Authors & Characters added in 2012

Authors and Characters Added in January 2012

Roberto Ampuero: Cayetano Brulé, a Cuban-born private investigator based in Valparaiso, Chile

New Aileen G. Baron series: Tamar Saticoy, an archaeological consultant for Interpol

Robert Jackson Bennett: non-series speculative fiction horror thrillers

H.S. Bhabra: David Medina, a slightly sinister billionaire and power broker, in Egypt and elsewhere (written as A.M. Kabal)

Lisa Brackmann: non-series thrillers

New Christopher Brookmyre series: Catherine McLeod, a detective superintendent, and Jasmine Sharp, a former actress, now a private investigator, in Glasgow, Scotland

Thomas Caplan: non-series

Sally Carpenter: Sandy Fairfax, a ’70s teen idol from Indiana, trying to make a comeback and put his family back together, in southern California, in the Teen Idol mysteries

Philippe Claudel: non-series crime fiction

William Doonan: Henry Grave, an 80-something investigator for the Association of Cruising Vessel Operators

David Duffy: Turbo Vlost, an ex-KGB operative, now a private investigator in New York City

New Janet Evanovich series: Diesel, from the Stephanie Plum series, with pastry chef Lizzie Tucker, in North Shore, Boston, Massachusetts

Tricia Fields: 2010 Hillerman Prize

Stephen Gallagher: non-series suspense and thrillers

Eli Gottlieb: non-series crime fiction

Paul Grossman: Willi Kraus, a decorated soldier in WWI, and the most celebrated Jewish detective in Weimar Germany

Darrell James: Del Shannon, a young, female missing-persons investigator, based in Tucson, Arizona

June Hampson: Daisy Lane, caught up in gangster life starting in 1960s London and Gosport, England

Sara J. Henry: Troy Chance, an independent young woman and freelance writer, in the Adirondacks in upstate New York

Tammy Kaehler: Kate Reilly, an aspiring race car driver and amateur sleuth on the racing circuit

Jessie Keane: Annie Bailey, later Annie Carter, on the streets of London, a gangster’s moll, and more, in early 1970s London, England

M.E. Kemp: Hetty Henry, a twice-widowed and wealthy young Puritan, and Increase “Creasy” Cotton, a young minister, based in 1690s Boston, Massachusetts

William Kennedy: The Albany Cycle, some criminous/noir or political thrillers, some not, following an ensemble of characters with Albany, New York, in common

Robert Knightly: Harry Corbin, a homicide detective in New York City

Michael Ondaatje: mysterious literary fiction

Daniel Palmer: non-series thrillers

Leonard Rosen: Henri Poincaré, a veteran Interpol agent

Lori Roy: non-series

Rochelle Staab: Liz Cooper, a clinical psychologist who didn't believe in paranormal stuff, in Los Angeles, California, in the Mind for Murder mysteries

Dan Vyleta: non-series crime fiction

Tina Whittle: Tai Randall, running a Confederate-themed gun shop, and Trey Seaver, a corporate security expert, in Atlanta, Georgia

Merla Zellerbach: Hallie Marsh, a publicist, breast cancer survivor, and accidental detective, based in San Francisco, California

Richard Zimler: the Sephardic Cycle thrillers with a Portuguese-Jewish theme


Authors and Characters Added in February 2012

Robin Allen: Poppy Markham, a former sous chef turned public health inspector, in Austin, Texas, in the Culinary Cop series

Ella Barrick: Stacy Graysin, part owner of a ballroom dance studio, in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, in the Ballroom Dance mysteries (Laura DiSilverio pseudonym)

Josie Belle: the Good Buy Girls, a group of skilled bargain hunters, in St. Stanley, Virginia (Jenn McKinlay pseudonym)

Karen Bergreen: non-series crime fiction

Heather Blake: Darcy Merriweather, from a long line of witches who can cast spells by making a wish, in the Enchanted Village section of Salem, Massachusetts, in the Wishcraft mysteries (Heather Webber pseudonym)

Hilary Bonner: Rose Piper, a detective chief inspector with the Avon and Somerset Constabulary, experiencing marital difficulties, in England; John Kelly, a former Fleet Street reporter with addiction problems, and Karen Meadows, a detective inspector with the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, in England

Sandra Brannan: Liv Bergen, manager of a limestone mine, and her boyfriend FBI agent Streeter Pierce, near Fort Collins, Colorado, and then in the Black Hills of South Dakota

Frances Brody: Kate Shackleton, an amateur sleuth whose husband is MIA in WWI, in 1920s Bradford, Yorkshire, England

Haggai Carmon: Dan Gordon, an Israeli Mossad veteran, now an investigating attorney acting worldwide for the CIA and U.S. Department of Justice

Miles Corwin: Ash Levine, a former Israeli paratrooper and top detective in the elite LAPD Felony Squad, in Los Angeles, California

Donna Fletcher Crow: The Lord Danvers fictionalized Victorian true crime trilogy, in mid-19th century England; Elizabeth Allerton and Richard Spencer, courting and then newlyweds; Felicity Howard, a young American studying for the Anglican priesthood at the College of the Transfiguration in Yorkshire, England, in the Monastery Murders series

Peter de Jonge: Darlene O’Hara, a homicide detective in the 7th precinct, and her partner, Serge “K.” Krekorian, in New York City

Matthew Dunn: Will Cochrane, the most prized asset of the CIA and MI-6, on missions around the world

Giorgio Faletti: non-series thrillers

John A. Flanagan: Jesse Parker, an ex-Denver police detective, returning to his hometown to work on the ski patrol, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Sulari Gentill: Rowland Sinclair, a young artist and gentleman from a wealthy family, and reluctant amateur sleuth, in 1930s Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Kaye George: Imogene Duckworthy, a 22-year-old waitress, living with her mother Hortense, and baby daughter Nancy Drew, in Saltlick, Texas

Judith K. Ivie: Kate Lawrence, a middle-aged legal secretary, later real estate agent, and amateur sleuth, in Hartford and Wethersfield, Connecticut

Alice LaPlante: non-series crime fiction

John Le Beau: Franz Waldbaer, Bavarian Kommissar of Police, assisted by CIA operational specialists, in Germany and elsewhere

Peter Maas: non-series crime fiction

Debbi Mack: Stephanie Ann “Sam” McRae, a lawyer in Maryland

Scott Mariani: Ben Hope, a former British Special Air Service (SAS) officer investigating apocalyptic mysteries

Shirley McKay: Hew Cullan, a young lawyer, starting in 1579 St. Andrews, Scotland

Gary McKinney: Gavin Pruitt, the Sheriff of Willapa County and a fan of the Grateful Dead since the ’60s, in southwest Washington

Jake Needham: Jack Shepherd, an American ex-patriot lawyer, whose wife left him for a proctologist, now teaching in a business school in Bangkok, Thailand

Leif GW Persson: police procedurals, with ensemble casts, centered in Stockholm, Sweden

Dale T. Phillips: Zack Taylor, an ex-con, in Maine

Oliver Pötzsch: Magdalena, the clever and headstrong daughter of town hangman Jakob Kuisl, in mid-17th century Bavaria, Germany

Erik Rosenthal: Dan Brodsky, an unemployed mathematician who pays the rent as a private investigator, based in San Francisco, California

Lynn Sholes & Joe Moore: Cotten Stone, a television journalist on assignment for SNN (Satellite News Network) reporting on apocalyptic events; Seneca Hunt, a magazine journalist investigating archeological mysteries

Efrem Sigel: non-series crime fiction

Kari Lee Townsend: Sunny Meadows, a fortune teller leaving New York City for rural Divinity, in upstate New York, in the Fortune Teller mysteries

Robert Traver: mysteries, courtroom dramas, and legal stories based on fact

Viktor Arnar Ingólfsson: non-series thrillers and detective novels set in Iceland

Marcos M. Villatoro: Romilia Chacón, a young bilingual cop in Nashville, Tennessee, later an FBI agent in Los Angeles, California

C.M. Wendelboe: Manny Tanno, a former Oglala Lakota tribal cop, now an FBI Special Agent returning to the Pine Ridge Reservation, in South Dakota

Michael Lee West: Teeny Templeton, a short pastry chef and cooking instructor, in Charleston, South Carolina

Reavis Z. Wortham: Ned Parker, a farmer and part-time constable, in mid-1960s Center Springs, Lamar County, Texas, in the Red River mysteries


Authors and Characters Added in March 2012

Lucy Arlington: Lila Wilkins, a 45-year-old unemployed journalist working as an intern at a literary agency, in the utopian town of Inspiration Valley, North Carolina, in the Novel Idea mysteries [joint pseudonym of Ellery Adams (pseudonym of J.B. Stanley) and Sylvia May]

J. Mark Bertrand: Roland March, a homicide detective with family and professional problems, in Houston, Texas, with a religious perspective

Lucy Burdette: Hayley Snow, a 20-something food critic for Key Zest magazine, in Key West, Florida, in the Food Critic mysteries (Roberta Isleib pseudonym)

Mike Cooper: Silas Cade, a black-ops Iraq war veteran and contract consultant working for Wall Street hedge fund managers and investors, based in New York City

New J.T. Ellison series: Samantha Owens, a medical examiner from Tennessee

Lee Hollis: Hayley Powell, a single mother writing the food column for the Island Times, in Bar Harbor, Maine, in the Food and Cocktails mysteries (joint pseudonym of Rick Copp and Holly Simason)

Diane Kelly: Tara Holloway, a CPA and Criminal Investigations Division agent with the IRS, based in Dallas, Texas, in the Death and Taxes series

Susan Kenney: Roz Howard, an American literature professor, and her lover Alan Stewart, a British artist, set in England and in Maine

Janice Kiecolt-Glaser: Dr. Haley McAlister, a 41-year-old psychologist and professor specializing in lie detection, in Houston, Texas

