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About A. J. Lape
A.J. Lape is the author of the Darcy Walker High School Series, Darcy Walker Investigations Series, Detective Ruby Rivera and Twenty Bucks Novellas (a spin-off of the Darcy Walker universe), and the 15 Saddles Motorcycle Club serial found on the Kindle Vella app. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, two daughters, an ADD dog, an occasional spoiled hamster, and has an unrepentant addiction to Coca-Cola she has no plans to sever. A graduate of Morehead State University with an MA in Communications, she's a PI wannabe but daily stops crime and kills bad people on her keyboard. If the FBI ever checks her computer, she'll be wearing prison-orange due to her graphic wiki searches...all in the name of career research, insomnia, and straight up boredom.
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A birthday death and a church with secrets are a nightmare in the making for LAPD rookie Darcy Walker in this nail-biting crime thriller by A.J. Lape.
Darcy Walker isn’t making enough bank to pay her bills. But delivering pizzas as a side hustle hits a snag when she finds her customer without a pulse. Problem is, the victim is Ugly Pizza’s biggest competitor, and her boss, Rollo, becomes a prime suspect.
Determined to clear his name when crimes from his past surface, life as a rookie goes high octane when she dodges gunfire in an active shooter incident at the Church to the Stars. Going against direct orders to leave the interrogation to the suits, Darcy uncovers shocking revelations that unearth a Hollywood scoop that's anything but holy. While chasing the truth in both investigations, she fends off a bounty on her own head, and the feeling somebody is trying to kill her too.
Is it someone connected to Rollo’s case? The church seeking payback? Or does a third party have an end game she doesn’t yet understand?
For fans of Stephanie Plum, Veronica Mars, Fortune Redding, and other mystery-thriller heroines, Medusa Effect will leave you laughing one minute…then hiding under your bed the next.
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One evening at a nightclub leads Darcy Walker to the most dangerous caper of her life…
Fisher Stanton, Valley High School’s Nantucket wannabe, has a cheating girlfriend. When he hires Darcy to chase her to a local club, in true Darcy fashion she stumbles upon a dead body. This body has secrets, and Darcy’s mysterious friend, Jaws, and the reporter, Tito Westbrook, have a vested interest.
Both enlist Darcy to find the person responsible, but Darcy doesn’t solve crimes for free anymore. Knowing Darcy’s Achilles heel, Jaws blackmails her into working for him. In a true test of wills, Darcy and Jaws battle head-to-head—Jaws needs Darcy to help him end a bitter grudge war; Darcy needs Jaws to divulge the mystery surrounding her mother’s death.
Haunted by a past that shapes her present, Darcy will stop at nothing. She wants answers. Even if it means breaking the law and being disloyal to her new boyfriend in the process.
DEFCON DARCY is the fourth novel in the Darcy Walker Mystery Series, high school years. If you enjoy action-packed fights, soulless villains, with mind-blowing-didn’t-see-that-coming twists, then you’ll love this series where the underdog saves the day.
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An action-packed series starter: Ruthless criminals. Sordid covers. And a vice operative who's very good at being bad.
Ruby Rivera has come a long way from running guns for a motorcycle club in Las Vegas. She’s now a vice detective in the LAPD, spearheading an op to dismantle a sex trafficking ring led by Chauncey Ford. With her cover as Crush, Rivera’s mission is to capture Ford’s attention and snag a job as a prostitute in his organization. Besides a stubborn will to never fail, she’s got two things going for her—great legs and she’s a great liar.
Alejandro Gutierrez is haunted by demons—one tattooed on his back and the memory of the young woman he couldn’t save. As a leader to an organized crime syndicate, he’s supposed to be all-machine. But he can’t convince his heart to stop feeling. When a chance encounter with Ruby Rivera draws him into the middle of a sting, he finds himself attracted and offering his expertise.
Problem is, their day-jobs put them on opposing sides of the law.
When stakes are high and bullets start flying, will they work together as a team? Or will that opposites-attract thing blow up in their faces?
For fans of James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Willow Rose, and more thrillers with strong female leads, Ruby Rivera and her missions are keep-you-up-at-night action-fiction that will make you get up and lock your doors.
Sometimes crime smacks you right in the kisser with a whole lot of ohhhcraaaap. Ask Darcy Walker…or the guys trying to date her…
Murder isn’t Darcy Walker’s only problem. All of a sudden it’s raining men, and the teenager heroine’s personal life turns her inside out. Before she can sort out her feelings, she’s after a spray-painting vandal and stumbles upon a case of identity theft…chasing the reward money.
