Jake is racking up the ⭐ Stars!


Jake is racking up the stars for his audiobook adventures! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Reviews👁 🕵  💪:

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Lots of action and danger!…Fun yet full of twists and turns. … Colin Iago McCarthy does an excellent performance.”

Audible.com Listeners
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Would sit in car to finish chapters! … When a book leaves me wanting more, I know I’ve hit a winner!”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I loved the internal repartee carried on in Jake’s head and his vulnerability, while being the tough noir PI. Very entertaining!”

Brian’s Book Blog
⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 “A thriller filled with twists and turns.”

Me Love Books
“If you are looking for a fast-paced and action-packed detective thriller that reads/sounds like a proper action movie, Secondhand Smoke is definitely a great choice.”

Erika Loves To Read
“I think this book would probably make an enjoyable movie due to the numerous action-packed scenes. P.S. This book made me wanna visit Portland!”



Your commute is about to become WAY more FUN!

Your commute / workout / dog walking / cooking / boring job is about to become WAY more FUN!

Secondhand Smoke (Jake Brand PI 2) is now available as an audiobook!   Over 7 hours of danger, twists, turns and  smart alec repartee are now available to vastly improve some of the more hum drum parts of your life.  (Ok, well some people actually like working out but even so, a rollicking good story with thrills, laughs and a touch of romance is going to level up a workout from “like” to “love” right?)

Secondhand Smoke by M. Louis, narrated by Colin Iago McCarthy
Audible / Amazon / iTunes

Set on the espresso stained streets of Portland, a simple missing person case is just the beginning of a trail of danger & intrigue.

In the midst of peril, Private Detective Jake Brand still finds time to annoy his yoga instructor, and fall for the woman with more secrets than answers.
“…endlessly entertaining in any situation, especially the perilous kind.” -Kirkus 




Free Sample via YouTube Below

Angel’s Devil Gets 4 Stars from AudiobookReviewer.com

We are totally pumped about the first review of the audiobook version of Angel’s Devil from AudiobookReviewer.com!

4 stars!  Yay!

“M. Louis does an excellent job of making Jake likable by adding in Jake’s devil and angel side-kicks. . . .

The story flows well, keeping the listeners on their toes.  Fast paced but not rushed, Louis reveals just enough keeping the action riveting.  Masterful story-teller, Louis keeps the listener on the edge of his seat.

Colin Iago McCarthy is a wonderful narrator, keeping the action and emotions steady and peaking when it is. . . . ”


You can read the full review here.

People are loving the audiobook and it’s been flying off the virtual shelves over at Audible.com, iTunes and Amazon.  Inspired by Jake’s enthusiastic welcome to the world of audiobooks we have just started production on the audiobook of Jake Brand PI book 2, Secondhand Smoke.  Stellar voice actor Colin Iago McCarthy returns as the narrator and you can look for this new audiobook to be out in the fall of this year.

We also have a new trailer with a free sample of the audiobook version of Angel’s Devil available on SoundCloud  and YouTube (or listen below and save yourself a click / tap).


Review: Girl in the River

Girl in the River
Girl in the River by Patricia Kullberg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Girl in the River by Patricia Kullberg is a well written book about Portland, Oregon from the late thirties into the fifties. A young Mae Rose’s mom dies from a botched abortion at the end of the depression. Having no family to help her, she moves from rural Oregon to Portland. Bad luck and dire economic times force her to make hard choices to survive.

Well written, the book provides an interesting description of Portland and some of its residents, as Mae works to not only survive but thrive.

5 stars!

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And Some Other Stuff, Also on the Run

Wait for it…

there are donuts involved.


Secondhand Smoke – Jake Brand PI book 2 – by M. Louis – Available on Amazon (free on Kindle Unlimited / 2.99 ebook) and these fine Indie Bookstores:

Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl Street (on the Pearl St. Mall)
Boulder, CO

Boulder Bookstore Online

Annie Bloom’s Books
7834 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219


Broadway Books
1714 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232


Review: Ochoco Reach

Ochoco Reach
Ochoco Reach by J.R. Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ochoco Reach, by Jim Stewart, is the tale of half-brothers that battle dirty feds, banditos, and the elements. Set in the wilds of Mexico, spectacular Central Oregon, and Portland, Oregon, the brothers rely on more than just their experiences as special force veterans who served in Vietnam. They also draw heavily on their experiences growing up on a ranch with a rich native American influence. In fact Daniel is half Nimi’ipuu, or Nez Perce tribe. Both brothers are connected to the land and hear and rely upon the songs and battle cries of their shared heritage.

