Special note: Borg recently served as Toastmaster at the 2018 Left Coast Crime convention, which was held in Reno. Check out the website: http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/2018/
*UPDATE: As of November, 2018, Borg's books have over 500,000 paper books and ebooks in distribution, and 4900 reviews on amazon.com at an average of 4.6 stars.
Tahoe local Todd Borg is the author of the Tahoe Mystery series, which feature Owen McKenna, a former homicide inspector from the San Francisco PD. As the books open, McKenna has quit the police department and moved up to Tahoe to be a private investigator. Like a lot of fictional detectives, McKenna has a sidekick, only his is a 170-pound Harlequin Great Dane named Spot.
Other regular characters include Owen's girlfriend Street Casey, an entomologist who does forensic consulting on his cases, and Owen's best buddy, Diamond Martinez, a naturalized citizen from Mexico who is a sergeant with a local county Sheriff's Office.
Borg's books are fun fast reads with a lot of action. They've gotten great reviews coast-to-coast, including a starred review in Library Journal. They've won awards like the Ben Franklin Award for Best Mystery of the Year, been chosen by Library Journal as one of the Top 5 Mysteries of the Year and more. But the main reason to check them out is that they are entertaining reads with intelligent stories. The recurring characters will become your friends. Spot will become one of your favorite dogs. You'll love visiting Tahoe from your armchair. And the bad guys will make you... well, let's just say you will despise them.
The order of the books is not critical. You can start with any title, and you won't feel that you're missing important information. In fact, Borg recommends starting with one of the last titles. (Authors like to think that they tell grander, more complex, and more nuanced stories as time goes by.) However, there are some readers who think these books reveal important character development when read in order. For those who are sticklers for continuity, here goes: