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Up Jumped the Devil

NEW! Book Two in the Crescent City New Orleans Mystery Series

Trade paperback and digital eBook available now!

As festive Mardi Gras Carnival season begins, graffiti vandals are targeting notable tombs in NOLA’s historic St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. Jane Byrne, the cemetery’s new Chief Security Officer and Gigi Pascoe, a transgender sleuth must identify the miscreants and halt the desecration. Together, they snare two homeless teens who share a horrifying tale of off-the-street kidnappings fueling an inhuman supply chain network.


On the sly, Gigi has emailed renowned rock music promoter Frankie Malcolm about recording an album of recently rediscovered WarBirds’ songs. Frankie leaps at the opportunity, promising Ken Pascoe, Gigi’s father, and the last surviving WarBirds band member a royalty jackpot. The future looks rosy for the Pascoe family until a previously unknown relative appears, staking a priority claim on the long-lost songbook.


After the suspicious deaths of several key witnesses, NOLA FBI’s interest in the local kidnapping investigation withers. Overbooked NOPD detectives consider the missing NOLA homeless people a low priority item, and the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office is wary of burning sensitive political connections. Refusing to quit, Jane and Gigi tap into the riotous Mardi Gras energy to expose a murderous criminal conspiracy.


Love Power

Book One in the Crescent City New Orleans Mystery Series

2021 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award Winner - Best Attending Author and Best Mystery Finalist!

Disgraced ex-police detective Jane Byrne is on the run. After surviving a brutal excessive force civil lawsuit that scarred her with PTSD she blows into New Orleans on her Ducati motorcycle looking for a fresh start, never expecting to uncover a hate crime serial killer targeting NOLA's inclusive LGBTQ community.


Jane's new landlords, Leslie and Ken Pascoe and Leslie's Aunt Babette, a mediumistic voodoo queen offer Jane a haven. Ken is the sole surviving remnant of The WarBirds, an '80s one-hit wonder heavy metal band whose single stadium anthem mega hit "Love Power" was one of the first music videos produced for MTV.


At a surprise party we meet Gigi Pascoe, Ken and Leslie's transgender daughter and Gigi's two BFFs. After one of her friends goes missing, Gigi's concern turns to fear that their LGBTQ world is being targeted for hate crime violence when a second friend vanishes.


Dissatisfied with the NOPD force and local FBI bureau agency responses, Jane and Gigi team up only to discover that their united effort has refocused the serial killer's white supremacist hate-filled intent on them.

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No Rest for the Wicked

Book Three in the John and Sarah Jarad Nantucket Mystery Series


Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do ...

When state archaeologists lift the lid on a suspicious steamer trunk buried in Nantucket’s landfill, Detective John Jarad’s world explodes. The trunk’s contents reactivate intense interest in the island’s most notorious cold case crime, the Baby Alice Spenser kidnapping in 1921.

Sarah Jarad has a different life focus. Halfway through a twin pregnancy, Sarah can’t shake the feeling that she’s being watched. She’d like to blame her paranoia on raging hormones, but that doesn’t ring true.  She fears that her control freak ex-fiancée Mason Hollister has finally tracked her down, and that Mason is on Nantucket plotting revenge.

As John pursues the Baby Alice investigation, myriad family scandals emerge from the Spenser’s privileged and gilded past. Events flare white-hot when a copycat criminal snatches a second child. John and Sarah must race against the clock to unmask the kidnapper and expose these modern day threats.



"Captivated me from start to finish ..."

"Compelling non-stop reading."

"Martha Reed has outdone herself with the latest installment. I could not put it down."​​

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The Choking Game

Book One in the John and Sarah Jarad Nantucket Mystery Series


The Whistler, a seasonal stalker, is terrorizing the women of Nantucket as they head home from the bars. When the body of a missing nanny is found anchored to the bottom of a bog, police Lieutenant John Jarad fears that this year The Whistler is upping his twisted game, and that more women may be in danger.

"A perfect summer beach read, with a first-rate plot."

"A great first book in an exciting new mystery series."

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The Nature of the Grave

Book Two in the John and Sarah Jarad Nantucket Mystery Series


2006 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Honorable Mention for

Mid-Atlantic Best Regional Fiction

John Jarad is deeply rooted in the charming island home his family helped to settle. When newlywed Sarah Jarad begins to explore John's family history, she reactivates interest in his younger brother's cold case disappearance. A great-uncle's surprising bequest brings family tensions to the surface, and the sudden reappearance of the missing brother shakes the Jarad family tree.  A string of mysterious deaths ensue as John and Sarah forge their investigative talents to solve a sinister island conspiracy.

"I read this book in two days ... I could not put it down. Dreamt about the characters ... it was simply a GREAT story."

"The multi-layered plot will keep you guessing."

Nantucket Mystery author Martha Reed
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