Joyce Yarrow

ASK THE DEAD - Private investigator and performance poet, Jo Epstein, untangles a web of money-laundering, kidnapping and murder that extends from New York City to a hurricane-torn island in the Caribbean. Ann Romeo of MurerInk describes this first book in the Jo Epstein series as follows:  “Chock full of terrific NY details, wonderful characters and clever turns of phrase, Joyce Yarrow’s ASK THE DEAD is a masterful debut and a must for fans of Sue Grafton and the Big Apple.”

RUSSIAN RECKONING  - (aka The Last Matryoshka) - Roped into helping her socially inept émigré stepfather, Nikolai, escape the clutches of a blackmailer, performance poet and private investigator Jo Epstein enters a world where criminals enforce a 19th-century code of honor, threats arrive inside not-so-traditional Matryoshka (nesting) dolls, and fashion models adorn themselves with lewd prison tattoos. From Vladimir Central Prison to the brooding Russian forest, Jo races against the clock to solve crimes committed on two continents.

RIVERS RUN BACK -  Co-authored with Arindam Roy


A saga of love, crime and intertwined destinies, RIVERS RUN BACK is a story of many lives spanning different continents, weaving together a fascinating tapestry. Shankar Chatterjee, born in a wealthy Bengali family, Marilyn Benson, an artistic but emotionally unstable girl struggling to find her balance in New York City, and Narsimha Sastry, a murderer and smuggler, born in a small village in India and despised by the grandparents who raise him.


Into this fray are drawn the beautiful sisters, Padma and Leela, whose lives entangle with Narsimha’s until it becomes a question of life and death. It is a story of the Indian Diaspora, the search for the American dream, and finally a story of diverse cultures connected in such a manner that we realise that what finally does matter are universal, humane principles and values.


The book is driven by action and suspense, as well as mythological and psychological themes that intersect and merge at the end.

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