Carol Finizza has had a passion for storytelling since crafting articles for her college newspaper. She was a former sportswriter for the Orange County Register and a regular contributor to Orange Coast Magazine. She continued her writing career in advertising, where she wrote ad copy for some of Orange County’s most successful companies and non-profit organizations. Carol served as Director of Marketing for The Strand at Headlands, a historic property located on California’s Gold Coast. Her creative and inspired approach to marketing, her deep connection to the community and her team spirit helped to position The Strand as one of California’s most coveted residential communities and storied destinations. Carol resides in Dana Point. She is the author of The Surf-Vival Handbook for Land and Sea, a girl’s guide to life at the beach. Murder on Hollywood Beach is Carol’s debut novel in The Messy Girl Murder Series. You can connect with Carol at www.carolfinizzaauthor.com
Murder on Hollywood Beach
"Carol Finizza provides a fast-paced plot, great sense of place, and wicked sense of humor in this amusing mystery." —Nancy Boyarsky, bestselling author of The Nicole Graves Mysteries
"Finizza takes you on a rollercoaster ride with a likable, fully developed heroine who we root for and will all want to spend more time with in the future. Great debut novel!” —Amanda Lamb, author of the Maddie Arnette Mysteries
"The heroine, Amanda Beckwith, is a brilliantly crafted character sprinkled with flaws that will instantly make her a favorite of mystery readers." —Christopher Flory, author of the Paul Dodge series
Amanda Beckwith is a classic underachiever who finally hits the jackpot when she marries Santa Barbara wellness guru Geoff Martin. She is fast becoming the envy of her hip, 30-something girlfriends when Geoff dumps her for Bree, his massage therapist. With nothing to show for her short marriage but a couple of minor brushes with the law and a tiny drinking problem, Amanda escapes to Hollywood Beach, 20 miles south of Santa Barbara, to focus on her career as professional organizer and “Messy Girl” blogger for a small local newspaper.
When Bree is found murdered on the beach behind Amanda’s house, her life spirals into chaos. Detectives single her out as a person of interest. With few people listening to her side of the story, Amanda resorts to her own devices to clear her name.
As Amanda edges closer to the truth, her status shifts from person of interest to next victim.