All summaries are from the NoveList database

This Pen for Hire by Laura Levine

When Jaine Austen is hired by nerdy Howard Murdoch to pen a love letter to gorgeous aerobics instructor Stacy Lawrence, she gets caught up in a murder investigation when Stacy is found beaten to death and Howard is accused of the crime.

Grime and Punishment by Jill Churchill

When an unpopular cleaning lady is strangled to death with a vacuum cleaner cord, Jane Jeffry, a single mom with an eye for mysteries, finds time between PTA meetings and car pools to do some sleuthing.

A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

The wife of a hated divorce lawyer becomes the main suspect in his murder and hires private detective, Kinsey Millhone, to find the real killer.

Murder on the Iditarod Trail by Sue Henry

Sergeant Alex Jensen tries to find the person who is systematically killing the top competitors of the Alaskan Iditarod dogsled race.

The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman

Witchcraft appears to be involved in the death of an Indian, whose body is found in Many Ruins Canyon, and Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is charged with the task of solving the crime.

Edge of Evil (Alison Reynolds) by J.A. Jance

Fired from her high-profile broadcasting career and in the process of divorcing her adulterous husband, Alison Reynolds heads home to Sedona, Arizona, to recover, and launches an online blog to help others that exposes her to a killer.

The Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

After her father’s death, thirty-two-year-old Amelia Peabody eschews the role of Victorian spinster and travels to Egypt, where mysterious intruders, boorish archaeologists, and a disappearing two-thousand-year-old mummy test her sanity and independence.

The Ninth Daughter by Barbara Hambly

When a murder occurs in the home of their friend and fellow patriot, Rebecca Malvern, John Adams is accused of the gruesome crime, which was seemingly perpetrated to obtain a secret Sons of Liberty document. With both her husband’s good name and the fate of the Sons of Liberty at stake, Abby must uncover a conspiracy that could cost them all their freedom–and their lives.

The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

A female heart surgeon, terrorized by a serial killer in Boston using the same MO as a killer who attacked her during her internship years in Savannah, works with a detective to solve the crime while trying to stay alive.

Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath

Struggling with a broken relationship, credit card bills, the FBI’s inaccurate profiling computer, and a band of street thugs, lieutenant Jacqueline Daniels works on a serial murder case alongside her binge-eating partner, Herb.

Until Proven Guilty (J.P. Beaumont) by J.A. Jance

Investigating the brutal murder of a five-year-old girl, sleuth J. P. Beaumont believes he has identified the killer, until additional bodies are found and attempts are made on Beau’s life.

Desert Heat (Joanna Brady) by J.A. Jance

Determined to clear her late husband Andy’s name after police claim that his shooting death had been the result of his involvement in drug running, Joanna Brady risks everything to find Andy’s killers.


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