logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
Share Halloween Book Bingo - Amateur Sleuth

Reading list: Halloween Book Bingo - Amateur Sleuth

Created by: Murder by Death

Books for this square will have a main character who is not a member of law enforcement.

As one of the primary definitions of cozy mysteries is the MC is an amateur sleuth, see also:
http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/816/halloween-book-bingo-cozy-mystery

If I know a book is part of a series, I tried to only add the first book (or one of the books) in the series.

If you have any suggestions for additional books, please include the title and ISBN (if you have one) in the comments below and I'll add it ASAP.

Books: 65

1.
An Amateur Corpse - Simon Brett
An Amateur Corpse
Note:
2.
Cast, in Order of Disappearance - Simon Brett
Cast, in Order of Disappearance
Note:
3.
The Crime at Black Dudley - Margery Allingham
The Crime at Black Dudley
Note:
4.
Why Shoot a Butler? - Georgette Heyer
Why Shoot a Butler?
Note:
5.
The Lake of Dead Languages - Carol Goodman
The Lake of Dead Languages
Note:
6.
The Shape of Snakes - Minette Walters
The Shape of Snakes
Note:
7.
The Harper's Quine - Pat McIntosh
The Harper's Quine
Note:
8.
The Cracked Spine - Paige Shelton
The Cracked Spine
Note:
9.
A Morbid Taste for Bones - Ellis Peters
A Morbid Taste for Bones
Note:
10.
A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder - Julie Anne Lindsey
A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder
Note:
11.
Designed for Death - Jean Harrington
Designed for Death
Note:
12.
Penpal - Dathan Auerbach
Penpal
Note:
13.
Sleight of Paw - Sofie Kelly
Sleight of Paw
Note:
14.
Just Past Midnight - Amanda Stevens
Just Past Midnight
Note:
15.
A Spark of Justice - J.D. Hawkins
A Spark of Justice
Note:
16.
Murder at the Brightwell - Ashley Weaver
Murder at the Brightwell
Note:
17.
Murder with a Twist - Allyson K. Abbott
Murder with a Twist
Note:
18.
Sole Survivor - Dean Koontz
Sole Survivor
Note:
19.
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag - Alan Bradley
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag
Note:
20.
The Circular Staircase - Mary Roberts Rinehart
The Circular Staircase
Note:
21.
At Bertram's Hotel - Agatha Christie
At Bertram's Hotel
Note:
22.
Practical Sins for Cold Climates - Shelly Costa
Practical Sins for Cold Climates
Note:
23.
The White Magic Five & Dime - Steve Hockensmith, Lisa Falco
The White Magic Five & Dime
Note:
24.
Buried Leads - LynDee Walker
Buried Leads
Note:
25.
The Nightmare Affair - Mindee Arnett
The Nightmare Affair
Note:
26.
If Walls Could Talk - Juliet Blackwell
If Walls Could Talk
Note:
27.
Cold Sight: Extrasensory Agents Book 1 - Leslie A. Kelly
Cold Sight: Extrasensory Agents Book 1
Note:
28.
A Curious Beginning - Deanna Raybourn
A Curious Beginning
Note:
29.
Silent in the Grave - Deanna Raybourn
Silent in the Grave
Note:
30.
In Deep Voodoo - Stephanie Bond
In Deep Voodoo
Note:
31.
One Scream Away - Kate Brady
One Scream Away
Note:
32.
Last to Die - Kate Brady
Last to Die
Note:
33.
Deadly Lies - Cynthia Eden
Deadly Lies
Note:
34.
The Surgeon - Tess Gerritsen
The Surgeon
Note:
35.
In the Shadow of the Mountains - M.R. Graham
In the Shadow of the Mountains
Note:
36.
Murder Past Due - Miranda James
Murder Past Due
Note:
37.
Charcoal Joe: An Easy Rawlins Mystery - Walter Mosley
Charcoal Joe: An Easy Rawlins Mystery
Note:
38.
Sanctum - Denise Mina
Sanctum
Note:
39.
The Fleet Street Murders - Charles Finch
The Fleet Street Murders
Note:
40.
Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters
Crocodile on the Sandbank
Note:
41.
Orphan X: A Novel (Evan Smoak) - Gregg Hurwitz
Orphan X: A Novel (Evan Smoak)
Note: All three books qualify.
42.
The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
The Name of the Rose
Note:
43.
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman - P.D. James
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman
Note:
44.
Spying in High Heels - Gemma Halliday
Spying in High Heels
Note:
45.
Murder on Cue - Jane Dentinger
Murder on Cue
Note:
46.
Home For the Haunting - Juliet Blackwell
Home For the Haunting
Note:
47.
Pieces of Her - Karin Slaughter
Pieces of Her
Note:
48.
Four Complete Dr. Fell Mysteries: To Wake the Dead... - John Dickson Carr
Four Complete Dr. Fell Mysteries: To Wake the Dead / The Blind Barber / The Crooked Hinge / The Case of the Constant Suicides
Note:
49.
Front Page Fatality - LynDee Walker
Front Page Fatality
Note:
50.
Rockets' Dead Glare (A Tourist Trap Mystery) - Lynn Cahoon
Rockets' Dead Glare (A Tourist Trap Mystery)
Note:
51.
A Duty to the Dead: A Bess Crawford Mystery - Charles Todd
A Duty to the Dead: A Bess Crawford Mystery
Note:
52.
Death in Paris - Emilia Bernhard
Death in Paris
Note:
53.
A Deadly Brew (A Tourist Trap Mystery) - Lynn Cahoon
A Deadly Brew (A Tourist Trap Mystery)
Note:
54.
The Word is Murder - Anthony Horowitz
The Word is Murder
Note:
55.
Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz
Magpie Murders
Note:
56.
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders - Ross MacKenzie, Soji Shimada, Shika MacKenzie
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders
Note:
57.
Brat Farrar - Josephine Tey
Brat Farrar
Note:
58.
Miss Pym Disposes - Josephine Tey
Miss Pym Disposes
Note:
59.
The Mystery of the Yellow Room - Gaston Leroux
The Mystery of the Yellow Room
Note:
60.
Nine Coaches Waiting - Mary Stewart
Nine Coaches Waiting
Note:
61.
This Rough Magic - Mary Stewart
This Rough Magic
Note:
62.
Frenchman's Creek (VMC) - Daphne Du Maurier
Frenchman's Creek (VMC)
Note:
63.
Laurels Are Poison - Gladys Mitchell
Laurels Are Poison
Note:
64.
The Ex-Wife - Jess Ryder
The Ex-Wife
Note:
65.
The Last Post - B.K. Duncan
The Last Post
Note:
back

