Books by James C. Paavola

James C. Paavola has been a practicing psychologist for over 35 years, and he uses that experience to create rich characters such as Lt. Julia Todd, the heroine of his Murder in Memphis series. The first two books, The Chartreuse Envelope and They Gotta Sleep Sometime, also hook readers by setting the action around hot-button issues such as the financial collapse, bullying and sexual activity in retirement homes. Of course it doesn’t hurt that Paavola is writing about his hometown.

Cast the First Stone by James C. Paavola
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A slow-paced entry that's buoyed by a durable detective and a seemingly never-ending dossier of crimes."
The saga of Memphis police detective Julia Todd continues with this rollicking fifth installment of Paavola's (Blood Money, 2013, etc.) series. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2011

"An assured, soft-boiled sequel steeped in revenge, cold-blooded murder and contemporary calamities."
It's Christmastime in Memphis and someone is systematically murdering senior citizens, so it's up to Lieutenant Julia Todd of the Memphis Police Department to sort it all out. Read full book review >
Released: June 11, 2010

"A crafty, lightweight mystery anchored by a fearless female sleuth and lively supporting characters."
An economic collapse drives a hedge fund manager to murderous desperation while a police detective races to break the case before the body count rises in this intricately plotted mystery thriller. Read full book review >

"A fun, keep-you-up-at-night thrill ride."
After a flurry of explosions lights up the streets of Memphis, Lt. Julia Todd and her team of investigators have to play catch-up to stop the bombers before the next strike. Read full book review >