Books by Michael Carlon

Motel California (Farrah Graham Book 3)

Farrah Graham and Jimmy Doubts, hosts of the Uncorking a Murder podcast, are back in Michael Carlon’s new comedic mystery Motel California.

Unlike the song of a similar title, the Motel California isn’t a lovely place—a fact that Jimmy learns the hard way when he’s framed for the murder of an outlaw country artist hellbent on distancing himself from his past.

Farrah has her own cross to bear as a patent troll has surfaced looking to put an end to Uncorking a Murder unless their outrageous demands can be met. The stakes couldn’t be higher as Jimmy races against the clock to prove his innocence and Farrah fights for their future.

Identical twin detectives who incessantly argue about glam rock, a sociopathic cowboy with an axe to grind, an adult film actress running away from “Silicone Valley,” and a mob boss addicted to home improvement television round out the cast of Motel California, a tale that could only be told in the backdrop of a city as colorful as LA.

Readers who appreciate the vibrant characters of Carl Hiaasen, the wit of Jonathan Tropper, and the humor of both should check into the Motel California; there’s plenty of room.

The Last Homily (Farrah Graham Book 2)

A progressive priest is murdered on the altar and it’s up to Farrah Graham to find out who did it, and why.

A Catholic priest is murdered while celebrating mass in the resort village of Chatham, MA and it is up to Farrah Graham, host of the Uncorking a Murder podcast, to find out who did it and why, before the killer strikes again. Father Gregory Hart is an outspoken reformer in the Catholic Church and has been a thorn in the side of church hierarchy ever since the sex abuse scandal broke in 2001. In his homilies, Fr. Hart has advocated for the ordination of women, the welcoming of homosexual couples into union with the Church, and the reversal of his Church’s stance on artificial birth control.

One Sunday, Fr. Hart drops dead on the altar just before the end of mass and his congregation is shocked to find out that he was murdered. Farrah Graham, host of the Uncorking a Murder podcast, sees the priest die and immediately inserts herself into the case. When a sexual abuse survivor is arrested for the murder of Fr. Hart, Farrah has her doubts about his guilt and launches her own investigation.

As her exploration proceeds, it becomes clear that the police have arrested the wrong man and this puts Farrah, her brother Michael, and “Jimmy Doubts,” in harm’s way as the real killer will stop at nothing to hide from justice.

Uncorking a Murder (Farrah Graham Book 1)

A retired detective short on time is looking to right a wrong in this “Serial meets Gone Girl” thriller.

The Uncorking a Murder podcast took the nation by storm. Farrah Graham, the creator and host, struck a nerve with listeners through a ten-episode serial that combined investigative journalism, old fashioned radio drama, and compelling storytelling.

Farrah’s loyal listeners and advertisers are hungry for season two! While Farrah and her partner Melody struggle to agree on a topic for the second season of the podcast, their intern takes a call from a retired detective in Ft. Lauderdale pitching his request to focus on a case he was involved with five years earlier.

Interested to hear why a retired detective is driven to have a conviction overturned, Farrah follows her curiosity down to Ft. Lauderdale where she uncovers a conspiracy involving a narcissistic CEO fueled by greed, a US Senator, and a wrongly imprisoned man; but will she live long enough to uncork the story?

 

All the F*cks I Cannot Give

Kelly Carson is one of those ‘Clark Kent’ like guys who just can’t stand up for himself. His wife doesn’t love him, his boss doesn’t respect him, and his father refers to Kelly’s twin sister as the son he always wanted. With three weeks to go before Christmas, Kelly receives the shock of his life when he’s fired over the telephone while waiting to catch a flight.

Terri Flynn, a free-spirited starlet who is running away to New York after walking off the set of her latest feature film, overhears Kelly’s unceremonious firing and becomes hell bent on transforming him from the Clark Kent he is into the Superman the impulsive actress feels he’s destined to become. After their flight to New York is cancelled, Kelly and Terri take a last-minute jaunt to Hawaii, putting in motion a series of hilarious events and misadventures that will have you belly laughing from page to page.

From the beaches of Maui to the concrete jungle of New York and the underground swinger scene of suburban Chicago, Michael Carlon’s fifth novel, All the F*cks I Cannot Give, will have wishing you were in Kelly Carson’s shoes for just one day.

 

Winning Streak

At twenty-nine, Patrick “Trick” Evans has just accomplished what no golfer since 1930 has been able to do, win all four of golf’s major championships in the same calendar year. There’s no doubt that he’s the sporting world’s newest superstar but he walks away from it all after the sudden death of his father and retreats to his secluded home in Chatham, Massachusetts.

Casper Quinlan is helping her father reinvent his magazine, Fore!, to have a place in the digital age. As part of her new job, she accepts the challenge to land an interview with the reclusive Trick Evans. While she has recovered physically from the car accident that took her leg fifteen years prior, she’s been unable to sustain a long term romantic relationship and finds it impossible to believe anyone will truly love her because of her handicap.

Robert McMullen has not been to Chatham since his teenage daughter’s death three decades ago. Recently widowed, he returns to Chatham to grant his wife’s dying wish, to be buried with a necklace that their late daughter gave her for Mother’s Day over four decades ago. Along the way he comes to realize that his late wife may have had ulterior motives for sending him back to the town where their daughter died.

Winning Streak is the story of how these three lives intersect and how each comes to learn critical lessons in order to heal from the pain of loss in their lives. Readers will be taken on an emotional journey full of laughter and tears while enjoying this novel which is reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks and Mitch Albom.

Return to Casa Grande

A washed up 80s soap star is thrust back into the spotlight after an accidental appearance on a hit reality show.

Blaze Hazelwood is a former “household name” actor searching for relevance in an entertainment environment that is remarkably different from what it was in his heyday.

Blaze was the breakout star of Casa Grande, a 1980s primetime soap beloved by millions. Twenty-five years after the show’s finale, the rest of the cast is struggling to get by but Blaze manages to stay busy doing voiceover work as well as participating in marketing focus groups taking on different personas to continually “build his chops.” Blaze loathes reality TV; for he truly believes that it represents everything wrong with the entertainment industry – and quite possibly the world – today.

Harvard educated Allison Hart, meanwhile, has a hit on her hands with Bling it on Featuring T-Bang – a “celebreality” show crafted around Hollywood “bad-boy” Thaddeus Stevens. The show’s popularity doubled the sales of a sponsor’s product and she has been approached to repeat its success for a product line geared towards women in an age group who still romance over Blaze Hazelwood and Casa Grande.

When Blaze unknowingly appears on an episode of Bling it On, the US goes with Blaze Fever – an affliction that many suffered in the 80s. This puts Blaze, Allison, and the former cast of Casa Grande on a collision course filled with hilarity, over the top revelations, and twists and turns that can only be true in a story featuring aging soap opera stars.