Author Jerold Last (Davis, CA USA)

The Deadly Dog Show
by Jerold Last

The sixth book in the popular Roger and Suzanne mystery series finds Roger and Bruce hired to go undercover impersonating the owner and handler of a Champion German Shorthaired Pointer named Juliet to investigate certain irregularities that might be occurring at dog shows in California.

To complicate this case the bodies of dead judges start popping up and Suzanne picks up a mysterious stalker sending her most unwelcome gifts. Throw in drug cartels and corrupt cops and it sounds like a typical job for our detective couple.

The Deadly Dog Show can be read as a stand-alone novel. Fans of the series should enjoy reconnecting with characters they’ve met in the previous books. This whodunit novel should appeal to mystery fans, dog lovers, and anyone who wants to learn more about the world of dog show conformation competition.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Cozy, Animals, Women’s Fiction, Women Sleuths



Rum, Cigars, and Corpses
(Roger and Suzanne Mystery Series Book 13)
by Jerold A. Last

Roger and Suzanne have to solve a cold, but still hazardous, case in a hot climate. Roger’s newest client was fired after leading a disastrous tour to Cuba during which a tourist died in a devastating accident. Our detective couple joins a subsequent identical tour of Cuba to seek evidence the catastrophe was murder, not an accident.

There’s no shortage of suspects in this perilous case, including the Cuban Intelligence Services, the CIA, a sprinkling of additional spies waiting for them in Havana, and several suspicious characters traveling on their tour. Danger lurks as they investigate the nightmare scenario that the victim was targeted by a deadly terrorist conspiracy. The author recently visited Cuba on a similar person-to-person tour, so all of the details about locations are authentic and the background is real.

This book is part of the Roger and Suzanne Mystery Series (all books can be read in any order)

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Espionage, International Mystery & Crime



The Body In The Alpaca Pasture
(Roger and Suzanne mystery series Book 11)
by Jerold Last

Someone shot a modern-day gaucho in the back at an isolated alpaca breeding facility in the small town of Molinos, high in the Andes Mountains in Argentina’s northwest province of Salta. In this isolated area far off the beaten track for tourists, everybody at the research facility had an opportunity to shoot the victim without being observed committing the crime.

This isn’t a crime that will be solved by CSI. There aren’t any fingerprints, footprints, a murder weapon, or other traditional clues conveniently left around the cadaver by the killer. The local police (both of them) are glorified meter maids, totally untrained to solve a mysterious murder like this one. By the time Roger and Suzanne arrive the corpse has long since been sent to the nearest hospital for an autopsy, which has been lost by the local bumbling authorities.

What was the motive? Why was the victim targeted? Was it murder for gain?

Roger and Suzanne interrogate the remaining staff members at the alpaca breeding facility as they seek evidence proving the existence of a sinister international conspiracy to explain the reason Oswaldo Pepin died. This fast-paced whodunit mystery features an exotic setting, a complex murder case, and a complicated and suspenseful plot.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, International Mystery & Crime, Private Investigators



Science Can Be Murder
(Roger and Suzanne Mysteries Book 10)
by Jerold Last

Science Can Be Murder combines three books from the Roger and Suzanne South American Mystery series into one omnibus volume. It starts with the first book in the series, the novel The Ambivalent Corpse, an ideal introduction to the series characters. Parts of a dismembered corpse are found on a rocky stretch of beach in Montevideo, Uruguay, apportioned equally between Memorials to a German cruiser sunk in World War II and to the Jews killed in the Holocaust.

Roger and Suzanne travel from Uruguay to Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay to solve this baffling and grotesque murder case. In the novella The Body in the Parking Structure a Bolivian colleague of Suzanne’s is found dead in a parking garage on the UCLA campus. There are possible ties to a small biotechnology company in Los Angeles. The third, and final, novel is The Origin of Murder, set in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands.

As Roger and Suzanne retrace the path that Charles Darwin sailed and walked more than 175 years ago, the body count increases almost as fast as the clues. The stories are all tied together by Suzanne’s skills and interest in biomedical science (like the author, she’s a biochemist on the faculty of The University of California).

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, International Mystery & Crime



The Origin Of Murder
(Roger and Suzanne South American Mystery Series Book 8)
by Jerold A. Last

The Origin of Murder is a whodunit mystery that brings Roger and Suzanne back to South America. The couple are on a luxury cruise through the Galapagos Islands when Suzanne finds a woman’s body with a couple of bullet holes in it floating in the Pacific Ocean.

There’s a ship full of suspects, including a shady DEA agent and two nubile sisters from San Francisco, with more dead bodies to come. The supporting cast includes their young son Robert, Bruce the nanny, and Paraguayan policeman Eduardo Garcia.

Join our detectives on a visit to the Galapagos Islands as Charles Darwin might have seen them on his historical voyage on HMS Beagle, and visit the ancient Incan city and capital of Ecuador, Quito, high in South America’s Andes Mountains. Series fans and new readers will enjoy this exciting mystery novel, which can be enjoyed as a standalone entry to the series.

This book is part of the Roger and Suzanne Mystery Series (all books can be read in any order).

Genre: Travel, South America, Ecuador & Galapagos Islands, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery > International Mystery & Crime



Unbearably Deadly
(Roger and Suzanne South American Mystery Series Book 9)
by Jerold A. Last

Roger and Suzanne take a working vacation at Denali National Park, six million acres of natural wilderness in northern Alaska, to investigate the deaths of a couple they had previously met in Peru and Chile.

The FBI investigation concludes the couple was killed during an accidental attack by a wild bear. But Roger’s partner Vincent Romero has reasons to doubt whether the official conclusion is correct. Roger and Suzanne find themselves stalking a wily killer, who is in turn stalking them.

