Matti joins her four cold-case-solving friends in forming a detective agency. She hopes the investigations won’t conflict with her real job as a forensic facial reconstruction artist for Clark County. When Vegas headliner Layla Bourne hires Matti to find out who’s threatening her life, there’s a problem. Layla reportedly burned to death in a plane crash two weeks earlier. Is the woman an imposter, or will Matti uncover an inconvenient truth that’s to die for?



Matti has a new job, a new love interest, and the same mob-related neighbors. The mystery begins after a flash flood carries a battered, tatooed female body onto a major street. Matti’s final reconstruction sketch resembles a hooker she saw getting out of a car driven by her man, Joe Chauncey. What’s his connection? The bodies of two additional murdered prostitutes have identical tattoos marking them as property of the Russian mob. Will Matti link all three victims to Joe, her neighbors … or to someone even more dangerous? 

  Coming: Book 6


(Slated for


in 2018)


Books One to Five


Matti James’s neighbor, former child star Cathy Britton, is acting strangely. Is it drama, the onset of dementia, or has something sinister been thrown into the mix? Cathy’s nephew steps in to help as he helps himself to her fortune. Meanwhile, Matti must re-evaluate personal relationships while she looks for answers. She finds those answers may have been hidden all along in Cathy’s yard.

​​M. A. R. UNGER


The first in the best-selling series pits forensic facial reconstruction artist Matti James against Las Vegas neighbors who are ranking members of the Russian mob. She meets shadowy Joe Chauncey, whom she both fears and finds physically attractive. After her dog digs up a bullet-ridden skull on the neighbor’s property, police discover the rest of the skeleton in a most unlikely place. When Matti is hired to do the reconstruction, she learns the hard way that killers don’t want their victims identified.


A skull found at the center of a ritualistic scene near Las Vegas has ties to Chernobyl. Amid escalating violence by anti-nuke activists, Matti’s forensic reconstruction of the skull identifies the victim as a physicist with a powerful connection to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. She is convinced a modern-day apocalypse is at hand. As Matti works against the clock to prevent disaster, she is stopped by a court order. Why? Is she also considered expendable?