Welcome to the official website of K.L. Murphy

K.L. Murphy is the author of the Detective Cancini Mysteries, coming soon from Witness Impulse, an imprint of Harper Collins.


A GUILTY MIND coming March 15, 2016

STAY OF EXECUTION coming May 17, 2016

THE LAST SIN coming early 2017


More on the series:

A GUILTY MIND (originally published in 2012) has been a Top 100 Kindle Crime Mystery, Top 100 Kindle Hard-Boiled Mystery, and continues to expand on its international fan base. Here’s what readers have to say about the first novel in the Cancini series:

“Part psychological thriller, part mystery, and totally seductive, A Guilty Mind sucks you in from the first page.” – Mary Mitchell

“And I thought I had a screwy family…You won’t be able to figure out this WHO DONE IT until the very end. Lots of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages.” – David W. Harless

“I am a mystery/suspense/thriller addict and this book fed my addiction perfectly! The story starts fast and hard and doesn’t let go until the very surprising end.” – Jennifer Zuna

“…a tale worth the telling, a proverbial yarn that will make the reader do some thinking, and a fine way to engage in a private bedtime story read.” Literary R&R

“A GUILTY MIND is a fantastic read that keeps you guessing until the end. The characters were fully developed and the story line pulled me from page to page always wanting to know what happens next. I hope to see Cancini at work again soon…” – Ronald Barden



  1. Kellie, My wife and I are friends of your mother and dad, and of course when your first book came out, Don gave us a copy to read. With the second Dectective Cancini book which we have also read we have become Detective Cancini fans. Keep up the good work. We are looking forward to the next book!! Stay of Execution rates a 5 star as far as we are concerned!!
    Hope to meet you on one of your trips to visit your folks.
    Jay Chronister


  2. I just read “A Guilty Mind” and immediately ordered A Stay of Execution. I am a new fan. Keep up the good work. I will definitely be reading your work with every new book.

    Sharon Hammang


  3. I am an avid reader and found ‘A Guilty Mind’ on Kindle. I absolutely loved it and as soon as I finished immediately downloaded ‘Stay of Execution’ and loved it even more ! I am already looking forward to your next novel as I feel a little sad they are both over . Keep up the great work! You are a great storyteller with a creative mind.


    1. Amanda, thanks so much for your kind words and for reading both books. Nothing makes me happier than to have a reader love what I wrote. I’m working hard on the third Cancini novel and I’m looking forward to when I can share it with readers. All the best to you and thanks again!


  4. I ordered and read ‘A Guilty Mind and enjoyed it so much I immediately ordered ‘Stay Of Execution’. I just finished Stay and wanted to thank you for both of them. Can’t wait for the next in the series!

    Anthony Urbano


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