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Bruce Kohler Books In Order

Publication Order of Bruce Kohler Books

Death Will Get You Sober (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Will Help You Leave Him (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Will Tie Your Kangaroo Down (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Will Trim Your Tree (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Will Extend Your Vacation (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Will Save Your Life (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Will Clean Your Closet (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Will Tank Your Fish (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Will Fire Your Therapist (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Will Pay Your Debts (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Elizabeth Zelvin is a mystery novelist best known for her Bruce Kohler mystery series. She is a psychotherapist based out of New York. She regularly writes short mystery stories with many of them having been printed in numerous prominent publications. Her work has been featured in publications such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. She has received multiple Agatha Award nominations for her work in mystery writing. Her work especially focuses on the concerns that people have when trying to recover from serious problems in their lives.

The Bruce Kohler Series by Elizabeth Zelvin

About the Author

Elizabeth Zelvin is a mystery novelist best known for her Bruce Kohler mystery series. She is a psychotherapist based out of New York. She regularly writes short mystery stories with many of them having been printed in numerous prominent publications. Her work has been featured in publications such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. She has received multiple Agatha Award nominations for her work in mystery writing. Her work especially focuses on the concerns that people have when trying to recover from serious problems in their lives.

Zelvin has been writing for more than thirty years. She earned a CAPS award in 1983 from the New York State Council on the Arts and was a regular blogger on the Poe’s Deadly Daughters website. She also works with psychotherapy projects on a regular basis including her work on her online therapy site LZcybershrink.com. She operates alcohol addiction treatment programs and has talked extensively on addiction treatments and solutions for managing mental health issues. Zelvin also spent two years in Ivory Coast as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

About Bruce Kohler

While Elizabeth Zelvin does write numerous stories, her Bruce Kohler novels are the most prominent ones she has worked on. Bruce Kohler is a recovering alcoholic who is aiming to get his life back together. As he does this, he works with many of his friends in the police department with solving numerous mysteries. These often entail stories of people aiming to get their lives together but also cases where those who are trying to recover never get back to where they were.

Much of the Kohler series is influenced by Zelvin’s work with helping recovering alcoholics. Her words illustrate characters who are aiming to get back on the path to sobriety and health but even they are people who, like many others who are recovering, can struggle with problems when trying to move forward in their lives. The concepts introduced throughout the series are important for all people to understand in terms of how vital they are to the lives of others.

The stories also feature his co-dependent Barbara and his computer expert friend Jimmy as they help him in many of his cases. They too are aiming to recover from past issues in their lives but as they both discover, it is not always as easy to get through life as well as they might wish. This all comes as people are trying to go forward and recover.

Key Books in the Series

Death Will Get You Sober (2008)

The first book in the series introduces Bruce Kohler as a recovering alcoholic in New York at the Bowery. He soon discovers that many homeless alcoholics around the Bowery are being killed. A good friend of his is soon among those who are killed by someone mysterious. This man had his own trust fund and a series of secrets. Bruce goes out in this story to find answers for why so many people are getting killed.

As he becomes sober, he realizes that it is important for him to figure out what he can do to thrive and grow as a person. But this especially becomes more important as he is struggling to keep his life under control as it is being threatened. He pairs with some friends who are willing to give him a second chance and discovers that even the slightest AA meetings are ones that hold great secrets into this murder mystery.

Death Will Help You Leave Him (2009)

Bruce pairs with Jimmy the computer expert and Barbara the addiction counselor, two people he met in the first book, in this second book in his series. All of them are working together to become sober but as many mysteries continue to come about, it becomes a challenge for them all to stay under control.

Bruce is out to solve a murder relating to someone related to Barbara. But she Bruce tries to solve the crime and retain his sobriety, he struggles with his feelings for the girlfriend of the murder victim. Bruce’s ex-wife, who is especially self-destructive, also comes into play as she continues to fall apart in her life. The story focuses heavily on not only solving a mystery but also on some of the personal struggles that Bruce, like many other recovering addicts, often experience in their lives.

Death Will Extend Your Vacation (2012)

Bruce, Jimmy and Barbara all visit a Long Island resort with a sober group house. An investigative journalist staying at the same house is discovered dead on the Long Island shore. This leads into worries among many people who are living in the group house. The housemates are all aiming to recover from their own personal troubles but even those are hard for people to get over as their days at the group house become all the more dangerous and threatening.

Death Will Clean Your Closet (2013)

A dead woman manages to appear in Bruce’s closet inside his home. He had been working to get sober over time but even with that he does not remember who the woman is or even why she was in his home in the first place. He soon goes on an investigation to figure out who the woman is and why she would have gotten into his home. This only adds more questions as there is a sense of uncertainty over what is happening.

Death Will Fire Your Therapist (2015)

Bruce has been visiting Beryl, his therapist, for years as he aims to move on with his life. But one day Beryl is found dead in her office. With all of her patients suddenly becoming suspects in her murder, there are questions all about. Many of her patients have their own distinct memories and secrets that they are willing to keep secret. But as the police are starting to look into the case, Bruce has his own ideas and hires Jimmy and Barbara to help him find answers.

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