Tapping her band of misfit friends to play sidekick, a new guy surfaces with a hard-to-resist British accent. Combined with Dylan and the school bad boy, Darcy finds herself knee-deep in a troubling testosterone…especially with the Brit. He knows too much, and Darcy can’t tell if he’s a friend or the mastermind behind one of the crimes.
100 PROOF STUD is the third novel in the Darcy Walker Mystery Series, high school years. If you enjoy witty banter, nerds and jocks, all set in the trauma called high school, then you’ll love this series where the underdog saves the day.
After surviving an attempt on her life, Darcy’s summer break brings more of the same crazy. Can she solve a kidnapping case that’s been dead for six months?
Two weeks before junior year, Darcy Walker hops a plane to Florida for a little R&R with her best friend, Dylan Taylor, and his family. Even before her feet hit Orlando soil, the disappearance of a five-year-old boy catches her in its snare. Convinced she can bring him home, she joins forces with a local reporter, but they soon discover those closest to the boy are hiding something.
With Darcy’s inner-verb in beast mode, she’s determined to ferret out the lies, but the more she follows the clues, the more secrets she uncovers. Add a separate murder investigation, a severed head, and a mysterious businessman who seems to know everything, and it’s one too many mysteries to unravel. Thing is, as the cloak-and-dagger heats up, Darcy’s shocked to find Dylan and their boiling flirtationship just might hold more secrets than anything.
As confusion charges from all angles, can she sort things out or will she drown in the sea of lies?
NO BRAINER is the second novel in the Darcy Walker Mystery Series, high school years. If you enjoy laugh-out-loud humor, nail-biting suspense, with a touch of are-they-or-aren’t-they romance, then you’ll love A.J. Lape’s story.
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A dead body brings a misfit, bad boy, and jock together. Can their cocktail of chaos catch a killer, or will they be next?
Darcy Walker's a practical joker. Adrenaline junkie. And she has an allergic reaction to schoolwork. In her mind, the best parts of high school are staring at good butts and when the final bell rings. But her world gets shook when she discovers a dead body near Valley High. It jumpstarts her inner-Sherlock, and she vows to catch the murderer.
Teaming up with an out-of-shape jock and the school bad boy to unravel the clues, Darcy soon realizes chasing the sins of a killer can come with a price. Danger spikes the deeper she digs as she uncovers a startling connection between the corpse, a fellow nerd, and a gang infiltrating the school. When a stalker begins to shadow her every move—threatening torture and death if she doesn’t stand down—Darcy has a decision to make: concede defeat or go Mach-1 at the truth and pray she doesn't die.
GRADE A STUPID is the first novel in the action-packed Darcy Walker Mystery Series. If you enjoy humorous dialogue, twisty plots, and gritty heroines who are verbs in a world full of nouns, then you’ll love this novel where the underdog saves the day.
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There were times I laughed...times I shuddered. A fantastic read! ... PR Babe, Vine Reviewer
I laughed so much throughout this book. It is pure genius! ... Up All Night Book Addict, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer
Top Rated in Teens, Mysteries & Thrillers, Spies and Detective Stories (based on Amazon Customer Reviews)
Three years after high school graduation, Darcy Walker returns in the first book of A.J. Lape's pulse-pounding Darcy Walker Investigations series. A blend of Stephanie Plum with the thrilling shocks of Veronica Mars, Darcy is an underdog who solves crime one way—living life like a verb.
Darcy Walker excels at lies, deception, and outthinking the bad guys. She has the résumé to prove it. While waiting to attend the police academy, she takes her talents into pizza delivery. Little does she know, life as a delivery driver isn’t all pizza and wings.
On a late-night run to a customer’s home, Darcy’s delivery turns deadly. She stumbles into a murder mystery straight out of a Hollywood script—a blood-soaked crime scene with no known witnesses except a suspicious man with a Mona Lisa smile. To compound the trifecta, the victim appears to have a past he’s been trying to outrun. Uncovering his secret-filled life leads Darcy and some new friends on a high-voltage journey, intersecting with a former adversary.
When shadows of this old enemy surface, Darcy realizes black and white are an absolute as sure as the sun’s rotation. One wrong move could keep her from the academy, and one screw up could mean a friend of hers breathes his last breath. In Side Hustle, solving crime takes a backseat to the moral dilemma she’s placed in: protect her dream or keep a friend alive.
For fans of Stephanie Plum, Veronica Mars, Fortune Redding, and other mystery-thriller heroines, Side Hustle will leave you laughing one minute…then hiding under your bed the next.
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NOTE: formerly released as Side Hustle, Season 1 in an episode/serial format. This book is the full-length novel combining all episodes.
