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Black Is... 2001: Mysteries
Booklists for Adults

*Recommended for Teens

ALL THE LUCKY ONES ARE DEAD: AN AARON GUNNER MYSTERY by Gar Anthony Haywood.

Is the death of a gangsta rap star connected to the threats an ultraconservative black talk show hostess is receiving?

by Barbara Neely.

When Blanche returns home to Farleigh, North Carolina, she investigates a mysterious death and is confronted by past demons.

by Sterling Anthony.

Lt. “Bloody Mary” Cunningham of the Detroit Homicide Squad searches for a serial killer who leaves an Oreo in each victim’s hand.

*DEAD ABOVE GROUND by Jervey Tervalon.

In 1940’s New Orleans, 17-year-old Lita watches as her married sister Adele unknowingly begins an affair with her father, an ex-con who’s out for revenge.

DEAD MAN’S BAY by Darryl Wimberley.

FBI agent Barrett “Bear” Raines is chained to a desk in limbo, when an unexpectedly brutal murder and a few stolen millions spell opportunity.

DETAILS AT TEN by Ardella Garland.

Georgia Barnett, a Chicago television news reporter, searches for a child who disappeared after witnessing a gang-related drive-by shooting.

*THE DEVIL RIDING by Valerie Wilson Wesley.

What looks like a simple case tracking a teenage runaway has PI Tamara Hayle not only frustrated, but terrified.

DO OR DIE: A MALI ANDERSON MYSTERY by Grace F. Edwards.

Harlem’s supersleuth, Mali Anderson, gets involved in the world of pimps and prostitutes when the singer in her father’s jazz band is found with her throat cut.

DRUMSTICKS: A NANETTE HAYES MYSTERY by Charlotte Carter.

When the woman who gave her a mojo doll is murdered, Nanette investigates with the help of an exotic dancer and a white drag queen.

LIMITED TIME: A MEDICAL MYSTERY by Robert Greer.

A scientist cracks the code to the fountain of youth, but promising young athletes and celebrated medical researchers mysteriously die.

*MAMA PURSUES MURDEROUS SHADOWS by Nora De Loach.

Mama is distracted from the preparations for her 35th anniversary when Ruby Spikes commits suicide.  Mama investigates.

SCREAM IN SILENCE: A MARTI MACALISTER MYSTERY by Eleanor Taylor Bland.

In a peaceful suburb of Chicago, the detective investigates a puzzling murder, a relentless arsonist, and an elusive bomber.

THE STEP BETWEEN: A CAROLE ANN GIBSON MYSTERY by Penny Mickelbury.

Trying to find a client’s missing daughter, C.A. Gibson and her partner Jake, navigate a maze of deception in Washington, D.C.

 

 

This selected list was compiled by:

Marylou Coveney, Dudley Branch

Denise DeBoer, Fields Corner Branch

Jacqueline Hogan, Grove Hall Branch

Kathy Kire, Teen Services

Parker Hill Branch

Amy Manson, Connolly Branch

Margaret Phillibert, General Library, Adult Services

Richard Wintergreen, Adams Street Branch

Joseph Wisniewski, Codman Square Branch