100+ Mystery Writers F-Le

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


Jerrilyn Farmer

Maddie Bean, Hollywood caterer, in fun mysteries

Sympathy for the Devil

Robert Ferrigno

Fast-paced darkly-funny crime novels in So. Cal. settings


Monica Ferris

Minnesota needlecraft store owner as amateur sleuth

Crewel World

Kate Clark Flora

Spunky educational consultant doubles as sleuth

Chosen for Death

Joanne Fluke

Bakery shop owner cooks up murder action

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

G.M. Ford

Seattle-set mysteries with P.I. or journalist detectives


Earlene Fowler

Young widow/curator leads quilting-theme mysteries

Fool’s Puzzle

Dick Francis

Action-filled mysteries in horse-racing settings

Whip Hand

Antonia Fraser

TV reporter solves mysteries in classic English style

Quiet as a Nun

Margaret Frazer

Medieval nun in Canterbury Tales inspired mysteries

The Novice’s Tale

Nicholas Freeling

Quick-witted Inspector Castang on the case in Belgium

The Night Lords

Shelley Freydont

Lindy Haggerty solves murders in the dance world

Backstage Murder

Kinky Friedman

Offbeat Texan PI in politically incorrect NY cases

Elvis, Jesus, and Coca-Cola

Sarah Frommer

Symphony manager solves crimes in small town Indiana

Murder in C Major

Dale Furutani

Itinerant samurai sleuths in 17th century Japan

Death at the Crossroads

Eric Garcia

Another LA private eye series—except this PI is a dinosaur

Anonymous Rex

Carolina Garcia-Aguilera

Cuban-American PI Lupe Solano in Miami mysteries

Bloody Waters

Erle Stanley Gardner

Perry Mason and The Case of the Prolific Writer

The Case of the Velvet Claws

Jonathan Gash

Capers with Lovejoy, a crooked East Anglian antiques dealer

Gold by Gemini

Roberta Gellis

The Madame of a 12th century London brothel as detective

A Mortal Bane

Anne George

Polar-opposite sisters sleuth in a southern setting

Murder on a Girls’ Night Out

Elizabeth George

Upper-crust Inspector Lynley in modern Scotland Yard

A Great Deliverance

Bartholomew Gill

Inspector McGarr in Dublin police procedurals

McGarr and the Politician’s Wife

Dorothy Gilman

Grandmother globetrots as a CIA operative

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

Philip Gooden

Mysteries connected to Shakespearian era theater company

That Sleep of Death

Alan Gordon

A professional fool and his wife solve 13th century crimes

Thirteenth Night

Joe Gores

Fast funny adventures of an auto repossession team

32 Cadillacs

Edward Gorman

Midwestern P.I. against nostalgic 50s and 60s backdrop

The Day the Music Died

Sue Grafton

Sassy Kinsey Millhone, California PI

A is for Alibi

Caroline Graham

Chief Inspector Barnaby tops English village mysteries

The Killings at Badger’s Drift

Ann Granger

British couple sort out their relationship and murders

A Season for Murder

Sarah Graves

Leaving NY, finance guru finds home repair and murder in Maine

Dead Cat Bounce 

Andrew Greeley

Two series set in Chicago with Irish-American protagonists

Irish Gold

Susanna Gregory

Doctor chases evildoers in 14th century Cambridge

An Unholy Alliance

Martha Grimes

Inspector Jury leads ensemble cast in mysteries with humor

The Man With a Load of Mischief

Elizabeth Gunn

Small town police procedurals in chilly Minnesota

Triple Play

Jane Haddam

Ex-FBI man mixes with cast of great series characters

Precious Blood

Carolyn Haines

Unconventional belle detective in zany Zinnia, Mississippi

Them Bones

Parnell Hall

Mysteries with a crossword puzzle theme

A Clue for the Puzzle Lady

Robert Lee Hall

Benjamin Franklin as detective

Benjamin Franklin Takes the Case

Barbara Hambly

1830s doctor and musician fights crime and racism in New Orleans

A Free Man of Color

Lyn Hamilton

Globetrotting antiques dealer mixes art objects and murder

The Xibalba Murders

Steve Hamilton

Retired city cop fights crime on Michigan's Upper Peninsula

A Cold Day in Paradise

Dashiell Hammett

Continental Op and Sam Spade novels defined noir

Red Harvest

Gerald Hammond

Character driven hunting and fishing mysteries in Scotland

Dead Game

David Handler

NY film critic and black policewoman in funny, romantic series

The Cold Blue Blood

Lauren Haney

Ancient Egyptian police solve crimes for Queen Hatshepsut

A Face Turned Backward

Karen S. Harper

Not just Elizabethan era: Elizabeth I is the detective

The Poyson Garden

Charlaine Harris

Cleaning woman battles killers in Shakespeare, Arkansas

Shakespeare's Landlord

Lee Harris

Ex-nun as detective in holiday-themed cozies

The Good Friday Murder

Jamie Harrison

Life and crime in a very small Montana town

The Edge of the Crazies

Janis Harrison

Gardening sowed with a healthy crop of murders

Roots of Murder

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Inspector Bill Slider in clever London police procedurals

Orchestrated Death

Donald Harstad

Iowa police procedurals with a Midwestern style

Eleven Days

Carolyn G. Hart

South Carolina cozies set in a mystery bookstore

Death on Demand

Robin Hathaway

Doctors double as amateur sleuths in two series

The Doctor Digs a Grave

Steven Havill

Investigations of the sheriff’s office in tiny Posadas County, NM


Simon Hawke

Young Will Shakespeare as detective with sidekick actor

A Mystery of Errors

Sparkle Hayter

TV newswoman Robin Hudson in outrageous comedy mysteries

What’s a Girl Gotta Do?

