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 Andre Charles Mysteries


Molly Levin and Mike Landry have an unexpectedly adventurous retirement--developing a romantic relationship as they help Detective Jose Villegas solve crimes in the "over 55" community of Sunrise Acres in Cactus Heights, Arizona.


Who is Andre Charles?

Andre Charles is the pseudonym for two retired professors, one from Harvard Business School (Dorothy Leonard) and the other from Tufts University (Walter Swap). They’ve co-authored three books previously, including the award-winning management book on group creativity, When Sparks Fly.


Active hikers and pickleball players, the co-authors strenuously resist being referred to as “spry.” They live in Sun City Oro Valley, Arizona, with two cats of dubious ancestry.

Coming soon:      OVERKILL

The Second Molly and Mike Mystery  is currently in the hands of first readers, awaiting feedback before publication.

OVERKILL: A Molly and Mike Mystery

Retired judge Tom O’Day had it all: health, money, a young woman companion. When he started his hike with the Sunrise Acres “active adult community” Hiking Club, all seemed normal. Until it wasn’t. Mike Landry, on the trail just behind the judge, noticed that Tom began acting weirdly—talking to himself and obviously hallucinating. As Tom walked toward the edge of a cliff, Mike tried to hold him back, but Tom stepped off into the abyss.

Was it heat stroke? Suicide? Or something more sinister?

If the death was, indeed, “suspicious,” a number of possible suspects had motive and opportunity to cause it: Tom’s estranged wife, set to inherit his estate; a retired computer security entrepreneur with a shady past that Tom had uncovered; Tom’s young lady friend. One fellow hiker swore that Mike pushed O’Day.

And what caused Tom’s strange behavior that led to his fall?

Mike and his partner, Molly Levin, set out to clear Mike’s name and discover both the cause of Tom’s behavior and who designed his death.

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