Valerie Kershaw: Mitch Mitchell, a long-time radio journalist, and her 70-year-old Chinese partner in the detective agency Mitchell and Orient Bureau, former Royal Navy laundryman Tommy Hung, in Birmingham, England

Marek Krajewski: Eberhard Mock, a police detective, and university classics dropout, starting in 1919 Breslau (now Wroclaw, in Poland)

Alison Preston: Frank Foote, a police inspector, later a home renovator, in the Norwood Flats area of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

New Maggie Sefton series: Molly Malone, a senator’s daughter and the widow of a congressman, working as a consultant for a senator, in Washington, DC

Dorothy St. James: Casey Calhoun, an organic gardener in Washington, DC, in the White House Gardener mysteries


Authors and Characters Added in April 2012

James Barney: non-series thrillers

Campbell Black: non-series crime fiction, Frank Pagan, a detective from Special Branch, Scotland Yard, in London, England, combating international spies and terrorists (written as Campbell Armstrong); Lou Perlman, a Jewish police detective, in Glasgow, Scotland (written as Campbell Armstrong)

New Joanne Dobson & Beverle Graves Myers series: Helluva War series, set in New York City during World War II

Alan Dunn: Billy Oliphant, an ex-cop, security consultant and occasional private investigator, in England

Norm Foster: non-series crime fiction

New Shelley Freydont series: Liv Montgomery, a burned out New York City event planner, moving to a small lakeside town in rural New York, in the Celebration Bay series

Helen Grant: non-series crime fiction

Ian Hamilton: Ava Lee, a petite young Chinese-Canadian forensic accountant specializing in tracking large debts, working for “Uncle” based in Hong Kong

New Steven James series: Jevin Banks, an investigative film-maker

New Andrea Kane series: a team of unconventional investigators including a behaviorist, a techno-wizard, an intuitive, a former Navy S.E.A.L, and a retired FBI Victim Recovery dog, in the Forensic Instincts series

Eleanor Kuhns: Will Rees, a former soldier in the American Revolution, working as a traveling weaver in 1790s Maine

Melinda Leigh: non-series romantic suspense

Paul McEuen: non-series thrillers

H.T. Narea: non-series thrillers

Fraser Nixon: non-series crime fiction

Sharon Sala: Cat Dupree, a bounty hunter after her father’s murderer in Mexico; the Storm Front trilogy set in Louisiana; the Rebel Ridge series set in the Appalachians of Kentucky; non-series romantic suspense

Sean Slater: Jacob Striker, a homicide detective in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

New Wallace Stroby series: Crissa Stone, a career thief based in New York City

Leslie Tentler: FBI agents in the Chasing Evil trilogy

Jane Waterhouse: Garner Quinn, a best-selling true crime writer, in Spring Lake, New Jersey

Lionel White: non-series crime fiction

Roger White: Conn Anderson, a former public servant, now owner of a British classic car repair shop, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in the Capital Crime series


Authors and Characters Added in May 2012

New Raymond Benson series: Judy Cooper, a 1950s costumed female vigilante known as the Black Stiletto

Nancy Bilyeau: Joanna Stafford, a young aristocratic nun in 1530s England

Robin Blake: Titus Cragg, a coroner, and Luke Fidelis, a doctor, in 1740s Lancashire, England

New Laura Bradford series: Claire Weatherly, owner of an Amish speciality shop in the fictional Amish town of Heavenly, Pennsylvania

New James Church series: Bing, Inspector O’s nephew, the director of state security in a region of China bordering North Korea

Patrick Conrad: non-series set in Antwerp, Belgium

Maurizio de Giovanni: Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi, 31-year-old Commissario of Police in 1930s Naples, Italy

New Aaron Elkins & Charlotte Elkins series: Alix London, a young art consultant, whose father was a convicted art forger, based in Seattle, Washington

Frances Ferguson: Jane Perry, a French-speaking, university-educated detective sergeant in Canterbury, Kent, England

G.G. Fickling: Honey West, a private eye combination of Marilyn Monroe and Mike Hammer, mostly in southern California; Erik March, a personal consultant and private investigator for large corporations, in Hollywood, California

Valerie Frankel: Wanda Mallory, owner of the Do It Right Detective Agency, in Times Square, New York City

Sara Fraser: Thomas Potts, the reluctant constable of Tardebrigge parish, in 1820s Worcestershire, England

Daniel Friedman: Buck Schatz, an 80-something retired cop with memory problems, in Memphis, Tennessee

Carin Gerhardsen: Conny Sjöberg, a police detective in the Hammarby police station in Stockholm, Sweden

Jeanne Glidewell: Lexie Starr, a widowed 40-something library worker, aspiring B&B operator, and amateur sleuth, in Shawnee, Kansas

Paul Goldstein: Michael Seeley, a bi-coastal (New York & California) intellectual property litigator with serious personal problems

Keigo Higashino: Manabu Yukawa (“Detective Galileo”), a brilliant physics professor, and police detective Kusanagi, in Tokyo, Japan

