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Melissa M. Garcia

Mystery Author


Latest Release

Next of Kin

A Death Valley Mystery (2014)

As Homicide Detective Will Stellar comes to grips with his brother’s recent incarceration, he’s called out to the murder of a childhood friend. His investigation leads him to uncover secrets that could take down the Lake City Police Department and force him to walk a tightrope of politics and civic responsibility.

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With the skill of a painter, Garcia creates beautiful and soulful players for her play. At the end, I was as conflicted about the real killer as was Detective Stellar. Another thing that worked was the theme and how each person was dealing with the same problem in different ways. Everyone had a similar conflict of family over duty. This is a mystery novel done right and is as enjoyable as a cool drink on those hot desert nights.

Kevin Brown

San Francisco Book Review

Praise & Reviews


This is a mystery to enjoy. It will engage the reader with a lot of bodies, both living and dead, who offer a quandary of clues regarding the deaths. The characters are believable with their own follies and dysfunctional behaviors, and the dead tell no lies if only the real perpetrators can be found.

Carol Anderson

US Review of Books


This book has an intriguing plot. There are many unexpected twists and turns. The pages just couldn’t turn fast enough; I could hardly wait to see what would happen on the next page. This book
has something for everyone, intrigue, mystery and romance. I highly recommend “Falling Angels.”

Debra Gaynor

Reader Views


See Upcoming Appearances

I look forward to seeing and meeting you at these upcoming events

April 18th 2015, LA Times Festival of Books - USC

Appearance and signing

September 13th 2014, Writer's Police Academy, NC


April 13th 2014, LA Times Festival of Books - USC

Appearance and signing


About Melissa M. Garcia

Melissa is a fictional crime author from Southern California. She has written two crime series which include the
Luc Actar Novels and the Death Valley Mysteries.

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