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  Cover Art: The Big Dig Barnes, Linda
The Big Dig
Bored with her assignment working undercover to seek out fraud on Boston's Big Dig project, private detective Carlotta Carlyle moonlights by taking on the case of the missing Veronica James, an investigation that goes nowhere until the mysterious death of a construction worker uncovers links to a vast conspiracy that could threaten her own life.
Adult Mystery Book BARNES
  Cover Art: Feet of Clay Birmingham, Ruth
Feet of Clay
Lead detective at Atlanta's Peachtree Investigations, hard-nosed, fast-talking PI Sunny Childs goes along with her film maker sister to interview a man convicted of murdering two young women. His execution date is fast approaching, and Sunny soon realizes that he very likely was framed. But, how will she conduct an investigation when no one wants the truth to come out?
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Tahoe Deathfall Borg, Todd
Tahoe Deathfall
Disaster struck when twin sisters Jennifer and Melissa Salazar went hiking with their grandmother on their sixth birthday. Melissa got lost, fell off a cliff on the rock slide above Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe and died. Eight years later, fourteen-year-old Jennifer wants to hire Detective Owen McKenna to look into the death, which she believes was a murder.
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Devil Bruen, Ken.
The Devil
PI Jack Taylor is called to investigate a student murder--connected to an elusive Mr. K whom he remembers meeting at an airport. After several more murders and too many coincidental encounters, Jack believes he may have met his nemesis.
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Storm Front Butcher, Jim
Storm Front
In this cross-over fantasy/mystery series, Harry Dresden, wizard for hire, cooperates with the police to solve gruesome magical murderers while also working on his own as a supernatural PI. This time, he is called in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with the blackest of magic.
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Working Stiff : a Sofie Metropolis Novel Carrington, Tori
Working Stiff : a Sofie Metropolis Novel
Budding Queens PI Sofie lands her first big criminal case, but is faced with distractions when a body disappears from her Aunt Sotiria's funeral home a week before Halloween.
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Big City Bad Blood Chercover, Sean
Big City Bad Blood
Ray Dudgeon, a former Chicago reporter has become disillusioned with the newspaper business, so becomes a private detective. When hired to protect a man who ran afoul of a mid-level gangster, Ray finds himself right in the middle of a ganster war. Then he draas the interest of a politician who may or may not be in cahoots with the mob himself...
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Killing Kind Connolly, John
The Killing Kind
When the body of Grace Peltier, a brilliant Ph.D. candidate, is found in her car on a back road in northern Maine, no one wants to believe it was suicide. Private detective Charlie Parker, who has been hired to investigate Grace's death, discovers a mass grave nearby. It soon becomes obvious that the graves and the violent passing of Grace Peltier are part of the same mystery - one with its roots in her family history and in the origins of the shadowy organization known as the Fellowship.
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Chasing Darkness Crais, Robert
Chasing Darkness
Elvis Cole was a hero when he cleared an innocent man of a murder charge. But when that innocent man is found dead three years later holding photos of the victim, Elvis is the one on trial. Cole and Joe Pike race an LAPD special task force to uncover the truth.
Adult Mystery Book CRAIS
  Cover Art: Blackman's Coffin De Castrique, Mark.
Blackman's Coffin
Wounded and embittered Iraq vet Sam Blackman rebuilds his life in Ashville, NC, as he investigates two murders decades apart.
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  Cover Art: Spider Mountain Deutermann, Peter T., 1941-
Spider Mountain
Cam Richter, ex-cop, crosses swords with an extremely ruthless matriarch of a meth trafficking clan in the Appalachian-Great Smoky Mountains region of North Carolina.
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Through the Cracks Fister, Barbara
Through the Cracks
When Chicago private investigator Anni Koskinen takes on a new client, she finds herself working on an impossible case. After spending twenty years in prison, a black man convicted in a notorious rape case has had his sentence overturned. The victim wants to know who was really responsible for the crime that scarred her life, and has uncovered evidence indicating that a serial rapist may still be at work, attacking women with ferocious anger.