Jeremiah Healy

Boston P.I. John Francis Cuddy

Blunt Darts

Lauren Henderson

London sculptress in satirical, bawdy murders

Black Rubber Dress

April Henry

Feisty Oregon amateur sleuth solves romantic mysteries

Circles of Confusion

Sue Henry

Sled dog racer and state trooper in Alaska mysteries

Murder on the Iditarod Trail

Joan Hess

Comic mysteries featuring  eccentric Maggody, Arkansas residents

Malice in Maggody

Patricia Highsmith

Crimes from the point of view of a charming sociopath

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Reginald Hill

Dalziel and Pascoe in sharp Yorkshire police procedurals

A Killing Kindness

Tony Hillerman

Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee in Navajo reservation crimes

The Blessing Way

Chester Himes

Classic, gritty, streetwise Harlem noir

Cotton Comes to Harlem

Hazel Holt

British cozies featuring literary critic Sheila Mallory

The Cruellest Month

Hugh Holton

Chicago-set action mysteries with supernatural elements

Presumed Dead

Susan Holtzer

Computer whiz Anneke Hagen headlines suburban Mich. cozies

Something to Kill For

Fred Hunter

Homicide cop and whip smart elderly female friend in Chicago

Presence of Mind

Bill James

Harpur & Iles lead darkly humorous British procedurals

Halo Parade

P.D. James

Scotland Yard Commander Dalgliesh in psychological classics

Shroud for a Nightingale

J.A. Jance

Sheriff’s widow turned sheriff in Cochise County, AZ

Desert Heat


Seattle homicide detective J.P. Beaumont

Until Proven Guilty

Michael Jecks

Medieval derring-do from the 14th century

The Last Templar

Roderic Jeffries

Mallorca, Spain’s Inspector Alvarez in long-running series

Mistakenly in Mallorca

Maureen Jennings

Class conflict and murder in late 19th century Toronto

Except the Dying

Sharon Kahn

Kosher cozies with a rabbi’s widow in Texas

Fax Me a Bagel

Stuart Kaminsky

Murder, nostalgia, and humor in old time Hollywood

Bullet for a Star


Russian police procedurals from Soviet era to present

Death of a Dissident

H.R.F. Keating

The adventures of Inspector Ghote of Bombay, India

The Perfect Murder

Faye Kellerman

LAPD detective and wife in mysteries featuring Jewish community

The Ritual Bath

Jonathan Kellerman

LA child psychologist  Alex Delaware in psychological thrillers

When the Bough Breaks

Nora Kelly

Cozies featuring a Canadian history professor

In the Shadow of King’s

Toni L.P. Kelner

Southern girl turned Yankee returns to Carolina as amateur sleuth

Down Home Murder

Harry Kemelman

Massachusetts Rabbi is amateur detective

Friday the Rabbi Slept Late

William X. Kienzle

Detroit Catholic priest solves morality tale mysteries

The Rosary Murders

Karen Kijewski

Woman P.I. tries to avoid violent cases but gets dragged in


Michael Kilian

Pinkerton spy looks into Civil War crimes

Murder at Manassas

Laurie R. King

Sherlock Holmes takes on female teen apprentice

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

Peter King

Gourmet detective meets murder while chasing culinary wonders

The Gourmet Detective

Kate Kingsbury

Murder against WWII British manor house background

A Bicycle Built for Murder

Daniel M. Klein

Elvis Presley as detective

Kill Me Tender

Charles Knief

Over the top adventures of Navy SEAL turned Hawaii PI

Diamond Head

Rochelle Majer Krich

Orthodox Jewish true crime writer fights felons

Blues in the Night

William Kent Krueger

Native American ex-sheriff in atmospheric Minnesota series

Iron Lake

Jane Langton

Harvard prof Homer Kelly solves history-themed mysteries

Dark Nantucket Noon

Virginia Lanier

Them dogs do hunt…killers in the Southland

Death in Bloodhound Red

Joe R. Lansdale

Gruesome but humorous East Texas action

Mucho Mojo

Martha C. Lawrence

California P.I. has psychic powers

Murder in Scorpio

Dennis Lehane

Kenzie and Gennaro trade Boston banter and chase murderers

A Drink Before the War

Donna Leon

Commissario Brunetti leads Venetian police procedurals

Death at La Fenice

Laura Levine

Freelance writer Jaine Austin in LA comedy mysteries

This Pen for Hire

Robert S. Levinson

Hardboiled school meets Nick-and-Nora style banter

The Elvis and Marilyn Affair