Where in the World is Lexi Carmichael Off to Next?

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by Julie Moffett, author of the Lexi Carmichael series

I love writing the Lexi Carmichael Mystery Series! I created Lexi as an antithesis to James Bond—female, geeky and socially awkward. I envisioned writing about a young woman struggling to find her place and future in two careers traditionally dominated by men (the tech field and espionage). As an interesting note, the first publisher I pitched the book to rejected it, saying they didn’t think there was a market for a female hacker protagonist. I was so grateful when Carina Press snapped it up. I’d always intended to make Lexi’s story a series, so as she grew, the readers could grow with her. I just had no idea how long the series would continue! The first book in the series, No One Lives Twice, came out in August 2010. That’s over eight years ago! And yet, in Lexi’s lifetime only about one year has passed. I did this on purpose, wanting Lexi to evolve in the pages of the stories, rather than in a period of time passing between each installment. She becomes stronger and more confident as each book progressed.

Although the series is character driven, the plots are an important part of the stories. This is a spy/mystery series, so naturally there are secret agents, spies and foreign players who cause a lot of trouble. Lexi ends up traveling on boats, planes and helicopters even though she hates flying and boating and is scared to death of heights. But she faces her fears and always comes through. I’m a military brat, so I’ve traveled extensively all my life and lived in foreign countries. Incorporating travel in my stories is a natural extension of my life experience. Some of the places in the books I’ve visited, and some I haven’t. But I always draw from my inner well of experience with foreign cultures and places to help me authentically incorporate all the sights, smells, tastes and feels into each setting. It’s so much fun!

 

No One Lives Twice

Location: Washington, DC, and Sweden

What trouble does Lexi get into? – Lexi takes on a male and female terrorist at Djurgarden Island with nothing more than her brain…but only after she awkwardly seduces and handcuffs her future boss to a bed.

Setting inspiration: I visited Sweden back in the mid-80s and loved Djurgarden Island, especially the Vasa Museum with all the Viking artifacts and history.

 

No One To Trust

Location: Washington, DC

What trouble does Lexi get into? Lexi fills in for a stripper and nearly brings the club down.

Setting inspiration: Thank God, I’ve never danced with a pole, but I did go to a male strip club for a bachelorette party once. :)

No Money Down

Location: Ocean City, MD

What trouble does Lexi get into? Lexi uses a vacuum with disastrous results, nearly removing the pants of a friend for the second time on the same vacation.

Setting inspiration: My family loves Ocean City and we’ve spent many summer vacations there.

No Place Like Rome

Location: Rome, Italy

What trouble does Lexi get into? Lexi uses perfume as a deadly weapon.

Setting inspiration: I visited Rome for the first time this past summer and I loved it! I’m pretty sure I was Italian in another life.

No Biz Like Showbiz

Location: Hollywood, CA

What trouble does Lexi get into? Lexi ends up on a reality-television dating show while tracking down a hacker, and chaos ensues.

Setting inspiration: I’d never watched reality television until I got the idea for this book. After watching just one show, I knew I had enough material to make the book hilarious.

No Test for the Wicked

Location: Washington, DC

What trouble does Lexi get into? Lexi faces her worst nightmare and goes back to high school undercover and blonde! Spoiler: It wasn’t any better the second time around.

Setting inspiration: I loosely based the high school on a local school for gifted and talented students that my genius nephew attended.

NO TEST FOR THE WICKED: A LEXI CARMICHAEL MYSTERY, BOOK FIVE by Julie Moffett

No Woman Left Behind

Locations: Washington, DC, Central African Republic, Somalia

What trouble does Lexi get into? Lexi must be protected by the Navy SEALs, except who will protect them from her?

Setting inspiration: I come from a military family (air force), so this story was a BLAST to write. My entire family provided information to make this book come together in a realistic way down to the smallest details, including a parachute jump. Insider information: Like Lexi, I’m afraid of heights! J

NO WOMAN LEFT BEHIND: A LEXI CARMICHAEL MYSTERY, BOOK SIX by Julie Moffett

No Room for Error

Location: Papua New Guinea

What trouble does Lexi get into? Lexi takes on snakes, leeches, monkeys and a lot of bad guys in the jungle after a plane crash.

Setting inspiration: In an unplanned twist, my nephew’s girlfriend was in Papua New Guinea while I was writing this book and sent me gifts from the island to keep me inspired.

NO ROOM FOR ERROR: A LEXI CARMICHAEL MYSTERY, BOOK SEVEN by Julie Moffett

No Strings Attached

Location: Washington, DC

What trouble does Lexi get into? While trying to save the world from a dangerous Chinese cyberattack, Lexi tries to plan her best friend’s bachelorette party with disastrous results. A wedding dress fitting gone wrong, a fake fireman in a plastic wading pool filled with baby oil and spiked lasagna are only a few of the many catastrophes.

Setting inspiration: I majored in Soviet and East European Studies in graduate school, and I was inspired by the concept of détente and how that concept would work in today’s world. Thus, I wrote the book around the concept of cyber détente.

NO STRINGS ATTACHED: A LEXI CARMICHAEL MYSTERY, BOOK EIGHT by Julie Moffett

No Living Soul

Location: Egypt

What trouble does Lexi get into? Lexi goes all Indiana Jones while trying to track down an ancient artifact and save her best friend’s father. Pyramids, centuries-old puzzles and a runaway camel are all part of the fun.

