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Paul Turner Mysteries

by Mark Richard Zubro

Chicago detective Paul Turner, who is gay, deals with many crimes involving sexual orientation alongside his partner, Buck Fenwick, who is straight.

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by Zubro, Mark Richard

Description: While in Chicago, right-wing televangelist Bruce Mucklewrath is attacked and his daughter killed. Sensing a potential time bomb, and with Mucklewrath creating great pressure, the police brass assign the case to Detective Paul Turner, whom they trust with sensitive matters.


by Zubro, Mark Richard

Description: Young detective Paul Turner is assigned to handle the case of Professor Gideon Giles’ death, a case that uncovers corrupt Chicago politics, the competitiveness of academia, and secrets regarding hate.


by Zubro, Mark Richard

Description: Two Chicago detectives: Turner, gay, and Fenwick, straight, exchange views on sexual orientation while probing the slaying of two high school athletes who dabbled in sex and devil worship.


by Zubro, Mark Richard

Description: Paul Turner, a homosexual detective in Chicago and his straight partner, Buck Fenwick, investigate the murder of a judge. The judge, who hated homosexuals, was killed near a gay bar where he was seen with a male dancer.


by Zubro, Mark Richard

Description: Craig Lenzati was one of the richest and most powerful men in Chicago. Lenzati was also found brutally murdered with dozens, if not hundreds, of stab wounds, in the midst of the mansion in which he lived alone. With the murder reported anonymously, the security-camera videos missing, and City Hall pressuring for a quick and quiet resolution to the murder, Detectives Paul Turner and Buck Fenwick are well aware that they are facing one of the most difficult cases of their careers.


by Zubro, Mark Richard

Description: When the lead singer of Boys4U,  the world’s most popular singing group, is found murdered – shot in the back of the head at close range – Chicago Police Detectives Paul Turner and his partner Buck Fenwick are given the unenviable task of investigating the murder. But even the initial appearances are deceiving and as they dig deeper into the case, they uncover more disturbing truths beneath the wholesome facade of Boys4U.


by Zubro, Mark Richard

Description: Paul Turner, like any good father, is going with his two teenaged sons to a Science Fiction and Media convention in Chicago. If the prospect of that weren’t bad enough, one of the convention’s guests – one of the field’s most successful fantasy writers – is found murdered, mostly likely by the broadsword found rammed through the corpse’s chest.


by Zubro, Mark Richard

Description: Murder rudely interrupts the Chicago police detective’s annual fishing trek to Canada. Turner has rented two houseboats on Lake of the Woods with his two sons; his lover, Ben; and the family of his detective partner, Buck Fenwick. Though longtime summer visitors, the Chicagoans soon become targets of antigay harassment. When they report a fight between bully Scarth Krohn’s gang and First Nation (Canadian Indian) kids, the local police chief sides with the bullies.

Abe Lieberman Mysteries

by Stuart M. Kaminsky

This series follow veteran Chicago policeman Abe Lieberman not only as he solves crimes, but also as he deals with entering his sixties, caring for a wife and daughter, and tolerating an alcoholic partner.

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by Kaminsky, Stuart M.

Description: Sixty-year-old Chicago police detective Abe Lieberman is having all the troubles he can handle when Estralda Valdez, a stunning Mexican prostitute, comes to him with a proposition he can’t refuse: Estralda will help him with valuable information if he’ll get a john off her back. But Lieberman’s good intentions pave the way for a brutal murder.


by Kaminsky, Stuart M.

Description: Bernie Sheppard, a Chicago cop, kills his wife and her lover, then barricades himself on top of a building wired with explosives. It is up to Abe Lieberman and his partner, Bill Hanrahan, to resolve the situation.


by Kaminsky, Stuart M.

Description: Aging Chicago detective Abe Lieberman investigates muggers who killed his nephew and wounded the nephew’s pregnant wife. As so often happens in police work, to catch a criminal one has to make a deal with another, in this case a violent drug dealer.


by Kaminsky, Stuart M.

Description: In Chicago, a burglar sees a husband kill his wife. So the husband calls the police and says his wife was murdered by a burglar. Sergeant Abe Lieberman is given the job of finding the burglar, now in hiding.


by Kaminsky, Stuart M.

Description: In Chicago, with its ethnic mix, aging policeman Abe Lieberman is kept busy day and night. Vandals have defaced his synagogue, stealing the torah, Arab militants and white skinheads are creating trouble, and a Korean gang is objecting to Abe’s presence in a park.


by Kaminsky, Stuart M.

Description: The Big Silence takes Lieberman and his Irish partner, Bill Hanrahan on a journey that will test their consciences to the limit. When the young son of an informant in a government witness protection program is kidnapped and a grisly death occurs, Lieberman and Hanrahan will have to make some hard choices to set things right.


by Kaminsky, Stuart M.

Description: Chicago detective Abe Lieberman faces such challenges as a pair of low-rent thieves, a man who predicted his own death, his grandson’s pricey bar mitzvah, and his partner’s rivalry with an Asian kingpin.


by Kaminsky, Stuart M.

Description: When the target of an extradition case in Arizona is gunned down, detective Abe Lieberman pursues the killer’s identity, while priest Bill Hanrahan struggles with a racist and sexist colleague who thwarts a rape investigation.


by Kaminsky, Stuart M.

Description: Detective Abe Lieberman works to discover a common link between a baseball player whose career has been cut short by tragedy, a religious fanatic who employs unorthodox conversion methods, and a murdered single mother.


by Kaminsky, Stuart M.

Description: When three prominent members of Chicago’s Turkish community are brutally murdered, veteran cop Abe Lieberman and his partner, Bill Hanrahan, connect the killings to a century-old event, in a case with ties to the beating of a chef.

Larry Cole Mysteries

by Hugh Holton
A tough Chicago cop, Commander Larry Cole thinks he is prepared for anything, but the bizarre cases he encounters seem destined to prove otherwise.

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by Holton, Hugh

Description: By day, beautiful Eurydice Vaughn runs a Chicago museum, by night she prowls through its corridors in black spandex. As police commander Larry Cole probes the disappearance of some 180 persons in the area, she tries to seduce him, but the commander is saved by a beautiful detective who seduces him instead.

by Holton, Hugh

Description: In Chicago, Commander Larry Cole enrolls the aid of crime writers to nab a couple of millionaires turned serial killers. They are Neil DeWitt and his wife, Margo. He is into raping and killing women, she into torturing and killing little boys.

by Holton, Hugh

Description: In Chicago, police commander Larry Cole stumbles on information suggesting four unsolved murders were the work of a policeman. But the policeman is now an FBI agent and the FBI doesn’t believe him.

by Holton, Hugh

Description: In Chicago, a millionaire raids an army arsenal to equip himself in the latest high-tech weaponry, after which he embarks on a campaign of revenge against his enemies. But the millionaire is no avenging angel battling evil, he is a former hood settling scores with other hoods. So Commander Larry Cole has no qualms about going after him.

by Holton, Hugh

Description: Police commander Larry Cole of Chicago goes after a renegade scientist who is selling booby traps to catch burglars and car thieves. The traps range from electrocuting devices to snake-venom injectors and they are killing lots of people.

by Holton, Hugh

Description: Detective Larry Cole of Chicago turns bodyguard for Orga Syriac, a black woman threatened with assassination by a right-wing organization. Officially a TV reporter, Syriac is in fact a shapeshifting avenger.

by Holton, Hugh

Description: Larry Cole, Chicago P.D.’s chief of detectives, battles with an international assassin hired by Latin American drug lords.

by Holton, Hugh

Description: Julianna Saint is world renowned, with a reputation for getting anything she wants. Her occupation: international theft. Her reputation has spread from the underworld to Chicago mob boss, Jake Romano.

by Holton, Hugh

Description: Asked by his doctor to investigate the disappearance of her sister, Police Commander Larry Cole takes on an ambitious politician and a corrupt Chicago cop who are trying to stall the investigation and promote Murphy’s political aspirations.

Marti MacAlister Mysteries

by Eleanor Taylor Bland

Former Chicago Police Detective Marti MacAlister leaves the big city life behind to try her hand at police work in the sleepy suburb of Lincoln Prairie, but she soon learns that this small town has now shortage of crime.

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by Bland, Eleanor Taylor

Description: Former Chicago police detective Marti MacAlister may have left the big city behind to work in the small suburb of Lincoln Prairie, but she quickly learns that the crimes committed in either place are not so different.

by Bland, Eleanor Taylor

Description: The only black female detective in the Lincoln Prairie police department, widowed mother of two Marti MacAlister investigates a fire and several murders that seem to be interconnected.

Gone Quiet (3)

by Bland, Eleanor Taylor

Description: Marti MacAlister, Lincoln Prairie’s only black female police detective, investigates a murder in a colleague’s family. The victim was a pedophile who abused his stepdaughters and, more recently, had his eye on a granddaughter.

by Bland, Eleanor Taylor

Description: In Chicago, Marti MacAlister starts her own probe into the death, three years earlier, of her husband, a narcotics officer, who was said to have committed suicide.

by Bland, Eleanor Taylor

Description: Marti MacAlister investigates the murders of a teacher and a social worker. The cases have links to the disappearance of a girl, the victim of abuse at the hands of her father.

by Bland, Eleanor Taylor

Description: On the shore of Lake Michigan, policewoman Marti MacAlister investigates the murder of a young woman, unaware that she herself is the target of a killer.

by Bland, Eleanor Taylor

Description: Marti and her partner Matthew Jessenovik — Vik — must solve two seemingly unrelated, brutal murders while confronting problems at home, too. Marti, her new husband, Ben, and their children must grapple with the uneasy transition to being a family, while Vik must face his wife’s deteriorating health after her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Times are tough for Marti and Vik, and it doesn’t help when their latest case puts a strain on their partnership.

by Bland, Eleanor Taylor

Description: An arsonist is on the loose in sleepy Lincoln Prairie, and the pattern shows he is escalating in intensity from simple blazes to sophisticated bombs. It’s only a matter of time before his handiwork turns deadly, and Marti and her tired but dedicated partner Matthew Jessenovik must race against the clock.

by Bland, Eleanor Taylor

Description: Marti MacAlister is forced to confront some extremely personal demons from long ago. Someone from Johnny’s past is back, looking for him, and Marti fears she knows who it might be.

by Bland, Eleanor Taylor

Description: Investigating a skeleton believed to be linked to the Underground Railroad, Marti MacAlister becomes increasingly disturbed by present-day accidents and mysterious deaths that local residents swear are being caused by a vengeful ghost.

by Bland, Eleanor Taylor

Description: Marti MacAlister does not get along with her new boss. Lieutenant Gail Nicholson disapproves of what she calls Marti’s “sloppy work habits”, and regards her success as a fluke rather than the result of hard work and skill.  When a homeless woman turns up dead, Lt. Nicholson dismisses the case. But unable to let the woman’s death go, Marti takes it upon herself to figure out the truth, even if it costs her job.

by Bland, Eleanor Taylor

Description: First, during the filming of a big Hollywood movie on location in Lincoln Prairie, the body of one of the film’s stars turns up dead, along the shores of the Des Plaines River. Then, the skeletal remains of another gunshot victim turn up in a hundred year old building that is being renovated. The closer Marti MacAlister comes to piecing the clues of each case, the closer they come to understanding how the two cases are connected. But the longer it takes, the more dangerous the killer becomes.

Large Type Cracks the Case

There are many types of mysteries but they all have one thing in common…there is always a puzzle to solve.  Pick up one of these novels in Large-Print, follow the clues, and figure out “whodunit”.

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The Midnight Louie Mysteries

by Carole Nelson Douglas

Midnight Louie is the name of a slightly overweight fictional black cat in a series of mystery novels by author Carole Nelson Douglas, and the general title for the same series. Each volume of the series is told from the point of view of the cat’s “owner”, Temple Barr, a freelance public relations consultant, and from the point of view of Midnight Louie, the cat himself.

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Mrs. Murphy Series

by Rita Mae Brown

The protagonists of the murder stories, a tiger cat (Mrs. Murphy), a Welsh Corgi (Tucker), and a thirty-something postmistress (Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen), live together in the small town of Crozet, Virginia, and attempt to solve the murders happening around them. In Brown’s mysteries, animals, which make their witty comments and observations in italics, are always one step ahead of their human counterparts.

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Historical Detectives

Like a little history with your mystery?  Delve into the past with these sleuths from another time and place.  The first novel in each series is listed below.

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by Alexander, Bruce

Description: Magistrate, Sir John Fielding, investigates the death of wealthy Lord Richard Goodhope, who was discovered shot through the head, gun at his feet, behind the locked door of his library.

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Senior Sleuths

Senior Sleuths

Active, inquisitive seniors use their age and experience to help solve mysteries.  Whether working independently or as a team, these seniors prove to be first-rate sleuths.

Abresch, Peter

      James P. Dandy

Bain, Donald

      Jessica Fletcher [Read more...]

Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries

by C.S. Harris

Regency England. The age of Napoleon and Jane Austen, of Beau Brummel and Lord Byron. This is the world of Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin. Heir to an earldom, disillusioned Army officer, latter day knight errant. A master of disguises. Sebastian moves easily from the ballrooms of Mayfair to the rookeries of St. Giles, from the exclusive men’s clubs of St. James’s to the dangerous docks of the Thames. Adventure, mystery and historical fiction all rolled into one! [Read more...]