The Harlow Brothers Books

Bad Behavior - Book 2

Be careful what you wish for!

It drives Nicholas Harlow nuts that his brother and employer, Edward, refuses to promote his Aunt Civility etiquette books to the public, instead opting to give lectures to like-minded societies. When Nicholas tricks him into a speaking event at a popular bookstore, the attendees include Edward’s former college English professor – a smarmy Lothario with his own book to hawk. Then the professor dies in a spectacularly public manner, and his last act is to point an accusatory finger at his former student.

Join the Harlow Brothers for another romp through murderous suspects, romantic possibilities, and the ever-present sibling rivalry.

Civility Rules - Book 1

Mystery meets farce in the first of the Harlow Brothers mysteries.

Everybody loves Aunt Civility’s etiquette books. However, no one but her secretary, Nicholas Harlow, has ever met the author. That’s because the genteel, grandmotherly Aunt Civility is in reality his short-tempered older brother, Edward, who gives lectures as the official representative of the allegedly agoraphobic author.

One such event is scheduled to take place at the isolated Inglenook Resort. The guests are snowed in before the attendees arrive. Then a dead body turns up in the room next door, and Edward is in danger of losing his manners. Nicholas convinces him they should team up to solve the crime, but soon teamwork turns into competition. Nicholas will do whatever it takes to beat his brother, but as the body count rises, so do his chances of becoming the next victim.

Short Stories

The Case of the Cooked Goose - 2nd Edition

What led entrepreneur Nicholas Harlow to accept the position as secretary to the author of the Aunt Civility etiquette books, especially when that author is his overbearing brother, Edward?

It all began with The Case of the Cooked Goose. This newly revised short mystery reveals the details on how two brothers – their personalities poles apart – bonded over murder. A prequel to the novel Civility Rules.

The only reason Nicholas Harlow accompanies his brother, Edward, to the Deer Stalker Hotel is because he’s out of options. Having lost everything to his unscrupulous business partner, he’s broke, homeless, and spiraling into depression. Edward promises him a relaxing (and, more to point, free) weekend away from his troubles. Sammy Spade, the former hackneyed star of the erroneously named children’s show, the Grandpa Goose and Grandma Gander Hour, has the lead role in the hotel’s production of “Eddie and Mary”, a comedy based on Edward Hyde and Mary Reilly of Jekyll and Hyde fame. When Sammy drops dead from arsenic poisoning at the beginning of the first act, Nicholas becomes the main suspect. The brothers form an uncomfortable alliance to search for a killer among the large group of people who are happy Sammy is dead, including one ex-wife, an ambitious understudy, and a front desk receptionist who is either in mourning or suffering from a horrendous case of allergies.

Death of a Christmas Tradition

One of the few things that brothers Edward and Nicholas Harlow agree on is a traditional Christmas celebration. When Edward decides to scrap conventions in favor of current fashions–including a pre-decorated tree from Kaiser Tree Farms–his decision sets off a series of mishaps that lead to the theft of his tree and the death of a Kaiser employee. As Nicholas and Edward attempt to track down the thief, one of their top questions is Why would anyone steal a Christmas tree?

One Bad Egg

When author Edward Harlow offers to host an Easter egg hunt for St. Michael’s Group Home, his secretary and brother, Nicholas, bears the brunt of the workload, which includes placating an overbearing event organizer, wrangling orphans on a sugar high, and managing a gigantic Easter Bunny with a bad attitude. Then someone dumps a body in the laundry hamper, and both brothers scramble to discover the culprit before the killer can strike again.  A holiday novella.