Setting inspiration: I’ve never been to Egypt, but I am fascinated by the pyramids and always wanted to set a book there. This one came together in a fun way.

NO LIVING SOUL: A LEXI CARMICHAEL MYSTERY, BOOK NINE by Julie Moffett

No Regrets

Location: British Virgin Islands

What trouble does Lexi get into? Lexi must navigate the scary duties of maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding and deliver a package to a Caribbean paradise. Crocodiles, the mafia, a boatload of proctologists and a kidnapping are all involved.

Setting inspiration: My brother and his wife took a trip to the British Virgin Islands right before I started writing this story, inspiring me to set my story there.

NO REGRETS: A LEXI CARMICHAEL MYSTERY, BOOK TEN by Julie Moffett

No Stone Unturned

Locations: Rome, the Vatican, and the Amalfi Coast, Italy

What trouble does Lexi get into? Lexi travels to Rome to help find out who is threatening her fiancé. Amazing Italian food, intrigue at the Vatican and a cat with a mind of its own all play a big role in this story.

Setting inspiration: After I’d turned in the first draft of this book, I took a trip of my own to Rome, the Vatican and the Amalfi Coast. It allowed me to add a lot more authentic detail in the second round of edits!

NO STONE UNTURNED: A LEXI CARMICHAEL MYSTERY, BOOK ELEVEN by Julie Moffett

 

 

Which of these locations would you like to visit? Let us know in the comments section below!

14 thoughts on “Where in the World is Lexi Carmichael Off to Next?”

  1. Stephanie Bushard says:

    I want to go to the British Virgin Islands, Egypt and Italy. I love traveling and Julie makes it sound magnificent. I’m a lot like Lexi when I get to a new place I go directly for the view. On Reddit (a popular website) there will some times be a post asking users to take a picture of what’s directly in front of you…these “redditors” are from all over the world and the pictures are intriguing and often beautiful. I feel like Julie’s books give me a little picture of the world.

  2. Lynn McMillen says:

    ALL OF THEM! Julie’s books are so descriptive that it’s easy to take a mini-vacation in my mind – just enough to want more.

  3. Sharon Frank says:

    I would love to visit the Vatican, Rome, and Sperlonga. I have no interest whatsoever in visiting Egypt or Africa. Sweden, yes! I would like to see Lexi and Slash, with possibly Basia and Xavier too, have an adventure in Alaska.

  4. Gladys Starks says:

    I want to visit Sperlonga, Italy.

  5. Sandra Ross says:

    While I love Italy and hope to go there again someday, Washington D.C. would be my first choice. I’m a complete history geek and love the Smithsonian museums.

  6. Natalie Daniels says:

    I would love to go to Sweden!

  7. Sharon Michalove says:

    Egypt and Sweden are places I’ve never been too but I’ve always wanted to go. I’m always up for another trip to Italy.

  8. Mary Ivory Smith says:

    I would love to go to Sweden and Italy. Especially if Slash or Tito were available as tour guides! As to where Lexi should go next…. I think they need to see more of the US… what would Slash think of a Midwestern hot dish, or Southern Hush Puppies, or Rocky Mountain Oysters? Do we dare tell Lexi what’s in any of those foods? Maybe the Air Force Academy would be a good setting?

  9. Trisha says:

    I would love to be able to visit Rome and Sweden. I’ve been to northern Italy and fell in love with it!!
    I think Lexi should do something in England. We were stationed there and I worked for British companies while there. I can honestly say that the US and England are 2 countries separated by a common language!! Some of our everyday words have TOTALLY different meanings over there!!!

  10. Trisha B says:

    I would love to see Lexi at high tea at The Empress Hotel in British Colombia, Canada or stuck ion a lobster or fishing boat off the east coast of Canada wrestling with the bad guys (nobody writes books about boats anymore unless they’re true stories and those are just too sad). Let’s get this woman cooled off, maybe face down some baby harp seal hunters and have to figure out how to deal with that conundrum (it’s a perfectly legal hunt up there), some things I’d like to see confronted. Ideas from a native Seattleite.

  11. Vanessa says:

    I would love to see Lexi go to Puerto Rico or Venezuela or even Brazil! I’ve always wanted to go to these countries. Except there is too much trouble in Venezuela right now (possible plot though maybe)?

  12. Jeanie Whitmire Jackson says:

    I used to believe I wanted to travel to Italy, especially Rome, but between relatives and you, I have lost that urge. You make driving and Lexi’s terror even more real that my cousins did. Maybe I could fly in and not travel around. I will have to keep traveling via my favorite authors.

  13. Naurene Luse says:

    Of the places she’s already been, I think Italy is my favorite, especially the Amalfi Coast and Vatican. As for where I’d like to see Lexi travel/be in the next book, hmmm. Japan and Okinawa come immediately to mind (places high on my list of where to travel). However, I think New Mexico or Arizona might also be fun places for her as well. Lexi must climb up the side of a cliff to get to cliff dwellings – I can see that now!

  14. Dee Anna Sherwood says:

    I like to see Lexi go to Ireland something to do with Finn’s family maybe I hear it is beautiful there but me I like to go to Australia

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