Detective Mysteries

 

Book Display MarketingLove mystery fiction? There is a lot out there, but trying to find a book with a strong female/male detective or character can be tricky if you’re unsure what to look for.  I don’t read a whole lot of mystery but many of my library colleague read a lot of mystery.  But that does not stop me in learning more.

If you are a mystery fiction reader,  hopefully the following list will help you find your next read or series. What mystery series have you read & enjoyed?

Female Detectives:

  • Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple, #1) , by Agatha Christie
    A beloved female detective, Miss Jane Marple, has a gift for sniffing out the malevolent side of human nature. — goodreads.com
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  • Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher, #1) , by Kerry Greenwood
    The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher is a 1920s London socialite living in Melbourne, Australia. She is highly fashionable and generous, knows poverty from humble origins; war deaths elevated her father to British aristocracy. Over the series her household expands: maid Dot, butler Mr. Butler & cook Mrs. Butler, cab-drivers Bert & Cec, adopted Ruthie & Jane. She helps Detective Inspector Jack Robinson and Constable Hugh Collins, sweet on Dot. — goodreads.com
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  • Murphy’s Law (Molly Murphy #1), by: Rhys Bowen
    Molly Murphy always knew she’d end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. She has to flee her cherished Ireland for the anonymous shores of America. But starting a new life doesn’t keep Molly out of trouble—and soon she’s doing detective work in early 20th-century New York. — goodreads.com
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  • The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1), by: Laurie R. King
    When a young woman literally stumbles into Sherlock Holmes, a brilliant mystery series begins. It is 1915, and Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees, when he meets fifteen-year-old Mary Russell—gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, with an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes. Under his reluctant tutelage, 20th century Miss Russell proves a deft protegee and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.  — goodreads.com
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  • Mr. Churchill’s Secretary (Maggie Hope Mystery #1), by: Susan Elia MacNeal
    Maggie Hope: An American-born math whiz living in London works as a code-breaker and spy during WWII, aiding Britain in the war against the Nazis. — goodreads.com
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  • A Duty To The Dead (Bess Crawford, #1), by: Charles Todd
    Bess Crawford is a World War I British army nurse. — goodreads.com
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  • Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1), by: Victoria Thompson
    Sarah Brandt, a midwife in turn-of-the-20th-century New York City
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  • On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mystery, #1), by: Cleo Coyle
    Clare Cosi, manager of the Village Blend, a landmark coffeehouse in New York City’s Greenwich Village. — goodreads.com
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  • Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1), by: Jacqueline Winspear
    Maisie Dobbs is a psychologist and private investigator in 1920s London.
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  • Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden, #1) , by: Charlaine Harris
    Is a librarian and a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases. — goodreads.com
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  • A Crafty Killing (Victoria Square, #1), by: Lorraine Bartlett
    Katie Bonner, manager of Artisans Alley and an amateur sleuth.
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  • Blackening Song (Ella Clah, #1), by: Aimée Thurlo
    Ella Clah, a former FBI agent now with Navajo police in Shiprock, New Mexico.

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  • A Field of Darkness (Madeline Dare, #1), by: Cornelia Read
    Madeline Dare, former debutante in 1980s New York and Massachusetts.
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  • Killed at the Whim of a Hat (Jimm Juree #1), by: Colin Cotterill
    Jimm Juree, a former crime reporter for the Chiang Mai Daily Mail, now living with her family in rural southern Thailand. — goodreads.com
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  • Thyme of Death (China Bayles, #1), by: Susan Wittig Albert
    The China Bayles Herbal Mysteries feature herbalist China Bayles, who abandoned her career as a hot-shot Houston criminal attorney to buy an herb shop in a small town located half-way between Austin and San Antonio, Texas. — goodreads.com
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  • Final Jeopardy (Alexandra Cooper, #1), by:Linda Fairstein
    Alexandra Cooper is a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney for the Sex Crimes Unit.
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Male Detectives:

  • A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes #1), by: Arthur Conan Doyle
    Sherlock Holmes is a fictional consulting detective in London ~1880-1914. Holmes, master of disguise, reasoned logically to deduce clients’ background from their first appearance. He used fingerprints, chemical analysis, and forensic science.
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  • Hour of the Hunter (Walker Family, #1); by: J.A. Jance
    Brandon Walker is an ex-sheriff living in Tucson, Arizona. — goodreads.com
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  • Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1), by: Lee Child
    Jack Reacher is a drifter and ex-military policeman. — goodreads.com
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  • Zero Day (John Puller, #1), by: David Baldacci
    John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigative Division. — goodreads.com
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  • Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross, #1), by: James Patterson
    Dr. Alex Cross is a specialist in forensic psychology, originally working for the Washington DC police department and later as an FBI senior agent.
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  • Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #1), by: Louise Penny
    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life in Three Pines, finding long buried secrets–and facing a few of his own ghosts. — goodreads.com
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  • Memory Man (Amos Decker, #1), by: David Baldacci
    Amos Decker, a former pro football player, now a police detective in Burlington, Ohio
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  • Alone (Detective D.D. Warren, #1), by: Lisa Gardner
    D.D. Warren is a Boston police detective. — goodreads.com
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  • Knots and Crosses (Inspector Rebus, #1), by: Ian Rankin
    John Rebus once served in Britain’s elite SAS. Now he’s an Edinburgh cop who hides from his memories and misses promotions. To solve brutal murders, he enters the grittiest sides of Edinburgh, the dark heart of contemporary Scotland which lurks behind the elegant and historic buildings. — goodreads.com
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  • Triptych (Will Trent, #1), by Karin Slaughter
    Takes place in Atlanta and features GBI special agent Will Trent, his partner Faith Mitchell, and Angie Polaski. — goodreads.com
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  • Deeper Than the Dead (Oak Knoll, #1), by Tami Hoag
    Tony Mendez, a Sheriff’s detective in mid-1980s Oak Knoll, California.
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