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Lost and Found in Harlem:
A Ross Agency Mystery

"Rook is a modern, hard-boiled antihero; as the story carries on, he demonstrates ability, humility, decency, and respect and concern for Harlem and its inhabitants..."

                           Kirkus Reviews

 "From the spot-on noirish ambiance to the spare yet colorful prose, Lost and Found in Harlem is a fine mystery and the first in a series that will likely leave readers wanting more. IR Starred Rating 4.7 out of 5."


An intriguing, thrilling mystery with strong, believable characters and a plot best described as, "I didn't see that coming!" 

Five Stars--LJE

You can read Lost and Found in Harlem all in one self-indulgent day by the fire, on a rainy weekend, or on a long day at the beach. It's short, so you can read straight through pausing only for another cuppa joe or glass of wine. 

5 Stars--Kindle Customer

 Practice the Jealous Arts: Two Ross Agency Mysteries

"The writing style is unique, the characters are interesting and varied, and the mysteries themselves are very well-executed, with more focus on moral quandaries than simply piecing together clues..."



"Mystery novelist Delia C. Pitts is masterful at building character, setting, tension, and plot twists and Practice the Jealous Arts is a masterful sequel to the first book in her Ross Agency series. IR rating 5 out of 5"



Still waters definitely run deep. Practice of the Jealous Arts was the perfect drama to kick off part 2 of the Ross Agency Mysteries. 

5 Stars--I heart AA books

As the second novel in the Ross Agency Mysteries series, this particular book could still thrive as a standalone novel. The first story cuts straight to the chase, beginning with murder and witty humor with a large helping of suspense thrown into the mix. Pitts has an excellent way with words, weaving in beautiful descriptions without losing the interest of readers with too much detail. I can happily say that the end of each mystery came as much of a surprise to me as I had hoped, and it takes a master of mystery to weave together such a thing.

4 Stars--Kylie Gough

Black and Blue in Harlem: A Ross Agency Mystery 

"Pitts seems to care intensely about her characters, making their troubles and triumphs feel surprisingly poignant. It is this humanity at the core of her novel that provides a spark of hope in a cold-hearted neighborhood of the poor, desperate and disfranchised."


IR starred 5 out of 5.

-Indie Reader

From the first page until the last, I was enthralled in this book. The book was riveting and suspenseful. 

5 Stars--Kindle Customer 

This isn't your average detective story. Pitts is an excellent storyteller. Every character and plot line is fully developed and thoroughly entertaining. If you're a fan of whodunnits but want something with a little more sophistication, this is definitely the book to read. Everything is so detailed and descriptive and the dialogue is realistic without any melodrama. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more of Pitts' work.

                 4 Stars -- RinnyC

Pauper and Prince in Harlem: A Ross Agency Mystery 

Having not read the other books in this series, I became immediately invested with the characters from the get-go. Delia Pitts was able to provide character depth and setting with a lot of action within the first chapter. I didn't feel like I had missed anything, not having read the previous books, but it does make me want to go back and read more Ross Agency Mystery's.

Pitts has a way with words and has an ability to draw the reader in with her descriptions of people and places. The story itself is a mystery, and I found myself on the edge of myself as Rook pieced together the puzzle. I'm looking forward to reading more stories about the Ross Agency.

5 Stars --Scott Veronica Richard

A fast-paced, entertaining mystery from start to finish. I enjoyed the fact that you can read the books in this series in order or as stand-alones, as I have not read the books proceeding this particular novel. As a fan of the mystery genre, this book was right up my alley. It was gritty, with realistic and interesting characters through the entire book. I also enjoyed the little bit of romance that was woven into the story between Rook & Brina. I intend to go back and read the previous novels in this series and the ones following it. Pitts is a great storyteller. I would recommend this book and the series to fans of The Easy Rawlins series by Walter Mosley or The Alex Cross series by James Patterson.

               4 Stars -- tbthewriter

Pauper and Prince in Harlem: A Ross Agency Mystery 

"A Suspenseful Read"

Murder My Past by Delia C. Pitts is a hard-boiled mystery about P.I. Rook solving a personal case to him. His ex-wife enters his life again shortly before she's murdered and he has taken it upon himself to solve the case.

This is book five in the series and I have not read the previous books. Luckily, I was able to get a good grasp of the story, characters, and setting as if this were a standalone book.

The characters were the strongest element in this book. The plot was engaging and the writing style was well-done but I felt, for a hard-boiled mystery, there wasn't too much action. Most of the investigation was suspenseful, which did work. But I expected more.

Overall, it was a good read and I'll be keeping an eye out for the rest of the series.

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               4 Stars -- Rachel Poli

"Hooked from the beginning." 

Although this was the first book I read from the author, I was hooked by the style it was written in. This was the sort of story that pulls you in, where you can see everything happening right in front of you. Sometimes it even lets you believe you are part of the action.

I loved the inclusion of the 'unreliable' witness, too. I mean, who can you trust when your own mind betrays you?

This book was perfect as it was, although I am going to check out the other books in the series as well.

The only thing I would probably add is that in my opinion, the cover doesn't do the book justice.

               5 Stars -- Author Timea Stokes


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