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

Hunting Inspiration With a Club

"Always grab the reader by the throat in the first paragraph, sink your thumbs into his windpipe in the second, and hold him against the wall until the tag line."--Paul O'Neil That's the goal. On the literary blog The First Two Pages, writers discuss their opening...

Sale & Sunnyvale

Did you make a resolution to read more? Have you joined the 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge? Do you want to consider more mysteries for upcoming awards? My 2015 contribution to the mystery genre was Black Beans & Venom, on sale this week for 99 cents! Now what is...

NorCal SinC & MWA Holiday Party

Half the fun is getting there! The BART was full of Santas on their way to SantaCon in downtown San Francisco. The weather cooperated, taking a break in the rain to give us a crisp, sunny day. From the 16th Street Station, Danny headed off to a museum, while I walked...

Listen to the Music

My husband is a secular Jew and I’m agnostic, but music knits our holiday season together. I’m a musician and he’s a music aficionado. We light the Hanukkah candles and I give my husband little presents each night, bound to include music-related items whether a CD...

Guest Post & Giveaway

This week I have a guest post up at Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers. Learn how/why I made Carol Sabala a baker/private investigator. Included in the article is the recipe for traditional flan from my newly re-released book Death with Dessert. The post also contains...

Two Upcoming Events

First, I've been invited to speak to a Book Club. I'm thrilled! They've been reading the first book in my series, Murder, Honey, set during the Christmas season. My engagement is this Friday, November 20th. I'll address the Scotts Valley Senior Center Book Club at...

Sisters in Crime Fall Showcase

Our Fall Showcase at Books, Inc. in San Francisco was a huge success as you can see by the crowd! In spite of a broken knee, Eileen Magill made it to the event to read from her spooky House of Homicide, putting to use her experience of living in a haunted house. We'll...

NorCal Sisters in Crime Fall Showcase

I'll be reading my most recently published short story, Critical Mass, at the NorCal Sisters in Crime Fall Showcase. Many talented authors will entertain you, including Juliet Blackwell, Heather Haven, Ellen Kirschman, Bette & J.J. Lambe, Eileen Magill, Camille...

Bouchercon!

Bouchercon is almost upon us. The biggest mystery conference in the world takes place this weekend -- October 8 through 11 -- in Raleigh, North Carolina. Stay dry, my friends. I sadly will not be there. I have my sights on next year in New Orleans. However, for...