Peace, Love, and Murder

Peace, Love, and Murder: A Bo Forrester Mystery

Finding a corpse in the trunk of your cab is a rotten way to start the day. For Bo Forrester, things go straight downhill from there. The cops are asking an awful lot of questions. The murder weapon turns up too close for comfort. And the attractive woman giving him the eye turns out to be Trudy Hauser, a cute-but-crazy deputy dead set on arresting him for murder.

Bo returned to Rhodes, an upstate New York college town, hoping to reconcile with his parents, gentle hippies who couldn’t accept his decision to join the Army at eighteen. Twenty years later, the commune where he grew up is a subdivision, and his parents are long gone. Pondering his next move, Bo takes a job driving a cab. And he has no clue how the bullet-riddled body of art philanthropist Fred Davies ended up in the trunk.

Now, he can’t turn around without bumping into Trudy—it’s not her case, but that’s not slowing her down. The local cops, suspecting robbery as the motive, are right behind her. When Davies’s beautiful widow asks Bo for help, he can’t say no. Starting his own investigation, he’s plunged into a world of privilege, corruption, and high-stakes greed. A lot of people had reason to want Davies dead: a flirtatious art history professor with a taste for booze and men; her insanely jealous, ex-felon husband; the business partner with a secret addiction; and an avant-garde artist who proclaims that murder is the ultimate art form.

As the body count escalates, Bo must combine the skills he learned as a soldier with the values he grew up with on the commune to flush out a vicious murderer—if he manages to stay alive that long.

Note: Peace, Love, and Murder was originally published by Five Star as a hardcover library edition. It’s now available as an inexpensive ebook, just $2.99, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

What they’re saying about Peace, Love, and Murder:

“Five Stars . . . I highly recommend Peace, Love and Murder whether you like great characters, a well-thought out plot or fast paced adventure. This is the book for you.”

Good Book Alert


“I was kept guessing a lot and that is unusual in a mystery. I could relate to many of the characters, and just when I thought I had it figured all out, I could not have been more wrong. I hope the author writes another book because I would read it. I was pulled in at page one and could not put the book down.”

Armchair Interviews


“Holzner has created an engaging mystery, with lovable characters, and a plot that keeps on going, without making any of the mistakes that often befall storylines with so many twists and turns. Most of all, she has created a community that readers will be sad to leave and will look forward to returning to once again.”

Christine Zibas,


This book is about so much more than exciting action sequences, though, or even about “whodunnit”. At times it’s delightfully witty, peppered with snappy dialogue (and monologue–Bo is an amusing guy, even in his own head). It’s also an intelligent story; Holzner has crafted a really fine mystery which holds together well. (None of those “oh, geez, not that old trick again” moments that serve only to insult the readers’ intelligence.) Finally, this is a book with a lot of heart. Several minor characters are depicted with nearly the same care as the primary ones, further adding to the impression that we could go and meet Bo and his eccentric pals, if we drove around upstate New York long enough. The author has imbued her characters–but especially Bo–with real depth, and manages to convey a genuine sense of his vulnerability. How Bo deals with everything, while facing his own fears and demons, gives the story real substance. ”

The Literate Kitty


“This is an enjoyable whodunit starring a fascinating hero . . .  fans will appreciate this fine murder who-done-it enhanced by Bo’s past and look forward to a sequel . . .”

Genre Go Round Reviews


“I like my mysteries on the slightly off-beat side and this fit me perfectly!”

Alchemy of Scrawl


“The story has lots going on there are some funny situations and more twists to keep you interested in the book. It is fast paced in most parts and will keep you turning the page to find out what is going to happen next.

Nancy has a great writing style and I want to read more books by her. This one was a hit.”



Read the first chapter here.

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