Created by Anne Argula (pseudonym of Darryl Ponicsan)

This ain't Chick Lit -- this is Woman Lit. Real Woman Lit. With hot flashes.

When we first meet QUINN in Homicide My Own (2005), she's a Seattle cop narrating the story of her cop partner who solves his own murder from a previous life.

Yeah, that's what I thought too.

But what do I know? It was nominated for an Edgar Award.

By the second book in the series, Walla Walla Suite (2007), the woo-woo's gone to ground and Quinn has quit the police department to go to work for the oddly attractive Vincent Ainge, a mitigation investigator specializing in keeping convicted killers off death row.

What makes Quinn so refreshing is her gruff, hard-boiled tone and snappy patter, and the fact that, unlike all the young perky types flitting her and there in designer shoes, she's unapologetically middle-aged, with a busted marriage in the rear view, a hard-earned sense of humor, and a nose for trouble. Hell, she's even menopausal (don't get her started).

Anne Argula (actually Darryl Ponicsan) was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Seattle, Washington.


  • “This book will delight anyone who has ever feared that the private detective novel has no new tricks–or voices–up its sleeve.”

Laura Lippman

  • “Anne Argula brings a welcome voice to the noir novel with Quinn, who is earthy, gritty, but above all, a mature woman. We don’t have enough of those.”

Sara Paretsky

  • “A wonderful novel–smart, funny, and remarkably humane.”

James Crumley


Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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