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Publication Order of Fenway Stevenson Mysteries Books

The Reluctant Coroner (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Incumbent Coroner (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Candidate Coroner (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Upstaged Coroner (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Courtroom Coroner (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Watchful Coroner (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Coroner and the Body in the Bath (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Accused Coroner (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Clandestine Coroner (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Offside Coroner (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Coroner (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Warehouse Coroner (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Murders of Substance Books

Ceremony (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Everything’s Gone Green (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Anthologies

Paul Austin Ardoin is a thriller, crime and mystery author from California that is best known for the “Fenway Stevenson Mysteries” series of novels. He went to college and studied creative writing and put that degree to use making marketing materials for computer security companies over more than twenty years.
Ardoin got into writing in 2018 with the publishing of “The Reluctant Coroner,” his debut novel. He has since then published several works including more than half a dozen in the “Fenway Stevenson Mysteries” and several other series.

He is also the author of several humorous essays and short fiction in “Sweet Fancy Moses” and “Bottomfish.” Paul Austin has also published several non fiction works in computer security for the likes of “European Communications” and “California Computer News.”

When he is not penning his bestseller works or trying to save the world through promoting better computer security, he may be found playing keyboard in a somewhat popular dance rock band.

He currently makes his home in Sacramento, where he lives with his wife, two teens and several domestic animals.

Austin Ardoin wanted to become a novelist for the longest time. As a six year old, she could often be found drawing book covers that she said she would use for the novels she would write. As an elementary and high school student, she wrote several short fiction pieces inspired by popular media stories such as the “Lord of the Flies.’

Still, what she liked most during this time was mysteries. She used to devour the likes of “Encyclopedia Brown,” “Scientific Detective” and “Danny Dunn” as an elementary school student.

By the time she was in junior high, she was voraciously reading every “Hercule Poirot” novel she could find. This was quite a feat since those were the days when most bookstores and libraries did not have many of the lesser known works and Amazon was not yet a thing.

At University, she majored in creative writing since her professors only wanted to read literary fiction. Since all she wanted to do was write mysteries, it was not until she was in her forties that her motivation for writing came back.

The big push to write came when she read Sue Grafton’s debut “Infinite Jest,” which her professor hated with a passion.

As for his writings, Paul Austin Ardoin gets a lot of help from an MD friend of his and his wife who provides much of the trivia and is usually one of the early readers.

As a person that has been involved in the world of cyber security for more than two decades, he has recently been dabbling in fiction that involves such aspects. In fact, one of his novels is centered on cyber crime which is the main motive in a murder mystery.

He makes one of his characters a genius at following the footprints made by geolocation data, financial transactions and other cyber data to unmask a killer.
Still, he has said that he is always inspired and fascinated by the motives and emotions at the heart of crimes and things such as circumvention through cybersecurity is just but a means to an end.

Paul Austin Ardoin’s novel “The Reluctant Coroner” is the story of Fenway, a woman whose mother is a major figure in the place where she is moving to. She is moving since her mother recently died and she now needs to move in with the father that has been estranged from her for at least two decades.

Her father has already set in motion plans to move her into an apartment complex and has contacted the sheriff asking if he could have a job for her. Since she is a trained medic, she has been offered the job of coroner and her first job is to determine who killed the man she is replacing.

She is not an expert in law enforcement but she has practiced as a nurse and she is just about to complete her Forensics master’s degree. With her background, she intends to try to bring the killer to justice.
She is an endearing, vulnerable and feisty protagonist who works on a mystery that grows and branches out in different directions making for an unputdownable story.

“The Incumbent Coroner” by Paul Austin Ardoin opens to Fenway going on vacation when she receives a call asking her to come back and investigate a murder. Upon arriving back in town, she is taken to the scene to find the mayor has been murdered.

The body was left in a seedy hotel and nobody knew what she was doing in such a place. She has a few clues she is following and soon the mayor’s son is arrested. When he is questioned, he confesses to the murder only for Fenway to find a cryptic note in the trash bin.

In the meantime, the public relations officer of the county is found barely alive. Initial investigations indicate that Rachel tried to commit suicide. But when there is an attempt on her life while she is in hospital, Fenway thinks there is more to the story. She is also becoming skeptical of the mayor’s son’s confession.

Paul Austin Ardoin’s novel “The Candidate Coroner” sees Fenway battling McVie the sheriff in an election. The novel opens in the last week before the election and Fenway has decided to go to prison to talk to the man that tried to take her life. At the prison, her would be killer asks that she investigate her husband’s murder.

But while she is coming back, she talks to her father who tells her to remember to meet with the therapist. At the therapist’s office, she finds her appointment has been postponed. At her campaign headquarters, she is informed that there has been a murder of an unknown person.

Since she is the coroner, she has to check it out and meet the sheriff there. Initial investigations unearth a mysterious earing in the loral path that seems to have belonged to the murdered individual.

Now begins a very interesting investigation that will have its readers on the edge of their seats.

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