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Nancy Lynn Jarvis was a Santa Cruz, California, Realtor for twenty-five years but was having so much fun writing that she let her license lapse in May of 2013.

After earning a BA in behavioral science from San Jose State University, she worked in the advertising department of the San Jose Mercury News. A move to Santa Cruz meant a new job as a librarian and later a stint as the business manager of Shakespeare/Santa Cruz. Nancy's work history reflects her philosophy: people should try something radically different every few years.

In the course of writing seven books in the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries series, Nancy took some detours. She wrote "Mags and the AARP Gang," a novel Nancy thinks was channeled through her by an eighty-three-year-old woman with a story to tell, and a little insider's book "The Truth About Hosting Airbnb." She also edited "Cozy Food: 128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes," and most recently, "Santa Cruz Weird," a short story anthology with contributions from seventeen Santa Cruz writers.


The Death Contingency (Regan Mchenry Real Estate Mysteries Book 1)

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The Death Contingency introduces Regan McHenry, a Santa Cruz Realtor, whose work puts her in the midst of mystery, mayhem and even murder. The amateur crime solver uses tools and techniques she’s learned during her career and skills she’s honed as a keen observer of human nature to solve mysteries ─ just not always soon enough to stay out of trouble.
She’s aided in her sleuthing by her husband, Tom Kiley, a computer programmer turned real estate broker, and by her friend Dave Everett, a cop reassigned as a police public relations ombudsman after losing an eye in the line of duty.
In The Death Contingency a seller disappears before signing a grant deed. He turns up dead, and his nephew, a realtor Regan has known for years, becomes a person of interest in his death. She’s convinced the authorities focus is all wrong and sets out to prove it.
Then there’s a second death in the neighborhood. When it’s ruled accidental, Regan again finds herself at odds with the police. She thinks its murder and even thinks she knows who the murderer is ─ but she has to unravel past secrets before anyone will take her seriously. And, the problem is, she doesn’t want to be right.

Nancy's latest writing adventure is a new series, PIP Inc.


Backyard Bones (Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries Book 2) $2.99

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In the second Regan McHenry mystery, one of the Santa Cruz Realtor's clients is accused of murder after the body of a pregnant teenager is discovered near his home. He's a Wiccan and the girl had a pentagram cut into her chest. Regan doesn't believe he's guilty and sets out to prove it.


Buying Murder (Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries Book 3) $2.99

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Murder gets personal when human remains are found in the beach cottage that realtors Regan McHenry and her husband, Tom Kiley, buy. The murder victim has been hidden away for sixteen years, and although the authorities quickly discover his identity, the trail to his killer is cold after so many years.
Regan has sworn off playing amateur detective, but when it becomes clear the police have to focus on more pressing crimes, she has to break her promise. As her friend police ombudsman Dave Everett says, “Your house, Regan, your murder.”
Welcome back to Santa Cruz, the community whose unofficial motto is “Keep Santa Cruz Weird,” for the twists and turns of the third book in the Regan McHenry Mystery Series.

The Widow's Walk League (Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries Book 4)

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Santa Cruz husbands are being murdered. The local news media is buzzing because a dark-clad figure witnesses describe as Death had been seen lurking nearby each time a murder is committed. When new widows start hiring real estate agent Regan McHenry to sell their houses, she discovers all the murdered men have something in common: their wives belong to a walking group called The Widow’s Walk League. No wonder Regan is worried when the group’s leader starts paying special attention to her husband, Tom. Regan invites you to attend Woodies on the Wharf and go to a séance with her as adventures unfold and she tries to keep her husband safe in the fourth book in the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mystery Series. Regan’s best friend, Dave Everett, Santa Cruz Police Community Relations Ombudsman, is back to lead a new cast of quirky characters and struggle with Regan’s amateur detecting.


The Murder House: A Regan McHenry Real Estate Mystery (Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries Book 5) $2.99

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Every community has a house that people walk by hurriedly, nervously peeking at it out of the corners of their eyes. There's a house like that in Santa Cruz that the community has dubbed The Murder House. A bloody double murder occurred there almost twenty years ago and the killer has eluded capture ever since. The house was recently inherited and the new owner wants to sell. The problem is no one wants to buy a house with a violent history and a reputation that it is home to ghosts.The owner thinks Realtor Regan McHenry would make a perfect listing agent; after all, with her penchant for playing amateur sleuth, she’s no stranger to murder.This is the perfect mystery to read if you don’t believe in ghosts and an even better mystery to read if you do.


A Neighborly Killing (Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries Book 6) $2.99

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Waking up to gunshots and discovering the body of their neighbor just outside their bedroom door is bad enough, but when the Coroner rules the death a suicide, Realtors Regan McHenry and her husband Tom Kiley don’t believe it for a minute. Never mind what the physical evidence says; they heard their dead neighbor arguing with someone in the moments preceding his death.

What really happened has become more than just a mystery they’d like to solve because the circumstances of their dead neighbor’s past keep interfering with their present and putting them in danger.

The Two-Faced Triplex: A Regan McHenry Real Estate Mystery (Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries Book 7) $2.99

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Regan signs on to play consoler-and-chief after the body of Martha Varner, one of her favorite clients, is found and the woman’s distraught daughter begs Regan to stop escrow from closing on a purchase her mother was about to make.

Martha Varner’s death, at first ruled suicide, is quickly ruled homicide. The dead woman’s best friend thinks she knows who Martha’s killer is. The police have a different suspect. And Regan? Well, she has her own ideas about who killed Martha Varner.

She just can’t imagine how complicated playing amateur sleuth will make her life and how dangerous her investigation will prove to be for her husband, Tom.

Dave, Santa Cruz Police Department Ombudsman and Regan's best friend, makes a return appearance and Harry, Regan and Tom's rescue cat, is pressed into service as a decoy.

As usual, action takes place in Santa Cruz County, but clues lead Regan to Carmel-by-the-Sea as she tries to find out what Martha was doing in the days leading up to her murder.