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.

Her most current publication is a creative non-fiction piece in the Winter 2021 Catamaran Literary Reader, a gorgeous quarterly journal. Support your local independent bookstores! Catamaran can be purchased at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

All of Vinnie’s books can be purchased locally at Bookshop or Kelly’s Books.

“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

Perfectly Modern Ways to Die

Motives for murder have not changed over the millennium, the three common ones being the pursuit of money, sex or power. Methods, however, are a different matter. The modern crime writer has at his/her disposal a trove of new ways to kill off characters. The first...

5 More Silver Linings

Back in April, I posted 10 Silver Linings to sheltering in place during the pandemic. As we drag toward the ninth month of not even leaving the county, it's definitely more difficult to find blessings. Yet, the original list holds up. I've included it below. Here are...

The News Continues!

With the pandemic and now our fires, I did not expect to have so much wonderful news to report. On Saturday, September 12 at noon PT, I'll be on a Zoom short story panel sponsored by NorCal Sisters in Crime. I am swooning to be on "stage" with Art Taylor, my absolute...

Big Zoom Event & a New Misterio Author

With writers conferences, bookshop appearances, and the publishing industry grinding to a standstill the last few months, I feel very fortunate to have any events to announce. On July 3, at 5 p.m. (Pacific Time), I will be reading with other Santa Cruz Women of...

10 Silver Linings to Sheltering in Place

I can’t say that there is a single positive to COVID-19, especially when I know people who have been quarantined and have lost loved ones. But the forced changes to our lives have not been all bad—at least not for me. These are some of the silver linings, listed in no...

Five Ways to Coax Me to Your Cozy

On my last post, I pointed out that my books are not cozies, and that I’m not particularly fond of cozies. Yet, I read a lot of them. My own series starts with a murder in the kitchen of a restaurant, so one might think I’d be drawn to culinary cozies. Nope. I created...

My Books Are Not Cozies

I’m not a fan of cozy mysteries. For those unfamiliar with the term, a cozy is a mystery with an amateur sleuth, no foul language, the sex and violence off the page. As my friend and cozy-mystery writer Mary Feliz puts it, “There’s a murder, but no one gets hurt.” In...

No Morocco, Just Insomnia

I'm supposed to be in Morocco now. My husband and I planned this big trip for months! But in early September, a stressful situation caused Danny to stop sleeping. By the time the situation was resolved a week later, he had developed a pattern of insomnia. He tried...

Killer Nashville and the Claymore Award

I wasn't planning to attend another writing conference this year! I've already been to Left Coast Crime in March and the California Crime Writers Conference in June--one more conference than I usually budget in a year. But then this happened: The Claymore is for best...

5 Reasons to Attend California Crime Writers Conference

I started June by attending the California Crime Writers Conference (CCWC) for my first time. I highly recommend this biennial conference. Why? First, this is a small, intimate conference with about 200 attendees. You will not be lost in the crowd! You will rub...