Anna Jansson: Maria Wern, a police detective in the town of Visby, on Gotland island, Sweden

Katherine John: Trevor Joseph, a depressed police sergeant, later inspector, of the Serious Crimes Squad, in medical thrillers set in England and Wales

Allison Kingsley: Clara Quinn, returning home from New York City to work in Raven's Nest Bookstore owned by her cousin Stephanie, in rural Maine (Kate Kingsbury pseudonym)

Gail Lukasik: Leigh Girard, a teacher moving from Chicago to work as a reporter for the Door County Gazette, in the remote artist community of Egg Harbor, Wisconsin

Peter Mayle: Sam Levitt, a former corporate lawyer, crime expert, and wine connoisseur, in Los Angeles and France

Steven Owad: non-series

Chris Pavone: non-series

New Greg Rucka series: Jonathan “Jad” Bell, a retired Delta Force special operative

James Runcie: Sidney Chambers, a 32-year-old bachelor, vicar of Grantchester, and amateur sleuth, in Cambridgeshire, England, in the Grantchester mysteries

Johnny Shaw: non-series

New Paige Shelton series: Isabelle “Betts” Winston and her grandmother (Gram) who runs a cooking school in the fictional town Broken Rope, in southern Missouri, in the Country Cooking School mysteries

Lynn Shepherd: non-series literary historical suspense

New Stav Sherez series: Jack Carrigan, a detective inspector, and Geneva Miller, a detective sergeant, in London, England

Elizabeth Speller: Laurence Bartram, a World War I veteran and young widower in 1920s England

Lyndon Stacey: Gideon Blake, an artist and animal behaviorist, in England; Daniel Whelan, a 28-year-old ex-police dog handler, and his retired police dog, Taz, in Devon, England

Paul Sussman: Yusuf Khalifa, a police detective in Luxor, Egypt

Morley Torgov: Hermann Preiss, a police inspector dealing with the likes of Robert & Clara Schumann and Richard Wagner in mid-19th century Düsseldorf and Munich, Germany

Karin Wahlberg: Claes Claesson, a detective, later Police Commissioner, and his wife Veronika Lundborg, a surgeon, in Oskarshamn, Sweden

Felicity Young: Stevie Hooper, a mother and a detective sergeant in the Sex Crimes unit, in Perth, Western Australia; Dody McCleland, a doctor in turn of the 20th century Edwardian London, England


Authors and Characters Added in June 2012

Hal Ackerman: Harry Stein, an aging hippie and soft-boiled private investigator, once the foremost authority on cannabis, in Los Angeles, California

Lou Berney: Charles “Shake” Bouchon, a professional wheelman who walks out of prison after a three-year sentence for grand theft auto determined to change his life and become a chef

Daniel Blake: Franco Patrese, a homicide detective in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, later an FBI agent, in New Orleans, Louisiana (Boris Starling pseudonym)

John C. Boland: Donald McCarry, a commodities trader at Morgenstern Ozick, on Wall Street; Richard Welles, a young financial advisor at the investment bank Ambrose and Welles, in Baltimore, Maryland

Frederick Busch: non-series

Connie Dial: Mike Turner, a sergeant in the LAPD Internal Affairs Division, in Los Angeles, California; Amanda Cleveland, the 12-year-old daughter of the chief of detectives, in 1901 San Francisco, California [YA]

Peggy Ehrhart: Maxx Maxwell, a blues singer, bandleader, and amateur sleuth, in Manhattan, New York

Richard Falkirk: Edmund Blackstone, a Bow Street runner in early 19th-century London, England (Derek Lambert pseudonym)

Flo Fitzpatrick: P.L. McGinnis, an actress playing a detective on Crime Unit New Jersey, in South Amboy, New Jersey

Sara Foster: non-series psychological suspense

Nelson George: D (Dervin) Hunter, owner of D Security, providing bodyguard and security services to the music world, in New York City

Camilla Grebe & Åsa Träff: Siri Bergman, a 34-year-old psychologist living in an isolated cottage, working in Stockholm, Sweden

Beth Gutcheon: non-series

Elizabeth Hand: Cass “Scary” Neary, an amoral speedfreak kleptomaniac murderous alcoholic bisexual heavily-tattooed American female photographer

Michael Haskins: Mick Murphy, a journalist in Key West, Florida, with ties to Boston, Massachusetts

Brenda Hill: Madison Young, a newspaper food critic put on the crime beat, in Yucaipa, California

Ken Hodgson: non-series mysteries

Al Lamanda: John Tibbets, a homeless amnesia victim, starting in Manhattan, New York City; John Bekker, a former police detective, now a drunken beach bum after his wife was killed and daughter institutionalized

Derek Lambert: non-series

Maurice Leblanc: Arsène Lupin, the young, handsome, brave, and roguish Prince of Thieves, who also sometimes helped the police in Paris, France

Christopher Lee: James Boswell Hodge Leonard, a police inspector in Bath, England, in the Bath Detective series

