James “Jim” Paavola is a retired psychologist. For over forty years his primary focus had been children, adolescents, families, and the education system. While employed with the Memphis City Schools, he worked with law enforcement to develop procedures for addressing youth substance abuse, youth violence, child sexual abuse, and youth gangs. Jim began writing in his retirement years, choosing themes of injustice as the focal point for murder mysteries set in the Memphis area.
Described by some as soft-boiled, his mysteries involve issues of the day such as the recent economic crash, the stock market, school bullying, sexual activity in retirement communities, military veterans, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the scandalous side of America’s for profit health insurance industry, Mexican cartels, individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome, money laundering, Ponzi schemes, and challenges facing the LGBT community.
The Murder In Memphis series follows fictitious Memphis Police Lieutenant Julia Todd and her homicide team: The Chartreuse Envelope (2010), They Gotta Sleep Sometime (2011), Which One Dies Today? (2012), Blood Money (2013), and Cast the First Stone (2015). The Silver Star, a short story in Malice In Memphis: Bluff City Mysteries, 2014, Carolyn McSparren (Ed.), Dark Oak Press, Memphis, Tenn.