Terry Ambrose



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  • Thanks for reading my bio. I’m Terry Ambrose, a one-time skip tracer and bill collector turned writer. I write mysteries that have plenty of plot twists and characters who will surprise you at every turn. I like to call them Mysteries with Character.

    I’m going to give you two stories about me, the long one and the short one. So, here’s my short version and, as the saying goes, I’m sticking to it.

    I started out skip tracing and collecting money from deadbeats and quickly learned that liars come from all walks of life. I never actually stole a car, but sometimes hired big guys with tow trucks and a penchant for working in the dark to “help” when negotiations failed.

    As you might have figured out by now, the skip tracer part is how McKenna, my protagonist in the Trouble in Paradise McKenna Mysteries came about. Ultimately, it led to the two main characters in my License to Lie thriller series. How I ended up writing the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery series is…well, frankly, a mystery to me, too.

    Here’s more conflict in my life. I’m a resident of Southern California, but love spending time in Hawaii, especially on the Garden Island of Kauai, where I get to invent lies for the unsuspecting to read. My years of chasing deadbeats taught me many valuable life lessons such as—always keep your car in the garage.

    Don’t forget to visit my author page on Facebook or follow me on Twitter. You can also send me a message using the contact form on this page.

    The Long bio is really rather boring, but if you’re a glutton for punishment or doing a story on me, you might be interested.


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  • Thanks for reading my bio. I’m Terry Ambrose, a one-time skip tracer and bill collector turned writer. I write mysteries that have plenty of plot twists and characters who will surprise you at every turn. I like to call them Mysteries with Character.

    I’m going to give you two stories about me, the long one and the short one. So, here’s my short version and, as the saying goes, I’m sticking to it.

    I started out skip tracing and collecting money from deadbeats and quickly learned that liars come from all walks of life. I never actually stole a car, but sometimes hired big guys with tow trucks and a penchant for working in the dark to “help” when negotiations failed.

    As you might have figured out by now, the skip tracer part is how McKenna, my protagonist in the Trouble in Paradise McKenna Mysteries came about. Ultimately, it led to the two main characters in my License to Lie thriller series. How I ended up writing the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery series is…well, frankly, a mystery to me, too.

    Here’s more conflict in my life. I’m a resident of Southern California, but love spending time in Hawaii, especially on the Garden Island of Kauai, where I get to invent lies for the unsuspecting to read. My years of chasing deadbeats taught me many valuable life lessons such as—always keep your car in the garage.

    Don’t forget to visit my author page on Facebook or follow me on Twitter. You can also send me a message using the contact form on this page.

    The Long bio is really rather boring, but if you’re a glutton for punishment or doing a story on me, you might be interested.




Featured Book

    The Case of the Amorous Assailant

    “Ambrose’s mystery is thrilling and unpredictable…An entertaining and suspenseful detective tale.” — Kirkus Reviews

    New PI Jade Cavendish’s investigation into a cheating husband takes a bizarre turn when she uncovers a plot to commit murder.

    The Amorous Assailant has frustrated police for months. His MO is always the same. He binds his victims with red silk, kisses them, and leaves them with a red rose. Women throughout the city are worried they’ll be his next victim. 

    Novice PI Jade Cavendish isn’t one of them, though. After inheriting the Beachtown Detective Agency, she’s worried about landing a paying client. Any client. She’d even settle for a dognapping.

    Gina Rose, a wealthy young heiress, has a problem. Her new husband, a man she thought was her perfect match, is bleeding her dry. When Gina hires Jade to prove her husband is defrauding her, Jade quickly learns he’s a terrible businessman. His investment properties are oozing money like open wounds. 

    On the surface, it appears Gina simply has bad taste in men. But Jade refuses to give up on her client so easily. Her investigation pulls her into a world filled with greed, one where secrets are a way of life, events are not always what they seem, and lies conceal deadly realities—including the Amorous Assailant’s true motive. 

    “Ambrose’s mystery is thrilling and unpredictable…An entertaining and suspenseful detective tale.” — Kirkus Reviews

    “This book quickly became a page-turner as I had to know what was going to happen next.” — Dru Ann Love, Dru’s Book Musings

    “This book is absolutely a delight! I zoomed through it in record speed, even though I wanted to savor every word.” — Maggie Toussaint, Award-winning author of mystery and suspense

    “Ambrose shows once again he’s a master of fast-paced plots and endearing characters.” – Lois Winston, author of the critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery Series

    Buy Now:

    “Ambrose’s mystery is thrilling and unpredictable…An entertaining and suspenseful detective tale.” — Kirkus Reviews

    New PI Jade Cavendish’s investigation into a cheating husband takes a bizarre turn when she uncovers a plot to commit murder.

    The Amorous Assailant has frustrated police for months. His MO is always the same. He binds his victims with red silk, kisses them, and leaves them with a red rose. Women throughout the city are worried they’ll be his next victim. 

    Novice PI Jade Cavendish isn’t one of them, though. After inheriting the Beachtown Detective Agency, she’s worried about landing a paying client. Any client. She’d even settle for a dognapping.

    Gina Rose, a wealthy young heiress, has a problem. Her new husband, a man she thought was her perfect match, is bleeding her dry. When Gina hires Jade to prove her husband is defrauding her, Jade quickly learns he’s a terrible businessman. His investment properties are oozing money like open wounds. 

    On the surface, it appears Gina simply has bad taste in men. But Jade refuses to give up on her client so easily. Her investigation pulls her into a world filled with greed, one where secrets are a way of life, events are not always what they seem, and lies conceal deadly realities—including the Amorous Assailant’s true motive. 

    “Ambrose’s mystery is thrilling and unpredictable…An entertaining and suspenseful detective tale.” — Kirkus Reviews

    “This book quickly became a page-turner as I had to know what was going to happen next.” — Dru Ann Love, Dru’s Book Musings

    “This book is absolutely a delight! I zoomed through it in record speed, even though I wanted to savor every word.” — Maggie Toussaint, Award-winning author of mystery and suspense

    “Ambrose shows once again he’s a master of fast-paced plots and endearing characters.” – Lois Winston, author of the critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery Series

    Buy Now:



Author Booklist

The Case of the Amorous Assailant
Lies, Spies, and the Baker’s Surprise
Mystery Of The Eight Islands
On the Take in Waikiki
Treasure Most Deadly