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Absolute Risk Gore, Steven
Absolute Risk
San Francisco PI Graham Gage is hired by the Chairman of the Fed to look into a number of strange incidents involving the FBI, international spying, murder, and the possible collapse of the American economy. As Gage gets closer to discovering that Ibrahim is behind a terrorist act that could destroy the world's economy, it could have devastating consequences not only for himself, but the world.
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  Cover Art: D is for Deadbeat Grafton, Sue
D is for Deadbeat
The client came to Kinsey Millhone with an easy job, just deliver $25,000 to a fifteen-year-old kid. By the time Kinsey caught up with her client, he was a dead body, with a whole host of people who were delighted to hear the news
Adult Mystery Book GRAFTON
  Cover Art: Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead Gran, Sara
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead
New Orleans private eye Claire DeWitt, whose detective skills are aided by mind-expanding herbs, the I Ching, and a treatise on detection by the late, great detective Jacques Silette investiges the 2005 disappearance of Vic Willing, a prosecutor known for winning convictions in a homicide- plagued city. Was it murder, or did Vic use the storm as a cover to disappear?
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Slipknot Greenlaw, Linda
Former Miami homicide detective, now marine insurance investigator, Jane Bunker, in Green Haven, Maine, can't resist her instincts when a drunk is found dead, washed up on shore.
Adult Fiction Book GREENLA
  Cover Art: Hallowed Bones Haines, Carolyn
Hallowed Bones
Sarah Booth Delaney is both a Southern lady and a skilled detective, but her latest case takes her into the murky world of New Orleans where motives for murder, and a list of suspects, are as numerous as the stories of spiritual malfeasance that permeate the air.
Adult Mystery Book HAINES
  Cover Art: A Cold Day in Paradise Hamilton, Steve
A Cold Day in Paradise
PI Alex McKnight of Detroit, a former policeman with a bullet lodged near his heart, braces himself for trouble when the killer who placed it there calls, promising to finish the job. The killer is serving a life sentence in jail, but as McKnight knows - anyone can kill by proxy.
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Maltese Falcon Hammett, Dashiell
The Maltese Falcon
A murder investigation requires private detective Sam Spade--a man of few words who displays little emotion--to become involved in a dangerous search for a valuable statue.
Adult Mystery Book HAMMETT
  Cover Art: Trapped : a Novel Hannon, Irene.
Trapped : a Novel
When librarian Laura Griffith's younger sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF agent turned PI James "Dev" Devlin to help. But the deeper he digs, the more he begins to suspect that something sinister is at work in the disappearance.
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• Barnes, Linda
Carlotta Carlyle
• Benjamin, Carol Lea
Rachel Alexander
• Black, Cara
Aimee Leduc
• Block, Lawrence
Matt Scudder
• Bowen, Rhys
Molly Murphy
• Chandler, Raymond
Philip Marlowe
• Christie, Agatha
Hercule Poirot
• Coben, Harlan
Myron Bolitar
• Craig, Philip R.
Jeff Jackson
• Crais, Robert
Elvis Cole
• Doyle, Arthur Conan
Sherlock Holmes
• Eichler, Selma
Desiree Shapiro
• Elrod, P. N.
Jack Fleming
• Estleman, Loren
Amos Walker
• Evanovich, Janet
Stephanie Plum
• Francis, Dick
Sid Halley
• Garcia-Aguilera, Caroline
Lupe Solano
• Grafton, Sue
Kinsey Milhone
• Haines, Carolyn
Sarah Booth Delaney
• Kaminsky, Stuart
Toby Peters
• Kijewski, Karen
Kat Colorado
• Lawrence, Martha C
Elizabeth Chase
• Lippman, Laura
Tess Monaghan
• MacDonald, John D.
Travis McGee
• McKevitt, G.A.
Savannah Reid
• Muller, Marcia
Sharon McCone
• Paretsky, Sara
V.I. Warshawski
• Parker, Robert B.
Sunny Randall
• Parker, Robert B.
• Rozan, S.J.
Lydia Chin
• Sanders, Lawrence
Archibald McNally
• Smith, Alexander McCall
Precious Ramotswe
• Spring, Michelle
Laura Principal
• Stabenow, Dana
Kate Shugak
• Webb, Betty
Lena Jones
• Wesley, Valerie Wilson
Tamara Hayle
• Whitelaw, Stella
Jordan Lacey