HAYDEN & FRIENDS MYSTERIES
Hayden McCall is a mild-mannered middle school teacher and part-time gay dating blogger. Hollister is a Black butch lesbian and business owner with confidence to spare. Burley is a literal giant, acclaimed baker, and karaoke MC. Jerry is a 91-year-old Matlock binge-watcher and tea lover. Together, these unlikely friends proudly lower the bar for amateur sleuthing. And yet, powered by so much love–and caffeine–criminals don’t stand a chance.
Hayden & Friends Mystery Book 1
DEVIL’S CHEW TOY
Crooked Lane Books — 2022
Gay, twenty-something school teacher and part-time blogger Hayden McCall is in trouble. The night’s date is missing, and the police think he has something to do with it. With help from new friends—Hollister, a what-you-see-is- what-you-got-a-problem? Black lesbian, and Burley, a stoner-baker giant—Hayden searches for the truth and the missing guy. But just staying alive is a tricky business when the enemy plays to kill.
Hayden & Friends Mystery Book 2
CIRQUE DU SLAY
Coming March 5, 2024!
When Mysterium, an upscale circus arts show, comes to Seattle to begin a sold-out run, the new artistic director is found dead in her hotel suite. Searching for the killer, Hayden and Hollister find themselves surrounded by suspects who have turned trickery to high-flying art. The Russian aerialist? The cowgirl comedian? The Romanian acrobats? The feisty costume manager? The over-cologned ops director? Someone is as evil as they are talented. The big top delivers big-time danger in this hilarious whodunit.
Hayden’s blog on the ups, downs, and in betweens of gay dating
“Out there, you’re on your own. But here, we got each other.”
– Hayden McCall
A fictional song, brought to life
Several times throughout Hayden’s adventure in Devil’s Chew Toy, fictional “new country” artist Stanley Kellogg’s latest hit plays on the radio. My wonderful friend, Ben Davis, and I wrote the lyrics to bring the entire song to life. The music is all Ben! The vocals are really Ben, too. Love ya, Ben!