100+ Mystery Writers A-E

The list starts with the author, then the setting, and a good starter title.


Harold Adams

Depression-era, small-town amateur sleuth Carl Wilcox

The Man Who Was Taller Than God

Lydia Adamson

Cozies with actress/cat-sitter or veterinarian sleuths

A Cat in the Manger

Catherine Aird

Classic English cozies with Inspector C.D. Sloan

A Late Phoenix

Susan Wittig Albert

Herbalist China Bayles solves crimes and life challenges

Thyme of Death

Bruce Alexander

Blind 18th century London magistrate and helpers

Blind Justice

Margery Allingham

Golden-age English cozies featuring Albert Campion

The Tiger in the Smoke

Donna Andrews

Meg Andrews and oddball relatives in zany cozies

Murder, with Peacocks


Miss Marple as microchip—AI detective Turing Hopper

You’ve Got Murder

Nancy Atherton

Lawyer and ghostly aunt solve English cottage cozies

Aunt Dimity’s Death

Ace Atkins

Prof tracks blues musicians and killers in gritty South

Crossroad Blues

E.C. Ayres

Deep South private eye with environmental themes

The Hour of the Manatee

Marian Babson

Clever English cozies with cats

To Catch a Cat

Donald Bain

Murder, She Wrote (the books, he writes)

Gin and Daggers

Mignon Ballard

Touched by a Detective—guardian angel solves crimes

Angel at Troublesome Creek

Jo Bannister

Psychological suspense related to a search business



Police procedurals in Castlemere, England

A Bleeding of Innocents

Robert Barnard

Satirical, twisty mysteries in a variety of settings

Death and the Chaste Apprentice

Linda Barnes

PI Carlotta Carlyle solves Boston crimes with moxie

A Trouble of Fools

Nevada Barr

Ranger Anna Pigeon fights crime in national parks

Track of the Cat

Stephanie Barron

Jane Austen as detective

Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor

Nancy Bartholomew

Exotic dancer Sierra Lavotini leads humorous series

Drag Strip

M.C. Beaton

Insecure, funny amateur solves cozies in the Cotswolds

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

Carol Lea Benjamin

New York PI and her pit bull take a bite out of crime

This Dog for Hire

Laurien Berenson

Single mother solves crimes on the dog show circuit

A Pedigree to Die For

John Billheimer

Country crimes for West Va. transportation investigator

The Contrary Blues

Claudia Bishop

Culinary cozies feature an inn owner and her chef sister

A Taste for Murder

Veronica Black

Sleuthing nun in Cornwall settings

A Vow of Chastity

Eleanor Taylor Bland

Gritty Chicago procedurals featuring Marti MacAlister

Dead Time

Lawrence Block

Modern noir with alcoholic ex-cop Matt Scudder

The Sins of the Fathers


Witty Manhattan burglar in light mysteries

Burglars Can’t Be Choosers

Michael Bond

French food critic sleuths with his dog, Pommes Frites

Monsieur Pamplemousse

Stephen Booth

Derbyshire detective duo delve in dark doings

Black Dog

J.S. Borthwick

Maine grad student and doctor are amateur sleuths

The Case of the Hook-Billed Kites 

Gail Bowen

Canadian prof manages her family amid investigations

Deadly Appearances

Peter Bowen

Metis Indian cattle inspector in moody Montana

Coyote Wind

Rhys Bowen

Likable Constable Evan Evans in North Wales setting

Evans Above

C.J. Box

Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett in twisty mysteries

Open Season

Gerry Boyle

Tough NY Times investigative reporter is exile in Maine


John Brady

Irish police procedurals mixed with political intrigue

Stone of the Heart

Lilian Jackson Braun

Qwilleran and his cats solve light and airy mysteries

The Cat Who Could Read Backwards

Simon Brett

Brett has several series, all done with humor

The Body on the Beach

Emily Brightwell

1890's housekeeper makes inept Scotland Yarder look good

The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries

Rita Mae Brown

Cat and other pets help owner solve VA crimes

Wish You Were Here

Marshall Browne

One-legged inspector fights mafia and terrorists in S. Italy

The Wooden Leg of Inspector Anders

Ken Bruen

Jack Taylor stars in menacing Irish noir

The Guards

Anthony Bruno

Odd-couple NJ duo hunt parole violators

Devil's Food

Edna Buchanan

Miami crime reporter Britt Montero tracks gritty crimes

Contents Under Pressure

Fiona Buckley

Lady-in-waiting solves crimes set in Elizabeth I's court

To Shield the Queen

James Lee Burke

Deputy Dave Robicheaux in Big Easy and bayou settings

The Neon Rain


Billy Bob Holland, country attorney and former TX ranger

Cimarron Rose

Jan Burke

Resourceful So. Cal. reporter in tensely plotted tales

Goodnight, Irene

Gwendoline Butler

Inspector Coffin in South London police procedurals

Death Lives Next Door

Dorothy Cannell

Interior decorator and writer/chef husband are amateur sleuths

The Thin Woman

Raymond Chandler

Defined hard-boiled noir with P.I. Phillip Marlowe

The Big Sleep

G.K. Chesterton

Gentle Father Brown in short crime stories

The Innocence of Father Brown

Laura Childs

Southern cozies in teahouse and scrapbooking shop

Keepsake Crimes

Margaret Chittenden

Divorcee and bar owner mixes amateur sleuthing and romance

Dying to Sing

Agatha Christie

Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot of course!

