Joyce Yarrow

Intricately layered like the Russian nested doll of the title, this tale of vengeance and hatred flavored with a Russian cultural backdrop will appeal to readers who enjoy unusual mysteries with an international setting.  Library Journal


Joyce Yarrow, writing the second in her series of Jo Epstein mysteries, may very well prove herself to be the Mickey Spillane of the 21st century. Has the golden age of pulp fiction returned?  FCEtier, Seattle Post Intelligencer 


Yarrow layers Jo Epstein's story like the Russian nested doll of the title, compelling me to read far into the night.  

Jane Isenberg, author of the Bel Barrett mystery series.  


An unusual and very well crafted story with astonishing characters.  Barbara Peters, The Poisoned Pen


… a multi-layered complicated story, best represented by those nesting dolls with one story inside another. You'll want to discover the secrets buried in The Last Matryoshka..  Lesa Holstine, Lesa’s Book Critiques

Ask the Dead is a masterful debut and a must for fans of Sue Grafton and the Big Apple. Anne Romeo,


…complex plots, pithy writing, and a feisty female protagonist who cannot utter the word "quit." A fun read.

Peter Coyote, actor/author (Sleeping Where I Fall)


Takes the reader on a journey down the mean streets of New York City -- with some unusual literary touches along for the ride. Valerie Wolzien, mystery author


“Bronx noir.”  Recommended First Novel – Book News From The Poisoned Pen

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This suspenseful, masterfully-told story takes the reader on a thrilling journey with fascinating, unforgettable characters. Spanning two generations and two continents, Rivers Run Back is a riveting, deeply involving tale of international intrigue. ~ Kevin O’Brien, New York Times Bestselling Author


This cross-cultural narrative sweeps across Asia and America, taking in worlds as far-flung as art and Indian philosophy, drug-dealing, antique-smuggling and hardcore trans-continental crime, in the process addressing the binaries of inner growth and outer action. In every sense a confluence of styles, Rivers Run Back is an attractive  jugalbandi of authorial voices. ~ Neelum Saran Gour Novelist and Academician


An engaging, highly cinematic, multi-layered story that would make a great film. ~ Parvin Dabas Bollywood Actor and Producer





"In Zahara and the Lost Books of Light, Joyce Yarrow takes her protagonist Alienor Crespo on a dazzling voyage through time, moving between a fictional past and an autobiographical present in a seamless fashion. Yarrow’s account of personal loss, search for the self, and her remarkable determination to rescue the past (or what Alienor hopes could be a better past) provide a wonderful and insightful journey into her own life and into a vividly depicted and long-distant era. It is not only the “lost books” that are recovered in this engaging book, but we come face to face with the many possibilities available to all of us, as we seek to understand the world. These are the possibilities of cooperation between diverse religious and intellectual traditions. These are the possibilities created by mutual understanding, when meaning can be found in both past and present. These are the possibilities that result from the embracing of the intellectual legacies and knowledge of those who came before us. A delightful and thoughtful book.


Teofilo F Ruiz

Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of History and of Spanish and Portuguese

Awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama