The Detective Cancini Mysteries

What readers are saying about this series:

Praise for A GUILTY MIND

“A Guilty Mind is every murder mystery reader’s delight. The book’s subtle foreshadowing brings out the detective in ALL of us. But read carefully because Kellie Larsen Murphy can dish out the Red herrings as well as Agatha Christie.” M.C.V. Egan, Author of THE BRIDGE OF DEATHS

Accused of murdering his psychiatrist, a broken man must face his horrific past in order to protect his future.

George Vandenberg is a drunk with a volatile temper, haunted by the memory of the young woman he once loved and tragically lost. Wrestling with his guilt and pushed by his psychiatrist to confess his role in her death, he teeters on the edge of a nervous breakdown, blacking out drunk more often than not.

But when his doctor turns up dead, brutally stabbed to death in his office, George has nowhere left to turn.

Stunned and confused, George emerges as the prime suspect in an investigation led by Detective Michael Cancini, a D.C. cop who knows all too well how far a man can go when he’s pushed.

To prove his innocence, George must face the police, his manipulative wife, and the shell of a man he’s become. But as much as George wants to forget his past, the past is not done with him…


“The plot will keep you turning pages, but it’s the colorful cast of characters that makes this story memorable. …I tore through this book from beginning to end…” Lisa Runge (The Kindle Book Review)

“Do put STAY OF EXECUTION on your to-read list.” Long and Short Reviews

Perfect for fans of Making a Murderer, a novel about a man exonerated of heinous crimes returning to a town that can’t let go of his bloody legacy.

Little Springs was just a small college town, the kind of place where everyone knew everyone and crime was virtually nonexistent–until a series of rapes and murders at the college shook the community to its core. Only the arrest and conviction of Leo Spradlin, the “Coed Killer,” could end the terror.

Years later, Spradlin is suddenly cleared based on unshakeable DNA evidence, and no one is more surprised than Detective Mike Cancini.

As new questions arise about the true identity of the murderer, Cancini struggles to accept his role in the conviction of an innocent man.

But when the attacks begin again, Cancini is not the only one who worries a mistake has been made. Cancini is drawn back to Little Springs, caught in a race against time to uncover the real “Coed Killer” before the next girl dies…

Praise for THE LAST SIN

“I admit I am in love with Detective Cancini.” Suzie – Bunny’s Review

“This is a great, action packed thriller that I had a hard time putting down. I loved The Last Sin and I will definitely be getting the other books in this series.” JBronder Book Reviews

Forgive me father, for I have sinned…

Detective Mike Cancini has seen dark days as a homicide detective in Washington, D.C. But even he is shocked when a charismatic young priest is found shot through the eye on the altar of his own church. As Cancini investigates, he uncovers long-buried secrets from the man’s past, and it becomes clear that the church was not as holy as it seemed.

When another priest is attacked, Cancini refuses to believe it’s a coincidence, and his frustration grows as his search is blocked at every turn by inflexible priests and cagey church employees.

The resolute detective must unravel the web of lies before more people are hurt, but how can he find a murderer when no one is innocent and everyone’s a sinner?

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