LISA HANEBERG, FICTION AND HUMOR WRITER
Lisa Haneberg has a wicked sense of humor. She can also write a fast-moving, totally original mystery. Alan Rinzler, legendary editor
Life can be tough, a hassle, draining and disappointing. It can also be amazing, intriguing, and full of delightful surprises. My mysteries are fun and fast and my mission as a writer is to improve people’s lives – even if just for one moment during a crappy or stressful day. Especially then!
My love of mystery, adventure, and imaginative satire fuels my work. I’m my first customer and a dork who laughs at her own jokes. I’ve always loved this type of entertainment but gravitate to it more now because I live with chronic, incurable cancer. I’m thankful to have an enhanced perspective on the value and importance of living fully now – smelling the roses and laughing when I inhale a gnat who had the same idea. P.S. I’m not going anywhere anytime soon and have many more books in me.
I earned an MFA from Goddard Collage to hone my writing skills and hang around poets and novelists. I’m a traditionally published author of more than a dozen nonfiction books (see my Business Writing and Consulting page for more information). Toxic Octopus is the first full-length book in the Spy Shop Mystery Series and Ghost Rat is a novella and the series prequel. I am working on the next book in the series, which will be out in early 2019.
In 2007, I completed a 9,400-mile solo motorbike tour to promote one of my books. In addition to doing more than forty book readings/signings, I learned how to navigate my bike (named Purple Haze) going seventy miles per hour while dodging a thick cicada swarm in Chicago and then a stinging hailstorm on the way north to Fargo, N.D. In other words, I’m committed to my work! Hahaha.
I’ve worked with literary agents, publicists, six traditional publishers, and have self-published print and e-books. I started blogging in 2004 before it was cool and am active on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
I live with my husband and dogs Hazel and Max in Lexington, Kentucky. Sign up for my e-newsletter, Literary Happy Hour, or “like” my Facebook Page, Mystery and Mirth, for regular updates and humorous posts.
I’d be happy to provide high resolution book covers or headshots (you can pull the low-resolution versions off my website). Stay tuned here for links to current press releases, excerpts, and upcoming events.
Toxic Octopus Blurb:
A popular marine biologist is dead. An octopus named Fred is accused of killing her. Can Xena interrogate Fred and solve the crime before more people die?
Xena Cali is a somewhat overzealous investigator with a passion for poetic justice. Her latest case takes her to the Biological and Aquatic Research Labs (BARL) in Galveston, where Dr. Jane Moore is found dead in a tank with a large octopus wrapped around her body. When Dr. Ari Pani (42 and very handsome) doesn’t accept the police’s conclusion of death by octopus, he hires Xena to find the truth before Fred is lethally injected in two weeks.
The investigation tests her mental and athletic prowess, her stash of spy shop gadgets and her assumptions about octopuses. She’ll need all that and a commandeered Segway to stay alive.
Toxic Octopus is the first book in the Spy Shop mystery series. If you like fast-paced crime novels, clever satire and gritty beach towns, then you’ll love Lisa Haneberg’s new humorous mystery.
Pick up Toxic Octopus to discover this fun new series today!
Toxic Octopus Back Cover Copy:
It’s September on gritty Galveston Island, a place famous for pirates, piña coladas, and parades. The Pleasure Pier is humming on the gulf side while preparations are underway for the annual Shrimp Festival in the Stand Historic District.
But not everything is sunny in this popular beach town … Marine Biologist Dr. Jane Moore has been found dead in a large tank with an octopus named Fred wrapped around her body. The police declare Dr. Moore’s death an accident and close the case. After all, what else could’ve happened?
Dr. Ari Pani (forty-two and very handsome) doesn’t accept the police’s conclusion of death-by-octopus and hires the somewhat overzealous private investigator Xena Cali to find the truth before Fred is lethally injected in two weeks.
The investigation will test Xena’s mental and athletic prowess, her stash of spy-shop gadgets, and her assumptions about octopuses. And she’ll need an over-the-top quinceañera dress, a seagull-shaped drone, some zip ties, and a commandeered Segway to stay alive and solve the case.
Life on this off-beat island is about to get a lot weirder.
Toxic Octopus Short Description:
A popular marine biologist is dead. An octopus named Fred is accused of killing her. Can Xena interrogate Fred and solve the crime before more people die? The investigation tests her mental and athletic prowess, her stash of spy shop gadgets and her assumptions about octopuses. Toxic Octopus is the first book in the Spy Shop mystery series.