Allison Leotta: Anna Curtis, a sex crimes prosecutor in the US Attorney’s office in Washington, DC

William Le Queux: non-series mysteries, spy stories, and adventure-thrillers, many with science fiction elements

New Peter May series: Fin Macleod, a detective inspector in Edinburgh, returns to his birthplace, the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, in the Lewis trilogy

M.J. McGrath: Edie Kiglatuk, a former polar bear hunter and the best guide in her isolated Inuit community in the Canadian Arctic

New R.N. Morris series: Silas “Quick-fire” Quinn, Detective Inspector in charge of the Special Crimes Unit of Scotland Yard, beginning in 1914

Frank Muir: Andy Gilchrist, a detective inspector in St. Andrews, Scotland

Alec Nevala-Lee: international art thriller trilogy, with secret societies, Russian mafia, and more

Jim Nisbet: Martin Windrow, a private investigator in a world of noir and bad craziness

Troy D. Nooe: Frankie McKeller, a low budget private detective from Baltimore, now the house detective at the Ocean Forest Hotel, in post-World War II Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Gerard O’Donovan: Mike Mulcahy, a detective inspector, and Siobhan Fallon, chief reporter for the Sunday Herald, in Dublin, Ireland

New Hank Phillippi Ryan series: Jane Ryland, a disgraced newspaper reporter, and Jake Brogan, a homicide detective, in Boston, Massachusetts

Nick Santora: non-series

Kieran Shields: Archie Lean, newly appointed deputy marshal, and Perceval Grey, a part-Indian Pinkerton agent, in 1890s Portland, Maine

Daniel Suarez: Daemon, a computer program, in a near-future cyberwar on humanity

Peter Tasker: Kazuo Mori, a down-at-heel ex-radical private investigator, in Tokyo, Japan

Karen White: Melanie Middleton, inheriting an historic home with ghosts, in Charleston, South Carolina


Authors and Characters Added in July 2012

Tanya Byrne: New Blood Dagger nominee

Wiley Cash: New Blood Dagger nominee

New Carolyn Hart series: Nela Farley, with a talent for understanding the thoughts of cats

Cara Hoffman: New Blood Dagger nominee

Anthony Horowitz: Tim Diamond, the world’s worst detective, and his brainy younger brother Nick, in the Diamond Brothers novellas for children; Alex Rider, the teenage nephew of a former British secret agent [YA]

Seppo Jokinen: Sakari Koskinen, a police officer in Tampere, Finland

Alan Judd: Charles Thoroughgood, a commando in Northern Ireland, then with MI-6 and later the Secret Intelligence Agency

New Bernard Knight series: Tom Howden, a newly-qualified pathologist in 1954 British Malaya

Anthony Lejeune: Adam Gifford, a crime reporter recruited by the War Office, based in London, England, and Africa; James Glowery, a professor in England

New Adrian McKinty series: Sean Duffy, a detective sergeant in 1980s Northern Ireland, in the Troubles Trilogy

D-L Nelson: Annie Young, a 30-someting contract technical writer born in the US, living mostly in Europe, in the Third-Culture Kid mysteries

New Michael Palmer series: Dr. Lou Welcome, a physician caught up in political intrigue, in Washington, DC

New Karen Robards series: Jessica Ford, a young attorney surviving the death of the First Lady in a car crash, and Secret Service agent Mark Ryan, in Washington, DC

Kinley Roby: Harry Brock, a private investigator, as well as an amateur painter and naturalist, on an island in southwest Florida

New James Rollins & Rebecca Cantrell series: The Order of the Sanguines, the Vatican’s Vampires

New Chris Simms series: Iona Khan, a feisty detective constable in the Counter Terrorism Unit, in Manchester, England

Scott Thornley: MacNeice, a homicide detective superintendant, who likes jazz and classical music, in fictional Dundurn (Hamilton), Ontario, Canada

Sheila York: Lauren Atwill, a screenwriter, and private investigator Peter Winslow, based in 1940s Hollywood, California


Authors and Characters Added in August 2012

Ben Aaronovitch: Peter Grant, a police constable, apprentice wizard, and all round nice guy, in London, England, in the Rivers of London urban fantasy series

Connie Archer: Lucky Jamieson, inheriting the By the Spoonful Soup Shop, in fictional Snowflake, Vermont, in the Soup Lover’s mysteries

David Ashton: James McLevy, a police inspector in 1880s Edinburgh, Scotland

New David Baldacci series: John Puller, a combat veteran, now Special Agent in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Division

Tom Benn: Henry Bane, a gang fixer and loanshark, in mid-1990s Manchester, England

Parker Bilal: Makana, a political refugee and former Sudanese police inspector, now a low-rent private investigator, in Cairo, Egypt

New John Billheimer series: Lloyd Keaton, a local sportswriter with a gambling addiction

Colleen Coble: Bree Nichols and her search and rescue dog Samson, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in the Rock Harbor Christian mystery series

