book cover of French Vanilla & Felonies

French Vanilla & Felonies

(The first book in the Cambria Clyne Mystery series)
A novel by

A sweet, klutzy apartment manager takes on neighborhood crooks and catches the eye of a handsome handyman in this "uproariously funny" (InD'Tale Magazine) blend of chick lit and cozy mystery. A finalist in the 2017 RONE Awards.

When Cambria Clyne - a 28-year-old single mom - gets the job of apartment manager at an L.A. complex, she thinks her run of bad luck is finally over. And the cute maintenance guy is certainly a nice perk. But the job is nothing like she'd imagined, especially once a crime spree takes over the community.

Cambria, confident the crime shows she's watched on TV will help her, dons her detective hat and embarks on adventure. As the case unravels, Cambria finds that perhaps she's been a naive accomplice all along...

If you like the lovable in-over-their-heads heroines of Sophie Kinsella's stories, with a little Janet Evanovich cozy mystery thrown in, you'll love this hilarious look at the adventures of a feisty gal trying to keep her crazy job and find love.

Author Interview

What was your inspiration to write The Apartment Manager Series? All the apartment managers I've met agree on one thing - someone needs to write a book about this bizarre industry! So I thought, why not me? As a former on-site apartment manager and longtime blogger at The Apartment Manager's Blog, I have a lot of inspiration right at my fingertips. So much so, this had to be a series.

It seems these books could fit into several genres. How would you categorize them? To me, a good book has a bit of mystery, a dose of romance, a twist, and a whole lot of humor. So I applied this formula to For Rent: humor, mystery and romance... I think it could easily fit into chick lit, romantic comedy, and even a cozy mystery.

What sets Cambria apart, and how is her story different from other romantic comedies? Cambria is a feisty single mom determined to do right by her daughter. She's smart, witty, awkward, humble and possibly too nosy for her own good. Even when she's thrust into strange and dangerous situations, she manages to hold her own. She's not easily defeated, even when everything (and everyone) says she should be. Cambria isn't out to find love (this isn't really a romance story, though the handyman is pretty cute), but she wouldn't be opposed to it finding her. She's really out to start a new job and establish a career for herself in an industry that is deceptively difficult. She fumbles along the way, and this is what makes her relatable.

How many books are in the series?
Cambria is always on another adventure so I'll likely always have a new book in the works. Here's the current series list:
For Rent
For Hire
Move-In Special - coming soon!
Can't Pay My Rent - free when you join my mailing list:
Still Can't Pay My Rent
Thanks for reading!

Genre: Cozy Mystery

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Used availability for Erin Huss's French Vanilla & Felonies

Paperback Editions

March 2018 : Paperback

Title: French Vanilla & Felonies: Volume 1
Author(s): Erin Huss
ISBN: 1-983687-07-3 / 978-1-983687-07-5
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   

August 2016 : USA Paperback

Title: For Rent
Author(s): Erin Huss
ISBN: 0-692-69475-7 / 978-0-692-69475-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Velvet Morning Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   

Kindle Editions

March 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: French Vanilla & Felonies: a funny romantic mystery (Cambria Clyne Mysteries Book 1)
Author(s): Erin Huss
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU