Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Women of Mystery Part 1: Native American Sleuths and Sleuths with Odd Jobs

I recently attended a workshop on women in the mystery genre, so, I thought I'd pass along some excellent reads.


Native American She-Sleuths
All mysteries involving women of Native American descent.

Margaret Coel--The Eagle Catcher
--Vicki Holden is an Arapaho attorney on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.  She and Catholic priest Father John O'Malley solve crime and help their people.

Jean Hager--Ravenmocker
--Molly Bearpaw is a Civil Rights investigator on tribal lands in rural Oklahoma.  This series explores Cherokee culture and history with compassion and humor.

Sara Sue Hoklotubbe--Deception On All Accounts
--Sadie Walela is a Cherokee banker in Northeastern Oklahoma.  This series is action-packed with a little romance and has a diverse supporting cast.

Thomas Perry--Vanishing Act
--Jane Whitefield is a Seneca "guide" in Upstate New York who helps people in mortal danger disappear.  "If Tony Hillerman reinvented "The Equalizer", she would be Jane."

Dana Stabenow--A Cold Day For Murder
--Kate Shugak is a part Aleut, part Russian investigator in Niniltna, Alaska.  Excellent series, great characters, and explores the wilds of Alaska.

Aimee Thurlo--Blackening Song
--Ella Clah is a FBI agent and special investigator on the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico.  Well researched series that combines modern police work with Native mysticism.


Women At Odds
All female sleuths with unusual and/or interesting occupations.

Susan Wittig Albert--Thyme of Death
--China Bayles is a former corporate lawyer who leaves the big city to open a herb shop in the West Texas hill country.  This is a mystery with recipes and lots of interesting facts about herbs.

Sarah Andrews--Tensleep
--Em Hansen is a forensic geologist in the Western United States.  She starts out in the oil industry and moves on to helping law enforcement solve crimes.

Nancy Bartholomew--The Miracle Strip
--Sierra Lavotini is an exotic dancer in Panama City, Florida.  She is a good Catholic girl from Philadelphia, far from the eyes of her policemen/firemen family.  Wild characters and snappy dialogue will tickle your funny-bone.

Lyn Hamilton--The Xibalba Murders
--Lara McClintoch is a Toronto antiques dealer who travels all over the world.  Well researched and interesting tidbits on other cultures and locales.

Charlaine Harris--Shakespeare's Landlord
Lily Bard is a house-cleaner and martial artist in Shakespeare, Arkansas.  Running from a horrific past, Lily is tough as nails and somewhat unapproachable but she will grow on you.  

Sue Henry--Murder on the Iditarod Trail
--Jessie Arnold raises and races sled dogs in Alaska.  Full of meticulous research and interesting facts on Alaska, dogs, and mushing.

Virginia Lanier--Death in Bloodhound Red
--Jo Beth Sidden is a bloodhound trainer and fugitive tracker in the Okefenokee Swamp area of Georgia.  She is stubborn and self-reliant in a male dominated law enforcement field.  Excellent series!

Jessica Speart--Gator Aide
--Rachel Porter is an US Fish and Wildlife Officer in the southern United States.  She is tough, opinionated, and fights for the environment and not the politicians.


All of the titles listed are the first in each series.  If the library does not own any copies then we can get them for you through Search Ohio.

Next time I will highlight the ladies of cooking and humorous mysteries.



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