New Sheila Connolly series: Maura Donovan, fulfilling her grandmother’s wish by returning from Boston to the original family home in the small town of Leap, Ireland, in the County Cork mysteries

Cheryl Crane: Nikki Harper, a celebrity realtor and amateur sleuth, in Hollywood, California

Carol Culver: Hanna Denton, returning home to take over her grandmother’s pie shop, in fictional Crystal Cove, California, in the Pie Shop mysteries

Glen Ebisch: Laura Magee, the advice columnist at the Ravensford Chronicle, in a small town in New England; Lou Dunlop, a high school student and son of a police officer [YA]

Michael Ennis: non-series

New Earlene Fowler series: Ruby McGavin, inheriting a ranch in fictional Tokopah County, California, in a suspenseful family saga

Dorothy Francis: Keely Moreno, a foot reflexologist who solves crimes in her spare time, in Florida

Penny Hancock: non-series psychological thrillers

Oliver Harris: Nick Belsey, a detective constable in London, England

Mischa Hiller: non-series thrillers

Eve Houston: village saga, with some criminous and mysterious doings, set in a pretty border town in Scotland, in the Prior’s Ford series

Ewart Hutton: Glyn Capaldi, a half-Italian, half-Welsh detective sergeant exiled to mountainous mid-Wales

Loretta Jackson & Vickie Britton: Ardis Cole, an archaeologist working in Egypt; Arla Vaughn, an archaeology professor at Chicago University, in the Pre-Columbian Treasure series; Jeff McQuede, a sheriff in Wyoming, in the High Country mysteries

Grant Jerkins: non-series crime fiction

Michael Kardos: non-series thrillers

C.E. Lawrence: Lee Campbell, a criminal profiler with the NYPD, in New York City (Carole Buggé pseudonym)

Molly MacRae: Kath Rutledge, a textile preservationist, inheriting her grandmother’s wool shop, along with a depressed ghost, in fictional Blue Plum, Tennessee, in the Haunted Yarn Shop series

Nora McFarland: Lilly Hawkins, a TV news photographer in Bakersfield, California

Louise Millar: non-series psychological thrillers

Nele Neuhaus: Oliver von Bodenstein, Kriminalhauptkommissar (chief superintendant), and his colleague Pia Kirchhoff, a police detective, in the Tanus mountain region of Germany

Mike Nicol: Mace Bishop and Pylon Buso, former spies, arms dealers, freedom fighters, and mercenaries, now working as security consultants, in Cape Town, South Africa, in the Revenge trilogy

New Frederick Ramsay series: Gamaliel, the chief rabbi and head of the Sanhedrin, tangles with Pontius Pilate in the late 20s CE, in the Jerusalem mysteries

Linda Rodriguez: Marquitta “Skeet” Bannion, a half-Cherokee ex-Kansas City homicide detective, now chief of the campus police force at Chouteau University, in Brewster, Missouri

Michael Sears: Jason Stafford, a former Wall Street trader trying to put his life together after two years in prison, and his young autistic son, in Manhattan, New York

Scott Spencer: non-series mysteries

Neal Stephenson: swashbuckling historical action in the 17th century, in the Baroque Cycle; non-series techno-thrillers

Franck Thilliez: Lucie Hennebelle, a detective in Lille, Belgium, and Franck Sharko, a police inspector in Paris, France

Marco Vichi: Bordelli, a police inspector (commissario) in 1960s Florence, Italy

Kim Westwood: post-apacalypse fiction set in Australia


Authors and Characters Added in September 2012

Russell Banks: non-series literary suspense and crime

David Bell: non-series thrillers

Harry Bingham: Fiona Griffiths, a young detective constable with a philosophy degree from Cambridge, in Cardiff, Wales

Grace Carroll: Rita Jewel, selling clothes and accessories to socialites at Dolce's Boutique, in San Francisco, California, in the Accessories mysteries (Carol Culver pseudonym)

Carlos Cisneros: Alejandro “Alex” del Fuerte, fresh out of law school, and other characters in the Tex-Mex legal thrillers set in south Texas

Peg Cochran: Lucille Mazzarella, a middle-aged Jersey girl, in the Patron Saint mysteries; Giovanna (Gigi) Fitzgerald, leaving New York City to run a gourmet shop in Woodstone, Connecticut, in the Gourmet De-Lite mysteries

Amanda Coetzee: Harry O’Connor, abandoned as a boy and raised by a clan of Irish Travellers, where he was known as Badger, later joining the Metropolitan Police in London, England

Amy Corwin: the Archer Family and their heartaches arising from ownership of the Peckham emerald necklace, in 1810s London, England; the Second Sons Inquiry Agency mysteries, set in 1810s London, England

Stephanie Jaye Evans: Walker “Bear” Wells, a former college football player now serving as a minister, in Sugar Land, Texas

Chrystle Fiedler: Willow McQuade, a naturopathic physician, on Long Island’s North Fork, New York, in the Natural Remedies mysteries

Tricia Fields: Josie Gray, the police chief in the small border town of Artemis, Texas

