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Seth and Ava Mysteries

The Seth and Ava Mysteries feature Seth O’Malley, a piano prodigy and retired police detective, and Ava, a talented forensic scientist, as they unravel complicated mysteries set against the landscape of the Western United States.

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Tax Assassin

“I don’t care if you kill to get the money; you’re going to pay your taxes on this land,” tax agent, Paul Bradley said in 1913, only moments before his death. A hundred years later, Seth O’Malley’s old friend passes him a cold case - 4 unrelated murders in almost every medium sized city across the US. When murder-for-hire turns personal, Seth and Ava must find the tax assassin before he kills Ava.

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The Carving Knife

Forty years after he stumbles upon the horrific mutilation of a team of U.S. Rangers in Vietnam, Seth O’Malley wanders into a cat-and-mouse game with a mutilating psychopath. After murdering and mutilating some of the best detectives in the country, the psychopath is looking to mutilate the big prize—Seth O’Malley.

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Friendly Fire

Friendly Fire begins with a phone call in the middle of the night. Seth’s father figure and personal Lucifer is acting crazy. A day later, Seth learns that his mother wants him to find something that his biological father left at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital.

Standing in the lobby of the place that had restored him after two tours through the blood and muck of tunnels of Vietnam, Seth is drawn into a mystery that will take him through the meltdown of Reactor Four at Chernobyl to meet Russian Olympic marksmen and discover that a familiar demon is covering its tracks.

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The Cigarette Killer

The Cigarette Killer was never happier than when he was talking about torturing and murdering people. He flamboyantly bragged his way through two books and numerous televisions programs. So, why did he suddenly appeal his conviction?

According to his lawyer, Seth O’Malley and his deceased partner Mitch Delgado framed a poor disabled man. A cursory DNA seems to prove that the Cigarette Killer’s DNA does not match the perpetrator of these horrific crimes.

Alarm bells ring all over the country! This single case could lead to the reversal of thousands of cases. Requested by name, Ava O’Malley, Seth’s wife and forensic expert, and her team, along with other forensic experts are sequestered to recheck every forensic finding.

Told to stay in New York City, O’Malley’s focuses on the murder of a bouncer and a dancing girl outside of the Savoy Ballroom in 1955. As the Savoy Ballroom case unravels, O’Malley finds himself in the middle another Cigarette Killer murder.

As two mysteries become one, O’Malley is shot and captured by a Mob boss with nothing to lose.

The Cigarette Killer is filled with memorable characters, romance, and intrigue readers have come to expect from Claudia Hall Christian. The Cigarette Killer is the fourth in the Seth and Ava Mystery

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