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Nancy Boyarsky coauthored Backroom Politics, a New York Times notable book, with her husband. She has written several textbooks on the justice system and contributed to political anthologies, including In the Running, about women’s political campaigns and The Challenge of California by the late Eugene Lee. She has also written articles on a variety of subjects for the Los Angeles Times, West magazine,  Forbes, McCalls, Playgirl, Westways and other publications.

She lives in L.A. with her husband, the journalist Bill Boyarsky.

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Winner of the 2018 Eric Hoffer Award


A house swap gone bad adds up to one of the year's most exciting mystery novels. When Nicole Graves arranges a summer-long swap of her Los Angeles condo for a London couple’s house, she thinks it’s the perfect arrangement. She’s always dreamed of seeing the real London; she’s also hopeful the time away with her husband Brad will be good for their troubled marriage. But things don’t turn out the way Nicole expects: The Londoners fail to arrive in L.A. and appear to be missing. Then people begin following Nicole and making threats, demanding information she doesn’t have. Soon, Nicole realizes she’s in serious trouble––but she can’t get Brad or the police to believe her. When the confrontations turn deadly, Nicole must either solve the case or become the next victim. The unrelenting action makes the Nicole Graves series among the of the best books in the female sleuth genre.

The Swap


A Five-Star

Readers Favorite Book






As a newly minted private investigator, Nicole Graves expects to take on legal cases for corporate clients. But when her client’s son, Brad Rexton, is killed trying to protect his wife, Ashley, from a home invasion-turned-kidnapping, the firm is hired to investigate what will become Nicole's most dngerous case yet. The story is set in Los Angeles: the city itself, its beautiful and perilous canyons, as well as Hollywood, its fading glamor and seamy old buildings. 

Not long after Nicole gets this case, someone dear to her is kidnapped in the same manner as Ashley. Nicole is willing to hand over the ransom but finds it’s not so easy. The kidnappers have an uncanny ability to track her every move, and they suspect a trap. When their most terrifying threat is delivered to her door, Nicole is faced with a terrible choice: Should she count on the police or must she risk going it alone? 


The Ransom


Nicole Graves, still reeling from her kidnapping in London, is struggling to balance work at L.A.’s most prestigious law firm and a long-distance romance with her English lover. Things go sideways when she tracks down a missing colleague. The murder of the firm’s in-house investigator, his mysterious wealth, and his inexplicable bequest make Nicole a target for the police, the paparazzi, and the killer. 

When Nicole’s life takes an unexpected turn, she uncovers evil and corruption among the city’s most powerful people. The fast-paced mystery unravels against the backdrop of L.A. with its peculiar mix of balmy weather, the celebrity-crazed media, and a corrupt power structure hidden by the veneer of glamour and wealth.

Praise for The Bequest


"Nicole Graves Mystery series is a fast-paced, roller-coaster mystery filled with corruption at the highest level. Characters are shifty and secretive, yet they are also lovable in their own ways. The plot is filled with twists and turns and red herrings. Boyarsky is a creative author and uses this skill to grab fans and not let go until the last page."

Foreward Reviews:

"​A charismatic heroine, suspenseful scenes, and a budding romance make this easygoing mystery light enough to take to the beach and engaging enough to keep the reader on their toes, generating excitement for the next installment."

The Bequest


Nicole Graves finds herself in the crosshairs when she reluctantly agrees to babysit a witness in a high-profile rape trial. Mary Ellen Barnes is suing her university’s star quarterback for rape when the authorities won’t act. In the court of public opinion, Mary Ellen appears to be the quintessential, pious, good girl. But her lies and mysterious comings and goings lead Nicole to suspect that she’s not what she seems.

It isn’t just Mary Ellen who’s acting suspiciously. No one wants to own up to the truth in Liar Liar, not even Nicole, whose fiancé begs her not to look into the case. But when the witness goes missing during the trial, Nicole is caught up in a tangle of lies that turns deadly. After the investigator assigned to the case fails to do his job, Nicole is determined to find the killer on her own, no matter the risks.

Praise for Liar Liar

See why readers love Nancy's "fast paced story," "quick pace," "unpredictable twists," "interesting plots" and "heart-pounding action," and reviewers describe her action as "expertly combining menace with bling, making the heroine's adventures both "nightmarish and dreamy."

Laura Levine, Author of the popular Jaine Austen


"Liar Liar had me hooked from the start. Nicole Graves is the best fictional sleuth to come down the pike since Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone. I loved following her adventures both in and out of court in this compelling legal thriller."​

Liar Liar