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    The local cops say suicide. Woodhead and Becker say homicide. And now there's a target on their backs.

    Released November 14, 2023

    Case analyst Bernadette Becker uses the investigation of an apparent suicide as cover to chase down a new lead on an old case. But someone is chasing her too—and she’s not the only one in danger.


    The early reviews are in!

    "★★★★★ Oh, MY! This book is awesome from the first paragraph to the last!"

    "★★★★★ Seriously unputdownable!"

    "★★★★★ So many twists and turns...A great read and tough to put down"

    "★★★★★ Caught my attention and just did not let go"

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    Now Available Exclusively in my Author Store

    Rookie Year

    Every novel from The Reluctant Coroner to The Accused Coroner is here, chroncling Fenway's first year in Estancia—her journey to county coroner, the challenges she faces, and the cases she solves.This collection also includes two novelettes and two novellas, and presents all the stories in chronological order:

    • Book 1: The Reluctant Coroner
    • Novelette: The Coroner and the Body in the Bath
    • Book 2: The Incumbent Coroner
    • Novelette: The Coroner and the Walk-In Freezer
    • Book 3: The Candidate Coroner
    • Book 4: The Upstaged Coroner
    • Book 5: The Courtroom Coroner
    • Novella: The Christmas Coroner
    • Book 6: The Watchful Coroner
    • Book 7: The Accused Coroner
    • Novella: The Clandestine Coroner

    If you purchase these books separately, you'd spend almost $35 (and you wouldn't get the second novelette). But Rookie Year will be available for only $19.99... and it's available ONLY on my author store.

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    About Paul Austin Ardoin

    Paul Austin Ardoin is the USA TODAY Bestselling Author of The Fenway Stevenson Mysteries and the Woodhead & Becker Mysteries. His stories and essays have appeared in the anthologies The Paths We Tread, Turning the Tide, 12 Shots, Bottomfish, and Sweet Fancy Moses. His network security articles have been published in Channel Futures, California Computer News, and European Communications. Paul has a B.A. in Creative Writing from University of California, Santa Barbara, and he makes his home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife and dogs.

  • news and announcements

    Now Available! Fenway Stevenson Mysteries Book 7


    Get it now on my store or on Smashwords!


    On the run. Accused of murder—with no way out.

    Coroner Fenway Stevenson is accused of a homicide she didn't commit—but all the evidence points to her. Staying one step ahead of the police, she unearths one secret after another. But the victim’s trail leads her to a thirty-year-old homicide—and Fenway's mother was the prime suspect. With the body count rising and the killer still on the loose, can Fenway find the truth and prove her innocence before she becomes the next victim?


    Now available at all major retailers! Or buy it on my store or on Smashwords!


    10 Mysteries for 99¢


    Ten crime thrillers from ten of the best authors in the mystery & thriller worlds!


    I'm excited to be included in The Paths We Tread, a new mystery collection that kicks off with The Reluctant Coroner, and continues with nine more full-length novels from top indie authors, including Jack Benton, Tom Fowler, D.F. Hart, Ava S. King, Virginia King, J.R. Mathis, Meghan O'Flynn, Malcolm Richards, and P.D. Workman. And, for a limited time, get the entire collection for a special introductory price of just 99¢!


    Buy The Paths We Tread from your favorite eBook retailer

    Praise for The Accused Coroner

    "Be warned: to read one Fenway mystery is to want to read them all. If you love page-turning, unputdownable mysteries, then Ardoin is the real deal."

    —Mark Stay, host of The Bestseller Experiment podcast


    “From the first chapter to the last, The Accused Coroner deftly twines Fenway’s current life with her mother’s mysterious past, and keeps you guessing the entire time. This series has been getting better with every book—be prepared to stay up all night!”

    —Tess Baytree, author of The Penelope Standing Mysteries


    “Fenway is fantastic, and The Accused Coroner is her best adventure yet. Ardoin has done it again with another edge-of-your-seat page-turner.”

    —Jack Benton, author of The Slim Hardy Mysteries


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