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Tuesday, April 27, 2021


Today we sit down for a chat with James Terra, from M. Lee Musgrave’s James Terra Mysteries.

What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?  

Pretty much as it is now. 


What’s the one trait you like most about yourself? 



What do you like least about yourself? 

Can’t play a musical instrument. 


What is the strangest thing your author has had you do or had happen to you?  

Become familiar with Silicon-Niobium Beach Nerds. 


Do you argue with your author? If so, what do you argue about?  

Occasionally, mostly about women and art. 


What is your greatest fear? 

Collapse of my twisted spinal-cerebral artery. 


What makes you happy? 

Children laughing. 


If you could rewrite a part of your story, what would it be? Why?  

Add more conversations with Spider Washington because he is a fascinating  character. 


Of the other characters in your book, which one bugs you the most? Why?  

Dr. Brian Mazor because he has a mercurial temperament subject to sudden, unpredictable changes of mood or mind. 


Of the other characters in your book, which one would you love to trade places  with? Why? 

Jon Doh because he owns property on the hill above Leo Carrillo State Beach (CA). 


Tell us a little something about your author. Where can readers find his website/blog? 

You can find him at his website. Originally from Australia, Lee holds a Master of Art degree from CSU,  Los Angeles (where he lived for 40+ years). He is the recipient of a National Endowment for Arts  Fellowship. His artwork (the painting above is an example of his work) has been in exhibitions world-wide. As a Professor of Art and curator, he organized hundreds of exhibitions involving artists, collectors and a variety of related enthusiast. Those many experiences and his ongoing personal art activities inform his writing about LA’s  exciting art community. 


What's next for you? 

I’m now about 2/3 through my next mystery were I’ve met a captivating redhead and  bought a new sports car all with Nicole’s support.


Brushed Off

Artist James Terra and his married lover Nicole find themselves in a tangled web while searching for the killer of LA’s hottest artists. Homicide detective Cisco Rivas asks James for help with LA’s zany art community. The case quickly turns into a quagmire of intrigue and vicious jealousy amongst the dazzling talent and wealth of schizophrenic Los Angeles. 


James wants Nicole to leave her husband. When another artist is murdered, she joins the hunt for the killer. A leading art collector is attacked. Cisco is pressured by influential city movers and shakers. Young emerging socialite Camille is up to her neck in strife, so James and Nicole make a deal to protect her. Cisco discovers a smuggled exotic drug used by all the suspects including a stealthy porn star. James keeps everyone from knowing his health is precarious. The killer and a secret accomplice target James, Nicole and Camille.


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