But it’s more than just a modern day battle between good and evil. Elements of the book reach back to the old west, reminding us of all of the movies and stories we’ve heard growing up. Plus, as all good books do, there’s a very enticing romance element to contrast against the stark violence.

Very enjoyable, 5 stars!

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Holiday Thrills and Benefits

Season’s Greetings from M. Louis and his buddy Jake Brand, Private Investigator!

M. working hard on the next Jake Brand, PI novel...

M. working hard on the next Jake Brand, PI novel…

While M. has been having fun messing around with copies of his second novel, Secondhand Smoke, Jake has been hard at work solving more difficult cases from his home base in Portland. We thought it was time to send a friendly holiday greeting and keep you updated on some fun happenings.

Benefit Win/Win!

If you have readers on your gift list this holiday season, consider sending them Jake’s own “brand” of intrigue, jaunty repartee and on-the-edge-of-your-seat action. If you purchase either Angel’s Devil or Secondhand Smoke, a portion of the proceeds will also be donated to Trillium Family Services. It’s a win-win!

Broadway Books 1714 NE Broadway Portland, OR 97232 503-284-1726

Broadway Books 1714 NE Broadway Portland, OR 97232 503-284-1726

Shop Local – Portland

Copies of Secondhand Smoke are flying off the shelves atBroadway Books in NE Portland! Swing by and get yours so they don’t have to keep picking them up off the floor.

You can even buy copies from them online!

Secondhand Smoke
Angel’s Devil

Author M. Louis and everyone here at Team Jake Brand HQ encourage you to shop local and support this fine store.

All Jake Wants for Christmas

Loved Angel’s Devil, or Secondhand Smoke, or both? All Jake wants for Christmas this year is for you to leave a review on Amazon.  Reviews from readers are one of the best ways to spread the news about this great crime thriller series.

Every time you leave an honest review for a Jake Brand PI series book, an Angel gets her wings and a Devil gets annoyed. Help us make this happen!


Have you seen the book trailer for Secondhand Smoke yet? It’s a good time in under 2 minutes. Check it out and be sure to watch all the way to the end for a special bonus…https://youtu.be/3CISC-tA8m0

Sending you wishes for safe and peaceful holidays! – M. Louis, Jake Brand, P.I. and Team

Support Indie Book Stores

The Jake Brand PI series is now available from 2 more Portland Bookstores! Shop local! Support Independent Book Stores!

MLouis_FortBuildingTeam Jake Brand had a meeting and decided that author M. Louis had far too many copies of his latest book, Secondhand Smoke in the office.  Since we weren’t able to stop him from building forts and generally goofing around with them, we called some local book stores and they were all too happy to put them on the shelves for sale.  We are pleased to report that paperback copies of Secondhand Smoke and Jake Brand book one, Angel’s Devil are now available at Annie Bloom’s Books as well as Broadway Books.

We know he’ll just order another couple of boxes of books and start playing Jenga with them, so PLEASE help us out and go buy copies from these fine local stores so we can re-fresh their stock soon.

These books also make great gifts for the holidays. (hint hint)

Yours truly,
Team Jake Brand

Annie Bloom’s Books
7834 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219


Broadway Books
1714 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232


Books Are Gifts That Keep on Giving


I am happy to announce that 100% of all sales proceeds from my new detective thriller novel, Secondhand Smoke are being donated to Trillium Family Services, the premier provider of mental and behavioral youth services in Oregon.

Secondhand Smoke_Cover_web

All proceeds in November go to Trillium Family Services

Books make great gifts and your purchase of Secondhand Smoke which has been called “endlessly entertaining” by Kirkus reviews will truly be a gift that keeps on giving.

Trillum’s Mission:

We are guided by the simple yet crucial mission of building brighter futures with children and families.

Our vision is to create safe communities where children are healthy and every family has the opportunity for success. Families get the support they need – when and where they need it. There is a focus on prevention and health; organizations and systems are connected in a synergistic sanctuary community that generates: Non –violence, Growth and Change, Democracy, Emotional intelligence, Social learning, Open communication, and Social Responsibility.

Our investment in the future of each child means that the next generation of Oregonians will have the skills to contribute meaningfully through employment, community service, and raising their own healthy families.

“…endlessly entertaining in any situation, especially the perilous kind.” – Kirkus Reviews