Natural Causes

New Mexico homicide detective partners Barbara Lassiter and Susan Martinez return in this third edition of the Lassiter/Martinez Case Files series.

Called in to investigate a mysterious death in a retirement center, Lassiter and Martinez find themselves entangled in a case that might very well involve multiple murders committed by a psychopathic killer. The deeper they go into their investigation, the more complex and dangerous the case becomes, threatening the lives of the detectives and their loved ones. Political and bureaucratic machinations within the detectives’ department and the involvement of organized crime only make their jobs more difficult.

Award-Winning, Amazon #1 Best-Selling author Joseph Badal offers up another suspenseful, unputdownable tale, with twists and turns that will put and keep the reader on a roller coaster ride of drama, action, and emotion from the first to the last page. 



“Inspired by actual events, NATURAL CAUSES manages to be chilling, complex and humane in equal doses. A terrific read for suspense fans of all stripes.”
--Dennis Palumbo, author of the Daniel Rinaldi Mystery series

“What’s not to like about “Natural Causes”? Smart, tough, and witty investigators Barbara Lassiter and Susan Martinez return to unravel a series of “natural” retirement community deaths and face a clever and dangerous psychopathic killer who pushes them to their limit, and beyond. A thriller with twists and turns that will keep you on a finely-honed edge.”
--DP Lyle, Award-Winning Author of the Jake Longly and Cain/Harper Thriller Series

"Another outstanding entry in a terrific series. Detectives Susan Martinez and Barbara Lassiter are smart, tough, and compassionate protagonists worth rooting for. They are compelling police professionals, not super-human crime fighters. Joseph Badal's plotting is deft, his pacing is perfect, and his writing crisp. Highly recommended."
--Sheldon Siegel, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez Novels.  

"Natural Causes is a blistering, bracing and bold thriller that races out of the gate and finishes in an all-out spring. Joseph Badal's third tale to feature detectives Barbara Lassiter and Susan Martinez sets them on the trail of a killer targeting residents at a retirement community that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase 'golden years.' But Badal also sprinkles in organized crime and politics into his already savory literary mind snack, resulting in a tour de force of a crime thriller that is not to be missed."
--Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author of the Murder, She Wrote series

"This third installment of the Lassiter/Martinez Case Files series will thrill both old and new readers. Full of quick dialogue, action, humor, and relatable characters, "Natural Causes" is a thoughtfully crafted mystery you won’t be able to put down.
--New York Times Bestselling author Tosca Lee