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Mystery Series Set in Santa Barbara
updated: Jun 07, 2014, 12:00 PM

It’s August, and Santa Barbara hasn’t tasted a drop of rain for months when P.I. Jaymie Zarlin learns a popular high school athlete has drowned in a tank at the city aquarium. The police are calling Skye Rasmussen’s death an accident, but his distraught parents, unconvinced, hire Jaymie to find out the truth.

Eager to prove she’s up to the challenge of solving the case, Jaymie investigates and uncovers an array of suspects. But when information begins to surface about her own brother, who died three years earlier in the downtown jail, Jaymie is torn between doing right by her clients and exposing the truth about a mystery that lies much closer to home.

Excerpt from Black Current

I looked at the drape. Yellow light seeped around the edges. A boy was dead in there. Drowned in a tank. And yet, nobody wanted to look. In fact, they didn’t want to look so much that they’d actually hired a stranger to do the looking.

Well, I was an investigator, wasn’t I? I’d been offered a princely sum to take a few pictures, poke around for a few clues, and keep my mouth shut. No problem, I could do those things. I reached into my pocket, pulled out a pair of latex gloves, and tugged them on.

Then I pushed back the curtain, lifted my eyes, and let out a sharp cry.

The water in the two-story-high cylindrical tank glowed with a soft yellow light. A single huge translucent jellyfish, tinged pale blue, hovered close beside the figure of a beautiful young man of seventeen or eighteen. The creature’s twitching tentacles, maybe eight feet in length, wrapped the boy’s torso in a tender embrace.

The boy wore shorts and no top. His body was slight yet strong. There was a slight current in the tank, and his arms and legs moved rhythmically, as if he were dancing.

But the most terrible thing was his face.

Author Bio:

Karen Keskinen was born in Salinas, California. She has also lived in California’s San Joaquin Valley and in Wellington, New Zealand. She now resides in Santa Barbara where she is a full-time writer. She is the author of Blood Orange and Black Current, first two books in the Santa Barbara based Jaymie Zarlin mystery series.

For more information on Karen Keskinen and "Black Current" visit http://karenkeskinen.com/


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