Joseph Flynn: Jim McGill, a former cop in Chicago, whose wife is elected President of the United States, in Washington, DC, and elsewhere

Rick Gavin: Nick Reid, a repo man, and his best friend Desmond, in the Mississippi Delta

Victoria Jenkins: Irene Chavez, widowed with a 14-year-old son, working as a detective in the Mason County sheriff’s department, on Puget Sound, in Washington

Matti Joensuu: Timo Harjunpää, a detective sergeant in the Criminal Investigation Department, in Helsinki, Finland

Tabish Khair: non-series crime fiction

Owen Laukkanen: Kirk Stevens, a veteran Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent, and Carla Windermere, a young FBI special agent, based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota

Meg London: Emma Taylor, moving back home to help run her aunt’s lingerie boutique, in Paris, Tennessee, in the Sweet Nothings Lingerie mysteries (Peg Cochran pseudonym)

M.L. Longworth: Antoine Verlaque, the chief magistrate of Aix, and his love interest, law professor Marine Bonnet, in Aix-en-Provence, France

David Mark: Aector McAvoy, a detective sergeant in Hull, East Yorkshire, England

Ian McEwan: non-series literary noir, psychological suspense, and thrillers

Félix J. Palma: H.G. Wells, Thomas Edison, and other historical characters, in a historical-fantasy-thriller Victorian trilogy

Two new John Pilkington series: Betsy Brand, an actress in 1670s London, England; Martin Marbeck, an intelligencer working for Sir Robert Cecil during the Elizabethan wars with Spain, in 1600s England

Mark Russinovich: Jeff Aiken, an ex-government analyst, later running a cyber-security company, confronting menacing worldwide computer malfunctions, based in Washington, DC

New Fay Sampson series: Aidan and Jenny Davison, and their seven-year-old daughter Melangell, come to the House of the Hare hotel, in Pennant Melangell, North Wales

Rob Scott: Samuel (Sailor) Doyle, a homicide detective in the Virginia State Police

Scott Sherman: Kevin Connor, a 20-something gay escort and amateur sleuth, with attention deficit disorder, in New York City

Jeff Sherratt: Jimmy O’Brien, a former LAPD cop, now a criminal defense attorney in the early 1970s, based in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey, California

Wilbur Smith: non-series thrillers set mostly in Africa

New Randy Wayne White series: Hannah Smith, a fishing guide in Florida


Authors and Characters Added in October 2012

Árni Thórarinsson: Einar, an investigative reporter for The Afternoon News, based in Reykjavík, Iceland

Albert Ashforth: non-series mysteries

Jenn Ashworth: non-series psychological suspense

Robert Olen Butler: Christopher (Kit) Marlowe Cobb, an American newspaper war correspondent, in 1914 Vera Cruz, Mexico

Alyse Carlson: Camellia (Cam) Harris, a 30-something public relations guru, in Roanoke, Virginia, in the Garden Society mysteries

Elliott Chaze: Kiel St. James, a bumbling city editor for the Catherine Call, Crystal Bunt, his photographer girlfriend, and Chief of Detectives Orson Boles, in Alabama

Bruce Elliott: non-series mysteries

Daryl Wood Gerber: Jenna Hart, an avid reader, admitted foodie, and owner of a cookbook store in the fictional coastal town of Crystal Cove, California, in the Cookbook Nook mysteries (real name of Avery Aames)

James Lilliefors: Jon Mallory, an investigative reporter, and his brother Charles, a private intelligence contractor and former CIA operative, based in Washington, DC

Casey Moreton: non-series thrillers

Andrew Rosenheim: Jimmy Nessheim, a young FBI agent in late 1930s Chicago, Illinois

Giorgio Scerbanenco: Duca Lamberti, a physician just released from prison for performing euthanasia, now turned private investigator, in Milan, Italy


Authors and Characters Added in November 2012

Sparkle Abbey: the Pampered Pets mysteries set in Laguna Beach, California

Shannon Baker: Nora Abbot, operator of a ski resort in northern Arizona

New David Baldacci series: Will Robie, a hit man employed by the US government when all else fails

Iain Banks: non-series fantasy and futuristic thrillers

Robert Bernard: Dame Millicent Hetherege, a wacky elderly Englishwoman who fancies herself an amateur detective, at a university in New England, later in England

New Lisa Brackmann series: Ellie Cooper, an American Iraq War veteran, involved in the dissident art world in Beijing, China

Declan Burke: Karen, a doctor’s receptionist and armed robber, and her new boyfriend Ray, a kidnapper for hire, in Ireland and elsewhere

Caroline Burnes: the Fear Familiar (a black cat) romantic suspense series; the Legend of Blackthorn romantic suspense series (Carolyn Haines pseudonym)

David Carnoy: non-series, with some repeating characters, set in Silicon Valley, California

Sam Christer: religious conspiracy thrillers (Michael Morley pseudonym)

