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Welcome to my website!


Hi!  I'm Jo A. Hiestand, the author of nearly three dozen novels comprising my two British mystery series and a cozy crime series based in Missouri.  

My new book, "The Cottage," is the 18th book in the McLaren Mystery series.  The mundane activity of helping his friend Melanie pack to move suddenly turns into a life-or-death situation when McLaren becomes involved in two murder investigations, a sighting of Mordred, and the search for a missing man.


For more information about it, as well as my other books, please visit my three MYSTERIES pages.

I also write the Peak District Mysteries and the The Cookies & Kilts Mysteries.  There's a page dedicated to each of them, so check those out.


I hope you'll return to my site often to read about my books, explore and listen to samples of the audiobook editions to many novels in the McLaren mystery series, and keep up to date on book releases.  Thanks for visiting!

"Former police officer McLaren is a believably quirky protagonist, and the settings are ominous, fascinating, and steeped in history...This may be my new binge-read series."

Bookbub review

"With LAST SEEN, Jo Hiestand once again moves closer to the front of the class in the British mystery field."

Ed King, owner Big Sleep Books


 “I don't usually read mysteries, but this woman's descriptive writing was so beautiful I just had to!"

Armchair Reviews

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