Jerold Last

The Roger and Suzanne mystery series features stories set in South America (Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, and Ecuador), California, and Alaska. The series should appeal to armchair travelers, dog lovers, and whodunit mystery aficionados.

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Author Biography

The author is a Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of California's Medical School at Davis, near Sacramento in Northern California. Jerry writes “tweener” mystery books (tough mystery stories that follow the cozy conventions of no graphic sex and no cussing) that are fast moving and entertain the reader, while introducing the readers to a region where he has lived and worked that is a long way from home for most English speakers. He and his wife Elaine lived previously in Salta, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay. Jerry selects the most interesting South American locations he found for Roger and Suzanne to visit while solving miscellaneous murders. Montevideo, Salta, Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, and Iguazu Falls are also characters in these books, and the novels portray these places as vivid and real. Jerry and Elaine breed prize-winning German shorthaired pointer dogs; Elaine also provides technical advice for Jerry’s novels like The Deadly Dog Show and the upcoming Hunter Down, as well as editing for all of the books.

Books by Jerold Last

Abra Cadaver (Roger and Suzanne Mystery series Book 14)


New Release: Why did the client’s husband disappear just a couple of days after his wedding? The setting is a winery in Northern California’s Central Valley. Roger is hired to find the missing husband and the reader is off on another suspenseful case that will entertain mystery fans, dog lovers, and wine aficionados. Like all the Roger and Suzanne novels the books can be read in any order so readers can begin the series with this novel.

Rum, Cigars, and Corpses (Roger and Suzanne mystery series Book 13)


Are you ready to visit Cuba? With a group full of suspicious tourists, the Cuban Intelligence Services, the CIA, and a sprinkling of other suspicious characters waiting for them in Havana, Roger and Suzanne have no shortage of suspects in their newest mystery novel. The book was inspired when the author and his wife recently took the same tour Roger and Suzanne join in the novel, so the scenery is authentic and it's hot, humid, and sunny.

Hunter Down (Roger and Suzanne mystery series Book 12)


A high-powered rifle shot rings out in California’s early morning stillness launching Roger and Suzanne into another suspenseful mystery thriller. In a complex whodunit set against a backdrop of pointing dogs and canine hunt tests, private detective Roger Bowman has to solve a murder case with no clues, no suspects, and no apparent motive. There’s lots of action as the dogs hunt for birds while the humans hunt for a cold-blooded killer.

Unbearably Deadly (Roger and Suzanne South American Mystery Series Book 9)


Denali National Park in Alaska’s vast heartland is the scene of a bloody and lethal attack that kills two of Roger and Suzanne’s friends. The FBI investigation concludes the cause of death was a tragic accident. With nothing more than a gut feeling that something is amiss, our detective couple heads to Alaska to search for the truth in “Unbearably Deadly”, the newest novel in this acclaimed mystery series.

The Origin Of Murder (Roger and Suzanne South American Mystery Series Book 8)


Roger and Suzanne take a vacation cruise through the Galapagos Islands, 600 miles west of Ecuador. En route, they visit the ancient Incan city and capital of Ecuador, Quito the highest capital city in the Americas. Of course, Suzanne finds a dead body floating in the Pacific Ocean. As Roger and Suzanne retrace the path that Charles Darwin sailed and walked more than 175 years ago, the body count increases almost as fast as the clues.

The Deadly Dog Show (Roger and Suzanne South American Mystery Series Book 6)


A suspenseful thriller set in the hyper-competitive world of canine conformation shows. Roger and Suzanne have to identify Suzanne’s mysterious stalker while they solve the murders of dog show judges. Breeders and dog show enthusiasts, mystery fans, and whodunit lovers have rewarded the novel with critical praise.

The Body in the Bed (Roger and Suzanne South American Mystery Series Book 5)


Roger and Suzanne return to Montevideo, Uruguay to attend a festive dinner in honor of their friend's promotion to police captain. There's a surprise guest waiting for them when they arrive in their hotel room. Roger and Suzanne are the lead suspects in a murder, their allies on the police forces of Uruguay and Paraguay may be the targets of a conspiracy, and nobody can be trusted.

The Matador Murders (Roger and Suzanne South American Mystery Series Book 3)


The Matador Murders, a South American mystery novel, is set in Montevideo, Uruguay and Santiago, Chile. With apologies to reality, the Montevideo of this novel is much like the lawless Chicago of the prohibition years. That’s part of the fun of writing fiction----an author can turn one of the most law-abiding and civilized big cities in the world into the wild, wild west of the 19th century American frontier with the stroke of a pen.

The Surreal Killer (Roger and Suzanne South American Mystery Series Book 2)


Set in Peru and Chile, The Surreal Killer seamlessly mixes the genres of whodunit thriller and travel to exotic places to introduce the reader to the regional culture and history of the Incas, while a mysterious modern-day murderer proves we reap what we sow. The gripping story blends murder, intrigue, and modern Chile’s history with the genesis of a serial killer.