything else discovered a dead troll in his lab at Myth, Inc., the largest employer and governing body of the not-so-magical myth.
Then he found the body of his boss’s boss.
He only solved one of the two murders.
On the bright side, he found the girl of his dreams. Too bad she ran out on him.
This week, he’s juggling a new job and a raging case of jealousy. Plus, Myth’s police force asked him to use his extraordinary sense of smell to solve a kidnapping.
Then ignored his advice.
As Rory searches for the kidnapping victim on his own, the clock ticks down. Can he find him before time runs out? Because it’s running out fast.

Book Three: A Nose for Crime
They call me the Schnoz.
I solve crimes with my sense of smell.
After a difference of opinion, I left Myth, Inc., the largest employer and governing body of the not-so-magical myth, and hung out my shingle as a private investigator. In the middle of winter. On the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.
Business has been slow.
Then my ex-boss walks in, needing my discrete help on a personal matter.
Before I can jump on that with no enthusiasm at all, his sister, Kix, for whom I carry a torch, is found half dead on an icy sidewalk. Her companion is missing and later discovered near the shoreline, a bullet hole in her skull.
When a second woman is killed and the similarities between the two cases can’t be dismissed, I’m pulled back into Myth’s sphere to help solve the murders.
With a possible serial killer on the loose, and my extraordinary sense of smell providing the only clues, can I catch the murderer before he kills again or completes his unfinished business with the love of my life?

About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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7 Responses to Guest Author: Noel Cash and the Rory Harper West Haven Mysteries

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Welcome to 4F1H.
    I love the idea of going back in the timeline and picking up the stories of other characters (who may have played only a minor role in the series you’ve been writing).
    Interesting world you’ve constructed!

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  2. Thanks, Patty, for highlighting my series! I’m closing in on the end of book five, NonScents, in which Rory loses his sense of smell, the one thing that defines him.

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Welcome to the blog. I’ll have to check your work out. It sounds really interesting.

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  5. Welcome, Noel!
    I do like a nice paranormal, and yours sound quite interesting.
    I wish you all the best with these.

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