Comments

Comments:
Ani's Book Abyss
If YA counts:

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett -- the kids are playing detective when one of the students at the academy is killed; book one of 'The Arkwell Academy' and will also fit the squares for Supernatural and Monsters. (ISBN: 9780765333339)


And then some others that I commented on other lists with, but I just wanted to contribute to THIS list in case some of us can't think of one off the top of our heads for a book with an amateur sleuth.

If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell -- first book of a cozy series; MC is a construction company contractor... or something like that. (ISBN: 9780451231819) Will also fit Ghosts and Haunted Houses.

Cold Sight by Leslie A. Kelly -- first book of a paranormal romantic suspense series; female MC is a reporter; male MC is a paranormal investigator/consultant. (ISBN: 9780998145303)

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn -- both MCs are scientists, sort of; first book of 'Veronica Speedwell' series. (ISBN: 9780451476012)

Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn -- first book of Julia Grey series. (ISBN: 9780778324102)

In Deep Voodoo by Stephanie Bond -- female MC is a health store owner; male MC is a private investigator. (ISBN: 9780984789290)

One Scream Away by Kate Brady -- rom suspense, first book of a duology; female MC is an antique's expert; male MC is ex-law enforcement, now consultant. (ISBN: 9780446541527). Will also fit serial killer square.
Last to Die by Kate Brady -- rom suspense, second book of duology; male MC is a photographer. Do both MC's have to be non-LEO, because female MC is a police detective. (Cannot find a book page for this one at BL; GR book page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7856210-last-to-die )

Deadly Lies by Cynthia Eden -- rom suspense, third book of Deadly series; male MC is a rich entrepreneur. (ISBN: 9780446559256 )

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling) -- MC is a private investigator. (ISBN: 9781408703991 )

The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen -- female MC is a doctor. (ISBN: 9781409095040)
Murder by Death
Thanks for these Ani - I've added them all except the Cuckoo's Calling - I wasn't sure if PIs count as amateur sleuths, since they get paid for it. ??

