Dark alleyways and foggy moors, secret passageways and hidden compartments, rumors, gossip, cryptic codes and undetectable poisons?they may seem mysterious to us, but they're all part and parcel for the intrepid sleuths and snoops who make up the focus of this month's NPOB theme reads.
These captivating reads contain some of our favorite heroines: those smart, daring women who bravely tackle danger and mystery to solve baffling crimes. Our fearless detectives come in all types and ages, from the steely-eyed officer of the law serving in the NYPD Homicide Unit who tracks down techno-baddies to the unassuming but snoopy Great Aunt who stumbles across old secrets and modern murder while on holiday at a rustic bed and breakfast. And we can't leave out the private investigator who takes on all comers will ing to pay her fee, or the forensic pathologist who suddenly sees a pattern of mysterious deaths landing on her examining table.
The crime scene can take place in modern America or the English countryside, in a high-rise apartment or ancient estate, and the cast of surrounding characters can range from the truly frightening to the amusingly odd, but none of that really matters when a master mind has set out to reveal the bad guy's dastardly deeds. Regardless of time, place or setting, we're in for a real treat as we sit on the edge of our seats, following the skillful dismantling of the most perplexing crimes at the hands of one of our superior sleuths or snoops.
Below is a list of some tantalizing "Sleuths and Snoops" reads that we've snooped out for you.
IT'S MY BODY AND I'LL CRY IF I WANT TO - Sharleen Jonasson*
SUSAN WITTIG ALBERT - LAVENDAR LIES - China Bales Mystery
STEPHANIE BARRON - Jane and the Genius of the Place - Jane Austen Mystery
M. C. BEATON - AGATHA RAISIN AND THE MURDEROUS MARRIAGE
FIONA BUCKLEY - QUEEN'S RANSOM - Ursula Blanchard Mystery
LIZ CARLYLE - A WOMAN OF VIRTUE*
JAYNE CASTLE - DESPERATE GAME - Guinevere Jones #1
JILL CHURCHILL - A FAREWELL TO YARNS - Jane Jeffry
HAMILTON CRANE - BONJOUR, MISS SEETON - Miss Seeton Mystery
BARBARA D'AMATO - HARDBALL - Cat Marsala
MARY DAHEIM - ALPINE GAMBLE - Emma Lord Mystery
JANET EVANOVICH - ONE FOR THE MONEY - Stephanie Plum Series
DOROTHY GILMAN - MRS. POLLIFAX PURSUED - Mrs. Pollifax Mystery
JEAN HAGER - SEW DEADLY - Iris House B&B
JOAN HESS - A DIET TO DIE FOR - Claire Malloy Mystery
KAY HOOPER - Shadows Series
SYDNEY HOSIER - ELEMENTARY, MRS. HUDSON*
J. A. JANCE - OUTLAW MOUNTAIN - Joanna Brady Mystery
IRIS JOHANSEN - FACE OF DECEPTION
JILL JONES - BLOODLINE, REMEMBER YOUR LIES
ALEX KAVA - A PERFECT EVIL
APRIL KIHLSTROM - MISS TIBBLES INVESTIGATES*
LAURIE KING - THE MOOR - Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes
SARA PARETSKY - DEADLOCK - V I Warshawskfsi Mystery
ELIZABETH PETERS - CURSE OF THE PHARAOHS - Amelia Peabody
KATHY REICHS - DEJA DEAD - Temperance Brennan Series
ANNE STUART - AT THE EDGE OF THE SUN - Maggie Bennett
AIMEE & DAVID THURLO - BAD MEDICINE - Ella Clah
SHERRYL WOODS - HOT SECRET - Molly Dewitt
SHERRYL WOODS - WAGES OF SIN - Amanda Roberts
* Added to the list by Readers and Authors
MUMS'S THE WORD and SLAY IT WITH FLOWERS by Kate Collins
FAIRE GAME by Jo Ann Ferguson (a Lady Priscilla Flanders and Sir Neville Hathaway sleuthing duo third book)- Terry Henson
Nancy J. Cohen's Bad Hair Day series - PERMED TO DEATH, HAIR RAISER, MURDER BY MANICURE, BODY WAVE
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