This is the US hardback of FAMILY BUSINESS.

And this is the US hardback of FAMILY PLANNING.

FAMILY BUSINESS and FAMILY PLANNING - the Lunghi family detective novels

"Mordantly funny, beguiling in the extreme," said Booklist when the second novel about the Lunghi family of private detectives was published in 1999.

When I began to write about the three generations of Lunghis living and working in the same building in Bath, England, I’d never heard of any PI stories involving a family of detectives. Neither had Carol Harper reviewing the first novel, FAMILY BUSINESS. In Deadly Pleasures she wrote, “I can think of no other series, anywhere, which features a family which owns and works from a private investigation firm.”

Being different doesn’t necessarily make it good, of course, but a lot of people do like the series. John Coleman in the Times in London, for one: “How these [plot elements] are connected and what the brilliantly characterised Lunghis, from the Old Man down to the school kids, separately get up to is very much the extremely funny Lewin’s business. Totally beguiling, with the lightest of dry touches.”

There were other nice reviews in the US and UK, but you get the idea. No blood and guts, but I work hard trying to make what seems light-hearted have darker undertones, if you care to listen for them.

As of now (August 2008) there is a third Lunghi awaiting my agent's attentions. And there are eight Lunghi short stories. The first six are collected in THE RELUCTANT DETECTIVE and the last two appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.

SELECTED WORKS
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A
Click the title to see a sample of this new novel - or look at the first 15% of the book on Smashwords.
B - Albert Samson Novels
C - Short story collection
Stories written over a period of twenty years or so, along with an introduction - by me - about writing stories and an extensive bibliography of my crime writing. Click on the blue title for more information.
D - Leroy Powder Novels
The three Lt Leroy Powder novels. Click on the blue titles for more information.
E - The Lunghi family private detective novels
Three generations of an Italian family run a private detective agency in Bath, England. Ever seen a detective agency run as a family business? I don't think so. Click on the titles for more information.
F - other Indianapolis novels
A homeless "entrepreneur" in Indianapolis gets more than he bargains for when he sees an opportunity in UNDERDOG. Albert Samson's woman friend gets a book of her own in AND BABY WILL FALL. A mystery writer finds himself compelled to participate in a real life mystery in OUTSIDE IN. Click on the titles for more information.
G - a historical mystery
A young woman pursues her best friend's killer in 19th Century US and England. Click on the title for more information.
H - stories told by Rover
Rover, a stray dog, describes his live as a crusader on behalf of downtrodden dogs. Click on the titles for more information.
I - novelization of a film script and non-fiction book
Sean Connery starred in the movie THE NEXT MAN and I wrote the book while it was being filmed. HOW TO BEAT COLLEGE TESTS was my first book. Click on the titles for more information.