Alex Connor: non-series historical thrillers set in the art world

James F. David: Nick Paulson, Director of the Office of Security Science, coping with a time wave disaster that brings dinosaurs into the present

New Lindsey Davis series: Flavia Albia, the adopted daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, born in Britain, working as a private investigator during the reign of Emperor Domitian, in ancient Rome

Susan Froetschel: non-series mysteries

Alex Grecian: The Murder Squad, Scotland Yard, in 1890s London, England

Andrew Hunt: Art Oveson, a 20-something Mormon sheriff’s deputy, in 1930s Salt Lake City, Utah

Ted Kosmatka: non-series speculative science thrillers

Ed Kovacs: Cliff St. James, a former cop, martial arts expert, and private investigator, in post-Katrina New Orleans, Louisiana

Richard Lange: non-series

New Lizbeth Lipperman series: Elaina (Lainey) Garcia, a talk-show host, in Grapevine, Texas, in the Dead Sister Talking mysteries

New Kylie Logan series: The League of Literary Ladies

Alice Loweecey: Giulia Falcone, a former nun now working for Frank Driscoll, an ex-cop private investigator, in Pennsylvania

James McGee: Matthew Hawkwood, a former English army officer, now a Bow Street Runner, in early 19th century London, England

Kelsey Roberts: romantic suspense (Rhonda Pollero pseudonym)

Gillian Royes: Shad Myers, a bartender, private investigator, and unofficial sheriff in a fishing village in Jamaica

James Sheehan: Jack Tobin, a prominent trial lawyer formerly in Miami, now crusading for justice in rural Florida

Antti Tuomainen: non-series Finnish crime fiction

Urban Waite: non-series thrillers


Authors and Characters Added in December 2012

James Barrington: Paul Richter, a British secret agent combating the forces of evil around the world (Peter Stuart Smith pseudonym)

New Colin Bateman series: The Small Bookseller with No Name becomes an investigator when the detective agency next door goes out of business, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in the Mystery Man series

James Becker: Chris Bronson, a detective sergeant, later working undercover for the Metropolitan Police, based in London, England, in an historical conspiracy thriller series (Peter Stuart Smith pseudonym)

Maggie Bishop: A variety of characters, including Jemma Chase, a CSI wannabe, and detective Lucky Tucker, in the mountains near Boone, North Carolina, in the Appalachian Adventure mysteries

Joy Castro: Nola Céspedes, an ambitious young reporter at the Times-Picayune, in New Orleans, Louisiana

Bailey Cates: Katie Lightfoot, a novice witch and professional baker working at her aunt and uncle's bakery, in Savannah, Georgia, in the Magical Bakery mysteries (Cricket McRae pseudonym)

Erika Chase: Lizzie Turner, a tutor and literacy teacher, returning to her old home town, Ashton Corners, Alabama, in the Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries

New Evelyn David series: Maggie Brooks, a former Newsweek reporter, widowed with two kids, in New York, in the Sound Shore Times mysteries

Jason Dean: James Bishop, an ex-Marine leading a team of private bodyguards, framed for murder

Laurel Dewey: Jane Perry, a police detective, later a private investigator dealing with hauntings and demons, in Denver and elsewhere in Colorado

New Joel Goldman series: Jack Davis, a former FBI agent who was forced to retire for a nervous disorder, now a private investigator in Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri

James Henry: R.D. Wingfield’s Jack Frost, a detective sergeant in a prequel series set in 1980s Denton, England

New Graham Hurley series: Jimmy Suttle, a detective sergeant fleeing the urban crime of Portsmouth to join the Major Crimes unit in Dartmoor, in the West Country of England

New Anne Holt series: Dr. Sara Zuckerman, chief cardiologist at Bærum Hospital, in Norway

Leena Lehtolainen: Maria Kallio, a police inspector in Espoo, Finland

Margaret Leroy: non-series mysteries and romantic suspense

Howard Linskey: David Blake, a white-collar criminal, working for gangster Bobby Mahoney, in Newcastle, England

Jenny Milchman: non-series suspense

New Joel C. Rosenberg series: David Shirazi, a CIA agent assigned to Iran

Anne Rutherford: Suzanne Thornton, a former kept woman, organizing a troupe of actors at the Globe, in 1660s London, England, in the Restoration mysteries

Brad Taylor: Pike Logan, head of the Taskforce, a US top-secret elite counter-terrorism unit charged with finding and destroying asymmetric threats

Peter Tickler: Susan Holden, a detective inspector in Oxford, England, in the Blood in Oxford mysteries

Ferdinand von Schirach: non-series crime fiction

Haley Walsh: Skyler Foxe, a gay high school English teacher in Redlands, California, in a romantic mystery series (Jeri Westerson pseudonym)

Kate Watterson: Ellie MacIntosh, a homicide detective, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Lee Weeks: Johnny Mann, a half-Chinese, half-English police detective, in Hong Kong; Ebony Willis, a female detective constable in London, England

Alana White: Guid’Antonio Vespucci, a lawyer, and his nephew Amerigo, in 1480s Florence, Italy


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