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Amateur Detectives

Detectives come in all kinds of packages in these fun mysteries.

Atherton, Nancy
Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree
Odd events begin to stir up the quietness and security of a peaceful English village, and amateur sleuth Lori Shepherd is ready to find some answers.
 
Bain, Donald
The Queen's Jewels: A Murder, She Wrote Mystery
What amateur detective booklist would be complete without a Jessica Fletcher entry? In this edition, Jessica tries to enjoy an ocean cruise—but mysterious deaths and missing diamonds soon lead her into an investigation.
 
Bentley, Jennie
Mortar and Murder
The fourth entry in the "do-it-yourself" mystery series continues with winning elements of the first three. Protagonist Avery and her fiancé, Derek, help to solve the mystery of an unidentified body while struggling to make a living with their house-flipping partnership. A lovable cast of small town characters and a smattering of home renovation hints add to the charm of this amateur detective story.
 
Braun, Lilian Jackson
The Cat Who Could Read Backwards
Former author and newspaper reporter, Jim Qwilleran, and Koko the Siamese cat must figure out what's going on in the local art scene, and it's not just parties and pretty pictures.
 
Chesterton, G. K.
The Innocence of Father Brown
This time the detective is a priest, who uses his intuition and understanding of the human soul to solve 12 criminal cases.
 
Christie, Agatha
Murder at the Vicarage
Miss Jane Marple is introduced in this mystery, in which she must solve the murder of the hated Colonel Protheroe when his body is found in the vicar's study.
 
Dunn, Carola
Rattle His Bones: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery
Set in 1920s London, Daisy Dalrymple is a freelance journalist whose assignment leads her to the Natural History Museum, where a murder has taken place. The very unpopular Keeper of Mineralogy has been stabbed with a dinosaur bone, and someone has replaced all the museum's gems with fakes.
 
Evanovich, Janet
One for the Money
Stephanie Plum tries to find a new career in bounty hunting when she's laid off from her job as a lingerie buyer. Her first case happens to be Joseph Morelli, a cop, as well as her first . . . well, let's just say they have a history together.
 
Haines, Kathryn Miller
When Winter Returns
Two actresses—who are also best friends—try to uncover the true identity of a fallen WWII soldier in this historical mystery.
 
Rosett, Sara
Moving is Murder
On her way home from a neighborhood barbeque, air force wife Ellie Avery discovers the body of a local environmentalist. The death appears to be an allergic reaction to wasps, but when she finds a cup with some sugary junk and bits of bees at the bottom, she feels compelled to snoop.
 
White, Kate
Lethally Blond
A crime reporter makes a gruesome discovery and confidently follows through to unravel the mystery. Lethally Blond is the fifth in this romantic suspense series.
 

Updated:05/05/2011