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. Yolanda ignores the “juju,” but when someone kills the kidnapper and starts stalking 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?
Veronica Gutiérrez is a former community organizer, civil rights attorney, non-profit leader, and corporate executive. She draws from years of experience in those worlds for her fiction. Veronica was born and raised in Boyle Heights, the Los Angeles neighborhood that her protagonist, Yolanda Avila, calls home. Veronica and her wife Laura split their time between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Both are home bar enthusiasts and avid travelers. They host cocktail-lesson-themed fundraisers—called Mixology on a Mission—to help Los Angeles non-profits grow their donor base. Veronica published My Little Black Cocktail Book, a journal to organize her research and help others do the same. Some of those recipes make it into her writing.