The title of my upcoming Pari Malik mystery book has been chosen:
Lurking on the Highwire
The title, as with the debut novel in the series, relates to an emotional state. But it is also a reference to the featured characters, who in this story are members of a vibrant, international, cruelty-free, modern circus that performs colorful and inspirational shows for universal audiences. The cover image will be released this summer, shortly before the book is ready for publication. (Please sign up for my email newsletters to get immediate notifications.)
Earlier this year I experimented with new covers for the series. My designer created stunning concepts and they were received well. However, some mentioned confusion with the close-up images of the women's faces, mistaking the books for containing Young Adult or Romantic content. The books (both in ebook format and print format) now have their original covers again, though the upcoming novel with deviate in style (but not typography).
I also want to wish you the best of summers. I hope you are able to travel, visit museums and libraries, and spend meaningful time with loved ones. Summer is the most difficult season for homeless animals. If you are considering enlarging your family, now may be an ideal time to meet rescued animals and support your local animal protection organizations and no-kill societies. Thank you for your support and interest in my books.
"Lurking in Paradise" (A Pari Malik Mystery Book 3)
The third mystery in Van Argan's Pari Malik book series publishes as an ebook on May 10. The paperback version will follow shortly. Pari, an amateur sleuth, returns to Oahu, Hawaii, and solves the murder of a legendary photographer killed at a wedding rehearsal dinner celebration.
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In anticipation of the announcement -- coming soon -- for the third book in the Pari Malik Mystery series, new book covers debut today for "Lurking on the Tightrope: Mystery at Diamond Head" and "Lurking on the Precipice."
In Pari's upcoming mystery, the young sleuth returns to Hawaii, rejoining favorite characters.
Thank you to author and screenwriter Perie Wolford for these new designs.
"Lurking on the Tightrope: Mystery at Diamond Head" is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, iBooks, Kobo, and other bookstores.
"Lurking on the Precipice" is also available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, iBooks, Kobo, and other bookstores.
"Christmas Halo," a stand-alone romantic suspense short story, is also an introduction to Abby, Kawaii, and other characters featured and developed in Van Argan's mystery novel titled "Lurking On The Tightrope: Mystery at Diamond Head."
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One Last Splash
Karen, a collegiate swimming star, is discovered lifeless and floating in the university’s old swimming pool on the eve of its demolition.
We enrich our days by discovering new artists, architects, authors, books, movies, paintings, plays, philosophers, and sculptures.
My goal through the holiday season and new year is to explore on a daily basis, making discovery a habit and constant joy.
An earnest young runaway vanishes. Was she harmed? Or is she hiding and stalking to fulfill a secret pursuit? Disappearances and attacks on the colorful residents of Mountain Quail Gardens, a new Tuscan-themed neighborhood in the desert outskirts of Las Vegas, intrigue 20-year-old Pari Malik. She rents the same casita where the runaway lived and evanesced. Danger escalates during a group hiking and rock climbing trip in the labyrinthine sandstone mountains, caves, and canyons of the Southwest. Pari, an amateur sleuth, investigates and strives to piece together the scattered clues and enigmas of the puzzles in time to save innocent people in peril. Pari’s investigation is both helped and hindered by extraordinary people with curious personalities and behaviors. Nils, a world champion and Olympic medalist eager to find life after swimming. Malana, a self-described healer and masseuse, who is perhaps loyal to a fault with those she holds dear. Fionn, a male revue dancer desperately clinging to his concept of youth. Alejandra, a security guard mending a broken heart and trying to understand a personal tragedy. Roman, a mountain climbing enthusiast and flight attendant panicked that he is being stalked. Crystal, a beauty blogger and charity director acting mysteriously and crashing into the lives of others. Diego, a graphic artist and business owner yearning for renewed inspiration while trying to protect his sister. Violet, an octogenarian who scornfully spies on her neighbors to her devoted husband’s chagrin. Sparrow and Spence, a strange couple with abundant tricks, who shamelessly seek investors. “Lurking On The Precipice” is a stand-alone mystery and suspense novel set throughout compelling locations in southern Nevada. It is the follow-up to the debut of Pari Malik as an accidental sleuth in “Lurking On The Tightrope: Mystery at Diamond Head.”