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Julia George

Julia George is the pen name of a husband and wife writing team. Julia and George haven't always been writers. Most of their adventures have been in the world of the theater. They've both acted and directed. George also produced plays and made documentary films. Julia has designed costumes and sets and performed in commercials. Along the way she ran her own interior design business. George did a stint as a talent agent in Manhattan, represented a Russian artist, and crossed swords with the Soviet KGB in the Evil Empire. Together they also raised a terrific son. "Galya Popoff and the Dead Souls" is their first novel.


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"Wacky but wonderful . . . a madcap mystery romp."

Kirkus Reviews


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Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2012: GALYA POPOFF AND THE DEAD SOULS

Hometown Oakland, California

Favorite author Shakespeare

Favorite book Jeeves and Wooster series by P.G. Wodehouse

Favorite line from a book "Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death." (Okay, it wasn't in the book, but it was in the play)

Favorite word Laugh!


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FICTION & LITERATURE
Page count: 338pp

A madcap mystery romp in a coastal California college town, where students fit in studying after hitting the beach.

Down-on-his-luck Hollywood star Lance Steele (aka Pavel Popoff) is temporarily residing with his Russian-professor mother, Galya. Taking Lance’s “stepbrother”—a poodle named Kroshka (Breadcrumb)—for an early morning walk on campus, Galya narrowly escapes being crushed by the body of Chancellor (“Nazi”) Nottbeck falling from the campanile. As in most cozy mysteries, the local police believe the deceased died by accident (free climbing, in this case), but Galya is convinced he was the victim of foul play. She enlists, or forces, her son to investigate, drawing Lance/Pavel into a series of implausible but hilarious situations—e.g., hiding under a widow’s bed while Galya attempts to seduce the officer sent to inform the widow of her husband’s death. George exhibits a skill comparable to Janet Evanovich in crafting the zany ethnic matriarch, with Galya showing more depth and intelligence than Grandma Mazur. As a hapless pawn in his mother’s machinations, Lance is a sympathetic, likable fellow who can’t be blamed for his conflicted feelings for the delectable but young reporter Tiffany/Tanya. (In George’s hands, the fact that nearly every character has at least two names isn’t the least bit annoying.) While the combination of an extremely ethnic Russian in a groovy, surfer-infested beach town might seem unlikely, George not only makes it work, but turns it into a rollicking adventure the reader will not want to end. Detective Michael Lewis stretches credulity a bit too far with his willingness to overlook his former professor’s repeated meddling in a crime scene, but he’s so addled with lust for Nottbeck’s widow, how can he be expected to focus?

A wacky but wonderful new cozy by a talented author.