Murder…They Wrote (Agape Jones Mysteries Book 1)

by Larry K. Collins & Lorna Collins

Product details

  • Series: Agapé Jones Mysteries (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (June 14, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1073898296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1073898299

Product details

  • File Size: 1732 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1073898296
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 31 Months LLC; 2 edition (June 13, 2019)
  • Publication Date: June 13, 2019
  • Sold by: Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07SZKG356

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About the book:

What if a retired NYPD officer is asked to investigate a mysterious death at the National Authors Conference where various attendees offer their theories and suspicions?

Murder … They Wrote answers this question as Agapé Jones, retired NYPD detective, tries to determine the truth surrounding the death of Robert Dyer, noted poet and critic. Confusing and confounding him are Robert’s ex-girlfriend, award-winning romance novelist Phoebe Skye, current young girlfriend Summer Winters, ex-wife Sheila “Cookie” McGuire, recently discovered illegitimate daughter Sarah Jane Streshinksy (AKA Tinker Belle), action/adventure author Steve Bold, famous psychic Clara Casper, long-time friend Sylvia Sanchez, agent Dennis Purcell and the mysterious Countess Elektra Rozanska.

While Agapé enjoys getting a chance to exercise his old skills, his wife of over forty years, Geraldine, isn’t pleased. She teaches English at Maui Community College and talked Agapé into volunteering as head of security for the National Authors Conference where she volunteers in the bookstore.

Peopled by a cast of quirky and deliciously amusing characters, Murder … They Wrote will quickly engage the reader. It is filled with accusations, theories, twists, turns and surprises. The authors each have unique personalities and bring them to the creation of the fictional authors.


First impressions….don’t let this end. Which also explains why it took me so long to finish and then to write my review thoughts. I love this character. He’s comfortable, approachable, and I just want to hang out with him. His wife is a match, too, but I believe I’ve developed a crush on Agape.

There’s a description of Jones, finding someone to identify with, that hit the mark for me. It was a simple paragraph, not that big a deal for the book’s story, but a deep sense of the character Agape.

Also, think the ease of Magnum P.I. but calmer.

A strong mystery will give you the clues to solve and then back up the solution given. The best ones have you saying – how could I have missed that! For me, this was the case.

I’m curious if the story and characters are true, based on truth? Wishful thinking on my part? Probably. Hey, we can all dream.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I enjoyed this read. I liked the main characters and all the secondary and sub-characters. Their relationships with each other and am happy this is a series.

My first reading from Lorna and Larry was their non-fiction “31 Months in Japan” and their style remains the same…easy going storytelling. My favourite type of relax go-to.

Given my bad timing, I wish I could write more, but seriously, when something is good; it’s just plain good.


2 thoughts on “NEW REVIEW…..”

  1. We’re so happy you enjoyed the book! I’d love to talk to you about the details sometime! We plan to go back to Japan next year for the 20th anniversary of park opening–if the world situation allows. We went back in 2011 for the tenth and enjoyed seeing old friends, some of whom, sadly, are now gone. The relationship between Agape and Gerry is based on our own. So glad you liked them!

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