Buckle up for the fifth installment of Darcy Walker Investigations where Darcy discovers living life like a verb comes with a price.
Darcy Walker is settling into life walking a beat. But when she delivers a warrant off the clock, her life changes in an instant, giving her a deadly lesson she won’t soon forget. Going back to her roots for a temporary change of scenery, she can’t escape the painful reality that life has gone on without her—her father might have a girlfriend, and her little sister dresses like a stripper in her prime.
Choking on a pang of guilt that she followed her dreams, one thing that hasn’t changed is the relationship between her and her mentor, Kellan Sutherland, AKA, Jaws—king of the underbelly of Cincinnati. Six years later, Darcy still doesn’t know the real man behind the proverbial mask...and she’s tired of the subterfuge.
Determined to uncover the mystery, she discovers information that leaves her gobsmacked. Sucker-punched. And doubting her skills as an investigator. When she gets involved with a case involving a missing YouTuber while dodging the antics of Fat Tony, the Vegas mobster who’s placed a bounty on her head, she and her loved ones just could pay the ultimate price.
Darcy Walker is back in a nail-biting thriller that threatens everything she's worked hard for, leaving her future at the academy up in the air.
Clyde Sargent is rude. Egotistical. And a bad tipper. Delivering a fourteen-inch Rollo's Revenge pizza should be an in-and-out job. Until he drops a bombshell he might've committed murder. Then Darcy Walker can't let it go.
Days from the police academy, Darcy's conscience reminds her it's not her job to solve the mystery. No matter how appealing the challenge may be. Struggling with coloring between the lines, the more she tries to conform, the more crime the universe throws her way. A dead body appears. A hit is placed on her friends. And someone from the academy has a Star Wars moment and goes to the dark side.
A new day is on the horizon. Darcy's dream is within reach. Will she pump the brakes on her personality and let others take her cases? Or will she get kicked out before she even earns her badge?
For fans of Stephanie Plum, Veronica Mars, Fortune Redding, and other mystery-thriller heroines, Gut Check will leave you laughing one minute…then hiding under your bed the next.
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NOTE: formerly released as Side Hustle, Season 2, in an episode/serial format. This book is the full-length novel combining all episodes.
READER'S FAVORITE FIVE STAR REVIEW
This novel is the third installment in A.J. Lape’s hilarious and electrifying Darcy Walker Investigations series—an evolution of teenage heroine to pizza delivery driver to police officer on the streets of LA.
Darcy Walker is a rookie police officer working the nightshift in the Los Angeles Police Department. A job tailor-made for adrenaline junkie Darcy, but one thing her new position entails is following the rules. Barely thirty days in and she fights the itch to go rogue when a Vegas mobster named Fat Tony sends someone to kidnap her and a reality television star winds up dead on her watch.
Against orders, Darcy bloodhounds Fat Tony behind her sergeant’s back and secretly runs her own vice op inside a TV series to find a murderer. But what she sees as going above and beyond the call of duty, detectives take as interference in their cases. She’s on thin ice, and they let her know she's about to get wet.
Can Darcy stay in her lane and leave investigations to those in the suits, or will Fat Tony kidnap her and it won’t even matter?
For fans of Stephanie Plum, Veronica Mars, Fortune Redding, and other mystery-thriller heroines, Ride or Die will leave you laughing one minute…then hiding under your bed the next.
★★★★★ "I love the Stephanie Plum series and this book put me right back there." - Reader's Favorite Reviewer
★★★★ "The humor. The fun plots. The emotional angst. The colorful, fun characters. I will always be in the front of the line cheering for more Darcy Walker." - Up All Night Book Addict, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer
One hormonal teenage guy + speed dating x Darcy Walker = murder
Jon Bradshaw needs a girlfriend stat. When he convinces Darcy Walker to be his wingman at a speed-dating event, one debacle leads to another, and before you know it, they're the proud new owners of a dead body. Problem is, the body has a tie to Darcy...making her a person of interest in the murder.
Things quickly jump from bad to worse when someone hijacks the name of Darcy's alter ego, framing "Jester" in a Hitchcock-like blend of crimes that leaves her head spinning. Darcy battles an adversary who tests her IQ while she navigates the daunting worries of a high school senior. Add on the emotional fallout of her latest caper, a cop breathing down her neck, and a hot but stubborn boyfriend, and she's at her wit's end.
Can she find her zen and unmask the real murderer? Or get used to a life of prison orange?
FOOLPROOF is the fifth novel in the Darcy Walker Mystery Series, high school years. If you enjoy edge-of-your-seat thrills in a coming of age story that hits all high school seniors, then you’ll love A.J. Lape’s conclusion to Darcy Walker's high school years.