Amateur Sleuths Booklist
A list of books, many of which received at least one starred review (indicating
a work of unusual merit) from the following review sources: Booklist
, Publisher's Weekly
and Library Journal (LJ)
Additional titles of interest may be included on this list. Titles are alphabetically
by author.Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram
Book Magazine, unless noted.
- Agatha Raisin
and the Love from Hell
Author: Beaton, M.C.
Publisher: Minotaur $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312207662 Date:
Recently married to James Lacey, amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin
quickly finds that marriage is not all it's cracked up to be.
The newlyweds are living in separate cottages and each suspects
the other of having an affair. When James turns up missing, a
blood stain the only evidence, Agatha is determined to find her
Suggested Reading: Traditional British
- The Hanging in the Hotel: Fethering
Author: Brett, Simon
Publisher: Prime Crime $ 23.95 ISBN: 0425196518 Date: 2004
A group of local businessmen has descended upon the hotel where Jude is waitressing
as a favor to a friend. In this installment of the Fethering mystery series,
Jude suspects foul play as a new member tries to join the group.
- Double Shot
Author: Davidson, Diane Mott
Publisher: Morrow $ 24.95 ISBN: 0060527293
"Today's foremost practitioner of the culinary whodunit" (Entertainment Weekly) whips up a rich souffle of murder and mischief as her trusty heroine Goldy Schultz gets caught up in a web of secrets and lies that could tear her family apart.
Suggested Reading: Cooked Books
- The Cold Blue Blood: Berger &
Author: Handler, David
Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312280033 Date:
From Edgar Award-winning author Handler comes a fresh new mystery
series starring a highly mismatched romantic duo who team up to
solve the mystery of the dead man in the vegetable garden.
- Engaged to Die: A Death on Demand Mystery
Author: Hart, Carolyn
Publisher: Morrow $ 23.95 ISBN: 006000469x Date: 2003
"The reigning monarch of the amateur sleuth mystery" (Cleveland
Plain Dealer) and the multiple winner of the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity
awards serves up a deadly and delightful new tale.
- Murder Off Mike: A Talk
Author: Krieg, Joyce
Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312310269 Date: 2003
The winner of the 2002 St. Martin's Press/Malice Domestic Contest for Best
First Traditional Mystery introduces Shauna J. Bogart, a smart, sassy radio
talk show host at Sacramento's top-rated local station who launches her own
investigation into the "suicide" of a fellow shock jock.
Suggested Reading: First
Fiction & Mystery Debuts
- Dead Clever
Author: Thomas, Scarlett
Publisher: Justin Charles $ 24.95 ISBN: 1932112014 Date: 2003
Lily Pascale is the hippest new heroine to come from London since Bridget
Jones. In her first mystery, she finds herself smack in the middle of a real
life crime--Stephanie Duncan's decapitated corpse has just turned up on campus!