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Women Private Investigator Mysteries

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Women Private Investigator Mysteries
South Branch BooksTalks On Zoom, January 6, 2022
Marcy G. (Gere and South Branches)

I have not read all of these books, nor is this an exhaustive list of mysteries featuring women private investigators. But it is a nice overview of some of the more popular authors and series. In the list below, the titles given are for the first mystery featuring a female sleuth, by each author listed. (Name of the sleuth, and the approximate number of volumes in the series are in parentheses after the title, when it could be verified).


1864
Andrew Forrester (a.k.a. James Redding Ware)
The Female Detective (short stories) (Miss Gladden)


1864
William Stephens Hayward
Revelations of a Lady Detective (short stories) (Mrs. Paschal) *


1888
Leonard Merrick
Mr. Bazalgette’s Agent (Miriam Lea) *


1929
Patricia Wentworth
Grey Mask (Miss Silver – 32) H


1937
Rex Stout
The Hand in the Glove (Theodolina “Dol” Bonner) (library has in book-on-cd format only)


1947
“Gale Gallagher” (a.k.a. Will Oursler and Margaret Scott)
I Found Him Dead (Gale Gallagher – 2) H


1957
G.G. Fickling
This Girl For Hire (Honey West – 11) H


1972
P.D. James
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (Cordelia Gray – 2)


1977
Marcia Muller
Edwin of the Iron Shoes (Sharon McCone – 35+)


1981
Maxine O’Callaghan
Death is Forever (Delilah West – 6) *


1982
Sue Grafton
A is for Alibi (Kinsey Milhone – 25)


1982
Sara Paretsky
Indemnity Only (V.I. Warshawski – 22+)


1987
Linda Barnes
A Trouble of Fools (Carlotta Carlyle – 12 plus several novellas)


1990
Janet Dawson
Kindred Crimes (Jeri Howard – 13+ plus several novellas)


1991
Sarah Dunant
Birth Marks (Hannah Wolfe – 3)


1992
Dana Stabenow
A Cold Day for Murder (Kate Shugak – 22+) *


1992
Carol Higgins Clark
Decked (Regan Reilly – 16+)


1997
Laura Lippman
Baltimore Blues (Tess Monaghan – 12 plus short story collection)


1998
Alexander McCall Smith
No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (Precious Ramotswe – 23+)


2000
Laurell K. Hamilton
A Kiss of Shadows (Merry Gentry – 9)


2001
Julie Smith
Louisiana Hotshot (Talba Wallis – 4)


2003
Jacqueline Winspear
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs – 17+)


2007
Lisa Lutz
The Spellman Files (Izzy Spellman – 6)


2009
Frances Brody
Dying in the Wool (Kate Shackleton – 13+)


2011
Darynda Jones
First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson – 13+ plus various novellas)


2013
Ingrid Thoft
Loyalty (Fina Ludlow – 4)


2014
Erica Wright
The Red Chameleon (Kat Stone – 3+)


2016
Kate Saunders
The Secrets of Wishtide (Laetitia Rodd – 3+)


2016
Cara Black
Murder on the Quai (Aimee Leduc – 20+)


2017
Greer Macallister
Girl in Disquise (Kate Warne)


2017
Kristen Lepionka
The Last Place You Look (Roxane Weary – 4+)


2017
Rene Denfeld
The Child Finder (Naomi Cottle – 2+)


2018
Tracy Clark
Broken Places (Cass Raines – 4+)


2018
Lee Hollis (a.k.a. Rick Copp and Holly Simason)
Poppy Harmon Investigates (Poppy Harmon – 4+)


2018
Louisa Luna
Two Girls Down (Alice Vega – 3+)


2019
S.A. Lelchuk
Save Me From Dangerous Men (Nikki Griffin – 2+)


2019
Katrina Carrasco
The Best of Bad Things (Alma Rosales)


2020
Elizabeth Breck
Anonymous (Madison Kelly – 2+) H


2020
Kwei Quartey
The Missing American (Emma Djan – 3+)


2020
Mary Keliikoa
Derailed (Kelly Pruett – 2+) H



* — not owned by the Lincoln City Libraries | H — available (only) on Hoopla as of 1/5/2022 | + – indicates series that is still ongoing as of 2022