(And thank you heaps for taking the time to include the ISBNs - it makes adding to the list so much faster and easier. )
Ani's Book Abyss
Okay. I wasn't sure either, but I included it anyway since the description was that a character isn't in law enforcement. I'm not certain P.I. count as law enforcement, but they are certainly not "amateur sleuths." Maybe one for the Q&A?

And you're welcome about the ISBNs. After I did one reading list, I realized how much easier it is to have them. lol
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Denise Mina's "Sanctum" would work for this one, too (ISBN 9781409135296) .
Murder by Death
Added! :)
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Yey!
XOX
I think Evan Smoak series counts as he is not a cop and not a PI. And he solved crimes.

Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz
Murder by Death
Added!
The better to see you, my dear
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Murder by Death
Added.
The better to see you, my dear
An unsuitable job for a woman, by PD James
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Books from Halloween Bingo 2018 participant reading plan lists posted to date:

Spying in High Heels by Gemma Halliday (9780843957358)
Murder on Cue by Jane Dentinger (9780440161059)
Home for the Haunting by Juliet Blackwell (9780451240705)
Pieces of Her by Karen Slaughter (9780008150839)
The Case of the Constant Suicides by John DIckson Carr (9780754086154)
Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker (9781983183126)
Rockets Dead Glare by Lynn Cahoon (Audio CD: 9781977361226; Kindle ASIN: B078LQ9ZLG -- can't find an ISBN for a hardcover or paperback print edition)
Murder by Death
added. :)
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Thank you! :)
SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady
Charles Todd - A Duty to the Dead (0061791768)
Murder by Death
Added - thanks :)
XOX
Hellbent by Gregg Hurwitz (978-0718185466)
Logically. As the two previous books are on the list.
Murder by Death
Noted that all three books qualify. thanks!
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
More books from the participants' reading plan lists -- including unassigned / "free square" / "wild card" books that would fit this category:

Death in Paris by Emilia Bernhard (9781683317685)
The Ex-Wife by Jess Ryder (9781786814050)
A Deadly Brew by Lynn Cahoon (ASIN: B078LNGPBJ)
The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (9781409159445)
The Tokio Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada (9781782271383)
Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey (9780099536840)
Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey (9780099556695)
The Mystery of The Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux (9780008167035)
The Last Post by B.K. Duncan (ASIN: B077CTDRQB)
Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart (9781444711073)
This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart (9781444720501)
Frenchman's Creek by Daphne Du Maurier (9780349006598)
Laurels are Poison by Gladys Mitchell (9781601870704)
Murder by Death
The following ISBNs not in the database:
9781786814050
9780008167035 (repeat)

Added via title search.

B077CTDRQB not in the database either by title or ASIN.
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Added all three missing ones, so "The Ex-Wife" and "The Last Post" can now also go onto the list. Thanks for finding "The Mystery of the Yellow Room" via title search!
Murder by Death
I added The Ex-Wife, but I still can't get The Last Post to show up with ASIN B077CTDRQB. Nor under a title search (too many common words coupled with an author using initials = broken search).
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Try "Duncan Last Post" and expand ("more books") as far as possible. It *should* be the very last book showing up with those search terms ...

(/*'*&//%&%$%/*'*&//%&%$%/)
Murder by Death
omg... I finally found it using it the actual search page, then had to edit the ISBN10 with a fake isbn so I could finally get it to show up in the list search box.

I hate kindles.

But it's finally added to the list. :)
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Hoooray. Well, so much for a working (cough) "search" function ...

Tags

Halloween Bingo Halloween Bingo 2018

Categories

Mystery

Reading this list (5)

Need help?