Holli Castillo is a former New Orleans prosecutor and current Louisiana appellate public defender. She received a JD from Loyola University attending classes at night while she worked as a child support collector at the D.A.'s Office during the day. She received a B.A. in Drama from the University of New Orleans while working at the Can Can Cabaret on Bourbon Street.
She lives in the metropolitan New Orleans area with her husband, two kids, dog, and deaf cat.
Gumbo Justice is her first novel, and is the first in the Crescent City Mystery Series featuring female prosecutor Ryan Murphy. The second in the series, Jambalaya Justice, is scheduled for release Spring, 2011.
Prior to its publication, Jambalaya Justice won the 2011 PSWA First Place award for Best Unpublished Fiction in the Novel category
When the body of a hooker is discovered in a crackhouse, New Orleans prosecutor Ryan Murphy refuses to let the case languish into yet another unsolved homicide. She has a connection to the victim and won't back down until the murder is solved, even if it means insinuating herself into the investigation. And if she hides her involvement from her detective boyfriend, it's only because he's busy working late nights on a secret case of his own.
When Ryan isn't hounding the homicide detective for information or investigating the murder behind his back, she's juggling her Strike Force cases, including a four-victim mob hit, a nasty domestic violence assault, and the armed robbery of a strip club.
At first, Ryan's only concern is getting justice for her victims. By the time the weekend ends, she'll settle for staying alive.
Set against the backdrop of pre-Katrina New Orleans, Jambalaya Justice is the second in the Crescent City Mystery Series.
About the Author:ÿ Holli Castillo is a Louisiana Appellate Public Defender and former New Orleans prosecutor. She was born and raised in New Orleans, where she still lives with her husband, two children, dog, and deaf cat.
New Orleans prosecutor Ryan Murphy likes her Tequila cold and her cops hot. Battling demons from her past and checking her self-destructive streak take a back seat to her ambition, and she's not above skating the line just a little to get what she wants. If she snags a detective in the process, well, that's just a little lagniappe for her trouble. Life should be good. Enter a demented psycho, with a plan to ruin Ryan's life before he ultimately kills her. Set against the backdrop of pre-Katrina New Orleans, Gumbo Justice is the first in a series that follows the tumultuous life of prosecutor Ryan Murphy.