The Big Shakeup

The Big Shakeup

Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, or so they say.

P.I. Nicole Graves arrives early at work, just as Los Angeles is hit with “the Big One,” a long-predicted, devastating earthquake. When the building stops shaking, Nicole finds Jerry, her boss, in his office dying of a gunshot wound. It appears to be suicide.

Nicole is shocked to learn that the police have decided Jerry’s death was murder and even more shocked that she’s their only suspect when there’s no shortage of people with motives. And there’s the question of why the detectives are pursuing this one case when all city workers, including the police, are in an all-out search and rescue operation for survivors. All she can do is evade capture long enough to prove her innocence and catch the real culprit.

Nancy Boyarsky's writing has been praised as "well-crafted, tautly-written" by James Lilliefors, author of the Amy Hunter novels The Psalmist and The Tempest, and "thoroughly entertaining and unforgettable" by Dave Edlund, USA TODAY bestselling author of the Peter Savage Novels.

"Like John le Carre, Boyarsky portrays a world of espionage that’s more grit than glamour and where it can be a struggle to distinguish the good guys from the bad. A real page-turner with a satisfying resolution." –Mally Becker, author of The Turncoat’s Widow (Praise for The Moscow Affair, Nicole Graves Book 6)

Each book in the Nicole Graves Mysteries is written as a stand-alone. Readers do not need to read every book in the series to follow along.

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Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, or so they say.

P.I. Nicole Graves arrives early at work, just as Los Angeles is hit with “the Big One,” a long-predicted, devastating earthquake. When the building stops shaking, Nicole finds Jerry, her boss, in his office dying of a gunshot wound. It appears to be suicide.

Nicole is shocked to learn that the police have decided Jerry’s death was murder and even more shocked that she’s their only suspect when there’s no shortage of people with motives. And there’s the question of why the detectives are pursuing this one case when all city workers, including the police, are in an all-out search and rescue operation for survivors. All she can do is evade capture long enough to prove her innocence and catch the real culprit.

Nancy Boyarsky’s writing has been praised as “well-crafted, tautly-written” by James Lilliefors, author of the Amy Hunter novels The Psalmist and The Tempest, and “thoroughly entertaining and unforgettable” by Dave Edlund, USA TODAY bestselling author of the Peter Savage Novels.

“Like John le Carre, Boyarsky portrays a world of espionage that’s more grit than glamour and where it can be a struggle to distinguish the good guys from the bad. A real page-turner with a satisfying resolution.” –Mally Becker, author of The Turncoat’s Widow (Praise for The Moscow Affair, Nicole Graves Book 6)

Each book in the Nicole Graves Mysteries is written as a stand-alone. Readers do not need to read every book in the series to follow along.

Awards, Reviews, and Coverage

“Another action-packed thrill ride from Nancy Boyarsky, whose action-packed plot kept me turning pages late into the night.” —Laura Levine, Author of the Jaine Austen Mysteries

“A fantastic page-turner, the cannot-put-down kind of read.” —Bryone Peters for Readers’ Favorite

“This private investigator takes some big risks to prove herself innocent of murder in this edge-of-your-seat thriller.” —Evelyn Cullet, author of the Willows Bend Cozy Mystery Series

“A riveting, compelling mystery from the start.” —D. Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

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Series: The Nicole Graves Mysteries, Book 7
Genres: Featured, Fiction, Mysteries and Thrillers
Publisher: Light Messages Publishing
Publication Year: 2023
ASIN: B0C8ZNKZ78
ISBN: 9781611535310
List Price: 14.99
eBook Price: 6.99
About the Author
Nancy Boyarsky

Nancy Boyarsky is the bestselling author of the award-winning Nicole Graves Mysteries.

Reviews compared The Swap to the mysteries of Mary Higgins Clark and praised Nancy for contributing to the "women-driven mystery field with panache" (Foreword Reviews) as well as for their "hold-onto-the-bar roller coaster" plots (RT Book Reviews). Kirkus had special praise for The Bequest, concluding, "Boyarsky's weightless complications expertly combine menace with bling, making the heroine's adventures both nightmarish and dreamy." In Liar Liar, Foreword Reviews falls once more for the "tough and likable protagonist Nicole Graves" and Midwest Book Review praises the "exquisite tension" throughout the story.

Before turning to mysteries, Nancy coauthored Backroom Politics, a New York Times notable book, with her husband, Bill Boyarsky. She has written several textbooks on the justice system as well as articles for publications including the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, and McCall’s. She also contributed to political anthologies, including In the Running, about women’s political campaigns. In addition to her writing career, she was communications director for political affairs for ARCO. Her debut novel The Swap—book one of the Nicole Graves Mysteries—won the prestigious Eric Hoffer award for Best Micro Press Book of the Year.

In response to the controversial and incendiary themes explored in Liar Liar, Nancy Boyarsky was invited to present at the American Library Association Annual Conference in 2018 on "Women-Driven Mysteries in a Post #MeToo World." In her latest novel, "Boyarsky’s imagination serves up a court case that plays with expectations during an era where we push to believe women, resulting in some real bad baddies whom it feels good to root against." (Foreword Reviews).

The sixth installment of the Nicole Graves series will be released September 21, 2021. Her last Nicole Graves adventure, The Entitled, was published September 29, 2020.

Nancy has been a writer and editor for her entire working career. She coauthored Backroom Politics, a New York Times notable book, with her husband, Bill Boyarsky. She has written textbooks on the justice system and contributed to anthologies, including In the Running about women’s political campaigns and The Challenge of California. She has also written for the Los Angeles Times, West magazine, Forbes, McCalls, Playgirl, Westways, and other publications. She was communications director for political affairs for ARCO.

Order of Books in the Nicole Graves Mysteries:
1. The Swap
2. The Bequest
3. Liar, Liar
4. The Ransom
5. The Entitled
6. The Moscow Affair
7. The Big Shakeup

In addition to writing mysteries, Nancy is producer and director of the “Inside Golden State Politics” podcast.

Nancy can be contacted through her website, nancyboyarsky.com.

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