"First rate and highly recommended."--Lee Child

"Engrossing, engaging, psychologically complex...builds to a shocking conclusion."

                                                                                                                 --Publishers Weekly

(Book 2 of the Jimmy Vega Mystery Series)


     A body is discovered in a reservoir in upscale Lake Holly, NY. The victim is young, female and Hispanic. In her purse, police find a photo of a baby. Where is the child? Is she alive? And what about the disturbing note found at the scene? GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY. YOU DON'T BELONG HERE.

     Homicide Detective Jimmy Vega knows how hard it can be to walk the razor-thin line of acceptance in a place like Lake Holly. Reluctantly turning to Adele Figueroa, a passionate defender of immigrants' rights, Vega must confront a small town's darkest secrets before they savagely tear apart the world he's sworn to defend.


​  Land of Careful Shadows

Mysteries that hit the heart, not just the pulse.





"Gripping, emotionally charged...Chazin's thoughtful prose ratchets up the tension with each chapter...She has a gift for creating three-dimensional characters whom readers will care about."

                                                                     --Library Journal *Starred Review


​Author of the Jimmy Vega series

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Suzanne Chazin 

  A Blossom of Bright Light

     A split-second decision thrusts Detective Jimmy Vega into the epicenter of a case when a body is found near a gathering place for immigrants in upscale Lake Holly, NY.  The innocence of the victim torments Vega. But so too, does the feeling he's to blame. Or is he?

     In a community gripped by fear of deportation, Vega needs the help of his girlfriend, activist Adele Figueroa, to gain people's trust. But Adele is consumed by a secret that threatens to tear them apart. To confront the killer and save their relationship, Vega and Adele must forge a new level of trust--in each other, and in their most deeply held beliefs.

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                       (Book 1 of the Jimmy Vega Mystery Series)

              Now in paperback!

Shortlisted for Best Mystery Pick of 2016 by the 

American Library Association!