Boston Public Library
Black Is... 2002: Mysteries
Booklists for Adults

*Recommended for Teens

The Cold Blue Blood: A Berger & Mitry Mystery
by David Handler.
Police detective Desiree Mitry joins Mitch Berger in investigating the death of his landlady's husband 30 years ago.

Die upon a Kiss
by Barbara Hambly.
During Carnival in 1935 New Orleans, as a new production of "Othello" gets underway, assaults and murder in the cast lead Benjamin January to investigate.

Fearless Jones: A New Mystery
by Walter Mosley.
Made love to, beaten up, shot at and robbed; his bookstore torched - 24 hours in the life of Paris Minton.

High Hand: A Martha Chainey Mystery
by Gary Phillips.
Showgirl-turned-courier-for-the-Vegas-Mob, Martha has 72 hours to return $7 million or be "whacked."

If 6 Were 9
by Jake Lamar.
When a coed is found dead in a colleague's office, Professor Robinette is dragged in to the investigation and attempts to solve the crime.

The Lynching Tree
by Michael Stein.
Donald Gambell returns to his hometown in Pompan, NJ, as the first black member of the police force in a town where a white man has been lynched.

Paradise Interrupted: A Carole Ann Gibson Mystery
by Penny Mickelbury.
C.A. Gibson goes to the colorful Caribbean and encounters corruption and murder.

Pipe Dream
by Solomon Jones.
Four addicts who witness a city councilman's murder in a Philadelphia crack house become the chief suspects.

Stormy Weather: A Charlotte Justice Novel
by Paula L. Woods.
Is the death of a legendary filmmaker the result of an encounter with the killer nurse "Angel of Mercy"?

This selected list was compiled by:

Marylou Coveney, Dudley Branch

Denise DeBoer, Fields Corner Branch

Jacqueline Hogan, CLSO

Kathy Kire, Teen Services

Allen Knight, Uphams Corner Branch

Janice Knight, Codman Square Branch

Amy Manson, Connolly Branch

Margaret Phillibert, General Library, Adult Services

Richard Wintergreen, Adams Street Branch