By Veronica Gutierrez

As You Look

A Yolanda Avila Mystery

Yolanda Avila, a Los Angeles private investigator, struggles with the intersection of grief, guilt, and latent psychic tendencies following the death of her mother. Her struggle peaks when Yolanda’s godson Joey is kidnapped and clues come to her in dreams and nightmares. She ignores the “juju,” but when someone kills the kidnapper and stalks her wife to warn her off the case, Yolanda must confront her emerging ability to find the murderer before they kill again. Will Yolanda listen to the juju this time, or will she insist on just the facts and risk the life of yet another loved one?

The Author

Veronica Gutierrez

I was born and raised in Boyle Heights, the Los Angeles home of my protagonist, Yolanda Avila. My QPOC friends and family inspire me every day; and my imagination is informed by my past as a community organizer, non-profit leader, civil rights attorney, and corporate executive.

My wife Laura and I split our time between Los Angeles and San Francisco. We are home bar enthusiasts and avid travelers. We host cocktail-lesson-themed fundraisers—called Mixology on a Mission—to help Los Angeles non-profits grow their donor base. I published My Little Black Cocktail Book, a journal to organize my research and help others do the same. Some of those recipes make it into my writing. (Check out @mylittleblackbooks on Instagram or