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    Murders of Substance Book 1

    Dr. Kep Woodhead is a brilliant, irascible forensic toxicologist with a dark past.

    Bernadette Becker is a disgraced federal investigator with one last chance.


    They're both assigned to a strange poisoning case: a graduate student has been found dead in a 15th-century chapel, a needle filled with a controversial hallucinogen sticking out of his arm.


    The priest, the professor, the piscary president, the protestor, the protégé—they all emerge as suspects to stop the victim's research project, and soon Becker's life is in danger. Do Becker and Woodhead have a prayer of discovering the truth before more people are killed?


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    Blood is thicker than oil—until murder is involved!

    The collection includes the first three books of The Fenway Stevenson Mysteries:

    The Reluctant Coroner

    The Incumbent Coroner

    The Candidate Coroner

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  • About Paul Austin Ardoin

    Paul Austin Ardoin is a California native who is the author of the Fenway Stevenson mystery series. He has published short fiction and humorous essays in the anthologies Bottomfish and Sweet Fancy Moses, and articles about computer security in California Computer News and European Communications. When he’s not writing novels or trying to save the world through better computer security, Paul plays keyboards in a dance rock band. He lives in the Sacramento area with his wife, two teenagers, and a menagerie of animals.



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