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Jill Churchill

Suburban single mom does cozy Miss Marple impersonation

Grime and Punishment

Jon Cleary

Scobie Malone police procedurals with a Sydney setting

Dark Summer

Harlan Coben

Sports agent Myron Bolitar in witty modern noir

Deal Breaker

Tim Cockey

Undertaker and amateur sleuth solves funny Baltimore mysteries

The Hearse You Came in On

Margaret Coel

Jesuit missionary and Arapaho lawyer on the reservation

The Eagle Catcher

Susan Conant

Holly Winter and her malamutes in mysteries for dog lovers

A New Leash on Death

Michael Connelly

Harry Bosch fights crime and corruption in LA procedurals

The Black Echo

Beverly Connor

Forensic anthropologist solves with science in the South

A Rumor of Bones

K.C. Constantine

Strong characters in West PA police procedurals

The Man Who Liked to Look at Himself

Tom Corcoran

Hard-boiled gumbos of Key West eccentrics

The Mango Opera

Patricia Cornwell

Gutsy forensic examiner Kay Scarpetta in VA/NC mysteries


Philip Craig

Ex-cop turned fisherman solves crime on Martha’s Vineyard

A Beautiful Place to Die

Robert Crais

Continues the L.A. private detective tradition admirably

The Monkey’s Raincoat

Hamilton Crane

English cozies with art teacher turned sleuth Miss Seeton

Miss Seeton Cracks the Case

Bill Crider

Several series featuring professors or sheriffs in western settings

Murder is an Art

Deborah Crombie

Scotland Yard partners share murder and a relationship

A Share in Death

Amanda Cross

Feminist literature professor doubles as amateur sleuth

Death in a Tenured Position

Laura Crum

Vet Gail McCarthy solves mysteries for horse lovers


James Crumley

Western PIs booze and brawl through hard-boiled adventures

The Last Good Kiss

Barbara D’Amato

Chicago-set series, one with reporter, another with police


Mary Daheim

Light-hearted Washington State cozies

The Alpine Advocate

Jeanne M. Dams

English cozies solved by American widow Dorothy Martin

The Body in the Transept

Diane Mott Davidson

Caterer raises son, cooks up a storm, and solves mysteries

Catering to Nobody

Lindsey Davis

Marcus Didius Falco solves crime in first century Rome

Silver Pigs

Dianne Day

Typist Fremont Jones in exotic early-1900s San Francisco mysteries

The Strange Files of Fremont Jones

Jeffery Deaver

Quadriplegic forensic expert gets help from cop-protégé

The Bone Collector

Ed Dee

Former cop writes about NYPD detective pair

14 Peck Slip

Nora DeLoach

Mama and daughter Simone in S. Car. Afro-American cozies

Mama Traps a Killer

Colin Dexter

Difficult but gifted Inspector Morse on the beat in Oxford

Last Bus to Woodstock

Michael Dibdin

World-weary cop Aurelio Zen solves crimes around Italy


P.C. Doherty

Historicals in Edwardian England and Ancient Egypt

The Crown in Darkness

Tim Dorsey

Zany, dark-comic Fla. crime sprees headlined by serial killer

Florida Roadkill

James D. Doss

Tribal cop delves into reservation crimes mixed with magic

The Shaman Sings

Carole Nelson Douglas

Cat capers with feline PI Midnight Louie


Arthur Conan Doyle

Some guy in a funny hat…Sherlock something-or-other

A Study in Scarlet

Carola Dunn

Manor house cozies in 1920s England

Death at Wentwater Court

John Dunning

Denver cop sidelines as rare book collector

Booked to Die

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Satirical misadventures of an English civil servant

The English School of Murder

Aaron J. Elkins

Anthropologist Gideon Oliver finds skeletons (literally) in closets

Fellowship of Fear

Kate Ellis

Black detective with archaeological skills in South Devon

The Merchant’s House

James Ellroy

Hard-boiled brutality in a corrupt L.A. of the 40s and 50s

The Black Dahlia

Earl W. Emerson

Seattle PI Thomas Black in a strong hard-boiled series

The Vanishing Smile

Kathy Lynn Emerson

Lady Susanna Appleton solves Elizabethan era crimes

Face Down in the Marrow-Bone Pie

G.H. Ephron

Psychologist/expert witness looks into criminal motivation


Loren Estleman

Two-fisted mysteries with strong sense of Detroit’s culture

Whiskey River

Janet Evanovich

Stephanie Plum and company in screwball NJ mysteries

One for the Money