Vinnie Hansen

Award-winning author Vinnie Hansen lives in Santa Cruz, California, the iconic seaside town serving as the backdrop for most of her Carol Sabala mystery series. Now published by misterio press, you can follow Carol’s latest adventure in book seven, Black Beans & Venom.


“Hansen presents her readers with a tight, fast-paced mystery…. In Sabala, Hansen has created a likable sleuth whose many problems readers may readily identify with….”
The Bloomsbury Review

LOSTART STREET, a novel of mystery, murder, and moonbeams!

I've written something new and different, a cross-genre novel titled Lostart Street. The year is 1982. Twenty-eight-year-old would-be writer Cecile abandons her life in San Francisco to accept a teaching position in a small California coast town. Forced to move...

A Dozen Crime Lab Tidbits

In March I visited the Santa Clara Crime Lab because hey, that’s the kind of thing crime writers do on a lovely spring day. My husband, Danny, went along. He enjoys police info, too. I guess you better if you’re married to a mystery author. We were disappointed to...

Honolulu Havoc: Left Coast Crime 2017

I'm finally recovering from Left Coast Crime in Honolulu. As one of my friends remarked, they used Hawaii to lure the big guns, Faye and Jonathan Kellerman. The Kellermans were recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards. Then we had Toastmaster Laurie R. King, a treat,...

SinC at AAUW

All those acronyms! SinC (Sisters in Crime) and AAUW (American Association of University Women) are two simpatico organizations. The AAUW's mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. The Sisters in Crime...

Santa Cruz Noir

It's somewhat official. The editors of Akashic Books' upcoming Santa Cruz Noir, told me, "We love your story and are thrilled to include it in Santa Cruz Noir."  I haven't signed any "bottom lines" yet, but I'm still doing a happy dance. Santa Cruz Noir will join...

Mark Your Calendar: Misterio Press InstaFreebie

My publisher, misterio press, is offering a post-holiday promotion, January 3rd - January 10th, so people can load up their new readers with free goodies! Misterio offers a broad range of mysteries. Kassandra Lamb’s Marcia Banks and Buddy series and Shannon Esposito’s...

10 Nuggets from the Writers’ Police Academy

Attending the Writers’ Police Academy gave me a wealth of cop info. I offer these 10 nuggets: A person will bleed out in three to five minutes. If you’re bleeding out, I can improvise a tourniquet with a two-inch wide band of material and something to twist it up...

Giveaway!

Squeezed & Juiced is now available in paperback! To celebrate I am giving away three copies via a Goodreads giveaway. You have one week to enter. 🙂 Her first real P.I. case, an ailing mother, and a stalled relationship. As Carol Sabala attempts to juggle the...

Squeezed & Juiced (Formerly Tang Is Not Juice)

Time for the misterio press re-release of Tang Is Not Juice (book 4 of The Carol Sabala Series). Notice the new title Squeezed & Juiced and the gorgeous new cover from Melinda Van Lone at Book Cover Corner. As with all the books re-released through misterio press,...

Sleuthing Women

Whoot! The big day has arrived just in time for all those spring birthdays and Mother's Day. Sleuthing Women has gone live on Amazon and Kobo. Look at the company I'm keeping! I'm so honored. Sleuthing Women: 10 First-in-Series Mysteriesis a collection of 10...