Who murdered the couple and why were they killed?

Far from their usual haunts for investigations, South America and California, can Roger and Suzanne figure out whodunit in a case they begin with absolutely no clues, no suspects, and a crime scene larger than the entire State of Massachusetts?

This book is part of the Roger and Suzanne Mystery Series (all books can be read in any order).

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Cozy, Animals, Women’s Fiction, Women Sleuths



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Cold Coffee Café Spotlight Interview With Author Jerold A. Last

The author is a scientist on the faculty of the University of California and a big fan of California mystery novels. He taught a popular Freshman Seminar on California Mystery novels for several years at U.C. Davis. A quick search of Amazon will turn up more than just the Roger and Suzanne South American Mystery Series authored by Jerry. You’ll also find several technical books and articles in biochemistry previously edited or authored by him. The novels in his Roger Bowman-Suzanne Foster South American Mystery Series, The Ambivalent Corpse, The Surreal Killer, The Matador Murders, The Deadly Dog Show, The Origin of Murder and Unbearably Deadly are all available as Kindle e-books. So are the shorter novella, The Body in the Bed, and novelette, The Body in the Parking Structure. A novel-length anthology of short stories entitled Five Quickies For Roger And Suzanne and an Omnibus Volume Science Can Be Murder are also available on Amazon. All of the books feature Roger, Suzanne, and various other recurring characters from the series. Reader feedback for all of these books is appreciated, so please take a few minutes to write a book review after you finish reading any of these stories.

Jerry has loved reading mystery novels, especially the P.I. genre based in California, all his life. He started writing mysteries a few years ago when his wife Elaine suggested that he needed to have something to do when he retired – it doesn’t look like he’s retiring in the foreseeable future, but it’s never too soon to begin!

The settings and locales for all of the South American mystery novels, The Ambivalent Corpse, The Surreal Killer, The Matador Murders, and The Origin of Murder are authentic; the author lived previously in Salta, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay for several months each, and selected several of the most interesting locations he found for Roger and Suzanne to visit. The Ambivalent Corpse takes place in Montevideo and several of the countries surrounding Uruguay. The Surreal Killer visits Northern Chile’s Atacama Desert and Peru. The Matador Murders revisits Montevideo and also visits Santiago, Chile, where the author has been several times for collaborative research and teaching. The Origin of Murder takes place in the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean 600 miles west of Ecuador, with brief stops in Quito and Mexico’s Sonora Desert. The novelette The Body in the Bed (Montevideo) and two of the Five Quickies, The Empanada Affair (Salta, Argentina) and The Haunted Gymnasium (Fortaleza, Brazil) also feature South American locales.

Jerry and wife Elaine live in Northern California, where Elaine breeds prize-winning German Shorthaired Pointers who have served as the inspiration for The Deadly Dog Show and a future novel entitled Hunter Down (2015) in the series. The author’s blog at describes the background and birth of Jerry’s books, Jerry’s, Elaine’s, and the dog’s lives, and all things mysterious. Please stop by to visit it and take a look.


What makes you proud to be a writer from California?  I’m from Northern California, where we’ve lived for more than half my life.  I don’t know if proud is the right word but I enjoy sharing my experiences with my readers, whether they are places I’ve lived and visited, or what I’ve learned from my wife and dogs about German shorthaired pointers.

What or who inspired you to become a writer?  I’ve enjoyed reading what are usually called California mysteries, especially private eye novels, all my life.  I think Perry Mason was my first hero, with Philip Marlowe close behind.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage?  Yes.  I’ve lived and worked in South America, especially Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile, which serve as the backdrop for several of my books.  And, did I mention, my wife Elaine has been breeding and showing German shorthaired pointers for as long as I’ve known her?

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published?  I started writing my first mystery novel about five or six years ago.  I’ve also published about 250 papers in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, as well as editing quite a few books and journals.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process?  The people I’ve met—real and virtual—fellow writers, readers, Facebook and other social media friends.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey?  Probably discovering the world of independent publishing, especially via Amazon Kindle and Createspace.

How many published books do you have?  I currently have eight novels, three novellas, and an anthology of shorter stories, all featuring private eye Roger Bowman and his scientist wife, Suzanne Foster Bowman as the protagonists.


Abra Cadaver
Rum, Cigars, and Corpses
Hunter Down
Unbearably Deadly
The Origin of Murder
The Deadly Dog Show
The Matador Murders
The Surreal Killer
The Ambivalent Corpse

The Body in the Bed
The Body in the Alpaca Pasture
The Body in the Parking Structure

Five Quickies for Roger and Suzanne

*****There’s also an Omnibus Volume of two of the novels and a novella: Science Can Be Murder.  All of these books are available from Amazon Kindle; the two dog-related novels and the Cuban novel are also published in paperback versions on Createspace.

Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript?  Usually before, but I’ve done it both ways.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre?  My preferred genre is Mystery/Thriller/Suspense; often (but not always) International Mystery.  The genre has been my favorite as a reader all my life.

Which book title would you like featured in this interview?  “Rum, Cigars, and Corpses”

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for?  Taking a people-to-people tour of Cuba last year.  We toured more than half the island, as well as spending several days seeing Havana.  I saw it as the perfect setting for a murder mystery.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors?  Keep writing.  You learn by doing.

Who is your favorite author and why?  Robert B. Parker or Ross MacDonald.  I have enjoyed reading all their books.  They create worlds I can believe and become immersed in set against localities (Boston, Southern California) I’ve lived in and know well.

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